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BALTIMORE'S BEST: In Baltimore, Peter Schmuck wrote it is "easy for the Orioles to lay low" because Exec VP/Baseball Operations Dan Duquette did "not go on a post-playoff shopping spree to bulk up the roster." There was "no November surprise and certainly no blockbuster trade like the one that turned the Blue Jays into the talk of the offseason." The fact that there was "no glitzy free-agent acquisition over the winter left some Orioles fans wondering whether the club was really committed to building a perennial contender." Orioles fans can "only hope that both of the big spenders mud-wrestle all year at the bottom of the standings" (Baltimore SUN, 3/31).
BRONX BOMB: In Orlando, George Diaz writes the "once proud-and-loud" Yankees have been "reduced to a Seinfeld punch line." Perhaps the Yankees should start the '13 season today by "wearing 'Hello my name is' tags on their uniform, reflecting a team in disarray and decline." This is "cosmic payback for fans of all those other teams who have suffered through the years and years of pinstripe dynasties." Diaz: "Sit back and enjoy the view this season, Yankee haters. The Yankees are in the elevator and plunging toward the basement" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/1).