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Aug 21, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) fields during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark.  The Orioles won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE
Aug 21, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (13) fields during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. The Orioles won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE


Happy Friday, Happy Cal Ripken Day.

For those looking at the parallels between this year and the Why Not O's, check THIS out and look at the games behind from August 1, onward. Crazy stuff. I mention this because I don't think I really cared much about the Blue Jays before 1989, but that season really put them on the map in terms of being a hated division rival.

Anyways...

School of Roch: If Flaherty is here, who goes? Will the Hunter become the hunted?

Up Next: Surprise! The Orioles are still on fire | Blue Jays | Sports | Toronto Sun ....mmmmmm, bitter.

O's have AL East matchups to hurdle in final stretch | MLB.com: News Britt previews the stretch run.

PressBox: Three Key Things For Orioles To Stay In Postseason Hunt What do the O's need to have go right? Everything.

Longview’s Davis enjoying success with Orioles - Longview News-Journal: Sports Feels like this season has been light on hometown boy makes good pieces.

Welty Whacks Senators Ronnie is NOT a dillweed.

On this day in 1904, "powered" by two Wee Willie Keeler inside the park home runs, the New York Highlanders handily won a battle between past and future Orioles over the St. Louis Browns 9-1; in 1970, Dave McNally won his 20th game in third straight season; in 1983, the Birds beat the Blue Jays 7-4 in extra innings when Tippy Martinez picked of three Blue Jays in the top of the 10th and emergency catcher Lenn Sakata hit an Earl Weaver Special in the bottom of the inning; in 2002, the O's were swept by the Blue Jays in a doubleheader, starting a monumental end of the season slide.

Happy Cal Ripken's birthday!

...today would also be the 26th birthday of Silver Spring native Nick Adenhart.