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July 16, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman (30) is removed from the game by manager Buck Showalter (26) during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
July 16, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman (30) is removed from the game by manager Buck Showalter (26) during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

Good morning. I apologize for the lack of recap for last night's game, but when the game starts at 8 p.m. and two hours later is not only a blood bath but also just in the third inning, sometimes that happens. I was just too exhausted when it ended at 11:30 to deal with a 19-7 loss. I had plans to do it, but the inning from Jim Johnson broke me. I do have to commend Endy Chavez for his FUHR in the 9th inning, though. Here are a few recaps in case you just have to read about last night's disaster:

Baltimore Orioles at Minnesota Twins - July 16, 2012 | MLB.com

Chris Tillman doesn't last an inning in Orioles loss - baltimoresun.com

Twins Decimate Orioles in a 19-7 Laffer - Twinkie Town

And some other links as well:

Stat of the Week | ACTA Sports
The Orioles are fourth best in runs saved thanks to the shift.

Jim Thome, he of 600 home runs, loves baseball so much it's infectious to his Orioles teammates - Yahoo! Sports
From Yahoo! Sports: Thome is nearly 42 yet humbly approaches each day appreciating the game the way a rookie would, and the O's notice.

A Game Report On Dylan Bundy (And Some Other Players) - Beyond the Box Score
Dylan Bundy struck out a career-high eight batters in five innings on July 14. Nathaniel Stoltz breaks down Bundy's outing in addition to offering some thoughts on several of the other players in the game between Baltimore and Cleveland's Hi-A teams.