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Last night's loss was tough, but if the O's can come back with a win this afternoon, they'll be just three games back going into New York. Remember, game time is 12:35!

Seven prospects going to Arizona Fall League |
Pitchers Michael Belfiore, Chris Petrini, Clay Schrader and Mike Wright; catcher Brian Ward; infielder Jonathan Schoop and outfielder LJ Hoes are listed with the Solar Sox, with one empty spot.

Baltimore Orioles' transaction-happy approach to manipulate rosters pays off | FOX Sports on MSN
Duquette is finding talent under every rock imaginable, manipulating his 25-man roster aggressively, displaying the necessary short-term memory in moving on from mistakes.

School of Roch: Showalter and Saunders speak after 8-1 loss
"I thought the only bad pitch was to (Alex) Rios, and he hit that double. Things just didn't go my way in the first inning. Like I said, I made some good pitches. That's all you can do.".

Orioles minor leaguer Givens likely will be converted to mound -
Givens, now 22, consistently threw 96 mph as a high schooler in Tampa, but the Orioles selected him to play shortstop. And they gave him the opportunity for three seasons.

O’s Q&A w/ National Analysts | Baltimore Sports and Life
Dan Symborski, Gary Armida, Matt Klaassen, Danny Knobler, Jonathan Mitchell, DJ Short

It's not the first time Lew Ford and Nate McLouth homered on the same day | Roar From 34
It's only been a little more than a month since Ford and McLouth homered in the same game regardless of level. Both players went deep July 21, 2012, in a 5-1 Norfolk victory against the Syracuse Chiefs.

Curse of Andino is Real After All | Dempsey's Army
So it appears that Robert Andino's hit was a desperate stab in the dark that hit its mark with deadly accuracy. The Red Sox went from World Series favorites to full rebuilding mode in less than 11 months.