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Sept. 2, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds (12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
Sept. 2, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds (12) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

It's Labor Day, folks. It's Labor Day and the Orioles are in second place. It's Labor Day and the Orioles are in second place and they want more. Ponder that. At any rate, hope you've got the day off, plenty of beers in the cooler and coals at the ready...we've got another exciting afternoon of Orioles baseball!

...there's probably some other stuff happening, too.

Mark Reynolds Guides Orioles on Strange Path Toward Playoffs - NYTimes.com ...and you will know him by the trail of two home run games.

School of Roch: Orioles pass another test The Professor gets a little hope-y.

Orioles, Showalter in the playoff hunt - The Washington Post Nice Buck-centered piece by old friend Rick Maese.

Boppers, bullpen keep Orioles winning | Baseball | Sports | Toronto Sun In Toronto, they are coming down with an acute case of "the fear."

The Juice: Chipper Jones takes Jonathan Papelbon deep for game-winner, A’s keep rolling | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports The entry on the Birds should resonate.

Camden Depot: Expanded Roster: Optimism for Nick Markakis? So, maybe Markakis is no Yaz...

On this day in 1901, Joe McGinnity pitched two complete games...those were the days, I guess; in 1979, the Orioles swept a doubleheader from the Blue Jays, Mike Flanagan picked up his 20th win; in 1999 Cal Ripken, Jr. hit his 400th career homer.