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Baltimore Orioles Photo Day
Gabriel Ynoa had himself a pretty nice start.
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Only 8 days until Opening Day. That is, of course, the uniform number worn proudly by Orioles legend Andy Etchebarren from 1962-1975. Oh, yeah, and Cal Ripken. On to the news...

Gabriel Ynoa tosses five scoreless innings (Orioles win 6-3) - MASN Sports

Yeah, one starter didn’t suck this weekend!

Showalter on Lee: “He’s got a chance to help us this year” - MASN Sports

Chris Lee was optioned to Norfolk Saturday, but you’re gonna see him again in an Orioles uniform, and I’d bet it will be soon.

Orioles option lefty Chris Lee to Triple-A, but don't rule him out as fifth starter - The Sun

See, told you!

Orioles' Craig Gentry: 'I didn't know if this opportunity would come again' - The Sun

"Honestly, after the past couple years, I didn't know if this opportunity would come again," Craig Gentry said. "I assumed I might be able to be in the minor leagues [this year], something like that, but the opportunity to make a big league team, I didn't know if that would ever pop up again."

Orioles' Wade Miley: To make minor league start - CBS Sports

He got tired last start, so he gets a MiLB start next. I’m sure this is all part of his plan for world dominance this year.

Orioles' Michael Bourn: Timetable pushed back to late April - CBS Sports

He and Chris Tillman can play tidily winks to pass the time.

Orioles' Adam Jones on his burnished image post-WBC, iconic catch and Team USA success - The Sun

Jones talks about “the best experience” of his life after WBC - MASN Sports

Both stories are wrapped around the same set of quotes, so go compare.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Jesus Tavarez, Jarvis Brown, Mickey Weston, and Dan Morogiello. They share today with famous people including poet Robert Frost 1874; singer Al Jolson 1886; playwright Tennessee Williams 1911; U.S. Vietnam commander Gen. William C. Westmoreland 1914; actor Strother Martin 1919; first female SCOTUS Justice Sandra Day O'Connor 1930; actor Leonard Nimoy 1931; actor Alan Arkin 1934; actor James Caan 1939; former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives and Baltimore native Nancy Pelosi 1940; Watergate journalist Bob Woodward 1943; singer Diana Ross 1944; Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler 1948; actress Jennifer Grey 1960 - Actress ("Dirty Dancing"); country performer Kenny Chesney 1968; guitarist James Iha 1968; and actress Keira Knightley 1985.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1960 - A Baltimore Orioles-Cincinnati Reds series scheduled for Havana, Cuba, is moved to Miami, Florida, by Baltimore chief Lee MacPhail. The Reds, with a minor league club in Cuba, want the trip, but the Orioles fear increased political unrest on the island.

On this day in world history...

1780 - The British Gazette and Sunday Monitor was published for the first time. It was the first Sunday newspaper in Britain.

1885 - Eastman Kodak (Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co.) produced the first commercial motion picture film in Rochester, NY.

1942 - The Germans began sending Jews to Auschwitz in Poland.

1951 - The U.S. Air Force flag was approved. The flag included the coat of arms, 13 white stars and the Air Force seal on a blue background.

1982 - Ground breaking ceremonies were held in Washington, DC, for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

1989 - The first free elections took place in the Soviet Union. Boris Yeltsin was elected.

2000 - In Russia, acting President Vladimir Putin was elected president outright. He won a sufficient number of votes to avoid a runoff election.

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Baseball: Michigan at Maryland.