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Today is the first O's game of spring! Dial up Joe Angel and Fred Manfra at 1:05 on WBAL and soak it in. Chat about it here, too, if you like. I'll be posting a game thread.

Orioles' Davis: Nice to know what's expected of me - Carroll County Times
I enjoy a nice Spring Training article about Chris Davis, but are people seriously citing his pitching appearance as one of the most memorable parts of a playoff season?

Baltimore Orioles are building for the long haul | Through the Fence Baseball
Optimism about the Orioles still sometimes catches me off guard.

O's shopping starting pitchers? - MLB Rumors Blog - ESPN
I don't generally give credence to "rival executives" making comments about the Orioles, but this is kind of common sense. If the Orioles figure out their rotation and have left over pitching, why not trade some of it?

Orioles reliever Adam Russell draws inspiration from his family's fight against cancer -
Well, now I love Adam Russell.

Prospect Gausman impresses Showalter | News
"The right-hander struck out Lew Ford and Chris Robinson..." well, who hasn't?

Steve Melewski: When talking baseball prospects, do you prefer quality over quantity?
Steve tries to make you feel better about the BA prospects list.

Happy birthday to John "T-Bone" Shelby and a happy 50th birthday to Bobby Bonilla, who is still drawing a paycheck from the New York Mets