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Connolly's Corner By Dan Connolly

Five Reasons Why The Orioles Will Be Better In 2017

Dan Connolly lists five reasons he thinks the Orioles will be one game better in 2017, and he says he still believes in Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

World Baseball Classic Isn't Perfect, But It Should Continue

Dan Connolly says he understands the criticism the World Baseball Classic receives, however, U.S. aside, it's important to the countries that participate and their fans, which is really what it's all about.

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.

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For Now, Jayson Aquino Takes The Fifth Spot

Left-hander Jayson Aquino took advantage of his first career major league start as he gave up just two runs over six innings in a 4-2 win for the Baltimore Orioles against the Boston Red Sox, April 22.

Zach Britton Looking Forward to Return

Baltimore Orioles left-handed reliever Zach Britton said he hopes to start throwing soon after being on the disabled list since April 16 with a strained forearm.

Manny Machado Controversy Overshadows Another Dominant Pitching Performance

Despite pitcher Dylan Bundy's strong showing in the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 win against the Boston Red Sox, third baseman Manny Machado's slide hitting the back of Dustin Pedroia's left knee garnered attention after the game.

Wade Miley, Caleb Joseph Team Up For Successful Start

Backup catcher Caleb Joseph has been behind the plate for all three of lefty Wade Miley's starts this season, and while the two have good chemistry, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he dislikes the idea of personal catchers

Fantasy Baseball Waiver-Wire Targets: April 21, 2017

Phil Backert surveys the fantasy baseball waiver wire, and he says owners should target Nationals reliever Shawn Kelley.

With Majors' Best Record, Orioles Return Home After Happy Trip

After a 6-3 road trip to Boston, Toronto and Cincinnati April 11-20, including a 2-1 win in 10 innings against the Reds April 20, the Orioles ran their record to 10-4, the best record in baseball.

Kevin Gausman's Early Performance Conjures Memories Of Earl Weaver's Warning

Orioles stater Kevin Gausman's early-season struggles remind Stan "The Fan" Charles of something Earl Weaver told him in 1986.

Trey Mancini's College Coach Praises The Major Leaguer's Character

"Buck Showalter could tell him that he has to clean the bathrooms every single day to get playing time, and he'd be in there cleaning the bathrooms," Notre Dame baseball coach Mik Aoki said of Trey Mancini.

Ubaldo Jimenez Throws A Gem For Orioles

"There's no doubt about it; I needed a start like this," Ubaldo Jimenez said of his 7.2 shutout innings during the Orioles' 2-0 win against the Reds. "I needed to be there for my team, and I'm glad I was able to do that tonight."

Brad Lidge Compares Zach Britton’s Sinker To Mariano Rivera's Cutter

Former closer Brad Lidge described Orioles closer Zach Britton's sinker as "an incredible pitch" and even went so far as to compare the sinker to former Yankees star Mariano Rivera's cutter.

Trey Mancini Gets A Shot At Batting Leadoff

It's been a season of firsts for Trey Mancini. The Orioles rookie, who hit three home runs in his first five games last year, has played right and left field for the first time, and on April 19, he's batting leadoff for the first time.

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