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A Troy Patton sighting was reported on Wednesday. This is one of the few images of the elusive beast ever committed to film.(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
A Troy Patton sighting was reported on Wednesday. This is one of the few images of the elusive beast ever committed to film.(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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No game last night, so I hope you caught some other wonderful entertainment. I don't know what a Justin Beiber is, but it was on CSI last night and was painfully bad at acting.

Orioles Notebook: 2007 draft choices bringing improving returns - baltimoresun.com
And now, in retrospect, that 2007 draft may be the Orioles' best in a decade or more, given that Wieters and Arrieta are considered future building blocks and several more players from that draft are making noise in the minors.

Steve Melewski: A change of plans for Tyler Townsend
Originally I was going to Arizona for the Fall League as a taxi squad player, which means I could only play in one or two games a week. You know, I missed so many at bats this year that they presented the opportunity to go to Australia and get more at bats and more games in. It just seemed like a better opportunity to progress as a player too. Like I said, I missed so many at bats and hopefully this can carry me over to spring training.

School of Roch: Young at heart
Former Orioles outfielder Mike Young is moving back to Baltimore, and he's bringing one of his charitable endeavors with him.

Scott's perseverance paved path to success | orioles.com: News
He contemplated leaving the game altogether. The Orioles brass considered sending him to Triple-A. Fortunately, neither of those things happened. And now with 10 games remaining, Scott has already surpassed his career high in home runs (27), tallied a batting average 28 points higher than what he finished with last season, and cobbled together a consistent 4 1/2-month stretch.

Feature on Orioles minor league infielder Mychal Givens - baltimoresun.com
You can call them setbacks, but I don't look at it that way. It's always a bumpy road. You're going to always have that, but it's just how you're going to come back from it," Mychal Givens said. "I look at it in a positive way, a way to get stronger, and a way to help my team.

Orioles Notebook: 2007 draft choices bringing improving returns - baltimoresun.com
And now, in retrospect, that 2007 draft may be the Orioles' best in a decade or more, given that Wieters and Arrieta are considered future building blocks and several more players from that draft are making noise in the minors.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

‘Best Game Ever’ Broadcast Found in Bing Crosby’s Wine Cellar - NYTimes.com
The singer and actor loved baseball, and had hired a company to make a rare kinescope of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series between the Yankees and the Pirates.

Bryce Harper hitless in unofficial pro debut | HardballTalk
"Nationals top prospect Bryce Harper made his unofficial pro debut earlier today, going 0-for-2 with a pair of strikeouts, reports Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com." Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.