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Cal Ripken Jr. made his Orioles debut 30 years ago today - baltimoresun.com
"Thirty years ago today, Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. made his first major-league appearance and played a key role in an extra-innings win over the Kansas City Royals without stepping into the batter's box." And thirty years later, he reminds folks that yeah, he'd like to run this town again.

Chat baseball, philanthropy and more with legend Cal Ripken, Jr. - The Washington Post
Another RIpken article from the 9th - clearly my google-fu failed me yesterday.

Reimold blasts Orioles to win - baltimoresun.com
"I got more shaving cream in my ear this time," Reimold said laughing. "I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know how to get it out. It feels like it is stuck deep in there."

Britton plays long toss, nearing rehab start | orioles.com
"Right now, [Britton is] tentatively scheduled to pitch Sunday," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "But we've got a wiggle day there. The problem is if he pitches on Monday, [pitching coach] Rick [Adair] actually talked about maybe taking two work days. If he does that, then he'd pitch Monday and that would have to be in Frederick."

Do stolen signs explain the Orioles' struggles in Toronto? - baltimoresun.com
A more likely explanation is that the Orioles are a terrible baseball team.

Daniel Moroz: O's need to keep working on growing the arms - MASN
"The plan was supposed to be to "grow the arms", but that hasn't exactly paid dividends yet. In fact, it hasn't really done so at all in quite a long time. The best pitcher the O's have developed since 1991 - a span of 20 years (a generation, if you will) - is clearly Mike Mussina. For number two on the list, we have a massive drop."

Control, Controllers And Controlees - PressBox
"Don't bring a starting pitcher to the big leagues until he has thrown at least 175 innings during one minor league season. The place to shut down pitchers in September is the minor leagues, which shut down completely on Labor Day weekend."

National Premium is coming back next year, says new owner - baltimoresun.com
"Natty Boh is brewed out of North Carolina. There's nothing local about it but its heritage," Miller said. "[Premium's] going to be a Maryland-owned beer again." - duck