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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where it’s the last weekend without baseball

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Spring training is drawing to a close and the Orioles don’t have a starting pitcher for Opening Day.

MLB: Spring Training-Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays
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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! Do you know what today is? It’s the last Sunday without baseball until October! I am ready. We switched up our season ticket plan this year and are doing the Sunday plan, so we’ll find ourselves at the ballpark a lot of weekends this summer. I know the Orioles will be bad, but there still no better place to be on a beautiful summer weekend than Camden Yards.

How has your weekend gone? My condolences to the fans of the Maryland men’s basketball team, who lost yesterday to LSU to end their season. They made it pretty exciting, though! I thought they didn’t have a chance in that game and they were in it until the final second. The good news is that the women’s team beat Radford yesterday and will play UCLA tomorrow night.

As for the Orioles, they are now facing the possibility of having to name a new Opening Day pitcher after Alex Cobb left yesterday’s game with what is being called a mild groin strain. Per my link from Roch Kubatko below, they’ll make a decision on Opening Day tomorrow or Tuesday. What a mess.

The Orioles play two split squad spring training games today at 1 o’clock. They are on the road against the Phillies. The Phillies feed of that game will be on both mlb.tv and MLB audio. The other Orioles are at home against the Pirates, you can listen to that game on Orioles.com.

Links

Baltimore Orioles 2019 season preview: A new direction following a historically awful 2018 season - CBSSports.com
No new information here, but a nice breakdown of things that could signify a successful season for this very bad team.

Baltimore Orioles claim Pedro Severino off waivers - The Washington Post
Catcher Pedro Severino has played for the Nationals in parts of the last four seasons, including 70 games last year. Does this mean the end of the line for Jesus Sucre? Or will Mike Elias be sending Chance Sisco back to the minors?

Hyde updates Cobb's condition after 8-7 loss (with Cobb quotes) - School of Roch
Per Alex Cobb, no tests will be run for his groin strain. He'll just see how he feels after throwing Monday or Tuesday to know if he's ready for Opening Day. Will we see Jimmy Yacabonis instead?

Just go out there and play”: Orioles players discuss low expectations of team in first year of rebuild - Baltimore Sun
It has to be weird and a little uncomfortable at times to be a player on a team that is expected by everyone, including those running the team, to be terrible.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two old timey Orioles birthday buddies, both of whom spent very little time with the Birds. Dick Kryhoski played in 100 games for the 1954 Orioles and Saul Rogovin appeared in 14 games for the 1955 Orioles.