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Birds Up, O's Down for July 11-17

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Nicky shaved his neck beard and added two home runs.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Nicky shaved his neck beard and added two home runs. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Short week, but here's who's hot and who's not for the Baltimore Orioles:

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Jake Arrieta
Went just 5 innings and allowed 5 ER on 8 hits.  Two of those hits were home runs.  Also walked three batters.

Mitch Atkins Went three innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits.  Also allowed two home runs.  Was pulled after three and sent back to the minors immediately following the game.

Jeremy Guthrie Continues the theme of Orioles' starters allowing 2 home runs.  Went 5 innings and allowed 6 ER on 5 hits.  Seems to have lost his control lately, allowing at least 3 walks in each of his last 5 starts

Alfredo Simon First time since July 1st that an Oriole starter has gone 7+ innings in a game and only the second in 29 games.  Had just one rough patch in an otherwise great start.  Allowed 2 ER on 3 hits while walking just one (added 5 strikeouts)
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Brad Bergesen Did not pitch.  Apparently set to start tonight's game.

Jason Berken 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.  Two hits and three strikeouts.

Mike Gonzalez Got a free save because Kevin "Mike Tyson" Gregg couldn't finish the job.  Totaled 1.2 innings of scoreless relief and might actually get his ERA below 5.00 soon.  Likely to be suspended for his actions against the Boston Red Sox.

Kevin Gregg Bad at baseball.  He really is.  See Saturday night's recap if you need further information.  Also likely to be suspended.

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Mark Hendrickson We'll call it even.  Bad in his first appearance against the Indians, but much better in yesterday's game.

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Chris Jakubauskas Is he even still here?  Didn't see him all week.

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Jim Johnson Gave up a run and took the loss in Friday's game, but was victimized by poor defense behind him.  Recovered nicely with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief.

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Troy Patton Able to pitch but won't because we all know he isn't real.

Koji Uehara The guy hasn't allowed a run in a month.  'Nuff said.
Lineup

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Robert Andino His one hit this week was a homer.  Always nice.  Added four RBI yesterday.

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Matt Angle Really doesn't need to be here, especially before he's fully ready.

Blake Davis When does Brian Roberts get back?

Vladimir Guerrero Headed to the DL with a busted hand.

J.J. Hardy Had a hit in all four games against Cleveland.  Solid play in the first half got him a shiny new contract.  Three years, 22 million if you missed it.

Adam Jones Had himself a decent series, adding two home runs and 6 RBIs.

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Derrek Lee Nothing good, nothing bad.

Nick Markakis Hit the ball very well over the weekend.  Added 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 2 walks, and 4 RBI.  Hitting .400 since June 8th.

Felix Pie Did have a nice RBI double on Saturday which was clearly a game-changer once Kevin Gregg came into the ballgame, but his defensive play likely cost Jim Johnson and the O's a chance at another win after Adam Jones tied the game with a home run.

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Nolan Reimold Motto:  "I'm not quite dead yet!"  Apparently the Orioles think he is.

Mark Reynolds Last home run came on July 4th.  Just two hits over the weekend.

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Craig Tatum Running out of things to say about this guy because I always seem to miss the games he starts.

Matt Wieters Returned from his first ASG and added 2 home runs, and 3 walks.