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Recaps! Twice as many recaps! OK, maybe not, but they do cover both games: (Gm 1) (Gm 2)The Sun (both)Detroit Free Press (both)MASNsports (Gm 1 w/post-game Buck), and MASNsports (Gm 2).

Guthrie's gem gives Showalter historic win | News
"Friday's 2-1 win in Game 2 over the Tigers -- part of a doubleheader sweep -- improves the Orioles to 33-22 under Showalter, making him the first manager since 1900 to take over a team in August or later and win more games the rest of the way than that team had won before he got there."

Steve Melewski: Markakis talks about his season
Markakis said it's been a mixed bag when he looks at some of his stat categories. "Some are good, some of them are crap. But it's baseball."

Steve Melewski: Are some potential free agents already eyeing Baltimore?
Buck Showalter: "I know Andy and I get calls and whatever. Some of them don't completely make you comfortable from an ethical standpoint, so you just don't return them. But there are people that have expressed interest. There is always something behind the scenes. That are currently working for other clubs, I'm talking about players and stuff."

Orioles Insider: Pitching like it's your last time -
"The Orioles have received final starts of the season from Kevin Millwood, Chris Tillman and now Jeremy Guthrie. And what a swan song for the three. Combined, the trio pitched 22 innings in those last three starts and allowed one colletive run. That's an ERA of 0.41."

Former Towson star Casper Wells returns to Baltimore with the Detroit Tigers -
"Casper Wells has fond memories of his time in Baltimore. He swilled cheap beers at Pickles Pub, purchased discounted upper-deck tickets to Friday night games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and sneaked as close to field level as possible. " OK, now it's kinda hard not to like the guy. He sounds like Wieter's Weiners' younger brother.

Foundation Created In Honor Of Murder Victim -
"Yeardley Love was just weeks away from graduating from the University of Virginia when she was killed.  Now her friends and family are making sure her memory lives on.  Weijia Jiang explains how Friday night's Orioles game is helping to spread the message of One Love."

Steve Melewski: Aiming high: Avery made it to Double-A at age 20
"At the beginning of the season, I knew I was going to Frederick. It was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to be in Bowie by the end of the season."