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The World Baseball Classic is now underway as Israel and South Korea square off in Seoul. If your sole interest is Team USA, you'll have to wait until Friday's tilt versus Colombia. The O's are offering up a taste of WBC magic with an exhibition against the Dominican Republic's tournament squad tomorrow. Today, they're taking on the Tigers once again at Joker Marchant Stadium. Game time is 1:05 and the Detroit feed is available on MLB At Bat.

Gausman talks about his start against the Dominican Republic - School of Roch
Goose will get the call against the DR.

Does the World Baseball Classic impact MLB performance? - Beyond the Box Score
BtBS takes a look at Buck's assertion that the WBC can affect performance.

Orioles notes: Castillo comfortable with progress he has made with new pitching staff - Baltimore Sun Guys: Welington's got this.

How 10 juiciest free agents are rising and falling in all-time class | New York Post
Juiciest free agents? Uh, okay. Point is, Sherman rates Manny Machado tops in the much anticipated 2018-2019 free agent class.

Legendary radio announcer Chuck Thompson passed away on this day in 2005. In addition to calling a great game, Thompson is remembered for his "Ain't the beer cold?" and "Go to war, Miss Agnes!" catchphrases.

Lonaconing native Lefty Grove was born on this day in 1900. Jake Arrieta and Anthony Telford celebrate birthdays today.