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SARASOTA, Fla. - Welcome to the second day of spring training at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Clubhouse opens to the media at 8:45 a.m. Players will take the field around 10 a.m.

The Orioles could announce Suk-min Yoon’s signing today. No promises, though.

A report out of Korea last night stated that Yoon will stay with the Orioles instead of returning home, and will later interview for a visa in Canada.

Steve Johnson had an impressive bullpen session yesterday. He’s making a nice impression, going back to last month’s mini-camp.

johnson-s-profile-sidebar.jpgJohnson continues to work on his splitter. He said it was good for eight bullpen sessions, but it wasn’t as consistent yesterday.

“It was there,” he said, still encouraged by the progress he’s made.

Johnson is beginning to throw it harder.

Nick Markakis looks bigger than he did last season. It’s obvious that he’s been working out hard over the winter. His arms and legs are thicker.

Manager Buck Showalter also thinks Chris Davis is bigger this spring. If you can imagine.

“I swear he grew another half-inch,” Showalter said.

You watch Eduardo Rodriguez throw, remember that he’s only 20 and fully understand why every team that talks trade with the Orioles inquires about his availability.

Showalter was asked again yesterday about pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti.

“Dave and Dom have been down this road so many times, they know,” he said. “I trust them and I’m excited about it, but I felt just as good last year. We’re going to be as good as we’re capable of being. I don’t want to use the words ‘fresh eyes’ so much, but just the wisdom of the process. There’s a process. They’re not going to blurt something out after a guy throws a side one day.

“You can see their experience. They aren’t going to coach every second. They know that sometimes the best coaching you do is the coaching you don’t do. It’s about the environment. I’ve said many times this has got the chance to be the best coaching staff I’ve ever had.

“They’re not in a race to show everybody how smart they are. They come in with a lot of cache, but they realize how much weight their words carry and they choose them very carefully.

“Pitchers seem to be responding and excited about it. Especially when you’ve had some troubles in certain areas. They come in with a fresh set of eyes to look at it. And they came in with a lot of respect for guys like Chris Tillman and Tommy (Hunter) and Darren (O’Day). That’s not going to get thrown out. They know what people have done. They’ve done their homework.”

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