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Recaps of last night's inevitable defeat can be found at (with post-game Juan), and The Detroit News.

Berken passed over for All-Star Game | | Green Bay Press Gazette
"De Pere native Jason Berken, in his second season as a pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles, didn't make the American League roster for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game." Gotta love hometown newspapers. -duck

O's hesitant to go back-to-back with Uehara | News
Our Delicate Flower Koji Uehara can only be used with a day's rest in between appearances now. Seriously, does anybody pitch outside in Japan? Ever? -duck

Tillman looking like Saturday's starter | News
Chris Tillman comes up to make Saturday's start, since they don't want to use anyone in the bullpen. Josh Bell is the odds-on favorite to be sent down. Hope you enjoyed the meal money, kid. -duck

Orioles notebook: -
"Consider this: If none of the above picks up a victory between now and Sunday, these Orioles will be the first team in major league history not to have at least a four-game winner at the All-Star break, according to Elias Sports Bureau." - duck

SpliceToday interviews Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports "Hardball Talk"
"I started hearing whispers that Orioles’ spring training was profoundly lackadaisical and that many of the young players were rather complacent as they broke camp, secure that they had a job and believing that they merely needed to show up in order to be successful." - James F

Rosenthal Speculates on Showalter's Staff - FOX Sports on MSN
Names include Mark Connor, Brian Butterfield, Bill Ripken, and B.J. Surhoff. -Stacey

For the Reds' Rhodes, Pitching Becomes a Tribute -
Arthur Rhodes is making his first AS appearance this year, a year and a half after the death of his 5 year old son. You might want to get out a tissue. -Stacey

Fox and Friends Asks Cal Ripken, Jr. If He’s ‘Concerned About The Wussification Of America' | Mediaite
"Turns out that Ripken doesn't like it and that he's opposed to participation trophies that reward every kid involved in a sport, instead of just the winners. " -duck

New York Yankees @ Baltimore Orioles GameThread, May 27, 2008
I was searching for something totally not this last night and ended up reading the entire thing because it's so awesome. Please, enjoy. -Stacey


Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps -- July 7
IN a rush, so Norfolk won, Bowie lost badly, Frederick lost normally (Ronnie Welty was 2-for-4 with a solo home run and two RBIs, just sayin'), Delmarva won a close one, and Bluefield lost a close one. Aberdeen had the day off and the GCL Orioles game was postponed. 

Orioles Insider: Orioles agree to terms with two more
The Orioles have signed two of the UCLA pitchers they drafted last month, just not Dan Klein. -duck