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All-Star game gets worst television ratings of all times - HardballTalk
Fewer than one out of every 13 American homes with televisions tuned into the All-Star Game. Apparently, that means 12 out of 13 American homes were watching "The Deadliest Catch" along with me on Tuesday. I'm gonna miss Capt. Phil.*

All-Star Break Orioles News and Notes | Baltimore Sports Report
BSR gives their take on the state of the team and what's to come.

O's looking to turn the page and the corner | orioles.com
The Orioles look to improve on their dismal first half. Who would have guessed? 

Orioles Insider: Explaining the Orioles' midseason grades
Jeff Zrebiec explains his report card. 

2010 Orioles looking to avoid matching futility of 1988 Orioles - baltimoresun.com
They may have won four in Texas, but they're still on pace to lose more than the 1988 team.

The Tatum question - MASNsports.com
The Orioles are 10-9 when Craig Tatum starts at catcher. Read into that what you will.

Orioles 1st Half Rankings - 2131 & Beyond
These are, well, first half rankings of the O's. Dude wasn't lying in his headline.

Sources: Dodgers Request Outright Waivers on Reliever George Sherrill -- MLB FanHouse
"Struggling Dodgers reliever George Sherrill seems destined for the minors, as major-league sources confirmed to FanHouse..."

Jon Heyman makes a funny - NOT! - HardballTalk
"The WAR folks like Yunel apparently. I know this, Bobby Cox hated going to war with this guy.-- Jon Heyman, slamming sabermetrics and Yunel Escobar in one beautifully facepalm-inducing tweet." Wow, Jon Heyman is as stupid as we thought he was.

IN THE MINORS

Norfolk was off for its league's All-Star Game (yes, omitting the name was Intentional), Bowie was off as well, Frederick was postponed and will play a double-header today, Delmarva won 8-1 as the team had three home runs, as Kenny Moreland retired 17 of his last 19 hitters, Aberdeen lost as the IronBirds couldn't make it four wins in a row, falling to the Vermont Lake Monsters 6-1, Bluefield lost 8-3, and the GCL Orioles won 9-4.

PCL All-Stars vs. INT All-Stars - July 14, 2010
Jeff Salazar of the Norfolk Tides went 0-for-1 in his only plate appearance. 

Promoting players - MASNsports.com
Andy MacPhail and John Stockstill explain their reasoning behind a player's promotion timetable.

Quick note...from now on, unless someone else's name follows a blurb, assume I clipped it. It's just easier that way. -duck

*Yes, I actually do know ratings represent the percentage of all households with televisions, and shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. I do. Work with me, people.