Thursday afternoon job opportunity

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Ever dreamed of being a ballboy or ballgirl for a major league club?  No?  Oh.  Um, well, you can, if you want.  From the Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck:

The Orioles just announced this year’s
ballboy and ballgirl tryouts
. The club will hold interviews on
March 6 at noon at the Warehouse for anyone 18 or older who wants to
spend the summer in an Orioles jersey, but making substantially less
than the $400,000 major league minimum salary.

One has to wonder what takes place in these ballboy and ballgirl “interviews.”  Can you field a grounder?  Able to identify the youngest kid in the first five rows?  And can you toss that kid the ball?  Good, now steer clear of balls in play.  There are worse ways to spend a summer.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.