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Baltimore Orioles at San Diego Padres - June 20, 2010 | Preview
Jake Arrieta tries to lead the O's to a series win today. -duck

Orioles Insider: Pie to start rehab on Tuesday; Simon back as closer
Felix will be back soon! Yay! Britt Ghiroli told me on Twitter that his rehab stint is expected to be short so that he can be with the team before the first of July. I miss him so. -Stacey

Brutal season hasn't stopped fans from following Orioles -
"In recent Nielsen data, Orioles games on the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) have earned a 3.8 household rating, compared with a 3.4 rating from Opening Day to June 3 of last year. The 3.8 rating translates to about 41,538 area households in the Baltimore TV market — an increase of 12 percent over last season." The O's rating is just 0.8 lower than the Yankees on the YES Network. Weird. -duck

Finding a replacement for Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki - ESPN
Cesar Izturis' name is on the radar as a replacement for the injured Troy Tulowitzki. So is another backup infielder on the Orioles, but no way we'd get lucky enough to have someone trade for him. -duck

Orioles manager Juan Samuel reflects on baseball futility -
"I don't really dwell on those things. We have enough things going on that I'm trying to improve and make sure we stay focused on what the task at hand is," said Samuel. And that would be screwing up rundown plays, missing catches in the outfield and walking cluelessly back to the dugout after striking out? -duck

Alomar inducted into Cdn. Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Alomar was officially inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame for his excellent play on the Toronto Blue Jays. Here's hoping the American Hall of Fame voters get their acts together and vote him in next year. -Stacey


The Norfolk Tides won as Norfolk's offense collected fourteen hits in route to a 10-3 victory, The Baysox lost in 12 innings as Zach Britton tossed 6.0 innings of two-hit shutout baseball but the Baysox gave up a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning before three home runs sunk them in 12th inning,  the Frederick Keys won as they scored five runs in the third inning and defeated Myrtle Beach 9-1, the Delmarva Shorebirds won their sixth straight game and Kenny Moreland pitched eight innings, allowing two hits as the Shorebirds defeated the Lexington Legends, 7-1  and the Aberdeen IronBirds lost as they scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night against the Hudson Valley Renegades but came up just short, as they lost 6-5.

Shorebirds to Host 2011 SAL All-Star Game | Delmarva Shorebirds News
The Delmarva Shorebirds will host the 2011 South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 21, 2011. They will work with the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank, the Delaware Food Bank and Virginia's Food Bank of the Eastern Shore and Perdue Farms to make the event a fundraiser to fight hunger on the Eastern Shore. -duck

Good pitching on the farm -
"The four starting pitchers tonight at the O's full-season affiliates combined to give up just one earned run and pitch to an ERA of 0.38 this evening." That's encouraging news. -duck

Baysox Notebook: Pitching is saving grace for Bowie - The Capital
"Steve Johnson - the son of Orioles broadcaster Dave Johnson - is tied for the league lead in strikeouts and has limited hitters to a .233 average." Bowie's record is above .500, and its mostly due to pitching. -duck