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Recaps of last night's win can be found at,,  The Sun, and  SFGate

Orioles Insider: O's laud Arrieta
Outfielder Nick Markakis: "Jake pitched his butt off. He got the ball, got back on the mound, he located his pitches. When you do that with a three or four-run lead, you’re going to do good things. Anytime anybody comes up and pitches the way he’s pitching, it’s a very good sign. You know, it’s only two starts. Hopefully he builds on that and continues to do what he’s doing." Nick, you ALMOST made it through without saying "you know." I know you can do it! -duck

Tillman won't make next start for Orioles | News
Chris Tillman will be skipped next time through the rotation, and he and Brad Bergesen will be considered for the June 26 start against the Nationals. -duck

Roberts could return in four to six weeks | News
"Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel said he spoke to Brian Roberts on Tuesday afternoon and the injured second baseman's timetable for return is four to six weeks." Just like we will be in Iraq for just another six months for the last four years. -duck

Aubrey Huff empathizes with Baltimore Orioles, emphasizes patience with young players -
"I knew if I didn't produce this year, it's conceivable that it could be it for me. I want that one playoff series. I want that one World Series and I could be happy for the rest of my life. I don't need five. I'd be perfectly happy with one." It's hard not to root for the guy, especially with him in the National League now. But screw it, I'm a Dodgers fan, too, so he better only get a wild card if he's in the playoffs. -duck

Closing Time: Sympathy for the Orioles (and Jake Arrieta, and Corey Patterson) - Roto Arcade
The fantasy guys at Yahoo! try and find bright spots on the Orioles roster. -duck

Lugo epitomizes Orioles' season - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
"What I can tell you is that since World War II, only seven players have gone through an entire season with zero extra-base hits in more than 100 at-bats. And that one of them -- if he doesn't hook on with another team -- will be Mark Grudzielanek, who went XBH-less in 110 at-bats before the Indians released him. And while Lugo will almost certainly disqualify him from this list eventually, he does sort of epitomize the Orioles' disastrous season." -duck

Z on TV: Ken Burns, Cal Ripken: An extra 'inning' win on PBS
"The Tenth Inning", the last production from Ken Burns, will focus on Cal Ripken in this four-hour addition to the 1994 work "Baseball." -duck


Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps - June 15
Norfolk lost, Bowie lost, Frederick lost, and Delmarva won. The Sun adds "[Kieron] Pope is batting .361 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 21 games since joining Delmarva." -duck

Minor league notes -
Cla Meredith is struggling, Jim Hoey hasn't given up a run since May 9, Bob McCrory pitched in a game for the first time since September 21, Brett Jacobsen has a 1.17 ERA since May 1, and Josh Dowdy is 10-for-10 in saves for Delmarva. -duck 

Feel good story: Orioles draft Cody Young | The Star Press
"It was pretty surreal," said the Delta graduate, roughly 12 years after beating cancer. "This isn't something, with everything I've been through, not even getting recruited out of high school and not being, I guess, a highly touted player, this isn't something I expected. It was pretty surreal when I heard my name." Hat tip to Orioles Insider for finding this story. -duck