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There were no photos of last night's game available, so here's  Mark Reynolds smiling in a game the O's might not have lost. But they probably did.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
There were no photos of last night's game available, so here's Mark Reynolds smiling in a game the O's might not have lost. But they probably did. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Hunter struggles in starting debut with Orioles, who fall to Blue Jays 5-4 - The Washington Post
"In this first start with the Baltimore Orioles, Tommy Hunter was staked a two-run lead in the first inning. Not much went right after that." Just a typical, "But hey, we were in the game for most it!" loss.

Orioles Insider: Orioles news, notes and opinions
"The Orioles have nothing to play for so why not let Robert Andino, Blake Davis or Ryan Adams get most of the at-bats at second base, while letting Cesar Izturis go on his merry way, and either catch on with a contender as a possible late-game defensive replacement at shortstop, or do something else?" Because Buck loves the vets, that's why. -duck

Steve Melewski: Now Britton joins long list of injured pitchers (Bundy note added)
"It's seemingly beyond unbelievable at this point with the young pitchers. Jake Arrieta is headed to see Dr. Yocum, Brian Matusz is at Triple-A after spending time earlier on the DL and now Britton...It is not just those three. Matt Hobgood, Chorye Spoone, Brandon Erbe, Luis Lebron, Jim Johnson, Jason Berken, Brandon Cooney, Dan Klein, Clayton Schrader, Ryan Berry and Randy Henry is just a partial list of some of the O's hurlers in the majors or that have showed promise in the minors that have dealt with an injury in the last year." Great question ndeed. Too bad no one will ask anyone connected to the Orioles that question.

Orioles Insider: Orioles pitching cavalry has been in full retreat
Kevin Goldstein in 2009: "Their pitching ranks with anyone in the business. There's no doubt about it. [Chris] Tillman and [Brian] Matusz are two guys that I have among the top 25 prospects in baseball. [Jake] Arrieta is in the top 50. [Brandon] Erbe makes it in the top 100, and there are these guys after them that may not be studs, but they project as back-of-the-rotation inning eaters. And those guys are valuable. They just have a ton of pitching." Gee, thanks for reminding us, Jeff Zrebiec.

Orioles Insider: Dylan Bundy makes first trip to Camden Yards
"Orioles first-round draft pick Dylan Bundy is known for maintaining a rigid workout and weightlifting regiment so the highlight of his first ever visit to Camden Yards probably shouldn’t come as a surprise. "The weight room is great," said Bundy, sporting a wide smile. "That’s the best part." I do believe OsFan21 will have a new favorite player.

Steve Stone Book Sheds Light on Stellar Season - Skokie, IL Patch
"The best line I heard about Stone's amazing season was by Ken Singleton," said Pemstein, referring to the great Oriole right fielder who was Stone’s teammate. "He said that Stone must have sold his soul to the devil for that one good year."

Well, gentlemen, by all means, I think we oughta have an introspective moment of silence for poor ol' Open Thread.