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Jake Arrieta celebrates after striking out Marcus Thames to end the sixth inning.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Jake Arrieta celebrates after striking out Marcus Thames to end the sixth inning. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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Recaps of yesterday's win can be found at baltimoresun.comThe Daily News, and

Jake Arrieta talks about winning his ML debut -
See and hear the amazing wonder boy! He gives up fewer runs than his teammates score! Never seen before in such exotic locales as Baltimore! -duck

Juan for all & all for Juan -
Interim manager Juan Samuel let Jake Arrieta pitch out of a sixth-inning jam, in part because he was responsible for putting the rookie in it by ordering two intentional walks. "It never crossed my mind, getting him out of there," Samuel said. "I'm like, he's going to work his way out of this, so it never crossed my mind taking him out.."  Wow, letting pitchers work out of trouble. There's a new concept. -duck

Hernandez notches his first career save | News
Even Juan Samuel has been joking about not being in a rush to name a closer, since the O's didn't exactly need one most nights. But it looks like David Hernandez is going to get the opportunity to lock down the job. Last night was a pretty good try-out. -duck

Orioles to interview Valentine for manager -
So if you see a older guy with a really bad fake mustache around OPaCy today, you'll know Bobby Valentine is in town. -duck

Orioles Notebook: Castillo a roster casualty of Arrieta roster move
"Castillo was very good getting left-handers. He did it in the past. He just had a rough month here," Baltimore interim manager Juan Samuel said. "But he's a veteran. He knows what he needs to do to get lefties. He's just running through a little slump here. If nobody picks him up, we would definitely love to keep him." I hope Juan is just saying nice things. If we re-sign him, I'll not be pleased. -duck

Roberts to receive epidural injection | News
"Second baseman Brian Roberts will receive an epidural in his lower back on Friday in St. Petersburg after extensive tests on the area came back negative." He also said he expects to return to game action this year. Sure, and I expect to win the Irish Lottery. -duck

Juan Samuel managing just fine in interim job with Orioles | Philadelphia Daily News 
"One night while Juan Samuel was managing the Double A Binghamton Mets in 2006, he was hit in the face by a line drive and had to be rushed to the hospital. He was still on a table in the emergency room when his cell phone rang. It was New York, wanting to know what the hell was going on." Seems his bench coach pinch-hit for one of the team's golden boys, and as he lay bleeding in an ER, Juan was getting the business from team officials. Life of a manager. -duck

Britt's Bird Watch: Posada on Wieters' struggles: "it's going to make him better".
"He's got to understand that his priority is behind the plate. He's going through some tough adjustments at the plate. He cannot let it affect what he's doing behind the plate, and he's doing a great job, I don't think it's affecting him one bit. He looks great behind the plate." -duck

Know Your O's | Mets by the Numbers
CC'er brotz13 answers some questions about the O's for Mets by the Numbers. He's about as cynical as you'd expect. -Stacey


As M's fall apart, heat on manager is misplaced - HardballTalk - Baseball - NBC Sports
Looks like we have the next in line to be fired as a MLB manager - Don Wakamatsu of the Mariners. -duck

Will Wild Pitches Scare the Fish? - Fish Bytes
"This just in: two salt-water aquariums will serve as the home plate backstop in the Marlins ballpark.  The "backstop aquariums" will flank the two sides of home plate. " -duck


Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps - June 10
Norfolk lost, Bowie lost two, Frederick won, and Delmarva lost. In good news, The Keys announced that shortstop Greg Miclat and right fielder Ronnie Welty will represent the team in the Carolina/California League All-Star Game.-duck