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Tom Szczerbowski

MLB's New Instant Replay System A Welcome Step Forward | Press Box
Paul's last article sparked some lively conversation on the site. I don't see as much controversy in this one at all. Instant replay is good.

Wei-Yin Chen receives positive report months after having bone spurs removed |
There had been concern he wasn't healing quickly, but for now it appears he'll be ready to start Spring Training.

Flashback Friday: The Orioles Sign Machado ... No, Not That One | Roar From 34
I have absolutely no recollection of Robert Machado. But RF34 does with your Orioles history lesson of the day.

Orioles FanFest 2014 |
If you're interested in autographs at FanFest, go here to buy your vouchers. Get there at 10 a.m. sharp if you want Chris Davis or Manny Machado. Hesitate and you'll get stuck with Larry Bigbie.

Mark Reynolds, Brewers agree to minor league deal | Fox11 Wisconsin
My how the Wrapper has fallen.

Getting to know Liam Hendriks | School of Roch
Might as well get to know him now, because he probably won't be around long.

Which Oriole has the most to prove in 2014? | Eutaw Street Report
Spoiler: the answer is Nick Markakis. I don't necessarily disagree, but in the article the writer says, "There’s one Oriole who is assumed to be able to do no wrong by many in Baltimore despite regularly underperforming in his tenure in black and orange." That guy obviously doesn't hang out here.

Dealing for David Lough One of Baltimore Orioles' Best Moves | Yahoo Sports
I agree that it was a good move, but the fact that it's one of the team's best moves is concerning.

Happy birthday to former Orioles Mickey McGuire, Scott McGregor, Kevin McGehee, Mike Fornieles, Brian Falkenborg, Brandon Fahey, and Brady Anderson! Today is also my sister Robin's birthday. She doesn't read this but happy birthday to her anyway.

On this day in 2009, the Orioles traded Garrett Olson and Henry Williamson to the Cubs for Felix Pie. Oh, what could have been, Felix.

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, open thread.