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"It's real fun to be an Oriole right now" - Jake Arrieta

Game stories, get your game stories! Orioles blast off in 14-8 win over IndiansRed-hot O's Spank TribeOrioles get plenty of bang for Buck

Fired Wakamatsu says thanks for the opportunity, not much else
Clipped for this: "There are already rumors Wakamatsu could become the bench coach for new Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter."

Struggling closer Alfredo Simon won't get every save chance
Could be Koji! Or Gonzo! I say they should just score fourteen runs every game so we don't have to worry about it.

Bell sits to get work with Crow
Josh Bell was out of the lineup last night but will play the next two. He's been putting some extra time in with the Crow. I know, that's a terrifying thought. 

Popular backup catcher Craig Tatum 'glad' to be back with Orioles
I wonder what makes Tatum so popular with his teammates. In my head he's like the pickup private in A Few Good Men. 

Callis confident O's will sign Machado (w/Avery to Bowie update)
Jim Callis says that he believes the Orioles will end up spending 8-10 million on the draft. And Xavier Avery was promoted to AA Bowie. I have no idea why.

In the Minors

Norfolk Tides 6, Indianapolis Indians 10
Despite twelve hits and two walks, the Tides couldn't score more than six runs against the Indians. Adam Donachie, called up to take Tater's spot at AAA, had four hits including a HR. Scott Moore, Michael Aubrey, and Matt Angle also had multi-hit games. Nolan Reimold went 0-2 with a walk.

Portland Sea Dogs 6, Bowie Baysox 3
Portland held Bowie to just five hits, one of which was a HR by Jonathan Tucker. Steve Johnson allowed two runs on four hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked zero. Portland scored four unearned runs after a Joe Mahoney throwing error in the eighth inning.

Frederick Keys 5, Myrtle Beach Pelicans 10
Only six of the runs scored by the Pelicans were earned as the Keys defense made three errors. Offensively, 1B Luis Bernardo was the only key without a hit, but he did reach on a walk. LJ Hoes and Bobby Stevens had multiple this and Ronnie Welty had a double and two walks. Ryan O'Shea gave up three HR as the starter and lasted five innings.

Lexington Legends 10, Delmarva Shorebirds 3
Bobby Bundy took the loss for the Shorebirds, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings. Not great, but much better than reliever David Walters who gave up 5 runs, but he only got 2 outs. LF Tyler Baxter had three hits including a HR.

Aberdeen Ironbirds 4, Batavia Muckdogs 2
The Ironbirds' pitchers were great today. Starter Bruno Sanchez allowed two runs in 5.1 innings, Ashur Tolliver pitched 1.2 innings in relief and Steven Mazur pitched two, striking out four. All seven Ironbirds hits were from three players: LF Kipp Schutz hit a double and a home run, 1B Tyler Stampone hit single and a triple, and SS Sammie Starr had three singles. Is Sammie Starr a cooler name than Will Startup?

Around the MLB

David Murphy and the Rangers walked off against Rivera and the Yankees.
Derek Jeter says: "you tip your hat to them because they had some good at-bats."

Twins take first place with display of brawn
The Twins hit five home runs and lit up Freddy Garcia to take over first place from the White Sox. It's another AL Central race, folks, between two teams that would be fourth place in the East.

Strasburg lit up for six runs in 4.1 innings
Interesting. I didn't know he was allowed to fail. Has anyone put Rob Dibble on suicide watch? 

Seeing Red: Brawl breaks out in Cards victory
1) Brandon Phillips calls the Cardinals "little bitches" 2) Yadier Molina and Phillips fight on the field, benches clear, Johnny Cueto goes on a "kicking spree." 3) Cardinal defeat the Reds for the second day and move into a tie for first place.