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Recaps of yesterday's loss can be found at Chicago Sun-TimesThe SunOrioles.com, and MASNsports (with post-game Buck).

Jones confident contusion is nothing serious | orioles.com: News
"It got me right on the blade," Jones said of White Sox starter Gavin Floyd's 0-2 pitch. "Hurt like [heck], but I'll probably play [on Wednesday]."

Orioles Insider: Luke also hobbling
"Luke Scott may also not be able to go tomorrow after he fouled a ball off his right foot in the fifth inning. He stayed in the game and got his final two at-bats, but he was not running well at all. Showalter said the team was pondering whether or not to give him X-rays."

Hernandez set to throw first bullpen session | orioles.com: News
"Hernandez said in a text message that he's "almost pain-free," though he is expected to still experience some level of discomfort until the ankle is fully healthy in November."

Second opinion on Berken confirms results | orioles.com: News
"Showalter also confirmed what has long been speculated: that Berken is done for the remainder of the season. "That's one of the questions I asked [head athletic trainer Richard Bancells]," Showalter said. "Would this have been a little bit different if we were a half-game out? We could push it and try to get him back for September, but it's just not real smart right now."

Orioles Insider: Johnson could return Friday
"Rehabbing reliever Jim Johnson threw two scoreless innings in Double-A Bowie's 1-0 victory over Akron today. Johnson allowed one hit and struck out three."

Fanalytics: Orioles starter Matusz flashes signs of improvement - USATODAY.com
"But things might be different now. Thursday was his first eight-inning victory of the season and the first time he beat a first-place club."

Rangers' Cliff Lee calls ESPN personality a liar after being accused of hating Texas | Dallas Morning News
"ESPN radio personality Colin Cowherd blasted Rangers ace Cliff Lee on Monday, accusing Lee of mailing it in against the Orioles and saying he hates Texas and wants to be a Yankee. Cowherd cited an anonymous source for the report. "It's a lie," Lee told reporters after Monday's game "Write that. Are you writing? Write that it's a lie. I did not say that and nobody close to me would say that. Either say who the source is or shut up because I am saying it is not true."

Brian's Baseball Bash | Oriole Post
Oriole Post covered Brian's Baseball Bash, which took place Sunday night. Read this great account of the evening and check out the pictures. Lots of good stuff.

Eutaw Street Chronicles: Bobby Bonilla - Sept. 8, 1996
Roar From 34 posted a new Eutaw Street Chronicles focusing on the playoff bound 96 Birds. 

IN THE MINORS

Orioles Insider: It's looking like Machado will debut Friday
"Things obviously could change in the next couple of days, but the Orioles are currently planning on having shortstop Manny Machado, their first-round pick in June's draft, make his debut on Friday for the Gulf Coast League team."

Parker Bridwell Interview - OriolesProspects.com
"During the days leading up to his pro debut, Parker Bridwell talked to me about his current set of pitches, how he thinks he’ll do playing strictly baseball and where he thought he’d go on draft day."

Orioles Prospect - Joe Mahoney | Bowie Baysox News
"[Joe} Mahoney is an intimidating figure at 6'7", 255 lbs., with a wingspan that led one of his teammates to jokingly suggest that a second baseman is unnecessary when Mahoney is on first." Gotta love those team PR writers.

Orioles: Orioles will hold instructional league at Camden Yards in September
"Team officials are planning a scaled-down version of the instructional program for next month at Camden Yards. While the logistics are still being worked out, the plan is for several of the organization's young minor leaguers, including this year's first-round pick, shortstop Manny Machado, to spend two weeks going through hitting and fielding drills and working with Orioles coaches."

Durham beat Norfolk 1-0
Richard De Los Santos broke the Durham Bulls Triple-A record notching his 14th victory as he combined with two Bulls relievers on a 1-0 shutout win over Norfolk. Troy Patton pitched well in the loss while Nolan Reimold was thrown out at the plate attempting to score.

Baysox Split Doubleheader | Bowie Baysox News
The Bowie Baysox split a doubleheader with the Akron Aeros Tuesday night at Prince George's Stadium, winning the first seven-inning game 1-0 before falling in the second 6-3. The pair of games leaves the Baysox at 68-61 on the season, half a game behind Harrisburg for second place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern League's Western Division.

KEYS AND TRIBE RAINED OUT | Frederick Keys News
With steady rains pelting Eastern North Carolina throughout the day Tuesday evening's contest was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as a part of a doubleheader Wednesday.

Six Run Ninth Lifts 'Birds to Win, 11-6 | Delmarva Shorebirds News
The Delmarva Shorebirds overcame a one run deficit with six runs in the ninth inning to defeat the Hickory Crawdads 11-6 in the series finale at Perdue Stadium. The Shorebirds earn their first positive result in a series since mid-July. Delmarva is 0-7-1 in their last eight series.

IronBirds One-Hit Yankees | Aberdeen IronBirds News
Justin Anderson, Ashur Tolliver and Steve Mazur combined to pitch a one-hit shutout on Tuesday evening, as the Abrerdeen IronBirds defeated the Staten Island Yankees 3-0.

Bluefield won 5-4
As no one in particular did anything outstanding.

The GCL Orioles won 3-1
And according to the box score, the Orioles only played 6.2 inning of defense. Gotta love the minors.