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Wednesday Bird Droppings

Today's links include a dim outlook for Jonathan Schoop, a look at how the Orioles have sacrificed defense for power, and a search for a possible lefty starter.

Hello, Camden Chatters! It's hump day! It's also just 12 days until Opening Day. My favorite player to rock the number 12 is Mike Devereaux, who wore it from 1989 to 1994. Other number 12s in Orioles history include Lenn Sakata, Roberto Alomar, and Mark Reynolds, among others.

Have you thrown your hat into the ring in this year's pre-season contest? If not, be sure to do so by Sunday. So far we have 200 entries.

2016 Positional Power Rankings: Second Base | FanGraphs Baseball
FanGraphs is doing positional power rankings and they are not fond of Schoop. I have faith that he'll grow as a batter this year.

Orioles' Hardy hopes pain is in the past |
J.J. Hardy wan'ts you to know that he really is healthy. I hope that he is, but you can't blame me for having my doubts.

Former Dodger Jay Gibbons hopes his Westlake Village home is a hit | LA Times
Are you looking for a house in the Los Angeles area? Consider former Oriole Jay Gibbons's home, on the market for a cool $2.925 mil.

Are the Orioles forgoing Defense for Power? | Bird's Eye View
After posting great defense in recent years, the last few have been a disturbing trend downward, this year manifested by Mark Trumbo in right field. Ideally you'd have a great offense and a great defense, but the reality is that often can't get both in the same player. Hopefully the Oriole haven't sacrificed too much in the field for the sake of their lineup.

Southpaws Without Options: Orioles 5th Starter? | Camden Depot
The Orioles find themselves down a starter with Kevin Gausman likely headed to the DL, and also find themselves without a lefty option in the rotation. Jon Shepherd looks at some possibilities to fill both roles.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have three Orioles birthday buddies, the most well known of which is Lee May. Mr. May turns 73 today and spent six of his 18 years as a big leaguer in an Orioles uniform. Others include Bruce Howard, who spent half of the 1968 season before he was traded to the Senators. And Sam Bowens spent five seasons as a backup outfielder for the Orioles from 1963-67.