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World Baseball Classic - Pool F - Game 6 - United States v Dominican Republic
Captain America celebrates with his teammates after beating the Dominican Republic 6-3 Saturday to advance in WBC.
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Only 15 days until Opening Day, a uniform number worn by Orioles such as Davey Johnson, Jamie Quirk and even Matt Wieters for a season. And what a night of upsets in the tournament last night! A #1 seed fell, and to a double-overs inside trip straight to his back! Wait, we are talking about Vincenzo Joseph of Penn State beating beating Isaiah “IMAR” Martinez of Illinois at 165 lbs. in the NCAA Wrestling Championships, right? No? Well, onto the baseball news...

Adam Jones made an amazing catch to rob Orioles teammate Manny Machado of a HR - CBS Sports

Manny Machado will be rejoining the team soon, after teammate Adam “Captain America” Jones robbed him of a home run last night last night in the World Baseball Classic. Tyler Clippard’s reaction GIF wins the internet.

Orioles notes: Right-hander Chris Tillman to resume throwing Wednesday - The Sun

He’ll basically need to start his Spring Training if that goes well, so don’t look for him to start until the end of April/beginning of May.

Pedro Alvarez productive in first outfield start as Orioles beat Yankees, 5-4 - The Sun

He had one play to make, he made it, and hit a homer. Yay. It’s one Spring Training game. But it does beat looking terrible, I suppose.

Where does Pedro Alvarez fit in with the Orioles? - FanRag Sports

Well, since the writer quotes our own Mark Brown extensively, you can imagine she’s not really expecting him to have too big an impact.

Sisco gains valuable experience in camp - MASN Sports

“I thought Chance handled himself real well. Not that he was bad last outing, but you could tell he was a lot calmer back there and you didn’t notice him, which is always a good sign for a catcher.” - Thus spake Buck.

Dylan Bundy on his outing and using the cutter (O’s win 5-4) - MASN Sports

“I think I bounced a couple, but that’s better than leaving them up. It’s getting better slowly,” he said. “I plan on using it during the season. We haven’t talked too much about how much and if we’re going to limit using it.” Apparently, the O’s have not told him not to use his cutter, so he’s going to use it.

The Orioles bullpen is still elite - Beyond the Boxscore

Friday night notwithstanding, Mychal Givens is going to be an integral part of the back end of the O’s bullpen being one of the best in the league. And the article doesn’t even mention Darren O’Day.

Orioles' Ryan Flaherty: Expected to return Monday - CBS Sports

In case you, like me, were unaware he’d been out, because it’s Ryan Flaherty, and who notices, right?

Orioles' Seth Smith: Expected back next week - CBS Sports

In case you, like me, had forgotten the O’s even signed this guy.

Now that Santander’s elbow MRA showed only a ‘little inflammation,’ what’s next for him? - Baltimore Baseball

“I think it’s just a matter of a few days,” Santander said through interpreter Ramon Alarcon. “Monday, I start my regular routine again, so I think it’s just a few days away.” I have a feeling someone will be having a meeting with Dan Duquette today to discuss how to speak to the media concerning injuries.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Rocky Coppinger. He shares today with famous people including "Dr. Livingstone, I presume" David Livingstone 1813; Wild West legend Wyatt Earp 1848; multi-time failed POTUS candidate and Scopes Trial prosecutor William Jennings Bryan 1860; SCOTUS Chief Justice Earl Warren 1891; actor Patrick McGoohan 1928 - Actor, director; actress Ursula Andress 1936; and actor in the Greatest Christmas Movie Ever Bruce Willis 1955.

Today in Baltimore baseball history... nothing of note really happened.

Today in world history...

1628 - The Massachusetts colony was founded by Englishmen.

1748 - The English Naturalization Act passed granting Jews right to colonize in the U.S.

1822 - The city of Boston, MA, was incorporated.

1908 - The state of Maryland barred Christian Scientists from practicing without medical diplomas.

1918 - The U.S. Congress approved Daylight-Saving Time.

1931 - The state of Nevada legalized gambling.

1964 - Sean Connery began shooting his role in "Goldfinger."

2015 - Apple replaced AT&T in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Consider this your discussion space for Kyle Snyder’s lift and takedown of 270-pound Connor Medbery in last night’s NCAA 285 pounds wrestling final.