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Anna Nicole Smith is dead at 39.

This has nothing to do with sports, but it's pretty bizarre.

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Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan just spent an hour on The Anita Marks Show on ESPN Radio 1300 and MASN. He confirmed that the Orioles didn't have any discussions with the Colorado Rockies this winter regarding first baseman Todd Helton, despite what you might have read elsewhere.

Two years ago, yes. But not this winter.

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Flanagan noted that, with Kevin Millar, Aubrey Huff and Jay Gibbons on the roster, "we felt like we had first base and DH covered." And an older Todd Helton also has lost some of its appeal.

A caller asked why Andy Tracy wasn't invited to spring training. That's a name that slipped past me when I was checking the list. Flanagan said it was a "roster consideration." The Orioles will have 64 players in camp. It seems like Tracy got squeezed out.

Flanagan also said there's been a lot of in-house discussion about putting "Baltimore" back on the road jerseys, but that's as far as it's gotten. Apparently, teams have to submit any uniform changes to Major League Baseball by June for them to take effect the following season, so it definitely isn't happening in 2007.

And before anyone blasts owner Peter Angelos, the removal of "Baltimore" happened long before his tenure began. But he could make a lot of fans happy by bringing it back.

Former first-round pick Brandon Snyder, who is recovering from labrum surgery, won't be catching this year. The Orioles plan to move him to first base and use him as a designated hitter, wherever he's assigned, before eventually shifting him back behind the plate.

You'd have to assume that Snyder will play for one of the short-season affiliates, since their seasons don't start until June and he'll have more time to recover.

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