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Johnson shows he's solid, but not made of stone --
Since taking over as closer when George Sherrill was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Johnson is 3-for-3 in save opportunities, with two of them being of the one-run variety. Dave Trembley senses that Johnson is growing into the job.

MASN Online: The Official Website of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network
Dennis Sarfate threw a scoreless inning tonight for Triple-A Norfolk, striking out two and hitting a batter. He threw 10 of his 16 pitches for strikes. That's the last scheduled game in his extended rehab assignment. The Orioles will re-evaluate him and decide the next step.

The Official Website of Frederick Keys Baseball: Class A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles
Brett Jacobson, the reliever acquired from Detroit in the Aubrey Huff trade, made his Orioles debut for Frederick Thursday night. His line: 2IP, 1ER, 0H, 1BB, 2K). Yes, he gave up a run on a walk and not hits. How? The guy he walked was sacrificed to second, sacrificed again to third, and scored on a wild pitch. 

Major League and Minor League Teams Pair Up in a Dance to Improve Business -
Major league teams aim to keep prospects closer to home and minor league clubs hope to boost marketing possibilities by redrawing the map of franchise affiliations....The Baltimore Orioles were one of the first teams to recognize the value of clustering their affiliates. They have moved four of their affiliates to Maryland, and a fifth, their Class AAA club, is in Norfolk, Va. 

Texas Rangers vs. Baltimore Orioles - Box Score - August 22, 2007 - ESPN
Two years ago today, the Texas Rangers became the first team in 110 years to score 30 runs in a game, in a 30-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.

Orioles promote Merced's Eddie Gamboa - Sports - Merced Sun-Star
Just a feel good story—down in the minor leagues, making the jump from A to AA can be pretty exciting to the kids who've been trying to break through.  ...  "He told me he had good news and bad news. We had a golf tournament the next day. "He said, 'The bad news is you don't be able to play in the golf tournament tomorrow. The good news is you're going to Double-A.' "

Wolf devours Cubs in win -
Sherrill had yet another scoreless outing in a Dodgers uniform. He has not given up a run in his 10 appearances (10 2/3 innings) for the Dodgers and has allowed just one inherited runner to score. 

Bowie Baysox STAR WARS Night
Fans are encouraged to show their support for the series by dressing up for the event and arriving in their x-wings and star destroyers, but fans won't be the only ones in costume. The Old Line Garrison of the 501st Legion and the Terrapin Base of the Rebel Legion will be at the game in movie-quality replica costumes. The groups will keep fans on the edge of their seats when they battle with lightsabers in-between innings. Woo-hoo!