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Pardon the interruption, but federal law requires that I take a day off once in awhile, so I let Jeff Zrebiec go to Fort Myers all by himself yesterday to cover that barn-burner against the Minnesota Twins. Good thing, too, because if I had chosen to take the first Fort Myers run instead of today's, Jeff might be too overwhelmed by last night's victory by the New York Knicks to concentrate on Chris Tillman's (below) second start of the spring.

Back in the saddle

While we're talking NBA, which I almost never do, since there is no professional basketball team in the Mid-Atlantic region, I'm amazed like the rest of you that some members of the all-powerful Miami Heat burst into tears after losing to the Chicago Bulls yesterday.

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Huh? I could understand if it was college basketball. I burst into tears almost every time I watch the Terps these days, but we're talking about a regular season NBA game, which -- by definition -- nobody cares about. Not even the players.

Back to baseball. I'm going to be doing double duty today because the Orioles are going to play twice -- this afternoon in Fort Myers against the evil Red Sox and tonight on MASN against the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium. First time under the lights at the newly renovated ballpark. Hope they stay on.

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Zach Britton is scheduled to start the feature game, but I doubt there's any great significance to him staying home and Tillman going on the road. There's a long way to go this spring and the Orioles haven't even signed Kevin Millwood yet.

Love to stay and talk some more, but I-75 awaits.

Associated Press file photo

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