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Orioles: Today's news in a nutshell

The past 24 hours has been something of a whirlwind, what with the Nick Markakis signing yesterday and the Roch Kubatko Roast at Rams Head Live last night, but the fun really never stops.

The Orioles made their signing of catcher Gregg Zaun official. We've all been speculating about this since, I think, May or June, so it's no great surprise. Be good to see Gregg again in February when pitchers and catchers report. He was fun to have around the first time.

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Rick Dempsey, Gregg's uncle, was the Master of Ceremonies at the roast, and confirmed that Gregg is fired up to be coming back and helping to mentor Matt Wieters. We'll see how fired up he is when Dave Trembley starts giving Wieters some of his playing time, but we'll cross that bridge when the time comes.

In just a couple of hours, Nick Markakis will appear at a news conference in his honor at the Warehouse. I'll drop in a few comments here this afternoon and our baseball beat guys will give you a full report on the Web site and the print edition. Really, I'm just going there for the free soda and, if the Orioles really want to put on the dog, pretzels.

The roast was a blast. Roch took his beating in good humor and there was plenty of collateral damage, not all of it fit for a family newspaper Web site. I don't think Dempsey or Tom Matte are talking to me anymore. You know what they say: Comedy, especially when performed by amateurs, isn't pretty.

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