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Recaps of yesterday's SWEEEEEEEP of the Natinals: Baltimore SunWashington PostMLB.comAPUPI

MacPhail focused on finding right manager | News
Former Oriole Don Baylor (outfield, 1970-1975) has joined Rick Dempsey in publicly stating his interest in the managerial job. Also, some (complimentary) Kevin Millwood quotes about playing under Buck Showalter while with the Texas Rangers. -zk

Showalter addresses Orioles rumors, confirms he's a candidate for manager's job - Sporting News
On ESPN last night, Showalter not only confirmed his candidacy, but expressed interest in the O's managerial job. -zk

Orioles designate first baseman Garrett Atkins for assignment -
We've all rejoiced over the DFA of Garrett Atkins, but also in this story is the tidbit that Felix Pie could return when the O's head to Boston this weekend. -Stacey

Florida Marlins to hire Bobby Valentine as next manager. Or not.
On Friday, it appeared Valentine was set to take the reins in Florida. Which was perfectly fine by me. But then last night, duck reported Heyman's Twitter hedging. WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT? -zk

More below the jump....

Baseball-Reference Blog POLL: Mike Mussina and the Hall of Fame
As it stands now, nearly 1 in 3 poll respondents in a B-R poll think Moose shouldn't go to the Hall. Feel like tipping the scales? -zk

Baltimore Orioles: Last place and falling fast
Three days ago, Washington Post reporter Dave Sheinin penned this article, gleefully stating, "...the franchise's 2010 season has been a nightmare of near-historic proportions." How does your cereal taste this morning, Dave? -zk

Autograph collectors Steve Young, Bill Eckstein |
Steve Young has about 1,880 signatures in his 1,000-plus page 1988 Baseball Encyclopedia. His hobby started nearly 15 years ago when he got the signature of former Oriole infielder Willie Miranda. Bill Eckstein, who grew up an Oriole fan, has his own signature goals. -zk

Q&A With A Baltimore Orioles Blogger About Ty Wigginton - Pinstripe Alley
In case you missed it yesterday, our own James F. talked to Pinstripe Alley about possible pieces of a Wiggy trade. -zk


Dean Jones Jr. : Minor league game recaps - June 27 -
Tides win , Baysox lose, Keys win, Shorebirds lose, Ironbirds lose, Bluefield wins. Felix Pie played left field for the Keys, and went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. For the Tides, Robert Andino had two RBIs, and Josh Bell had a double and an RBI. In Aberdeen, rehabbing Mike Gonzalez gave up a two-run homer. -zk

Finally, just for fun, vintage Earl Weaver video - NSFW !!
Earl Weaver cusses out 1B umpire Bill Haller in a game against Detroit on September 17, 1980. Mike Flanagan had just been called for a balk. You get to hear Eddie Murray complaining a bit too. Best line: Bill: "You're gonna be in the Hall of Fame? Why? For f**kin' up World Series?" -zk