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The Associated Press: Thome, Orioles win 16th straight in extra innings
"We've had so much experience at it there's not some sense of panic," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said." I'd say so.

Yankees Retain One-Game Lead Over Orioles After Win Over Oakland - Businessweek
"Ichiro Suzuki raced home on a two- out error in the 14th inning to give the New York Yankees a 10-9 victory over the Oakland Athletics and keep them a game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East." Stupid A's. Stupidheads. I hate 'em.

Orioles' Robert Andino still waiting to be cleared to return to lineup after beaning -
"Second baseman Robert Andino, who was hit in the left earflap of his batting helmet in the ninth inning of Friday night's game, didn't play Saturday because he was still waiting to pass a concussion test." And he's getting angrier by the minute, waiting for his name to be put in the lineup.

Orioles following Showalter’s lead -
"The subject of fan interference rules came up, and after a few conventional examples, Showalter went a different route. "Back in El Paso, someone hit a ball and a pig ran on to the field," he said. "So the pig tries to eat it and runs away with the ball in his mouth. You know what they called it? Inside-the-pork home run." Um, stick to your day job, Buck. You're a lot better at managing than comedy.

Steve Melewski: Orioles' minor leagues got job one done this year
"In the end, the main job for the minor league is to send players to the major leagues. In that regard, some very good things have happened this year. " Melewski looks at the products of the system and judges the year a success.