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Pedro is awesome.
Pedro is awesome.

Always nice to wake up having gained a game on every other team in the A.L. East. But, alas, the Tigers and A's manage to keep pace in the Wild Card chase. Whatevs. Dem O's comin to put a Bird on the Division, kid! A series win in Texas, in August, in the midst of a playoff push, would have to be a tremendous morale and confidence booster for this club. Make it so Tommy boy. Be the Hunter, not the Hunted. Oh, and Nate McLouth....keep doin' what you doin!

Strong outing by Chris Tillman helps O's defeat Rangers- The Washington Post
Now, if only he could replicate such performances with regularity.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers - Recap - August 21, 2012 - ESPN
Game recap with some lovely video highlights

School of Roch: Back of the 'pen isn't broke, so don't fix it
The Professor of Posts shares his thoughts regarding the Jim Johnson RP vs. SP debate

Hammel's next step could be simulated game | News

Source: Arizona Diamondbacks place pitcher Joe Saunders on waivers - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN
Robothal muses about possible suitors for the services of Mr. Saunders. Would he be an upgrade over 5RAE? Time will tell...

Baseball Prospectus | Wezen-Ball: Chipper vs. Cal
'ole Larry still got the stick. And his Twitter is quite entertaining.

The Cardinals and Orioles are on much different postseason tracks - MLB - ESPN

The always enlightening Szym takes a continuing look at the O's run-differential bugaboo in this ESPN Insider piece

Baltimore Orioles hitter Ryan Flaherty writes about making the big leagues - MLB - ESPN
The FLAHRT shares his flahrts concerning the trials and tribulations of making the big show. (ESPN Insider article)

Video Highlights & Clips - MiLB | Billy Hamilton breaks steals record - Video | Multimedia | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
He's fast. Matt Wieters could gun him down though.

It's the birthday of Steve Kline. Do with that what you will....Happy birthday wishes go out to Ray Bradbury, Tori Amos, the GZA, and Giada De Laurentiis.

On this day in 1966, Frank Robinson fell into a pool at a party and was rescued from drowning by Andy Etchebarren. Today is also the 5th anniversary of 30-3. Never forget.