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Ticket info

Here's one more suggested title for Jose Canseco's book sequel: "Meet the Juicers" 
Tickets for the Orioles’ 2008 home games will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. You can pick them up at the box office at Camden Yards and the team store in York, Pa., or be lazy like myself and go online to or call 1-888-848-BIRD.
The box office will be open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 12 and noon to 5 p.m. the next day. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you can’t wait until next weekend, full and partial season-ticket plans are available for purchase. Call the number listed above to speak with a representative or make a trade offer for Erik Bedard.

New pitching coach Rick Kranitz is confirmed as a guest for tomorrow night’s Hot Stove Show on WHFS (105.7) and MASN. The show airs from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on radio and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on television. It’s also replayed Saturday morning at 9 a.m. on MASN.

Meanwhile, the spring training drama continues to play out down south. Not whether Randor Bierd makes the team as a Rule 5 pick – there’s plenty of time for that excitement - but whether the Orioles are going to relocate.

Officials from the city of Fort Lauderdale reportedly have requested any public records or documents entered into last year between the Orioles and Vero Beach or Indian River County. The city also included Major League Baseball and other teams so the Orioles aren’t being singled out, but this is all about the Orioles, who could bolt for Vero Beach as early as 2009.

Just when it appeared the Orioles would get a new stadium in Lauderdale, and finally move their minor league complex out of Sarasota, the FAA mucked up the works by failing thus far to give its approval, which is necessary because the complex is located next to an executive airport. The Orioles won’t confirm whether they’re the team that signed an option agreement to move into Vero once the Dodgers leave for Arizona.

There probably isn’t a reporter alive who would prefer spending six weeks in Vero instead of Lauderdale, but this isn’t about us.

Sadly, this isn’t about us.

The Orioles are tired of playing in a run-down facility that needs a lot more than new carpeting and a fresh coat of paint, and having their minor leaguers on the other side of the state. It’s an absurd arrangement, especially when you visit Vero or Jupiter and see all those extra fields and the convenience of shuffling players back and forth without using up two tanks of gas.

I love Lauderdale, but you can't blame the Orioles for losing patience and seeking a better deal. They weren't anticipating the FAA taking so long to render a decision.