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Orioles-Athletics Preview - Sporting News
The A's were supposed to be bad this year. Yet look at the standings. Ugh. -duck

Orioles Insider: MacPhail not looking for scapegoats 
"That’s just not the way I operate. We are going to do everything we can to try and make personnel decisions to try and help the team, and that is what we are going to focus on, making things better and not looking for scapegoats." So Dave's safe, for now. -duck

Cowherd - O’s hope trip halts free fall -
"This is how bad it has gotten: We had our first sighting of fans with bags over their heads Wednesday." -duck

The dropped popup and Bergy quotes
"I left a pitch over the plate for Pena to hit the home run. Something has just felt a little off these last two outings. I'm not worried about it. I'm just going to continue to work hard and never quit." -duck

Orioles Insider: Sarfate injured for Triple-A Norfolk
If you thought Maybe Dennis Sarfate might be getting called up, forget it. He hurt himself warming up yesterday. -duck

A closer look -
"Manager Dave Trembley confirmed that Jim Johnson would "get that consideration" as Mike Gonzalez's replacement in the ninth inning." -duck

Brian Matusz’ Year to Date | FanGraphs Baseball
"Obviously, it’s only two starts. But it’s two good starts from a supposedly good prospect against a supposedly good division foe. He’s going to take some knocks eventually. Until then, though, Baltimore fans may continue to gaze upon Matusz with a sense of anticipation and excitement. " -duck

Huff puffs way to inside-the-park homer | News
The video of Aubrey Huff's first HR as a Giant is hysterical. He's not a graceful man. -Stacey

The Hurt Locker Room: O's aren't Oscar-worthy |
"I think everyone's probably had this experience once: You go into a movie jazzed to see it and, in the first 20 minutes, it's not living up to expectations." But then it turns into "The Gods Must Be Crazy," and you want to leave the theater out of boredom and disappointment. Maybe it's just me. 'Cause I hated that movie. Almost as much as I hate this season. -duck

Hate crowds? Go to Camden Yards - USA Today
"For those who enjoy having a little elbow room when they watch baseball, Camden Yards is the place to go. Once jammed pack during the prime of Cal Ripken Jr., the Baltimore Orioles' stadium is now a great place to get some privacy." -duck

Disturbed by strip club antics after Orioles game -
"As we walked towards the souvenir stands, our nine-year-old son said, "What is that?" My 12-year-old son couldn't believe his eyes. Neither could my wife or me. "That" happened to be a delivery truck advertising a local "gentlemen's club" driving slowly down the street, obviously trolling for customers post-game." Welcome to Baltimore, hon. -duck

AND IN THE MINORSTides wonBaysox won in 12Keys won, and the Shorebirds won, although you wouldn't know it from their home page. Thanks for nuthin', Shorebirds PR staff.