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Can Chris Davis reach power potential in 2012?

Orioles infielder Chris Davis is ready to have that break out year so many scouts believe he can. Entering his fifth big league season, Davis has one of those big, upper-cut power strokes that makes you feel bad for the ball if he connects. Over his big league career, connecting consistently has been the problem. Davis knows it’s time to step up and in 2012

Jake Arrieta excited to pitch pain free

Early bullpen sessions at Orioles camp this week indicate Jake Arrieta’s elbow is completely healed after undergoing a surgery to remove bone spurs last August. The 25-year-old told me he had been aware of the bone spurs since his freshman year in college, and had pitched with pain for years. As of this week, he’s pitching pain free. “I can’t remember a time in my

Orioles' upside a major storyline in 2012

The Orioles are banking the 2012 season on a whole lot of upside. Will the young arms like Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Chris Tillman and Zach Britton become the pitchers many believed they could be? Can international pitchers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada pitch as well in the major leagues as they did in Nippon Professional Baseball? Will the light bulb finally go on for

Top AL East spring training story lines

Pitchers and catchers are trickling into their respective spring training sites, and the American League East is once again shaping up to be a beast. Take a look at the five clubs’ offseason moves and what key story lines will dominate spring training. The Yankees retained GM Brian Cashman and ace CC Sabathia while trading for one of the best young power arms in the

Prospects find new outlet in social media

I admit it: I feed the monster by following 19- and 20-year-old prospects on Twitter. I follow top talents like the Manny Machado of the Orioles and the Nationals’ Bryce Harper because it’s my job. In doing so, I’ve gotten a quick lesson in how genuine, and at times ill-advised, these kids’ comments can be. Smart prospects use social media to connect to fans, who

Once again, O's opening day starter unknown

It’s been a while since the Orioles headed to spring training with a definite pitcher slated to take the mound on opening day. Was it perhaps Mike Mussina in 2000? He’s the only pitcher I can remember who, in mid-February, was expected to be the team’s ace barring a meteor landing on Ft. Lauderdale or a widespread plague. Someone has to start opening day for

With Guthrie gone, who fills what roles?

There’s nothing more depressing than looking at a crusty seven-layer dip moments after the Super Bowl is over and realizing that it’s been out since noon. In brazen disregard for your own health, you take one last bite, scrape the remaining cheese off the dish, throw half-empty beer bottles in the garage recycling can and then head to bed. The football season is officially over.

Should Orioles and Nationals engage in trade talks?

When I think of the Nationals pitching talent in 2012, a line from one of my all-time favorite movies “Raising Arizona” comes to mind. When Holly Hunter (Ed) is trying to justify Nicholas Cage (H.I.) kidnapping one of the Arizona quintuplets she says, “H.I., they’ve got more than they can handle!” I’m not implying the Orioles should kidnap Stephen Strasburg or Gio Gonzalez, but Mike

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