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Eaton In and the End of Spring Training

So the Orioles officially gave Adam Eaton the fifth spot in the rotation but managed to be pretty smart about it.

Baltimore plans to keep him in the minors at the start of the season and then use him the second week of the season in their series against the Rays since the O's wont need a fifth starter until then.

This maneuver allows the team to carry an extra bench player at first and then swap out a guy to bring in a 13th pitcher (Eaton). Pretty crafty, guys.

More importantly this means Spring Training is finally coming to a close. The season kicks off Sunday night on ESPN with the Atlanta Braves taking on the World *bleeping* Champion Philadelphia Phillies at 8.

The Orioles begin their season Monday afternoon at 4:05 playing host to the newly remodeled New York Yankees.

I'm personally going to spend this weekend enjoying a host of other sports and watch one, if not both, of the Major League movies ("Back to the Minors" never happened) and probably also The Sandlot to get me in the right mindset for the season.

What do you guys plan to do to get ready for the season, aside from earning bragging rights over Dave Sheinin?

By CJ Holley  |  April 4, 2009; 10:47 AM ET
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Well, it's smart to keep Eaton in the minors, but to carry 13 pitchers when he does come up?

Preparing for baseball season by seeing the list of available guys for my AL rotisserie auction on 4/11 and figuring out the prices. That, and maybe getting new cap or two for the season. My first Red curly W (I've worn a blue DC) and probably a new blue cloth Red Sox cap, and maybe a Smoltz jersey.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | April 4, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm going to be preparing for the season by cleaning the house and getting everything perfect so the lady has nothing to bother me with when the season kicks off (go Braves!)

Posted by: adampschroeder | April 4, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, the Post editors have made a decision to ignore the Baltimore Orioles. As a fan of BOTH teams, this is a mistake. From 1974 until 2005, the Orioles were the ONLY major league team in the area and still have many loyal fans here. They remain the representative team of the American league and deserve more coverage than say, the Tampa Bay Rays, featured in it's own story in today's Post.

I will have to go elsewhere for O's coverage which is a shame.

Posted by: stevestegman | April 6, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

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