** The club continues to work on its eight remaining arbitration cases. What I am hearing is a few more will get done before Friday, which is the deadline for both sides to submit a number. Once the numbers are in, a hearing will be set up and an independent arbiter will decide on one figure or the other. The Orioles have been exceptional in winning arbitration cases over the years, and, usually, there is a settlement before a case goes to a hearing. Last year, Brad Bergesen took his to a hearing and lost. Orioles general counsel H. Russell Smouse has yet to lose a case as the lead presenter. Those that have not settled: Chris Davis, Jason Hammel, Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson, Brian Matusz, Darren O'Day, Troy Patton and Matt Wieters.