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Recaps of yesterday's loss can be found at Orioles.comThe SunBoston.com, and MASNsports (with post-game Buck).

LATE ADDITION: Orioles Minor Leagues System Leaderboard - August 2010
Joe Mahoney and Ryan Adams lead the way on the offensive side, while Zach Britton and Kenny Moreland lead the young arms.

Jones exits with back soreness | orioles.com: News
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones exited his club's 9-6 loss to the Red Sox on Wednesday in the top of the seventh inning with upper back soreness.

Orioles Insider: Some observations from the Orioles' 9-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox last night 
"Asked about Arrieta's tempo, Showalter said, "His tempo is something we’ve got to get better with, too. Of course, Boston dictates that a lot, as much as they step out of the box and they talk to the umpire a lot about calls."

Steve Melewski: Post-game notes and quotes
Arrieta on not walking anyone: "That is something I've put emphasis on and I've needed to work on. The at bat to Kalish in the second inning, where he hit a double in the gap, I think I was too worried about not walking him rather than executing a pitch. I left a sinker elevated on a 3-2 count and just had the wrong mindset there."

Umpire hurt in Red Sox-Orioles game | MLB.com: News
Home-plate umpire Tom Hallion left the Red Sox-Orioles game with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning after being hit in the left arm by Nick Markakis' foul ball.

Orioles Insider: Montanez designated (deal with it!)
To make room for infielder Robert Andino on the 40-man roster, the Orioles have designated outfielder Lou Montanez. Montanez hit .223 (56-for-251) in 93 games for the Orioles over the past three seasons. That includes a .140 average in 26 games this season.

17-10 Showalter wins employee of the month | The Daily Times
"In a way, it's kind of sad it took less than 30 days for Showalter to amass half as many victories as the two previous managers this season, Dave Trembley and Juan Samuel, could muster in four months."

Orioles: Call-up is redemption for Nolan Reimold, dream come true for Brandon Snyder - baltimoresun.com
"It was just kind of a downward spiral," Reimold, 26, said. "Things just kept getting worse and worse until finally I got to that point where I had to snap out of it, turn things around, start playing a lot better and finish the year a lot stronger than I started it. … If you look at my overall numbers, they are not very good, but as of late, I've been swinging it better. They are giving me a shot, and I'm happy to be here."

Matusz Putting Together a Strong Finish | FanGraphs Baseball
"Last night he held down the Red Sox for just two runs through six innings, striking out six to just one walk. It capped off an August that has helped change the perception of Matusz’s season. Before he was a young, high-ceiling pitcher who was having trouble navigating the league. Now, after a month in which he had a 2.43 ERA and 3.34 FIP, he’s again a young ace-in-training on the right track."

The Orioles' 2011 Rotation: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
"Pitchers like Tillman, Britton, Arrieta and Matusz will all be learning on the go, so they'll likely struggle at times. But those arms are promising, so the O's could have a young and effective rotation within a couple seasons."

Britt's Bird Watch: Is Pie for real?
"Manager Buck Showalter was posed the question regarding Felix Pie this afternoon, and whether he has finally morphed from a "can't-miss" prospect into a legitimate player. Showalter's response? No. Well, at least, not yet. "

IN THE MINORS

Big first inning helps Norfolk down Gwinnett | Norfolk Tides News
Norfolk plated five first inning runs and cruised to a 6-2 win over the Gwinnett Braves Wednesday night at Harbor Park.

Bowie won 6-2
Brandon Waring went 2-for-4 with a homer and a double.

COMEBACK EFFORTS FALL SHORT IN 7-4 LOSS | Frederick Keys News
Frederick scored a run in the seventh and three in the eighth but ended up surrendering two more runs in the ninth as they fell to the Kinston Indians for a second consecutive night. The 7-4 win for Kinston was their seventh consecutive victory and their magic number to clinching a playoff berth is now just three. For Frederick, the loss was their ninth in the last eleven games, the worst stretch of the 2010 season.

Copeland Leads 'Birds to 1-0 Win | Delmarva Shorebirds News
The Delmarva Shorebirds plated a run in the second inning and rode the pitching staff to a 1-0 shutout of Kannapolis at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Wednesday night. The game lasted only one hour and 53 minutes, the quickest nine-inning game of the season and the quickest nine-inning contest since the 2001 season.

IronBirds Lose in Extra Innings for the Second Straight Night | Aberdeen IronBirds News
The Aberdeen IronBirds dropped their second straight extra inning game on Wednesday night to the Connecticut Tigers by a score of 3-2 in 10 innings.