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Samuel, Trembley rip O's for base-running errors --
Dave Trembley and third base coach Juan Samuel took accountability for the team's poor base running this season but said the responsibility ultimately lies with the players.  [mentioned by duck in the Open Thread yesterday]

O's look ahead to September callups | News
Some of the potential additions are well known, while others are only guesses. Andy MacPhail, Baltimore's president of baseball operations, has said that second baseman Justin Turner will likely be among the promotions from Triple-A Norfolk. The outfielder will likely be either Joey Gathright or Jeff Fiorentino. DEAL WITH IT.

Return of Jones is close but uncertain | News
The Orioles are waiting on approval from head athletic trainer Richie Bancells.

Orioles' Ray regaining form with new approach --
"I'm working more on pitching to contact. I'm not trying to go out there and strike everybody out like I had been in the past." Ray has allowed only one earned run in his past 14 outings, a span of 17 innings.

Design of Ed Smith Stadium is up to the Orioles |
Taxpayers are paying more than $30 million for the renovation of Ed Smith stadium, but it will be the Baltimore Orioles who will decide just what the new place will look like.

O's prospect Mahoney not your typical first baseman—Carroll County Times
When one contemplates great base stealers, the image of a 6-foot-7, 255-pound first basemen doesn’t usually come to mind....The Orioles’ 2007 sixth-round pick was tied for the team lead at Class-A Delmarva with an eye-popping 29 stolen bases coming into this week. Even more impressive is that Mahoney had only been caught stealing once all season.

Tomlin Topples Baysox In Wild Night - OurSports Central - Independent and Minor League Sports News
Not all of our pitching in the minors is stellar. Last night, the Baysox used four position players on the mound in an 11-5 drubbing at the hands of the Akron Aeros. The Baysox fell to 66-64.

Father's violent death, mother's support shaped Tigers' Aubrey Huff -
Some details about Huff's upbringing that I never knew when he was in Baltimore.

The Snide World of Sports: BREAKING NEWS: Baltimore Orioles Cancel Remainder of this Season, Next Two Seasons
After sign seen on team clubhouse door, announcement comes as little surprise; "We are so bad," says team's majority owner. [It's hardly The Onion, but it's amusing]

This is your MelmOpen Thread.