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The Canadian Press: Roberts becomes fourth player in history to hit 50 doubles for third time
In case you missed it last night, Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is the fourth player in major league history to have three seasons with at least 50 doubles. Roberts doubled off Boston Red Sox right-hander Paul Byrd in the fifth inning Wednesday night to reach 50 for this year. Roberts then stole third - his 28th stolen base. -zk

Cal Ripken's stolen '8' monument recovered -
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the heist was caught via closed-circuit TV security cameras, which taped the men removing the monument, putting it in the back of a pickup truck and driving away. -zk

Felix Pie's Progress, With a Side of Player X - Driveline Mechanics
Felix Pie is looking less and less like a failed prospect with every game. A closer look at why his recent performance probably isn't a fluke. -Stacey

O's acquire reliever Henn for player to be named --
In a minor league trade yesterday, the Orioles acquired left-handed reliever Sean Henn from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named. Henn, 28, was 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA and six saves for Triple-A Rochester. Henn will give the Orioles another left-hander in the bullpen if they decide to move Mark Hendrickson to the rotation to fill rookie Brian Matusz's spot. -zk

Matusz to participate in fan Q&A --
Orioles rookie left-hander Brian Matusz will participate in a free question-and-answer session at noon Sept. 16 at the Inner Harbor ESPN Zone. He also will sign autographs. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. -Stacey

20 Million Comments: Fan Empowerment Realized - Blog Huddle
SB Nation has officially reached 20 million comments on its network of blogs. Wow! -Stacey

Janet Marie Smith returns to the Yard -
Smith, the architect who designed OPaCY, was named VP of Planning and Development. She will oversee the design of the Orioles new spring training home in Sarasota and upgrades to Camden Yards, some lady who acts like she designed OPaCY but really just made some seats face the wrong way, was named VP of Planning and Development  -Stacey