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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where Opening Day is this month

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Chris Davis is still on fire, the bullpen hopes to improve, and more in today’s Bird Droppings.

MLB: FEB 18 Baltimore Orioles Photo Day Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! It’s March 1st, which means that we’re in the same calendar month of the start of major league baseball. This is exciting, even if I’m morally opposed to Opening Day in March.

Down in Sarasota, the Orioles are laying waste to the Grapefruit League. They’ve won four in a row and have three straight games with double digit runs scored. Before you jump to remind me that it’s spring training and that means nothing, yes I know. But I also know that all other things being equal, I’d rather them be playing well than playing like garbage.

There is also the fact that it’s pretty much a settled fact that the Orioles will have another rough baseball season in 2020. So let’s get enjoyment from winning baseball while we can.

Links

Davis homers for third time in four games; Akin gets first start; Orioles win fourth straight - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Chris Davis is the talk of spring training, which is understandable even if I'd rather hear about the younger players.

Led By Hunter Harvey, Orioles Hope For Better Bullpen In 2020 – CBS Baltimore
They were pretty awful last year, so "better" seems like a low threshold. But I also hope for this!

Zac Lowther soaks in the experience at O's camp - Steve Melewski
Zac Lowther has had a lot of minor league success despite the lack of a big fastball. He talks here about his secondary pitches and what it's like being in big league spring training.

Orioles prospects Zac Lowther, Alex Wells see a future to emulate in lefty veterans Wade LeBlanc, Tommy Milone - Baltimore Sun
Orioles pitching prospects Zac Lowther and Alex Wells are finesse left-handers. They're learning this spring from veterans Wade LeBlanc and Tommy Milone, who had done it for a decade in the majors.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies! The most interesting and tragic story of those belongs to Howie Fox. Fox pitched for the Orioles in 1954, appearing in 38 games out of the bullpen. The following year, he bought at bar in San Antonio while he was pitching for the San Antonio Missions in the Texas League.

One night at the bar, Fox attempted to kick three patrons for fighting. He was stabbed in front of the bar by one of the men and died there on the street. He was just 34 years old.

Also born on this day in history are former Orioles Omar Daal, Larry Brown, and Bert Hamric.