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Yesterday was the last Friday of the season. Clinchings galore. It's the final countdown.

Orioles Insider: Simon stays in mix - Baltimore Orioles: Schedule, news, analysis and opinion on baseball at Camden Yards - baltimoresun.com Connolly, in praise of the Saucy One.

Steve Melewski: Picking up the pace on offense
Melewski wants to marry the Elias Sports Bureau.

School of Roch: This and that about Reynolds
Roch ruminates on soul crushing strikeouts.

Last-place Orioles excel as late-season spoilsports - Big League Stew - MLB Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Spoiler Alert!

Denard Span rear-ends teammate driving to airport, re-triggers concussion symptoms | HardballTalk
Another Twin, another concussion.

Records: Flanagan had threatened suicide before - baltimoresun.com
"Former Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan had threatened to commit suicide several times before taking his life last month, police records show." -duck

And though I am not a Ravens fan, I am saddened by the story of Orlando Brown.

On this day in 1971, the O's clinched the division on Mike Cuellar's 20th win. In 1974, hometown boy Al Kaline got his 3,000th hit in a 5-4 Tigers loss at Memorial Stadium.

Birthday Wishes to Curt Motton, Rafael Palmeiro and Kevin Millar.