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We're still short on news at this time of year, but I hope you'll hang out with us anyway.

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We've almost reached the end of that week between Christmas and New Years when those of us at work have pretty much nothing to do. Hopefully these links will help you pass the time.

Orioles' Christian Walker, Trey Mancini Keeping An Eye On Chris Davis Situation | Press Box Online
Both Trey Mancini and Christian Walker are in the best shape of their lives and are secretly hoping Chris Davis doesn't block them at first base for the next seven years.

S. Korean OF Kim Hyun-soo vows to finish his career in US – The Korea Times
Our newest outfielder would consider himself a loser if he doesn't cut it in MLB.

The Showalter family got an uncomfortably up-close view of Dallas tornadoes - Baltimore Sun
Orioles manager Buck Showalter and his family huddled in a closet while deadly tornadoes came within two miles of his Dallas home. I hope it was a big closet, because they had three basset hounds in there with them.

Ned Rice leaves Orioles to re-join Andy MacPhail with Phillies - Baltimore Sun
Andy MacPhail continues to get the band back together up in Philly, this time taking the Orioles director of administration.

Play Indexing: Yup, J.J. Hardy Was Bad In 2015 | Camden Depot
The numbers are ugly, folks. And I don't have much hope that our handsome shortstop will do anything at the plate in 2016, either.

School of Roch: Paul Janish is returning to Orioles on minor league deal
Speaking of J.J. Hardy, the Orioles have re-signed Paul Janish for when Hardy inevitably goes on the disabled list.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your Orioles birthday buddies are three guys you will barely remember. Jose Morales turns 71 today, he spent a year with the Orioles in the early 80s; Archie Corbin, who turns 48 today, pitched in 18 games for the 1996 Orioles. He had three different stints in the majors in 1991, 1996, and 1999. And finally, relief picther Jim Hoey turns 33. He is most well known as being the guy that Andy MacPhail used to fleece the Twins out of J.J. Hardy.