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Umpire Jeff Kellogg explains to Dave Trembley why he's so bad at managing. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Umpire Jeff Kellogg explains to Dave Trembley why he's so bad at managing. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Recaps of yesterday's episode of the Daily Roulette of Reliever-Induced Death can be found at orioles.comSan Jose Mercury NewsSF Gate, and

Orioles Insider: Trembley's 8th inning decisions
"Trembley didn’t want Bergesen to get a loss after pitching so well." Oh, well let's manage the game according to a useless statistic, like WHO GETS A 'W' NEXT TO HIS NAME. -zk

Oh, and let's bring in Mark Hendrickson, whom lefties are hitting .333 against, and take out Jason Berken after one batter, when lefties are hitting .194 against him this season. BRILLIANT! -duck

The latest implosion -
"Cla Meredith, who didn't start warming until a few batters into Hendrickson's outing, served up the bases-loaded double. As if the Orioles can handle another kick in the groin. This one will really hurt." So Meredith wasn't even warming up when Hendo started pitching. And we bring him in to put out the fire. That's Manager of the Year material right there. -duck

The Schmuck Stops Here: Orioles: Fifty ways to leave a loser
"The Orioles are way past worrying about who gets the wins and losses. If Bergesen had the best chance of retiring the next batter, he should have still been in there. The fewer relievers you have to use, with a series ahead against the highest-scoring team in baseball, the better." It's getting so bad, Peter Schmuck is starting to make sense. -duck

The Schmuck Stops Here: Orioles: Tillman's return
Chris Tillman is rejoining the team today and is expected to start Saturday. Official news of his promotion should be out later today. -duck

Will Ohman of the Baltimore Orioles was an unlikely option for save chances - Fantasy Baseball - ESPN
Some fantasy guy tips you off that Will Ohman may become a regular closer, despite the fact that he's always been a LOOGY. Guess this dude never heard of George Sherrill. -zk

Matusz in Trouble? Look a Little Deeper
Dempsey"s Army talks us off the ledge. -Stacey

Jones finds fire further down in the order | News
"Adam Jones entered Thursday on a career-best 12-game hit streak, a stretch in which he was 14-for-45 (.311) with a pair of doubles, one triple, two home runs, six runs scored and seven driven in." It isn't All-Star material, but it's a lot better than he's been doing. -duck

Stork comes calling in O's nest | News
Tucker Edward Markakis was born yesterday to Nick and Christina Markakis. The baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce at birth. Nick is expected to rejoin the team in Toronto today. Not much paternity leave there. -duck 

Capitals outfielder wants to play ball, forget sordid affair
"You work your whole life to get to (the majors) and once you do, you realize there's a few things missing if you want to stay there." Larry Bigbie gets real. -zk

Orioles-Blue Jays Preview -
The Blue Jays are looking at the Orioles as a chance to break a slump. Of course they are. -duck


Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps -- May 27
Norfolk lost as Kam Mickolio gave up a walk-off 3 run home run, Bowie lost in extra innings, Delmarva lost as the fielding woes continued (starting pitcher Luis Noel made 2 errors himself) and Frederick had the night off. Feel-good story Kieron Pope went 2-for-4 with a RBI for Delmarva. -duck

Minors: Homer-happy this season, Baysox slugger Joel Guzman keeps alive his dream of returning to the big leagues
Now with his fourth organization, the 25-year-old Guzman is cranking out home runs at a career-best rate this season. -zk