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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where spring training is rolling on

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Zimmermann looked good, the Rule 5s are gone, and more in today’s Bird Droppings.

MLB: Spring Training-Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend so far. Yesterday my family took a trip across the bridge to check out the chocolate festival in St. Michaels. It was a little windy but still a very fun trip. I got to eat a lot of chocolate. How about you? What have you been up to?

If you love spring training baseball, I have good news for you: the Orioles are on MASN today! They’ll face the Yankees at 1 p.m. If you’re going to be outside enjoying the weather, the game will also be broadcast on 105.7 The Fan.

We’re now just 18 days away from Opening Day! I can’t wait to spend some beautiful Sundays at Camden Yards this year. There will be a lot of losses, sure, but that’s still better than on baseball at all.

Links

Orioles’ Trey Mancini to have ‘non-baseball medical procedure, and is going to miss some time’ - Baltimore Sun
We wish all the best to Trey and hope he's back on the baseball diamond soon.

Zimmermann impresses on road after escaping it - School of Roch
It was a good day for Bruce Zimmermann. Get your Bruce quotes here.

Orioles Return Rule 5 Picks Brandon Bailey, Michael Rucker - MLB Trade Rumors
The two pitchers have cleared waivers and headed back to their old teams. Bailey is back to the Astros, Rucker to the Cubs.

Answers to your Orioles questions - BaltimoreBaseball.com
You have questions, Rich Dubroff has answers.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have five Orioles birthday buddies. Marv Breeding played in 337 games for the Orioles from 1960-62. Born in 1934, he passed away 2006.

Your other four birthday buddies played in a combined 25 games for the Orioles: Mike Moriarty (46) played in 25 games in 2002, Ryan Freel (b. 1976, d. 2012) played in nine games in 2009, Mark Worrell (37) had four games in 2011, and Chris Lambert (37) in 2009.

The Ryan Freel story is a sad one. Known mostly as a Cincinnati Red, he had chronic concussions and killed himself at the age of 36. He was diagnosed posthumously with CTE.

On this day in 2001, the Orioles announced that Albert Belle will be unable to play baseball again due to his degenerative health condition. The Orioles had signed Belle to a five-year contract but he was only able to play the first two seasons, 1999-2000.