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Luke Scott says to himself, "Yeah, 442 feet sounds about right." (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Luke Scott says to himself, "Yeah, 442 feet sounds about right." (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Associated Press: Showalter tries new approach with downtrodden O's
"The man currently managing the Orioles is clearly not as tightly wound as the one who sternly guided the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1990s. Although his track record made an immediate impression on the lowly Orioles when he walked into the clubhouse on Aug. 3, the 54-year-old Showalter has saved his outbursts for umpires."

Showalter's impact on O's is undeniable | orioles.com: News
"Buck Showalter is not the Orioles' savior." But he plays one on TV?

Under Buck Showalter, Orioles look to avoid another late-season swoon - The Sun
"The Orioles are 12-9 this month heading into the final seven August games — three at the Chicago White Sox, three at the Los Angeles Angels and one at home against the Boston Red Sox. If the Orioles win three of those, they'll guarantee their first victorious August in 13 years." 

Detailed Financial Info from Pirates, Rays, Marlins, Angels, and Mariners Sees Light of Day - Biz of Baseball
It seems that Deadspin got its hands on some detailed financial info from Pirates, Rays, Marlins, Angels, and Mariners and simply posted it for all to see. Biz of Baseball digs into what the numbers actually mean. And wow, are Pirates fans gonna be upset.

One-on-One with Peter Schmuck: Cal Ripken Jr. - baltimoresun.com
"It's hard to believe, but the fresh-faced kid who burst into the Orioles lineup in 1982, caught the final out of the World Series in 1983 and broke Lou Gehrig's supposedly unbreakable consecutive games record in 1995 has reached the half-century mark."

The Toy Department: What Cal wanted to be when he grew up
"Back when the Iron Man was in eighth grade, he wrote an essay for school on what he wanted to be when he grew up." And they reprint it, in his original handwriting. Cute.

Ex-Oriole Ohman looks back - Carroll County Times: Orioles
Will Ohman's wife has a poster on their living room wall that reads: "We interrupt this family to bring you the baseball season." The events of last month have made the Ohmans living proof of that motto.

Steve Melewski: Scott the slugger
"Since May 12, Luke Scott is 3rd in the Majors in slugging percentage (.640) and OPS (1.033). In that time Scott has a higher OPS than Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Evan Longoria, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, Albert Pujols and Adam Dunn to name just a few sluggers. Is it possible that the big bat the Orioles and their fans talk about adding is already here?"

Orioles Insider: Orioles scout will be honored
Jim Howard, the Orioles' long-time professional scout, was just named a 2010 inductee into the Mid Atlantic Scouts Association Hall of Fame.

Roberts holds court with fans for charity | orioles.com: News
The event raised over $200,000 last year, and it was easy to see how much fun Roberts had at this Bash -- even though he came over right after the Orioles suffered a 6-4 loss to the Texas Rangers earlier in the day.

IN THE MINORS

Minor League Baseball: Investing In The Future " Mike Ashmore’s Thunder Thoughts
This was posted in Sunday's BD, and I missed clipping it. It's a long but worthy read about the financial realities of minor league baseball for players. 

School of Roch: Quick check of the farm (updated)
Pitcher Daniel Klein, the Orioles' third-round pick out of UCLA, logged a perfect seventh inning tonight for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. He recorded two outs on ground balls and one on a fly ball.

School of Roch: Checking on Reimold (updated)
"Reimold has posted a .464 on-base percentage in 34 games since July 17. That's the third-highest percentage in the International League. Former Oriole Justin Turner is first at .474 during that span."

Orioles Insider: What should the Orioles do with Zach Britton?
"One of the most interesting story lines left in the Orioles’ season is what they’ll do with 22-year-old left-hander Zach Britton."

Tides end homestand with 8-4 setback | Norfolk Tides News
Norfolk collected 12 hits Monday afternoon, but Durham doubled up the Tides 8-4 to send Norfolk to its fifth straight loss. The win wrapped up a five-game sweep at Harbor Park for the Bulls, who have now won 11 of their last 12 games with the Tides.

Baysox Win, Run For Cover | Bowie Baysox News
The Bowie Baysox knocked off the Akron Aeros 7-2 in the first game of a doubleheader Monday before a torrential downpour washed out the second half of the twin bill. The first game was a continuation of a game started in Akron on July 28 that was delayed more than two hours by rain before it was called off after one inning of play.

DRAKE DEALS KEYS TO 6-4 WIN | Frederick Keys News
RHP Oliver Drake allowed two hits through 6 and 2/3rd's innings, 1B Buck Britton finished a double shy of the cycle and RF Ronnie Welty drove home four runs in a 6-4 victory over Kinston at Grainger Stadium Monday night.

Crawdads Pitching Key in 5-1 Win | Delmarva Shorebirds News
Hickory pitchers Miguel De Los Santos and Matt Thompson combined to control the Shorebirds offense in a 5-1 Crawdads win in game three at L.P. Frans Stadium on Monday night.

IronBirds Drop Second Straight | Aberdeen IronBirds News
The Aberdeen IronBirds couldn't get much going offensively on Monday evening as they fell to the Staten Island Yankees 5-1.

Twins outslug Orioles " Local Sports " Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV
Seeking to stay atop their division in the Appalachian League, the Elizabethton Twins put together 16 hits Monday night at Bowen Field and took a 9-6 win from the Bluefield Orioles, who had 13 hits on their home field.

and the GCL Orioles were rained out.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST....

Thanks and love to my wife Laura, who's put up with being married to me for 19 years as of today.