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    Another spring day, another spring loss

    Another loss today to the Marlins and the Orioles drop to 2-7. Ok, am I the only one that has keep telling himself, “It’s only spring training and 4/5th of the rotation is in the WBC and our top two hitters (Tejada and Roberts) have not played yet?”


    I know these games mean nothing and considering today’s lineup included only two players (Jeff Conine and Nick Markakis) with legitimate shots at starting the season in the opening day lineup (three if you include Chris Gomez if Roberts is not ready), I’m not even overly concerned about the lack of offense. Now tell me it’s just early in spring training and not to worry about Kris Benson’s early dismal performances?


    That was Uggla
    How many times are we going to play the Marlins this spring? It seems like every day I look to see what happened I end up seeing Marlins’ second baseman Dan Uggla’s name in Roch Kubatko’s great blog in THE Sun. Speaking of Uggla, what an unfortunate last name. You know some drunk in some minor league stadium has yelled, “UG-GLA there is no – other way to say – he’s uggla – hey,hey UGGLA!” or “Hey son, that was one uggla swing you had on that there slider.”


    I could go on forever with this, but you get the drift.


    Thanks Eddy
    Nothing like making a comment that Eddy Garabito should be getting playing time over Desi Relaford only to see Garabito be given two straight starts at second base by manager Sam Perlozzo. What does Eddy do? He’s goes 0-for-6. I’ll shut up now. Seriously though, let’s hope he keeps getting this opportunity and that he makes a little better showing with it.


    Halama? I thought he was dead!

    Ok, that’s a poor attempt it using a great line from the Disney movie, “The Emperor's New Groove.” However, John Halama may end up a name Orioles fans will need to know this year. The six-foot-five, 34-year old left-hander had a tough year last year between Boston and Washington, but the fact is the Orioles have spots open in the bullpen and Halama has pitched well this spring. The fact that he was stretched out to three innings today suggests he’s fighting more for the long reliever spot than LOOGY though. Considering lefties hit a cool .329 off him last year, suggests that’s a smart move.


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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.