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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 22:  Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (C) watches the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 22, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 22: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (C) watches the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 22, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Happy Friday, folks. The Orioles host the unlikely road warrior Royals this weekend. How about you? Grilling plans? Beach plans? Favorite World War II movie?

Tides settle for one-hitter after no-hit bid foiled in ninth | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com Milacki! Williamson! Flanagan! Olson!

School of Roch: Duquette on Romero and rumors (Roberts update) So, this makes more sense with the Zach Phillips injury...which I really don't like the sound of.

The Atlantic League plays host to Armando Benitez and Joey Gathright transactions | HardballTalk Armandogeddinit!

Showalter: ‘You’ve created a semi-monster here. And the feeling should be, bring it on’ " Britt's Bird Watch You should read Britt's piece on Buck Showalter at orioles.com, but this is a fine companion.

Xavier Avery Has Impressed So Far For The Orioles | May Daniel buys in.

Orioles Buzz: Heath Bintliff: MacPhail's trades shaped this winner How much have MacPhail's trades been worth?

On this day in 1964, the National Brewing Co. purchased 64,000 shares in the Orioles, ushering in the Jerry Hoffberger era.

It's the birthday of Fernando Lunar. It's also the birthday of Bill Haselman, who ignited one of the most epic brawls in Orioles history after being hit by a Mike Mussina pitch in 1993.