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"We're all bad right now" -
Nick Markakis said what he meant in an interview with Jeff Zrebiec. I'm rocking a Markakis jersey to school today. I'm proud of the kid for telling it like it is. And yeah, since I'm 41, I get to call him "kid". -duck

To Matusz, Petco feels like home -
He sleeps through earthquakes, love Mexican food and can't wait to pitch at Petco. Brian Matusz is about as Southern California as it gets for a guy raised in Arizona. -duck

Orioles' Hernandez warming up to closer role
"I would love to have that role," Hernandez said. "I've always said that I would like to be able to be a starter, but it's wherever I have the most success that makes sense." -duck

Larry Bowa to O's as manager? - Philadelphia Daily News
"There has been some speculation that former Phillies manager/ coach/shortstop Larry Bowa could be on the Orioles' list of possible replacements for Dave Trembley." Really? 'Cause I haven't seen that anywhere, and everyone except John McGraw has been linked to this job at some point. -duck 

O's have chips to play at Trade Deadline | News
"We wouldn't [make trades] just for the sake of moving payroll," MacPhail said Monday, adding that the fire-sale approach isn't something he anticipates at this year's July 31 Trade Deadline. Actually, that makes sense. We need prospects, not cash. -duck

Orioles Insider: A perfect landing spot for Trembley?
Notre Dame just fired its baseball coach, and Jeff Zrebiec speculates it would be a great fit Dave Trembley. -duck

Interest in Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg may be the lever that finally gets MASN onto Time Warner Cable
Folks in NC can't see MASN on their Time Warner systems. The hope is that interest in a certain Nats pitcher would bring enough pressure to change that. -zk


Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps - June 17
Norfolk won, Bowie lost, Frederick won and Delmarva shut out Lexington. Nathan Moreau pitched six scoreless innings -duck

Flying under the radar in the minors -
Steve Melewski looks at some of the not-so-well-known names in the Orioles minor leagues enjoying good starts to the year. Did you know Joel Guzman leads the Eastern League in homers for Bowie? -duck

Minor matters -
Brad Bergesen had a rough start, Dennis Sarfate is hitting 99 on the radar gun, and Steve Johnson got rocked against Reading. -duck

Orioles busy preparing for season "Bluefield Daily Telegraph
That's about all the article says. Go read it for yourself if you think I'm lying. -duck