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Mike Elias is feeling positive , Jesus Sucre arrives in camp and more!"Morning, Birdland!This is not the first time that an Orioles player has had a break out spring. We all remember Jake Fox hitting 10 home run over 27 games back in 2011. Fox would be designated for assignment only a couple of months into the regular season.Now it’s Chance Sisco’s turn to steal the pre-season spotlight. Sisco is on pace to be even better than Fox. Through four games, Sisco is 5-for-8 with four home runs, nine RBI, two walks and just one strikeout. It’s an unsustainable pace, of course, but it’s an encouraging sign following such a disappointing 2018 season (.181/.288/.269).What makes it even more interesting is that the Orioles currently own the top pick in this summer’s draft. At this moment, Oregon State backstop Adley Rutschman is slated to be the first person off the board. Could a breakout season from Sisco play a factor in whether they select Rutschman?It shouldn’t. The Orioles farm system needs as much talent as it can get. If they think Rutschman is head and shoulders above the rest of the pack, he should be the pick. Having too many good players is never a problem.LinksJess Sucre on the way to O’s; first round of cuts will be coming soon - Baltimore SunThe Orioles catching situation remains up in the air despite Chance Sisco’s recent breakout. Jesus Sucre has missed all of spring training so far, but he still stands a solid chance of breaking camp with the big league club considering his defensive abilities.Wrapping up a 10-5 loss - School of RochAll of the tidbits and quotes from game one of Friday’s action. Austin Wynns on catching Hunter Harvey - Steve MelewskiThere has been a lot of buzz about Hunter Harvey at spring training. It’s unclear what his role will be in 2019. The Orioles would love to see him emerge as the viable rotation piece he once seemed poised to become. His injury history may never allow that to happen. Either way Yunel Escobar Jersey , he is likely destined for Bowie to begin the season, but could be a mainstay in the O’s bullpen by the end of the summer.One-on-One with Orioles GM Mike Elias - Baltimore BaseballPositivity aplenty! Please let this Orioles honeymoon last forever.Orioles birthdays and historyIs it your birthday? Happy Birthday! Right-handed pitcher Bud Norris is 34 years old. The current free agent spent parts of three seasons with the Orioles. He will be remembered for a steady 2014 season in which he went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA and then put forth an ALDS-clinching performance in that postseason. Outfielder Jay Gibbons celebrates his 42nd birthday. The left-handed hitter was a prominent member of the dark ages Orioles. He hit .260/.314/.453 with 121 home runs over parts of seven seasons in Baltimore from 2001 through 2007.Infielder Leo Gomez turns 53. The Puerto Rican born player played with the O’s for parts of six seasons from 1990 through 1995, hitting .245/.334/.414 with a top 10 Rookie of the Year finish along the way.It’s a posthumous celebration for outfielders Joe Taylor (b. 1926, d. 1993), a member of the O’s for 50 games in the late 1950’s, and Cal Abrams (b. 1924, d. 1997), a two-season Oriole in the mid-50’s. NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball hopes to gain control of local broadcasting agreements involving its teams, the reason behind its bid to purchase regional sports networks from The Walt Disney Co.Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment business this month, and the Justice Department said last June that Disney had to sell the networks as a condition of the deal.“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game Martin Maldonado Jersey , and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field.” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”Leagues and teams are worried over the cord-cutting trend and how to react with the emergence of over-the-top digital streaming.“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that , run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”