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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

Orioles' 2017 Success Hinges On Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman

Dan Connolly says, fair or not, the 2017 Orioles will rise or fall based on the performances of young right-handers Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy.

Among Fans, Optimism Currently Higher For Orioles Than Ravens

Dan Connolly says for the first time in two decades, the Orioles may be in a better spot to succeed in the near future than their football-playing brethren, the Ravens.

Orioles Should Consider Trading Manny Machado, Zach Britton For Future Gains

Dan Connolly says the Orioles can make some tough choices now, like trading Zach Britton and Manny Machado, to create a new foundation for 2018 and beyond.

Changes Needed To Boost Prestige Of Reliever Awards

Dan Connolly says Zach Britton's exclusion from the list of Cy Young finalists proves the award is officially for starters only, so MLB should find a way to properly recognize relievers.

Orioles Need More Offensive Balance In 2017 Lineup

Dan Connolly says the Orioles' lineup needs to be diverse. It needs to have guys who can get on base, steal and force the issue when the home run isn't there.

For The Orioles, Making The Playoffs Constitutes Successful Season

Dan Connolly says, for the Orioles, making the playoffs constitutes a successful season, because after all, only one in 30 cities has a tickertape parade each November.

What Orioles Got At Trade Deadline Just Might Be Enough

Dan Connolly says Dan Duquette doesn't always get what he wants, but often, he gets just what the Orioles need.

With All-Star Nods, Unheralded Relievers Finally Earn Recognition

Dan Connolly says Kansas City manager Ned Yost played a significant role in getting middle-relief pitchers the recognition they deserve.

With His Improved Play, Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim Provides Plenty Of Intrigue

Dan Connolly says Hyun Soo Kim's emergence has been one of the most interesting stories of the year for the Orioles -- and it's just getting started.

A Lasting Handshake: Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop Take Unique Path To Majors

How two shortstops put competition aside to blaze their paths to the majors and build an enduring friendship.

More PressBox Baseball Coverage

Orioles High On Rule 5 Pick Anthony Santander

"He’s a good looking hitter," Buck Showalter said of Anthony Santander. "... I’m really anxious, looking forward to seeing him in the outfield. Watching him throw, it looks like his arm is going to work OK, too."

Glenn Clark: Adam Jones Cares About The Only Thing That Matters

Glenn Clark says Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is a tremendous baseball player who cares most about the only thing that matters: winning.

Donnie Hart Hoping For Repeat Of Spectacular 2016

"I don't think there's a whole lot, from a number side of it, that I can do better than I what I did last year," Donnie Hart said. "It's one of those things where I'm going to have to take the same approach and stick with it."

Matt Wieters' True Potential Missed In 'Hidden Figures'

Jim Henneman goes around the world of Major League Baseball, and he says somewhere along the line, analytics clouded the true value of former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters.

Orioles' Zach Britton Isn't Worried About Oblique Muscle

"I don't think it's anything serious," Orioles closer Zach Britton said of his oblique discomfort. "It was more just soreness in an area that I don't normally get soreness."

Five Things To Know About Orioles Pitcher Vidal Nuno

The Orioles acquired left-hander Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers Feb. 19. Did you know his first career loss came at the hands of an Orioles' extra-inning, walk-off home run?

Orioles Continue Active February, Add Fourth Player In Past Four Days

It's been a busy four days for the Orioles, with the team adding two left-handed pitchers and two veteran outfielders.

Spring Baseball Calendar Now Dictated By Arbitration

With salaries and counter offers dominating the spring baseball talk more than balls and strikes, Jim Henneman wonders who the real winners and losers are in the game of arbitration.

Orioles Re-Sign Michael Bourn To Minor League Contract

The Orioles signed outfielder Michael Bourn to a minor league contract Feb. 20, which adds yet another speedy, defensive-minded outfielder to a team in need of them.

Back With The Orioles, Robert Andino Hopes To Make A Difference

Baltimore fan favorite Robert Andino is excited to be back in the Orioles' organization, as the longtime infielder says, "Baltimore's always my home."

Orioles Acquire Lefty Swingman Vidal Nuno From Dodgers

In need of another left-hander for the bullpen, Orioles EVP Dan Duquette acquired Vidal Nuno from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for minor league pitcher Ryan Moseley.

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