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Recaps of yesterday's loss can be found at orioles.comThe SunMASNsports (with post-game Juan), and The Globe and Mail.

Struggling Pie gets mental break | News
Juan Samuel made the decision to give Felix Pie a day off Wednesday. "They know what we've been through and they are trying so hard. We think Felix needs a break here, mentally. I think he's swinging a little bit too hard -- probably pressing a little bit." At least someone's trying hard.

Orioles Insider: Orioles don't tip their caps this time 
"We just beat ourselves," Luke Scott said. ""If he was painting [the corners], I’d understand. We just didn’t make the adjustment. We had pitches to hit. I can understand if we are getting carved up as far as not [getting] much out over the plate. We had some pitches to hit, we just missed them."

Orioles Insider: Bergy to make next start; nothing close on trades; Moore clears
Talk about the headline giving away the lead - Brad Bergesen will make his next start, the Orioles aren't close to a trade, and Scott Moore did clear waivers and accept an assignment to Norfolk.

Orioles Insider: Kranitz says pitchers need to step up
"It’s frustrating because these guys should be taking more steps forward and they’re not, they haven’t been," he said. "I’ve seen some little signs, but they have to go all the way through. They have to keep going forward. That’s a tough balancing act because you still have to stay positive, but the reality is you have to get the job done. They can’t control the wins and losses, but you can control where you throw the baseball and be competitive on a nightly basis. That shouldn’t be in doubt."

Orioles Insider: Jays coach thinks Showalter good fit for O's
Toronto coach Brian Butterfield: "He has so many redeeming qualities that it’s a little bit of a surprise to me why he hasn’t been in the league for a while. But you know what, speaking to him a couple of times recently, he says he feels good physically. The managing and the coaching sometimes can take a toll on you, but I think he’s in a way where he’s itching to get back. I think if it were to happen in Baltimore, I think he would be a tremendous fit."

Orioles Should Do Right by Jim Gentile - MLB FanHouse
Seems the O's owe Jim Gentile another $5,000 as he now has tied for the lead in the 1961 AL RBI race. An RBI was taken away from Mickey Mantle Roger Maris after a scoring error was confirmed yesterday, leaving him tied with Gentile. "We argued over the contract," Gentile said. "I remember [Lee} MacPhail, at the time I signed the contract, said that if I had led the league in RBIs, it would have been worth $5,000 more." Andy, your dad owes the man $5,000. Pay up.

Orioles unfold table and place players on it | The Daily Times
"In major league baseball's flea market, the Orioles seem to be that table of spare parts that some team, if they look hard enough, might be able get something useful at a bargain. "

Wishful Writing – 2010 Orioles Game Recap
What a recap of an O's game might have looked like this year. Prospects: Chat: Jim Callis Chat
Jim Callis basically endorses moving anyone on the Orioles who's 31 or older. And he's not picky about who.


Fan in LeBron James Heat jersey draws ire in Cleveland
Someone didn't get hugged enough as a child and still desperately needs attention - a fan at the Indians game wore a Miami Heat LeBron James jersey. With it being Cleveland, you should probably be able to guess what happened next.

MLB Opening Day 2011 to fall on Friday, April 1; season to end on a Wednesday  -
Major League Baseball, trying to avoid having long underwear as part of its players' postseason apparel, is planning to start the 2011 season in earnest on Friday, April 1 - three days earlier than the traditional Monday opener.


Pettus resigns as O’s GM " Bluefield Daily Telegraph
"It’s a pretty time-consuming and demanding job here," he said. "I thought this was something that could be a pretty good fit for me, but having gone through half the season to three quarters of the season I just feel like I’m spending too much time away from home. I’ve got two younger boys, 11 and 9 years old and I just feel like it’s important to be there for these years, their developmental years." Seems to me someone thought this would be a 9-to-5 job and found out otherwise.

Promotion Watch: Zach Britton | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
FanGraphs profiles Britton in anticipation that he may be called up this year. -Stacey

Bell, Reimold homer in 8-6 win | Norfolk Tides News
Josh Bell and Nolan Reimold each homered as the Tides topped the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 8-6 Wednesday night.

Bowie-Akron Rubber Match Washed Out | Bowie Baysox News
The final matchup of a three-game series between the Bowie Baysox and Akron Aeros was suspended Wednesday night as heavy rains passed through Northeast Ohio. The game will be completed as part of a doubleheader when the Aeros travel to Bowie August 23 through 25.

Rowell Rallies Keys to Dramatic Finish| Frederick Keys News
Frederick led by three runs entering the ninth but saw that lead disappear. After allowing two runs in the top of the 10th, 2B Miguel Abreu capped off the three-run inning with a walk-off single that brought home 3B Billy Rowell.

May whiffs 14, Claws crush Birds 9-0 | Lakewood BlueClaws News
Trevor May made history Tuesday night, as the BlueClaws crushed Delmarva 9-0 to take four of five on the road trip and improve to a season-best 24 games over .500. May (3-1) struck out 14 through seven innings, tying the BlueClaws single game record and establishing a new career high. He let up just four hits and didn't walk a Delmarva (15-17) batter.

Cyclones Stop IronBirds Winning Streak | Aberdeen IronBirds News
The Aberdeen IronBirds three game winning streak was snapped Wednesday night as the Brooklyn Cyclones scored six runs with two outs and won 7-2.

Bluefield won 5-4
The Orioles only managed five hits, but plated five runs in the defeat of Pulaski.

The GCL Orioles won 4-2
Three Orioles had multi-hit games and scored all four runs in the second inning to cruise to the win.