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Andrew Stetka: For seamheads, opening day is packed with memories, optimism and hope

There's a good reason that Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith has teamed up with Anheuser-Busch this spring in an effort to make baseball's opening day a national holiday: It's got about everything a fan of the greatest game could want. The hope of a new season is upon us, seamheads. Even though three regular season games are already in the books, including two that were

Opposite dugout: Red Sox begin their World Series defense

Manager: John Farrell, second year Record (2013): 97-65 Last 10 games: N/A Who to watch (2013 stats): DH David Ortiz (.309/.395/.564, 30 HR, 103 RBIs); 2B Dustin Pedroia (.301/.372/.415, 42 doubles, 84 RBIs); 1B Mike Napoli (.259/.360/.482, 23 HR, 92 RBIs); LHP Jon Lester (15-8, 3.75 ERA) Season series vs. O's (2013): 8-11, 84 runs scored, 71 runs allowed Pitching probables March 31: Jon Lester

Yard Work: Working for green at the offseason finish line

Camden Yards is a gem, a rare baseball cathedral that blends classic, retro style with today's version of the national pastime. But its lush outfield grass and manicured infield don't happen by accident. They're the result of a year-round effort by head groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen and her talented grounds crew. Each month during this offseason, Orioles Buzz will check in with McFadyen to see what's

Throwback Thursday: 2013's best of the best

After featuring highlight after highlight every Thursday, we have arrived to our final Throwback Thursday before the 2014 season begins. We've relived Adam Jones' game-winning home run off of Mariano Rivera, Manny Machado's jaw-dropping plays at third, Chris Davis' record-breaking homer and so much more. What better way to bring in a new season than by reliving all of the best moments from 2013... again?

Bird Talk: Duquette building winner, spring questions answered, impact prospect

Five days. We will have regular season baseball starting on Monday, which is five days away. But before the Orioles open against the World Series champions the Boston Red Sox, make sure you catch up on any stories you might have missed on the Orioles from National writers. * Toward the end of last week, one of my favorite baseball writers Tyler Kepner of The

Weekly Wrap: Simply Adam Jones days until opening day

I don't know if you follow us on Facebook or not, but we have been counting down the days until opening day through pictures, like the one to the right. Seeing these pictures makes me even more excited for opening day. Just 10 more days! While we're counting down, the Orioles are still in the process of making cuts and getting their roster whittled down

Throwback Thursday: Davis' dominant night

We all know that Chris Davis' 2013 campaign was one for the record books, and by now, I'm sure I don't need to reference the statistics to prove it. But with last season's incredible performance, many fans are speculating whether Crush can repeat that crushing. This week, I'm throwin' it back to Davis' t-shirt night at the Yard last May. As if thousands of fans

Bird Talk: Hunter profile, Hardy's defensive praise, Duquette succeeding and more

We are so close to the regular season starting. Now, if only this pesky snow would leave us so the spring temperatures can come to Baltimore. While we wait for the season to begin, make sure you're up to date with all the latest on the Birds. Here are a few stories from around the nation that you may have missed about the Orioles. *

Weekly Wrap: Injuries, cuts, a new baby and more

A team's effort to get closer looks at everyone in camp while also being extremely cautious with everyday regular season players makes spring training look abnormal when compared to the actual season. If you don't know what I mean, look at the Orioles this week. After rolling his ankle in a game Tuesday, Matt Wieters was immediately removed. However, he says he would have toughed

Throwback Thursday: Manny's monster mash

This week, I'm throwin' it back to an early moment from 2013. But describing it as just an "early" moment doesn't do it justice. Yes, it is from very early in the season, but this moment was so much more. In the third series of the season, the Orioles traveled to Boston to face their division foes. The Birds entered the top of the ninth

Bird Talk: Looking at prospects, an old Bundy trade rumor and roster advice

The Orioles' are off to one of the hottest starts in spring training. The club has won nine Grapefruit League games and has looked impressive while doing so. I know MASNsports.com has loyal readers, but you may have missed other stories from national outlets. Don't worry, I have you covered. * MLB.com's Bernie Pleskoff took a deeper look at the Orioles' top prospects and how

Orioles guest bloggers returning to MASNsports.com for 2014 season

Baseball's back - well, almost - and so are the guest bloggers that have been a staple at MASNsports.com since 2011. Starting with March 31, the date of the Orioles' home and season opener at Camden Yards, a different guest blogger will share their opinions each weekday. There are a host of fan blogs that follow the Orioles, and welcoming guest bloggers to our pages

Weekly Wrap: Major minor league depth

Once again, the Orioles made national headlines this week, signing Johan Santana to a minor league deal. A seasoned veteran, Santana can bring much experience if healthy, and he is targeting June 1 as a possible date to be ready to help out the Orioles. The left-hander joins a system that is filled with talent, including many young players who are being noticed around the

Throwback Thursday: A spectacular double play

The battle for the Orioles' starting second base job has heated up this spring. Ryan Flaherty came into spring training as the favorite, but Jemile Weeks, Alexi Casilla and Jonathan Schoop have made it a stiff competition. In 65 games at second base last season, Flaherty finished with a .993 fielding percentage with only two errors in 283 chances. In the video below, Flaherty teams

Giveaway: Enter to win a signed Darren O'Day ball and prize pack

Not that we're counting or anything, but 26 days until opening day! We know you're anticipating the return of Baltimore baseball. While we wait, we're holding a giveaway. Enter to win an autographed Darren O'Day baseball (pictured above) and a prize pack! When prompted, be sure to share this giveaway on Facebook and Twitter for possible bonus entries. Good luck, Birdland! (function(d, s, id)

Bird Talk: O's could contend in AL East, Barlow tribute and more

Live baseball is back and the Orioles are still making headlines. The Orioles made another splash Tuesday by signing Johan Santana to a minor league deal. Several national writers have weighed in on the Orioles' offseason. Read below for the latest. * The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo said other teams in the AL East should be looking out for the Orioles after their February roster

O's fan bringing bone marrow donor nights to IronBirds, Keys

Michael Mister, an Orioles fan living in Bellefonte, Pa., is using his love of baseball and penchant for attending minor league games to help those battling leukemia, lymphoma and other life-threatening blood cancers that require bone marrow transplants. When Mister found out that Lynn Marie McManus of Greensboro, N.C., the wife of his former Marine Corps buddy Jim McManus, was stricken with leukemia and needed

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