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So it begins

The Orioles are about to take the field for their offday workout at Tropicana Field, which wouldn't be happening if the ballpark did not have a roof. The Tampa/St. Petersburg area is being crushed by a huge thunderstorm and it's deafening even inside the stadium.

The highlight so far was watching MASN's Roch Kubatko arrive in the press box a while back with his jeans soaked up to his calves. I got into the building just before the deluge, but almost got hit by a flying trash can on my way in from the parking lot.

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In a little less than 30 hours, the Orioles will unveil their upgraded and potentially power-packed lineup against Rays ace David Price, which should be quite a test, but catcher Matt Wieters said today that it's not about first impressions.

"I don't think it matters who you're going against,'' he said. "We're excited about this lineup for the whole season, not just one night."

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