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Mike Wright did not impress yesterday.
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Happy Maryland Day! There are a mere 9 days until Opening Day, and you can feel the excitement! That’s the uniform number last worn by David Lough and worn most notably by current Orioles executive/coach/totally-not-the-owner’s-spy Brady Anderson. It was also Reggie Jackson’s number for 1976, the one year he spent with the Orioles. On to the news...

Mike Wright hit hard before Trey Mancini gives Orioles 5-5 tie with Twins - The Sun

Glad to see the starting rotation rounding into shape heading into the season.

Buck Showalter hoping for Chris Tillman's recovery after Orioles rotation candidates falter - The Sun

“We’ll keep running them out there and see where we are,” Buck Showalter said. “Hoping things go well Sunday with Chris.” Well, if that doesn’t inspire confidence, I don’t what will.

Showalter on Wright’s struggles and more after tie with Twins - MASN Sports

It’s basically the same quotes in a slightly different order than the article from The Sun.

This, that and the other - MASN Sports

Roch’s always helpfully-headlined article runs through a bunch of possibilities in the outcomes of fringe roster pieces like Aneury Tavárez and Logan Schafer.

Orioles' Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy get deepest starts of spring in minor league camp - The Sun

Not that it went particularly well for either, especially Gausman. Hey, maybe they’re still working on stuff!

Trumbo on lack of spring attention: “I couldn’t care less” - The Sun

Mark Trumbo doesn’t seem like a player who’s gonna worry about how often he’s mentioned in the game story, as long as the Orioles win.’s Richard Justice talks Orioles - MASN Sports

Richard Justice covered the O’s for the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post before moving on.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Woody Held. Well, there’s a name you don’t see every day. Mr. Held shares today with famous people including actor Jeanne Cagney 1919; sportscaster Howard Cosell 1920; author and activist Gloria Steinem 1934; Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin 1942; actress in The Greatest Christmas Movie Ever Bonnie Bedelia 1948; singer Elton John 1947; actress Sarah Jessica Parker 1965; guitarist Jeff Healey 1966; Olympic figure skater Debi Thomas 1967; WNBA legend Sheryl Swoops 1971; and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick 1982.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history... nothing much happened.

On this day in world history...

1634 - Lord Baltimore founded the Catholic colony of Maryland. Everything else on this day pales in comparison.

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Womens’ Basketball Sweet Sixteen action, and #3 seed Maryland takes on #10 seed Oregon in Bridgeport, CT this morning at 11:30 on ESPN.