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Here's something to make you feel a little better about last night's loss: Last December, CCers roundly panned the Yankees' ridiculous, overpriced signing of AJ Burnett, and by and large, nobody on this site wanted to sign him. We were right, by the way. Burnett is 10-8 on the year, and going into last night's game, he was 0-4 in his last six starts, with a season ERA of 4.10 and WHIP of 1.38. Yes, that's all before he gave up another 6 runs in 5-1/3 IP. For this, the Yankees happily pay $16.5M per year. The Oriole with the most similar stats to Burnett would be one Jeremy Guthrie: 9-13, ERA of 5.18 (yeah, that's higher), and WHIP of 1.381. Guthrie is costing us, I believe, around $1M this year. Yeah, I know, he's not a free agent yet, but still

Jones not expected back anytime soon
Roch reports that x-rays taken last night were negative on Adam Jones' ankle, but that it is a severe sprain (possibly a high ankle sprain), and with Screech available we shouldn't expect to see AJ for a while.

Orioles fortify bullpen, OF as rosters expand - USATODAY.com
The Baltimore Orioles enhanced their weary bullpen Tuesday by recalling Matt Albers and Alberto Castillo from Triple-A Norfolk and activating Dennis Sarfate from the 15-day disabled list. The team also purchased the contract of outfielder Jeff Fiorentino from Norfolk. To make room for Fiorentino on the 40-man roster, the Orioles transferred left-hander Rich Hill to the 60-day disabled list.

The Spence Report: Bergesen shelved for the season
It's official: 3E1N is done until next year.

Tillman feeling strong- MASNsports.com
Chris Tillman says, "Don't shut me down, bro!"

The other evil empire - The Boston Globe
Tom Scocca op-eds about what the Red Sox have become: "The blue-shirted, pink-hatted crowds descend on other cities’ ballparks for a mass smug-in whenever the Sox are on the road. Red Sox fans seem not to notice that the other team’s fans are even there. Like Deadheads, they’re indifferent to what city they’ve trailed into, so long as they’re bathing in the presence of like-minded worshippers: Yoooook! Duuuuude!". Be sure to enjoy the comments from many enlightened Sawx fans. 

A-Rod gives anti-steroid talk to Balto. Co. students -- baltimoresun.com
Alex Rodriguez talked to 500 students at Milford Mill Academy about the dangers of using steroids. Try not to laugh.

O's on Deck: Waring among players promoted to the Baysox - Baltimoresun.com's Dean Jones Jr.
Four players are headed from the Single-A Frederick Keys to the Double-A Bowie Baysox, including infielder Brandon Waring, who currently ranks among the Carolina League leaders in several offensive categories. Joining Waring on the move to Bowie for the final week of the season are center fielder Matt Angle, shortstop Pedro Florimon Jr., and right-handed pitcher Brian Parker. Right-hander Zach Clark heads from the Keys to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.

Spotlight on: Brett Jacobson
Brett Jacobson, who began the season as the Tigers' 10th-ranked prospect according to Baseball America, earned his first win with Frederick Sunday, allowing one run and two hits while striking out two in 1 2/3 innings. More details here on the kid we got for Huff. 

Orioles poised to beat last year’s attendance total | On the Record
Liz Farmer argues that even though attendance is down 9% from 2008, several series against contending teams may push the team past last year's total. 

Saving the best for last10 years ago today, Cal RIpken, Jr. "pulled a 1-1 pitch from Tampa Bay's Rolando Arrojo into the left-field seats with two outs in the third inning for his 400th career homer, adding a special touch to an 11-6 victory over the Devil Rays before 39,172 at Camden Yards. " (Baltimore Sun Archives). Reading the blurb will bring up names like Erickson, Conine, and Belle. Good times.