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Vlad chuckles at second base.
Vlad chuckles at second base.

Good morning, Camden Chatters. I'm pinch hitting for 2632 this morning, so please enjoy these links with your morning cup of coffee and danish. What do you mean you've already been at work for two hours? You people are crazy. 

If you want to read a few different perspectives on last night's loss, check out the Kansas City StarOrioles.com, and the always entertaining Paul Folkemer at Orioles Hangout.

Almost Prospects: Five guys to keep an eye on | Orioles Nation
Five names you might not know. 

The New and Improved Robert Andino | Dempsey's Army
Is Andino really a new man?

Steve Melewski: Another honor for Machado
Manny Machado was named South Atlantic League player of the week and Orioles' minor league player of the month for April.

Hardy could begin rehab stint on Friday | orioles.com
If J.J. Hardy doesn't have any setbacks, he'll go to either Frederick or Norfolk on Friday befor returning to the Orioles. Brian Matusz is feeling good and will throw a bullpen session and BP on Wednesday, and even Justin Duchscherer threw thirty pitches pain free. 

Orioles bench coach Randolph pushes Robert Andino to be an everyday player - baltimoresun.com
Willie Randolph has been working with Andino since ST and thinks if he continues to play, he'll thrive, and that maybe so far he's just been typecast.

In the minors, the Shoredbirds eleven-game win streak came to an end with an 11-0 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs, Oliver Drake retired twenty-two straight batters to lead the Keys 4-2 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash, the Baysox wasted six shutout innings by Steve Johnson in a 3-0 loss to the Harrisburg Senators, and the Tides swept a doubleheader with the Lousville Bats 4-0 and 2-1

Around the League:

Twins 1, White Sox 0: Liriano's No Hitter out-Edwin Jacksoned Edwin Jackson | Twinkie Town
Francisco Liriano was on the verge of getting taken out of the rotation, so he went out and pitched a no hitter.

After Extensive Search, The Three People Who Picked the 2011 Royals to Play This Well Have Been Found | Royals Review
The always funny Will McDonald built an entire story around a picture of three fans alone in the stands. 

Jon Rauch Gets His First Blown Save of the Year | Bluebird Banter
The Rays scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to come back and beat the Blue Jays, but Corey Patterson had two hits.

PTBNL Episode 12 | DRaysBay
DRaysBay has released its latest podcast, the cleverly named Podcast To Be Named Later.

Red Sox Offense Erupts Late, Lester Dominant In 7-3 Victory Over Halos | Over the Monster
The Red Sox conquered Dan Haren to beat the Angels.

Derek Jeter: The Extra-Base Hit Counter | Pinstripe Alley
Derek Jeter has two doubles this year, his only extra-base hits. Pinstripe Alley is keeping track and concludes that if his name weren't Derek Jeter he'd be batting ninth.