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Orioles: Goin' south

Now that the Orioles have their radio rights deal done -- and, since I work for WBAL, I'll recuse myself from further commentary on that subject -- we can resume the countdown to the first pitcher and catcher workout on Monday in Sarasota. I'm hoping to get down there before any more of my toes fall off.

The last time I looked, the forecast for next week called for temperatures on the gulf coast of 67 to 69 degrees. Not exactly beach weather, but if I can still break out a Tommy Bahama, it's spring.

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Of course, the next couple of weeks will be heavy with coverage of the pitching staff, and why not? For all the offensive players who have been added to the Orioles roster over the past few months, the club's chances of competing this year still depend very heavily on the continuing growth of the young starters and the success of the upgraded bullpen.

Since we've got nothing better to do right now and somebody asked me to change the subject after leaving up one Vladimir Guerrero item for the final four days of my vacation, give me your predictions for:

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1. The season-opening starting rotation -- in order.

2. The number of starts the Orioles will get from Justin Duchscherer.

3. The date Zach Britton gets called up.

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