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Not A Good Night To Be A Sauce Packet

At Harry Grove Stadium, we have the running of the sauce packets brought to you by Taco Bell.  In Monday night’s game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, it is safe to say that the packets were… not on their game.

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Our intern Jeff Kurkjian, needless to say, jinxed the entire operation when he tweeted out the following:

He was joined by our other interns, Kevin and Kyler, who shared in the excitement but no could have guess what happened next. The packets first start off in the wonderful city of Frederick and race to Harry Grove Stadium.

That is when things began to go south. The hot sauce, was taken out of the race early with a little bit of an altercation with the fence…

*Video courtesy of Thomas Walker.

So with just two packets left in the race it, it was tied till the very end.  The mild and the fire sauce got down to a few feet when the unexpected happened.

The mild sauce ended up on top in one of the strangest Taco Bell Sauce races in the history of Harry Grove Stadium.

Tuesday, the Keys went into extra innings and the sauces ran again.  Our interns, Jeff and Kyler, got redemption by NOT falling on their faces.  Jeff, dressed in the hot sauce ended up on top, redeeming his pathetic performance from the night before.

Come on out to the Grove to this Saturday to see the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo at  7p.m. Odds are it will be even better than Monday’s ill-fated sauce debacle.

How many hot dogs can you eat?

It’s back. The Keys annual celebration of baseball’s most popular protein returns to Harry Grove Stadium this evening — 50-Cent Hot Dog Night.
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Hot dog consumption begins when gates open at 6 p.m. for tonight’s 7 p.m. game against the Mudcats. The question that remains: How many can you eat?

Are you a lightweight?

Or a champion?

Before answering, some inspiring videos:

And for the ladies:

Keys to be on O’s pregame show today

*Watch the interview with Michael Ohlman, Tim Berry and Matt Hobgood here.

*From the MASN O’s Xtra set:

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From left: Tim Berry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Ohlman, Matt Hobgood, Jim Hunter

From left: Tim Berry, Rick Dempsey, Mike Ohlman, Matt Hobgood, Jim Hunter

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What are you doing this afternoon?

Well, at 3, stop doing it, find a TV and turn on MASN to watch Michael Ohlman, Tim Berry and Matt Hobgood.

Ohlman, the Keys power-htting catcher, leads the team and is among league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage (.302/.404/.535).

Berry, a left-hander, has been on a roll since the all-star break, going 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA in eight starts. He’s 8-6 with a 3.86 ERA on the season.

And Hobgood, the Orioles’ first-round pick in 2009, joined the Keys in mid-July. In his first season since shoulder surgery sidelined him for all of last year, Hobgood has pitched well in three of his four outings with the Keys. He piggy-backed on Trent Howard’s start yesterday and threw four scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and fanning four.

This is Hobgood’s introduction at Camden Yards back in ’09

So, at 3 p.m., watch MASN. Shake your Keys.

Steve Pearce Rehabs In Frederick

Steve Pearce is the first Baltimore to rehab with the Frederick Keys this season. He has been out since June 21 with sore wrists. He plans to play all three games of this home stand against the Lynchburg Hillcats and will bat second and play first base in tonight’s lineup. Check out the official press release on Pearce’s visit to Frederick here.

*Fun facts about Pearce at Harry Grove Stadium from out broadcaster, Tim Murray.

In other transactions news, Keys catcher, Zane Chavez, has been activated from the disabled list and will bat fourth as the designated hitter in tonight’s lineup. He was placed on the DL on June 14 due to an oblique strain.

*The Keys went 16 innings against the Salem Red Sox on Friday night.  Thanks to Michael Ohlman, the Keys finished their road trip with a win.

On their last road trip, the Keys went .500 winning three of their six games.  The final game against Salem was postponed due to rain. The Keys face the Hillcats at home tonight at 7pm.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Jason Esposito has been a silent killer for the Keys in the month of July. He is batting .312 this month with four doubles and 17 RBIs in addition playing both corners of the diamond. He will bat in the sixth position tonight where is hitting .299 with two home runs and 16 RBIs this season.

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Brady Wager is set to start in tonight’s game against the Lynchburg Hillcats.  Wager is 2-4 this season with a 4.86 ERA.  He has lost all four of his home starts this season.

*Speaking of Keys starters, Tim Murray sat down Zach Clark last week to talk some Keys baseball.

*Tim Murray also sat down with Lex Rutledge on July 25, just a day after he was promoted from Class-A Delmarva.

*Have you voted for Keyote yet as the best mascot in the Carolina League? Do it now!

*Don’t forget to take out poll and follow us on Twitter.

Who Killed Frank Key?!

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That’s right folks, there has been a murder at Harry Grove Stadium.  Our very own Frank Key has been killed and it is up to you to find out whodunit.

Let’s take a look at the suspects in a little more detail…

Was it the ex-military soldier, Colonel Mustard?

Or did the smartest man in the room, Prof. Plum, commit the murder?

Or was it the money man himself, Mr. Green?

Or would Mrs. Peacock, the wife of a senator, risk it all to murder Frank Key?

Could it have been the seductive yet secretive Miss Scarlet?

You can never count out the maid. Could Mrs. White have killed our beloved Frank Key?

And the man trying to figure it all out, Detective Apter.

Detective Apter needs YOUR help.  Be sure to chime into the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WhoKilledFrankKey.

*In other news, the Keys have a game tonight against the Salem Red Sox at 7pm, gates open at 6pm.  This is the first of a four game series at home against the Red Sox. The Keys will then go on the road for seven games so be sure to catch them this weekend.

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Tucker Nathans has been nothing but hot lately. In his last seven games, he is batting .440 (11-25) with two doubles. He was called up from Class-A Delmarva on July 7.

*Keys outfielder and tonight’s leadoff hitter, Johnny Ruettiger got some love from MiLB. Check out the story below.

Brady Wager to start tonight for the Keys. Since his first two starts that we rather rough, Wager is 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings pitched, allowing 20 hits, 11 runs, seven earned, and nine walks.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

*If you missed yesterday’s edition of Unlocking They Keys, then you probably missed Ryan Minor’s interview. But don’t fret, you can check it out right here.

*There have been a lot of transactions being made in Frederick and the entire Baltimore Orioles system.  Righty, Matt Hobgood has been promoted from Delmarva along with infielder Michael Mosby.  Also, Zach Petersime and Delvi Cid have been released.

Mudcats In Frederick For Sunday Funday

Last night’s game is a tough one to talk about  for the more than 8,000 Keys fans at Harry Grove Stadium.  The Carolina Mudcats beat the Keys last night 11-1.

Glynn Davis scored the only Keys run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of a RBI single by Delvi Cid. In his first game back at the Grove after being transferred from Double-A Bowie, Cid went 2-for-2 with two singles, one RBI and a stolen base.

*If you missed last night’s game, check out the Frederick News-Post’s  game story here.

Julio Rodriguez will start tonight for Frederick. In his last start with Frederick, he walked six batters and allowed four runs on one hit, a homer, in just two innings in his last start before he was pulled from the game at Wilmington.

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Tucker Nathans is the man to look out for tonight batting in the five spot tonight.  He went 2-for-4 last night with a double. In five games with Frederick this season, he is batting .389 with two doubles, a RBI and a stolen base. Nathans went undrafted out of Fairfield but was signed in 2013 by the Orioles after two years of independent ball.

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Tucker Nathans with the Shorebirds.

*For all of the information you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below!

*The Baltimore Orioles organization sent three players to the All-Star Futures game including current Frederick Keys first baseman, Christian Walker.

The U.S. team defeated the World team 4-2. Walker did not start, however he finished the game 0-for-2 with a pop out and a strikeout.  In his first at-bat, he faced former Keys pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, who is currently pitching for Double-A Bowie.

*Last night’s starter, Trent Howard, sat down with Keys broadcaster, Tim Murray, before yesterday’s game.

*Check out our newest blog poll below.

Machado bobbles, a doubleheader, fireworks and Biingo at The Grove

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We’re giving away 1,000 of the Manny Machado bobbleheads today courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle. Gates open at 5 p.m. Get here early if you want this fine-looking bobblehead.

Mother Nature did not cooperate with the Keys’ plans Friday night, washing away Casino Night and postponing the 7 p.m. game against Wilmington.

But, as a result, we’re playing two at The Grove tonight, which will make for one grand Saturday evening at the ballpark. The doubleheader starts at 6 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m.

For starters, it’s Manny Machado bobblehead giveaway day presented by BayRunner Shuttle.

*Bobblehead giveaway tips:

  • If you want a Manny bobblehead (it looks good, doesn’t it?) get here early. The earlier the better.
  • We’re giving away 1,000 bobbles courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle when the gates open at 5 p.m.
  • It’s first come, first serve and there will be a line.

Once you’ve got your bobblehead, get ready for two games that feature some strong pitching matchups. In game one, Keys pitcher Tim Berry takes on Blue Rocks top-pitching prospect and 2012 first-round pick Kyle Zimmer in game one. A look at the game one matchup:

KEYS GAME ONE STARTER: LHP Tim Berry (2-1, 3.44)

  • Fourth in the Carolina League with 38 strikeouts.
  • Retired first 13 Wilmington batters in April 12 start against Zimmer and Blue Rocks. Fanned eight and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over six innings in start, receiving a no-decision in the Keys’ 4-3 win.
  • Rated by Baseball America as Baltimore’s 11th-best prospect.
  • Drafted in the final (50th) round of the 2009 draft by the Orioles after senior season of high school, during which he threw a no-hitter and then had Tommy John surgery.

BLUE ROCKS GAME ONE STARTER: RHP Kyle Zimmer (0-2, 4.03)

  • Struck out eight Keys on April 12, allowing an unearned run on two hits and three walks. Enters game coming off a 6.1-inning, one-run start.
  • Leads the Carolina League with 12.41 K/9 ratio; second in strikeouts (40).
  • Rated by Baseball America as Kansas City’s No. 1 prospect. Had surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow in the offseason. When healthy, has registered 99 mph with his fastball.

And game two’s matchup:

KEYS GAME TWO STARTER: LHP Trent Howard (1-0, 0.51)

  • Has allowed just one run in 17.2 innings out the bullpen this season.
  • Went 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in three starts vs. Blue Rocks last season

BLUE ROCKS GAME TWO STARTER: LHP John Lamb (2-3, 4.88)

  • Had Tommy John surgery in ‘11; prior to injury was KC’s top pitching prospect
  • Rated as Royals No. 11 prospect by Baseball America; 0-2, 8.00 ERA on the road this season

*Before we get underway with the games, The Grove will have a special first pitcher tonight. Noah “Biingo” Gray of “The Biggest Loser” fame will be tossing out a ceremonial first pitch this evening.

Biingo, a 13-year-old from New Windsor, was one of three child participants on the show who wanted to lose weight and get healthier. As part of his journey to a healthier lifestyle, Biingo, who loves baseball, came to Harry Grove Stadium for a workout that aired on the show.

He’s back tonight and he’s fit. Check out his before and after photos on nbc.com.

*And we’re planning for a beefed up fireworks show tonight, seeing as last night’s got rained out.

As of 2 p.m., tickets are still available. But them online at FrederickKeys.com at any time, at 301-815-9939 until 3 p.m., or at the Keys box office at Harry Grove Stadium.

*Want a bobblehead but can’t make tonight’s game? A complimentary bobblehead comes with any Keys ticket plan. We have Dylan Bundy bobbles, too.

*Tonight’s game one lineup:

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Shake your Keys.

Listen to the Keys at work, win a bobblehead on Facebook

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Check out our Facebook page today for a chance to win this Manny Machado bobblehead.

Shortly after yesterday’s blog post went up, the Keys got rained out in Winston-Salem.

Boo.

The good news is you don’t have to wait long for Keys baseball today. Frederick takes on Winston-Salem this morning at 11 a.m., looking to cap off an undefeated road trip.

If the Keys, who have won their first four games on this trip, win today, it will be their most successful road swing in recent Keys history. The best trips in recent memory:

  • 5/27-29/11 – Keys swept Salem Red Sox; 4 games in 3 nights – 4-0 road trip
  • 7/13-20/11 – 8 game trip to Wilmington & Kinston; Lost game 1 in Wilmington, won 6 in a row, lost game 8 in Kinston
  •  8/19-24/05 – 7 game road trip to Myrtle Beach & Kinston; Won first 5 games but lost final 2 in Kinston

Listen to today’s game on AM1450 The Source, online at wthu.org or through the TuneIn Radio App by searching for WTHU. The Frederick Gorilla Pregame Show starts 30 minutes before first pitch.

*We’ll be giving away Manny Machado bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans in the gates at Harry Grove Stadium for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Wilmington. Gates open at 5.

We’re also giving away a bobble today, tomorrow and Friday on our Facebook page. To win it, like us and then keep yours eyes peeled for a Manny Machado trivia question. Be the first to correctly answer, and the bobble is yours.

Tickets to Saturday’s game and the rest of the four-game series with Wilmington that begins Friday at 7 p.m. can be purchased online here, by calling 301-815-9939 or by visiting the Keys’ box office at The Grove.

For those of you who want a Manny bobblehead, but don’t want to fight the crowd Saturday, a free bobblehead comes with the purchase of any of our ticket plans. One bobble head per seat. We have Dylan Bundy, too. 

*Speaking of Manny, his WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is better than that of fellow phenoms Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, for all you lovers of advanced metrics. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal gives Machado love in this story.

*For those of you wondering, Tuesday’s postponed game will be made up in Winston-Salem as part of a Memorial Day Doubleheader.

Shake your Keys.

Keys release break camp roster

The Keys have their initial roster for the 2013 season. Players and coaches will be arriving today, with media day tomorrow and a few days of practice before Friday’s night’s 7 p.m. home opener against Salem.

The roster release and the roster is below:

Frederick Keys News Release

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2013

KEYS RELEASE INITIAL ROSTER FOR 2013 SEASON

Frederick’s break camp roster includes several highly-rated prospects, 16 Keys from 2012

FREDERICK, Md. –  The Frederick Keys have released their initial roster for the 2013 season, which includes 16 returning players from the 2012 team that nearly made the postseason with a late-season surge. Led by new manager Ryan Minor, The Keys’ break camp roster also features two of Baltimore’s top-five prospects and eight of the Orioles’ top-30, as rated by Baseball America.

Nick Delmonico and Eduardo Rodriguez, rated fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Orioles’ system, highlight a roster laden with young, talented players. The Keys open their 25th season Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium against the Salem Red Sox.

A left-handed pitcher from Venezuela, Rodriguez, who will turn 20 on April 7, started 22 games for class-A Delmarva last season, going 5-7 with a 3.70 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 107 innings pitched. Delmonico, 20, also spent 2012 with the Shorebirds, hitting .249 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs in 95 games as a first and second baseman.

Returning Keys Devin Jones, Tyler Wilson and Tim Berry join Rodriguez, Zach Davies and Zach Petersime in Frederick’s starting rotation. Baltimore’s No. 18 prospect Jones, a 22-year-old right-hander, proved dominant in the Carolina League after joining the Keys last July, going 7-1 with a 2.80 ERA in nine starts and throwing two complete games. He’ll be the Keys’ opening-night starter.

The Orioles’ 26th-ranked prospect, Wilson, 23, struck out 114 batters and walked just 19 in 111 innings with the Keys last season, recording a 7-7 record and a 3.49 ERA, and Berry, a 22-year-old southpaw rated as the 11th-best O’s prospect, went 5-5 with a 4.32 ERA for Frederick. Davies, rated as Baltimore’s 20th-best prospect, started his professional career as a 19-year-old with the Shorebirds, going 5-7 with a 3.86 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 114.1 innings, and Petersime, 24, was promoted from Delmarva to triple-A Norfolk for three starts in August after posting a 2.78 ERA in the Shorebirds’ bullpen. Davies and Petersime are both right-handed.

All five outfielders on the Keys’ roster are returning players from last season. Orioles’ No. 14 prospect and Baltimore native Glynn Davis (22 games, .256 batting average, 8 stolen bases with 2012 Keys), No. 27 prospect Brenden Webb (23 games, .270, three homers, 13 RBIs) and John Ruettiger (64 games, .274, 16 SB, .373 on-base percentage) were all important pieces in August and September, when Frederick posted a 19-14 record. Mike Planeta started the season with the Keys but was sent to Delmarva in May where he would hit .272. Injuries limited Trent Mummey in 2012, but he hit four home runs, drove in 22 RBIs and stole fifteen bases in 72 games with the Keys last season.

In the bullpen, lefties Zach Fowler and Trent Howard – all Keys in 2012 – join right-handers Eric Beaulac, Gene Escat, Marcel Prado, Jesse Beal and Matt Bischoff, who posted a 2.89 ERA in 16 games as a 2012 Key. Howard (4-10, with a 4.83 ERA with the Keys in 2012) moves from the rotation to the bullpen this season while Beal (4.70 ERA, 6.8 strikeouts per-nine-innings in 2012) and Escat (3.58 ERA) are slated to make their advanced class-A ball debuts.

Prado, a 25-year-old righty, is one of two independent league players, both of whom played for the El Paso Diablos, to make Frederick’s break camp roster. Prado, a former Dodgers farmhand, saved 15 games for the Diablos, throwing to catcher Zane Chavez, who joins him in Frederick this season. A four-year independent player, Chavez, 26, hit .339 with four homers and 51 RBIs between El Paso and Grand Prairie.

Michael Ohlman, 22, hit .304 in 51 games as a catcher and first baseman with Delmarva in 2012 and Allan de San Miguel, 25, spent the final month of the year with Keys and hit .260 while guiding Frederick’s pitching staff to their most successful stretch of the season.

Joining Delmonico in the infield are 2012 Keys Travis Adair, Jerome Pena and Sammie Starr and former Shorebirds Connor Narron and Jason Esposito. Adair hit .285 playing primarily third and second base while second baseman Pena, who was promoted twice in 2012 to reach Frederick, finished the season with the Keys and hit .308 in 20 games. Starr, a middle infielder, played just two games with the Keys last season and hit .238 in 106 games in Delmarva. Esposito drove in 51 runs as the Shorebirds’ everyday third baseman in his first professional season and Narron, son of the Keys’ first manager Jerry Narron, slugged 10 homers and drove in 55 runs while serving as Delmarva’s utility player.

Keys players and coaches will be made available to the media for interviews and photographs during the Keys’ Media Day on Tuesday, April 2, from 4-5:30 p.m.at Harry Grove Stadium. All credentialed media are invited to attend. To obtain a press pass, please contact Mike Mueller at mmueller@frederickkeys.com.

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The Frederick Keys, advanced-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, open their 2013 season against the Salem Red Sox Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. Ticket plans and single-game tickets are on sale now at the Keys’ box office and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 301-815-9939 or online at FrederickKeys.com.

Contact: Mike Mueller, 301-815-9915

Break Camp Roster

Five for Friday: KeysFest, potential Keys, 25th season gear and more

We’re seven days away from opening the 2013 season at Harry Grove Stadium, four days from the first Keys player and coach arrivals and less than a day from KeysFest and single-game tickets going on sale.

Here are five things you should know heading into the weekend.

1. KeysFest

The Keys’ annual fanfest event takes place tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. The event is free and will also include the fourth annual Tots2Tweens.com Egg Hunt. There will be free food samples, free games and activities for kids, including a baseball card station and the chance to play catch in right field. Tours will also be available at no cost, along with other activities to get you primed for Keys baseball in 2013.

Single-game tickets will go on sale at frederickkeys.com at 12:01 a.m. tonight and at the stadium box office  at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Be sure to secure your seats for opening weekend.

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Tim Berry started 13 games for the Keys last season and may be back for more in 2013.

2. The Fredrick 40 Countdown: Parts VII and VIII

Check out the final 10 players on our list of potential Keys for the 2013 season here. That group includes:

Tim Berry - He’s ranked the 11th-best prospect in the Orioles system by Baseball America and the 12th-best O’s farmhand by MLB.com. A slender southpaw, look for him in Frederick’s rotation this season.

Jesse Beal – This right-hander missed all of 2011 after having shoulder surgery, but began his comeback in the bullpen with Delmarva in 2012. In 2013, he could be an important piece of the ‘pen in Frederick.

Jason Esposito – He struggled in Delmarva last season, but hit .340 with 22 doubles, nine homers and 59 RBIs in 66 games in college the year prior. Steve Melewski of MASN wrote that the Shorebirds’ third baseman might be moving across the diamond to first this season.

Connor Narron – His father Jerry managed the Keys in the team’s first season and 25 years later, Connor might wear a Keys uniform. A player with the ability to play multiple positions, Narron’s more likely to be promoted to Frederick than start the season here.

Read about those four and the rest of the final 10 here.

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Jeremy Nowak led the Keys in batting average in 2012. He was released by the Orioles on Friday.

3. More roster cuts from spring training

At one point, the Orioles had about 200 minor league players in camp this spring. As a result, the paring down of that bunch to fit regular season rosters has been in full effect over the last week or so. Since March 22, The O’s have released 21 players, according to this Steve Melewski tweet, which came before word of two more releases today.

Among those that have been released are several former Keys and several players that could have landed in Frederick this season, including:

Jeremy Nowak - He led the Keys in batting average and hits last year and was a Carolina League All-Star. Odds are he’ll be picked up by another team.

Joe Oliveira – A Key in 2011 and 2012, Frederick’s catcher hit .209 in 72 games last season.

Buddy Sosnoskie - He has the best name on our list of potential Keys for 2013, but, sadly, it looks as if it name won’t be crammed on the back of a Keys jersey this season. Despite being released, the independent league outfielder was very gracious with his tweets following the bad news.

Other cuts include independent SS Chris Wade, former Keys first baseman Tyler Townsend (retired), former Keys reliever Matt Bywater and independent pitchers Kyle Mertins and Mike Recchia.

4. Keys 25th season gear

2013 marks Frederick’s 25th season of baseball since the Keys inception in 1989. With that silver anniversary comes lots of commemorative swag. A sneak peak of throwback jerseys to be worn on Thursday home games and a 25th season pin is below:

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5. A few links

*I blogged about it in Wednesday’s post and Steve Melewski wrote about it today — a six-man rotation in Frederick. Read Melewski’s story here.

*Some notes from Melewski on potential Keys Jesse Beal and Connor Narron.

*It looks as if 2000 Key Brian Roberts will move from the top of the O’s lineup to the bottom to start the season, according to Roch Kubatko’s story.

*ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian has love for 2011 Key Manny Machado.

*Watch 2012 Key Johnny Ruettiger lay out and make a nice grab against the Phillies.

Shake your Keys.

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