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Don't mess with Lenn.
Don't mess with Lenn.

Bergesen Progressing --
Brad Bergesen threw for the first time in two weeks Sunday and is feeling optimistic about returning before the season ends. 

Unforgettable win by '83 O's remembered --
I missed this in Monday's clips, but yesterday was the 26th anniversary of the game in which Tippy Martinez picked off three guys in one inning with Lenn Sakata behind the plate. (h/t A great read on a wacky game. "The box score remains confounding 25 years later."

A quick update on the guys we got for Sherrill. Joshua Bell (not "Josh", apparently) has cooled down a little bit at Bowie, but is still sporting a .982 OPS. His teammate Steve Johnson is maintaining a 1.18 WHIP since joining Bowie, and has fanned 19 batters in just over 20 IP. Opponents are only batting .205 off him. 

Minor League Baseball: Topps Players of the Month Named
Brian Matusz was named the Eastern League Topps Player of the Month for July, after he complied a 1.85 ERA in winning all five of his starts for the Bowie Baysox. 

Maryland towns find their place among top minor league sports markets - Washington Business Journal:
Four Maryland towns — all home to professional baseball teams — are among the top 100 minor-league sports markets.

USA Bid Committee announces list of 27 cities still in contention for inclusion in US Bid
As the US prepares its bids to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022, it is winnowing down its potential venues. M&T Bank Stadium, RFK, and Fedex field have all made it into the third round (OPACY was not submitted for consideration).

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