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Good morning! I apologize for the late droppings, but there was a praying mantis emergency in my house at approximately 1 a.m. that not only woke me up, but also kept me laying awake in bed for some time. So I overslept.

For the scoreboard watchers, nothing has changed in the standings due to last night's games. The Yankees, Rays, A's, and Angels all won last night. So did the Tigers, who are now alone in first place in the A.L. Central

Tim Young: "O" Yeah, I'm Another Fair Weather Fan
"I can't deny that something special is happening with this Baltimore team, but I also can't deny that like every other fan of the Orioles a month ago, I was nowhere to be seen."

Baltimore Orioles fans can cheer again after years of futility - The Bonus - SI.com
Laura Lippman (wife of David Simon, if you didn't know) writes about her Orioles journey, including Dave Johnson!

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy perseveres through pain against against Blue Jays - baltimoresun.com
Buck almost kept J.J. out of the lineup due to a sore finger. It certainly didn't affect his play as he went 2-for-3 and didn't miss a step in the field.

2012 Delmarva Shorebirds Season Review | Orioles Nation
A look at a number of players from the 52-86 Delmarva Shorebirds.

Camden Depot: The Camden Highball: The First Podcast
Camden Depot has a podcast now. I'm sure it's not as good as Camden Cast (no offense!) but give it a listen anyway.