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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 23: Endy Chavez #9 of the Baltimore Orioles reacts after striking out during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 23, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 23: Endy Chavez #9 of the Baltimore Orioles reacts after striking out during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 23, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Greetings and Salutations, Chatters. Ichiro a Yankee? The Tigers pushing 'All In'? Dempster a Barve (or not)? Interesting times these certainly are. Another heat wave seems poised to settle in over the Mid Atlantic region. It truly is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. Grab a drink, or just slack off from work duties for a while, and peruse some links du jour...

Masterful: Justin Masterson’s strong pitching helps Indians beat Orioles 3-1 - The Washington Post I just think the batters were awestruck by that magnificent neck beard.

MLB Preview - Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles - Jul 24, 2012 - CBSSports.com As Woody Harrelson's character 'Tallahassee' so eloquently opined in the movie Zombieland, "Time to nut up or shut up." 12 straight games vs. AL East and / or Wild Card contending teams commences this evening.

The Myth Of The Myth Of The Orioles' Run Differential - Baseball Nation Jeff Sullivan takes a look at a much discussed recent topic

Camden Depot: You are what your record says you are? and the discussion continues....

Orioles Have Inquired On Polanco, LaHair, Headley: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com I can see DD screaming, "My Kingdom for a high OBP 3rd baseman!"

Steve Melewski: Ty Kelly's big season and a look at minor league records Ty Kelly! Doin' thangs!

Vote for the best player name in Minor League Baseball! | MiLB.com Fans | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball Zelous Wheeler represents the O's system. But no Torsten Boss or Sebastian Vader!?! Egregious oversight I say!

Today is the 26th Name Day of Miguel Socolovich. It is also the 29th anniversary of the 'Pine Tar Game'.