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How low will O's go? 100 losses? --
At 54-80, the Orioles need to go 9-19 to avoid the third 100-loss season in club history, but roster hits and a tough remaining schedule will challenge the young team the rest of the way.

Dave doesn't like kids at work -
Asked how tough it's been to match up with the Yankees this season, Trembley replied: "It's about as tough as me sitting here and having to listen to all those people out there and me sitting in here and trying to be professional, which we are all trying to do. But the lack of professionalism that's going on in that hall, it's not easy for anybody. But I think we all have to handle it the very best that we can and give credit where credit is due.

On the offday, lots of news from the minors, nearly all of it courtesy of duck:

Norfolk: Right fielder Ambiorix Concepcion hit a grand slam with two outs in the fourth inning to lead the Tides to an 8-1 victory over Gwinnett at Harbor Park (DJ Jr again). The Tides will play their final home game of the season tonight, with a fireworks display after the game. Bowie: Perception has thrown a brushback pitch at the Bowie Baysox as it works to secure a naming-rights deal worth more than $1 million for the 10,000-seat Prince George’s County Stadium (Baltimore Business Journal). Frederick: Lou Montanez knocks in a run as Frederick wins in extras in their last home game of the season. DEAL WITH IT. ( Meanwhile, Robbie Widlansky was selected as the Carolina League Player of the Month for August (Dean Jones Jr @ The Sun). Delmarva: The Shorebirds' season ends this coming Monday, Sept. 7 at 6:05 p.m. against the Lakewood Blueclaws, but planning for the upcoming 15th Anniversary Season is well underway with the release of the official 2010 schedule ( Recently promoted from Bluefield, Mike Flacco, the brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, made his Shorebirds debut as a designated hitter, going 0-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch. Meanwhile, Shorebirds shortstop Rodolfo Cardona left Tuesday's game against the Lake County Captains after suffering an apparent leg injury ( Bluefield: Closed their season with an 8-7 loss and finished 3rd in the East Division of the Appalachian League (

On the Warning Track: Two roads to the Majors - The (Towson U) Towerlight
Instead of just saying he wants to play, [Towson's] (Gary) Helmick actually got out there and did it. In 149 at-bats with Bluefield, he batted .275 with four home runs and 13 RBI. His power at the plate and his speed gave him four triples and 10 doubles as well. Pretty impressive for someone major league scouts appeared to have forgotten about during the draft.

Sarasota Reds wrap up final season in town - WWSB ABC 7 Florida - Sarasota
Season ticket holder Mike Sullivan says although the Reds will be out, he's glad Sarasota scored the Baltimore Orioles.  "Thank God we are getting a team.

Washington Redskins React to Fans' Tough Luck With Tough Love -
72-year-old Pat Hill is one of 125 season ticket holders in the last five years who asked to be released from multiyear contracts and were sued by the Redskins. 

Finally, one super cool website duck sent me that allows you to create your own music: Click play on both videos below, and you'll see what I mean, then go here to try it yourself.


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