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Recaps of last night's loss (I have a keyboard shortcut for that now) can be found at, and

Guthrie wasn't 100 percent -
It wasn't just a burned-out husk of a bullpen that led the O's to pull Jake Arrieta from his start Saturday - Jeremy Guthrie told the staff before the game he felt sore. Nothing specific, just sore. So, of course, when Guthire went into the 7th, the O's used Arrieta in his Norfolk game anyway, and then the Daily Parade of Relievers started after Guthrie departed the game, and we probably still need an extra arm in the bullpen today anyway, and Arrieta is now probably not available. This team can't get out of its own way. -duck

Handed a chance for the win, the O's politely refused -
Boston did their best to give away that game last night, but like a big department store, the Orioles weren't taking it back. Not without a receipt. -duck

Baltimore Sun Orioles notebook: Bergesen moved to bullpen
Brad Bergesen will have his next start skipped with Monday's off day, so he's getting moved to the bullpen indefinitely. Juan Samuel won't say how long the move will last. -duck 

Samuel wants a stabilized, set lineup | News
"Interim manager Juan Samuel wants to get a lineup that's more stable so that players can know what the team is going to want when they take the field each day." So, we're back to 2009? -duck

Orioles' Samuel receives high marks -
"This is a really good fit for Sammy," said former Oriole Mickey Tettleton, who played with Samuel in Detroit in 1994. "He always carried himself in a leadership role. Sammy's players will work hard, like he did, and they will play the game right." I keep reading quotes like that, and then seeing Miguel Tejada jog to first base on a grounder. -duck

Trembley’s ouster close to 30 years in the making " Cumberland Times-News
A reminder that the Orioles' farm system started to rot well before Angelos. The problems started with EBW. -zk

Nationals' success magnifies Orioles' woes - Carroll County Times
The Natinals are the new darlings of baseball. Enjoy it fellas, 'cause you're going to come back down to Earth sooner than later. Not that we have any right to talk. -zk

Roster should be next on O's list for makeover -
Peter Schmuck argues it's time for a fire sale of old guys. I don't exactly disagree with him. -duck

Orioles' issues run deeper than manager | News
"If the Orioles are going to at least start to turn the corner on a 15-40 start, there will need to be more changes than simply the nameplate above the skipper's office." Pretty accurate assessment. -duck


Tides drop Saturday slugfest  as Norfolk and Buffalo combined for 37 hits as the Tides dropped a 12-9 slugfest at Harbor Park Saturday night, Bowie won 4-2 as Zach Britton went 7. 1IP with just 2 unearned runs scoring, Frederick won 6-1as LHP Nate Nery allowed just four hits on the night as he improved to 4-5 on the year, and Delmarva lost 7-0 as Jesse Beal didn't make it out of the 5th, giving up 5 runs and 10 hits.

Chirpin' with the Birds: Britton back on track - CCT
Josh Land interviewed top pitching prospect Zach Britton this week about the left-hander's recovery from a slow start and readiness for the majors. After posting a 5.03 ERA through his first four appearances, Britton pitched to a 2.48 ERA over seven games before Friday. -zk