O's announce plans for Monday's home opener

O's announce plans for Monday's home opener
If you're lucky enough to be coming to the Orioles' home opener on Monday, you'll be interested in a variety of special plans the team announced today. First, when you come through the gates, you'll receive a 2011 schedule/car magnet, courtesy of Brothers Services. To allow for maximum fan enjoyment, the games for the 3:05 p.m. game will open at noon, and roving musical groups will entertain on Eutaw Street and the main concourse. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 2:30 p.m. for...
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Win home opener tickets at Friday Hightopps baseball chat

Win home opener tickets at Friday Hightopps baseball chat
Want to go to the Orioles' home opener April 4? Don't have tickets, you say? Well, MASNsports.com will give you the opportunity to win a pair of opening day tickets Friday night at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium. Steve Melewski and yours truly will be hosting another in our series of baseball chats that evening, from 6-7 p.m. At 7 p.m., we'll tune Hightopps' many televisions to the O's game in St. Petersburg, Fla., against the Rays on MASN. What better way to celebrate the start...
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Monday Memory: Now pitching, Jim Palmer

Monday Memory: Now pitching, Jim Palmer
Opening day at Camden Yards is a week away, and preparations at the ballpark continue to get it ready for the Tigers-Orioles game that will be cause for civic celebration, innovative excuses for missing school and work, and early afternoon beers at Pickles Pub. Whatever your opening day traditions are - and feel free to share them in the comments section below, where you can be part of the trial of our new commenting system - I'm sure your time-tested plans are well under way. The MASN...
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Camden Yards to host championship of inaugural President's Cup tournament

Camden Yards to host championship of inaugural President's Cup tournament
Come Saturday April 16, Oriole Park at Camden Yards will play host to an intense, pressure-packed game with plenty on the line. Nope, the Yankees aren't in town to face the O's that weekend, and the Red Sox won't be setting up shop in the visitor's clubhouse, either. The players taking the field at Camden Yards that day will be members of two Baltimore city high schools, and they'll be duking it out for the championship of the inaugural President's Cup. This morning, flanked by...
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MASN hosts Orioles chat at Hightopps tonight, 6-8 p.m.

MASN hosts Orioles chat at Hightopps tonight, 6-8 p.m.
The Grapefruit League is hitting its home stretch and there are still plenty of Orioles-centric topics trending in Baltimore-based baseball discussions. Why not join MASNsports.com's Steve Melewski and Jen Royle tonight at Hightopps Backstage Grille for another in our series of baseball chats. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with a roundtable discussion - with you, the fans, at the table - about the current state of the Birds. Will Zach Britton make the rotation? Will Brian Roberts and Derrek Lee be...
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Guest bloggers expand reach of Orioles Buzz

Guest bloggers expand reach of Orioles Buzz
The start of a new baseball season brings some changes at Orioles Buzz. Beginning the first full week of the 2011 campaign, there will be some new names, viewpoints and voices associated with MASNsports.com's blog dedicated to all things Birdland. Beginning April 4, Orioles Buzz will feature guest bloggers every weekday. MASNsports.com recognizes that the blogosphere contains all sorts of opinions on the O's, and bloggers following the orange and black are a particularly hearty breed of fan....
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Monday Memory: O's TV ad from 1994

Monday Memory: O's TV ad from 1994
We're three weeks away from the Orioles' home opener, and preparations are coming along to get Camden Yards ready for the April 4 game against the Detroit Tigers. From my fifth-floor warehouse window, I've been watching the grounds crew turn the infield dirt and work on the home plate area. A surveyor's tripod rests on the pitcher's mound. Work crews are putting the finishing touches on newly installed seats throughout the ballpark, and masonry workers are performing maintenance on the...
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Peter Angelos speaks on O's fortunes, Guerrero, Sarasota renovations

Peter Angelos speaks on O's fortunes, Guerrero, Sarasota renovations
Orioles managing partner Peter G. Angelos took in today's home exhibition opener in the renovated Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., and spent a few minutes chatting with WBAL-AM announcers Joe Angel and Fred Manfra during the top of the eighth inning during broadcast of the game. "We always like the club in the beginning of the season," Angelos said, referring to the O's victory in their Grapefruit League opener Monday and a 12-6 lead over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. "Hopefully, this will be...
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Hightopps to host O's chat, first MASN TV game March 7

Hightopps to host O's chat, first MASN TV game March 7
Are you ready for Orioles baseball on television? Your wait is almost over. And you can share the MASN broadcast of the Yankees-O's game on Monday, March 7 with other baseball fans at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium. Join MASNsports.com's Steve Melewski, Jen Royle and yours truly at Hightopps at 6 p.m. for an hour of spirited baseball talk. We'll answer your questions about the 2011 Orioles, give you our thoughts on the upcoming season, ask some trivia questions and give away some...
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O's, WBAL announce 16-game spring training radio schedule

O's, WBAL announce 16-game spring training radio schedule
WBAL Radio (1090 AM) and the Orioles have announced that 16 of the team's spring training games will be broadcast live, beginning with the O's Grapefruit League opener at Bradenton, Fla., against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 1:05 p.m. The next day, Sunday, March 1, catch the O's home exhibition opener at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota against the Tampa Bay Rays. Twelve of the 16 broadcasts will feature 30-minute pregame and postgame shows. Longtime Orioles Radio Network...
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Ernie Tyler never stopped doing what he loved

Ernie Tyler never stopped doing what he loved
The last time I saw Ernie Tyler was, well, vintage Ernie. He was sitting near the corridor that leads to the umpires' dressing room in Camden Yards, a stack of towels perched on his lap and a smile on his face. It's a pretty good memory, befitting an amazing guy who is as synonymous with the Orioles - and on a first-name basis, no less - as Frank, Brooks, Boog or Cal. It happened the day before dizziness forced his hospitalization last October, before surgery a few days later to remove a...
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O's baseball talk at Hightopps on Monday, Feb. 14, 6-8 p.m.

O's baseball talk at Hightopps on Monday, Feb. 14, 6-8 p.m.
Orioles pitchers and catchers hold their first spring training workout Monday in Sarasota, Fla., at Ed Smith Stadium. If that's not a reason to celebrate in the midst of a cold, snowy Baltimore winter, I don't know what is - so join MASNsports.com's Steve Melewski and Jen Royle for an evening of baseball talk at Hightopps Backstage Grille in Timonium from 6-8 p.m on Monday, Feb. 14. Yes, Monday is Valentine's Day. What better way to declare your love for your hometown team than to join...
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MASN to unveil text-messaging service at Saturday's FanFest

MASN to unveil text-messaging service at Saturday's FanFest
Saturday's Orioles FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center will be full of fan forums, autographs and giveaways. But Orioles fans attending the annual baseball-centric celebration will also get the opportunity to participate in a brand-new MASN initiative: a mobile text-messaging platform that will deliver important FanFest updates directly to their cellular devices and smart phones. By texting ORIOLES to 74499, O's fans will be given an opportunity to receive updates throughout the day....
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Warm thought: spring training tickets on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Warm thought: spring training tickets on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.
Need a comforting, warm thought to take the chill off a mid-winter's day? Orioles spring training tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. So, if you want to ditch snow, ice and cold for the sunny shores of Sarasota and the new-look Ed Smith Stadium, you'll want to know all the details for how to acquire tickets for the Birds' 16-game Grapefruit League slate. Play starts March 1 with a home game against Tampa Bay. Individual game tickets can be purchased by phone by calling...
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O's announce partnership with new food vendor for Oriole Park

O's announce partnership with new food vendor for Oriole Park
After recently parting ways with ARAMARK, the only previous food vendor in OPACY history, the Orioles today announced a new partnership with Delaware North Companies Sportservice, who will begin providing food, beverage and retail merchandise services at the Yard in 2011. Sportservice will manage all concessions, catering, dining operations and retail stores and kiosks within the ballpark, including Eutaw Street. According to Orioles Director of Communications Greg Bader, the O's expect the...
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Follow VandenHurk's European tour

Follow VandenHurk's European tour
This offseason, O's fan can follow a few of their favorite Birds on the European Big League Tour. Orioles reliever Rick VandenHurk and teammates Adam Jones and Jeremy Guthrie will be participating in the tour, along with other MLB players and coaches who are traveling through Europe this winter to bring a love of baseball to Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, and Antwerp. VandenHurk will be blogging about his travels for MLB.com, and he's already posted a few entries from the tour's first...
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Follow VandenHurk's European tour

Follow VandenHurk's European tour
This offseason, O's fan can follow a few of their favorite Birds on the European Big League Tour. Orioles reliever Rick VandenHurk and teammates Adam Jones and Jeremy Guthrie will be participating in the tour, along with other MLB players and coaches who are traveling through Europe this winter to bring a love of baseball to Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, and Antwerp. VandenHurk will be blogging about his travels for MLB.com, and he's already posted a few entries. According to his blog,...
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Important dates of the offseason

Important dates of the offseason
At this point in the fall, even ESPN's coverage of the World Series has waned, and it's officially time to start kindling the Hot Stoves, preparing for the Winter Meetings, and booking flights for trips to spring training. There are, however, a few remnants of last season still to come in the way of awards; and there are more than a few important offseason dates to mark on your calendars to help you through long winter months without baseball. Take a look at the important MLB dates and...
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Wigginton showed 'Heart & Hustle' for O's in 2010

Wigginton showed 'Heart & Hustle' for O's in 2010
The latest Oriole who needs your help in the voting is this year's Heart & Hustle Award nominee, Ty Wigginton. After approaching the 2010 season without a distinct concept of what his role might be, Wigginton proved to be a big part of this year's Orioles team. Wigginton wound up playing 154 of the Birds' 162 games and finished the season with a .248 average at the plate; his 76 RBI led the team, while his 22 homers put him second only to Luke Scott and his 29 doubles tied him with...
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See the O's in Sarasota

See the O's in Sarasota
The Orioles released their 2011 spring training schedule today for what will be their second year now in Sarasota, Fla., but their first in the newly renovated Ed Smith Stadium. You can take a behind the scenes tour, led by Vice President of Planning and Development Janet Marie Smith, to get a look at some of the changes you can expect to see at the new facility by clicking here. The O's 2011 spring schedule affords you 16 opportunities to catch an early look at the Birds in Sarasota, with...
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