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Good morning, sports fans. As we lollygag into another holiday weekend, I hope everyone has their shopping done and is properly fortified for some extended family time. The Duq has extensively combed the wires, but it seems like most things on his shopping list are of the dollar bin variety. As we approach 2013 can we expect more pitching? The fabled middle of the order bat? An entire indy league subsidiary? Who knows?

School of Roch: Orioles continue their search for starting pitching Quailified: The HBGM Story

Orioles and Mariners have discussed trade for Tigers’ Rick Porcello | HardballTalk What would it take, I wonder?

Orioles rumors: Baltimore interested in Mariners 1B Justin Smoak? - MLB Daily Dish Where there's Smoak, there's Wieters?

Orioles play Santa and give prospect 2nd chance Tis the season and all, but Christmas imagery in an article about Adam Greenberg? Ehhh...

Orioles & Ravens Streaker Sentenced To Jail Time " CBS Baltimore Who's laughing now, fool?

Baltimore Orioles: Chris Tillman's Trade Value Baltimore Sports and Life "The Baltimore Orioles have a wealth of young starters, Chris Tillman being the latest one to put together a solid season. How much trade value does he have?"

On this day in 1995, the Orioles signed Roberto Alomar to a three year, $18 million contract.

It's the birthday of Roger McDowell, Andy Van Slyke, LaTroy Hawkins and Taylor Teagarden.