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MLB draft deadline winners and losers - MLB -
SI considers the Orioles "winners": This year, instead of investing most of their draft budget in one player (such as Matt Wieters or Brian Matusz), the Orioles spread their money throughout their draft class.

O's Bergesen Heads To Florida For Pitching Program -
This news is a couple of days old, but Bergesen is going to the new training facility in Sarasota so he can get consistent rehab time in. The current hope is that he'll return in September.

Johnson leaves O's for birth of first child | News
Closer Jim Johnson has returned home to Baltimore with his wife as they expect the birth of their first child. Danys Baez will assume the closing duties with Johnson away. 

In leadoff walk, Chone Figgins saw -- and conquered --
Get this: patient batters can actually help win ballgames. Chone Figgins discusses how he worked David Hernandez on Monday.

PawSox Journal: For Rocky Cherry, the unkindest cut 
Despite former Oriole Rocky Cherry’s 2.57 ERA, he was released by the PawSox with less than three weeks left in the minor-league season. Cherry, who is 30, plans to keep plugging away. If he eventually hangs up the spikes, one of his claims to fame will be that he recorded the last out (Jetes!) at the old Yankee Stadium.

The Schmuck Stops Here: Coming to a ballpark near you?
Schmuck lays out how the NJ Nets have a promotion that includes reversible jerseys: Nets on one side, stars of opposing teams on the reverse. I am trying not to vomit. 

Explore Baltimore County: Ball girl fares well in foul territory at Oriole Park
Meet Lacey Jennings, one of the Orioles' five ball girls. 

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