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Recaps of last night's game can be found at The SunOrioles.comNew York Post and MASNsports (with post-game Buck).

Orioles Insider: Millwood blasts fireworks
"The funny thing about the ARod home run is it was a little shocking that we shot off fireworks for an opposing team’s home run," Millwood said. "That wasn’t the best thing in the world."

School of Roch: Showalter speaks
One strike away from victory. "We may have had it, too," manager Buck Showalter said. Asked again about Koji Uehara's 1-2 pitch to Alex Rodriguez, Showalter replied, "It was close. It was obviously a better pitch than strike one to Matt Wieters. I'll tell you that."

School of Roch: Matusz and Arrieta updates (plus machado)
"I know everybody wants to take precautions. I think some of the views are, what's another 14 innings going to do? But at the same time, I'd like to pitch at Fenway, I'd like to face Tampa again, just kind of building a foundation going into next year. I guess it just boils down to how important they feel another start or two is going to be, but if it's me, I want to be out there pitching because I feel 100 percent." Jake Arrieta wants to pitch more. And Brian Matusz looks good to go to stay on schedule for his next start.

Jeremy Guthrie as Baltimore’s Bright Spot | FanGraphs Baseball
Since no Orioles player currently even has a 3.0 WAR, Guts is about as good as it gets for the O's.

O's to officially introduce Machado on Saturday | orioles.com: News
"The Orioles are expected to officially introduce Manny Machado, the third overall pick in this year's First-Year Player Draft, prior to Saturday's 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Yankees."

Shorebird receives Orioles minor league award | The Daily Times
"Delmarva Shorebirds outfielder Kieron Pope was named winner of the Orioles minor leagues’ Moe Drabowsky Comeback Player of the Year Award today after recovering from a right femur fracture during spring training that caused him to miss the 2009 season."

Orioles Insider: Joe Jordan talks Britton and Mahoney
"Orioles amateur scouting director Joe Jordan was beaming just a little bit Friday night, like a proud papa, or proud uncle anyway. Two of his prized draftees – Zach Britton, a third-rounder in 2006, and Joe Mahoney, a sixth-rounder in 2007 – were honored by the Orioles on Friday at Camden Yards."

Cooperstown Confidential: Baseball and Vietnam
"Some war veterans in the baseball world have received short shrift. It's high time to end that practice." HBT takes a look at seven who served in Vietnam.

Top 50 Prospects: #50 Justin Dalles - C Delmarva Shorebirds - Orioles Nation
"Like many of his fellow 2009 draft picks, Dalles worked through an injury riddled season having suffered a concussion and missing additional time from a collision at home plate. "