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Baltimore Orioles' "cavalry" of young pitchers has struggled, but team expects improvement -
Brian Matusz: "This isn't easy. It's not just about having great stuff; it's getting used to being in the AL East and facing big league hitters every five days. It's not just going to all click right away. I still feel confident as I can be in these guys just because I know how much I've learned and how much better that I've gotten. You learn from failure, and failure is going to happen." Fair point. -zk

Orioles Insider: Was Bergesen good enough?
Nothing's been decided as to who will start Saturday's game for the Orioles. Looks like it's down to either Brad Bergesen or Chris Tillman. I vote for "none of the above." -duck

Orioles Insider: Injured O's and timelines - -
Among the updates is this sad truth: "Roberts has been shut down from any baseball activity for the time being. Samuel said in San Francisco that he had spoken to Roberts and estimated that he was four to six weeks away from a return. That means you are probably looking at August at the earliest. But there have been a lot of stops and starts in Roberts' situation, making this one difficult to predict as well." Yup, I think duck may have called it early when he said Bri-Bob would be out for the year. -zk

Baltimore Orioles are looking for an experienced manager - Jon Heyman -
Heyman is the latest to weigh in on the manager search, invoking names such as Bob Melvin and Tom Kelly. He also provides a list of all the potential vacancies coming in the offseason, which might be one reason MacPhail is trying to take care of this now. -zk

Young ballplayers learn from the pros at Orioles baseball camp
 The O's are running a week long instructional camp for kids, with former Orioles such as Joe Orsulak participating. Adam Jones will also be making an appearance, perhaps to show the young'uns how to misjudge balls that have been hit over your head. -zk

AL East boasts three .600 beasts -
"This marks the latest in a season that three teams in one division have been at .600 or better since Aug. 25, 1979, according to Elias Sports Bureau, when the Baltimore Orioles (81-43), Red Sox (76-50) and Milwaukee Brewers (78-52) were in the AL East." Ahhhhh, 1979. -zk

Baltimore Orioles still waiting on a home run from a first baseman - Big League Stew - MLB  - Yahoo! Sports
It's the first day of summer, and the O's have yet to get a dinger from a 1B. In fact, overall, our 1Bs are OPSing .564 with a .219 batting average. Niiiiiice. -zk


Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps - June 21
Norfolk lost, Aberdeen lost, and the GCL Orioles lost. Bowie, Frederick and Delmarva had the night off. Bluefield starts its season tonight.

O's draftee gets College World Series save -
"The Orioles third-round draft pick, right-hander Dan Klein, picked up a save in the College World Series on Monday night. He pitched a shutout ninth inning as his UCLA squad beat TCU, 6-3. It was his tenth save of the season as UCLA improved to 2-0 in the series." -duck

Minor Moves -
Some roster moves happened. Here they are. Nothing earth-shattering. -duck

Townsend set to return to the diamond -
Tyler Townsend has hurt his hamstring about, oh, 17 times this season. He's slated to play three games with the GCL Orioles then return to Delmarva. Here's hoping he makes it in one piece. -duck

Talent overflowing at Double-A Bowie | News
Drink deep of the Orange Flavor-Aid and tell yourself we will be good in a few years. Go ahead. -duck

Few hurdles left for Britton before joining O's | News
Zach Britton is working on a changeup and, in his words, "I'm learning how to pitch" rather than just throw. -duck

Reader Q & A: Submit Your Questions to Matt Hobgood
Jordan over at Orioles Prospects is soliciting questions for an interview with Matt Hobgood. Head on over, and feel free to ask any question you like, such as, "Why did the Orioles draft you when Mike Leake was still available?" -zk

Checking In With the Farm Clubs - High Minors
Since there's not much to like about the parent club, Dempsey's Army looks for good news from the teh kidz on the farm. -zk

Scoreboard | Norfolk Tides Scoreboard
At Norfolk last night (on three days' rest), 3E1N pitched 5 innings, giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk. He had 4 Ks, and of his other 11 outs, 7 were ground balls. 85 pitches total. Let the debate resume about whether he should be promoted back to the majors—again—to start Saturday against the Nats. -zk