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Recaps of last night's thoroughly weird night can be found at StarTribune.comMASNsports (with post-game Juan), and The Sun.

Three Orioles ejected in wild seventh inning | News
"I guess emotions were very high tonight," said Samuel, who stomped on his hat and flung it onto the mound like a Frisbee as he stormed off after being tossed. "And as a result, we saw what happened."

Security shrugs as O's mope runs laps around Camden Yards - Big League Stew
With video goodness.

Ty Wigginton turns in solid rant as trio of O's earn ejection - Big League Stew
BLS heartedly approves of last night's display.

Steve Melewski - Wigginton and Krantiz
"I didn't say anything," Kranitz said. "I sarcastically clapped in the way that the umpire, I guess Bill Hohn took offense to. Yeah you know I shouldn't have done that. It wasn't the right thing to do, but you know, you get frustrated."

Steve Melewski - The Umpires Speak
Gary Darling admitted he blew the call, but refused to say what Rick Kranitz did to get ejected, aside from saying "[H]e knows what he did." That's what I said to my son when he was 3. I think Darling can do a little better than that.

Orioles Insider: The sound of an Orioles roster crunch
The O's will have turned over 20% of their roster by the time Brian Roberts and Matt Wieters are activated this weekend. So, who's next to leave?

Roberts nears return for Orioles - Carroll County Times
"We have to meet with [president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail] and see what our medical people say, and if that's what the decision is, that's what will be done," Samuel said. "Andy obviously is going to have to create a roster spot. We have to see which way he's going to go with this." Oh, because this roster is so chock-full of talent we couldn't possibly afford to lose.

Orioles notebook: Second baseman Brian Roberts says he's ready to return
Second baseman Brian Roberts said he was ready to go on Monday, and wants to be activated as soon as possible. Catcher Matt Wieters believes he'll return Sunday.

O's to limit workload of Berken, Hernandez | News
The Orioles will limit thre amount of appearances by Jason Berken and David Hernandez, and also be more careful with the amount of times they warm up without entering a game.

Angelos overrules MacPhail? -- MLB FanHouse
"The latest industry rumor had Buck Showalter taking over as Orioles manager in early August. As the search drags on, speculation is that owner Peter Angelos has overruled president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail for the first time since MacPhail was hired, with MacPhail liking Eric Wedge over Showalter."

Showalter still leader for Orioles' managerial job - Scoop Du Jour
"Buck Showalter is a very patient man, which a good thing, because his job interview with the Baltimore Orioles has lasted for seemingly an eternity."

Phillies fire hitting coach Milt Thompson | HardballTalk
Wait, you can do that during a season? Well, what are we waiting for?

Markakis hosts 5k run for charity in August | News
"Join Nick and Christina Markakis for the The Right Side Foundation's Second Annual 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk in Baltimore's Patterson Park on Sunday, Aug. 8. The race begins at 6 p.m. ET, following the Orioles' afternoon home game versus the Chicago White Sox and all proceeds from the race benefit distressed children throughout Maryland."

Rob Dibble Likes the Nationals More Than You Do - Washington City Paper
"GQ says the MASN broadcaster is one of baseball's worst. Ask him if he cares."


Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps - July 22
I'll be lazy and just link to Dean Jones Jr. today. Norfolk won, Bowie lost, Frederick lost, Delmarva lost, Aberdeen won, Bluefield won and the GCL Orioles lost. Nolan Reimold went 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Tides.