With that in mind, we plan to keep a closer look at the O's competition in the division with "Around the AL East," a new feature on Orioles Insider. In these occasional posts, we'll check in with what's going on with the other four teams in the division.
So, without further ado, our maiden trip "Around the AL East":
New York Yankees
In Tampa, the big story Wednesday was Mariano Rivera talking about his future. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says New York should be able to count on the 43-year-old closer this year.
Toronto Blue Jays
Up in Dunedin, the new Jays are starting to get to know each other. The
Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun goes in-depth on another issue facing Buehrle – his pit bull Slater won't be allowed to live with him up in Toronto, as that breed is banned in Ontario.
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Boston Red Sox
And finally, it wounldn't be a report on the Red Sox without at least a little animosity, so Tim Britton of the Providence Journal has some sharp comments from David Ortiz about the failed Bobby Valentine era:
"A lot of players had a lot of issues with our manager last year," Ortiz said. "An organization, a team, is like the human body. If the head is right, the body is going to function right. If the head is messed up, then the body is going to be all over the place. It seemed like that was part of our situation last year. Guys weren't comfortable with the manager that we had."
Tampa Bay Rays
The Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin also has a notebook leading with how right-hander Jeff Niemann will again be scruitinized this spring.