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BATTERS UP! Orioles Manager Buck Showalter���s ���words of inspiration��� line the team���s locker room in the Baseball Operations Center at Ed Smith Stadium. All photos by Norman Schimmel WELCOME TO BIRDLAND AS THE ORIOLES PREPARE FOR ANOTHER SEASON IN SARASOTA Staff Reports With the Baltimore Orioles kicking off spring amenities mixed with historical Florida architraining at 1:05 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, against tecture, Ed Smith Stadium has truly become the Minnesota Twins, the Ed Smith Stadium ���Birdland South.������ complex in Sarasota has been a sea of orange. Visit Sarasota County representatives last Fans are welcome to watch the team work out year pointed to the team���s draw as a signififrom approximately 9:15 a.m. to noon each cant contributor to rising tourism revenue for day, the Orioles have announced, leading up the county. to opening day. Tickets for the Orioles��� home games are availThe Orioles��� website notes that this is ���the able at and at the stadium fourth consecutive Spring Training for the box office each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Orioles in Sarasota, and the third in the ren- stadium is located at the intersection of 12th ovated Ed Smith Stadium. With its modern Street and Tuttle Avenue. %

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