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Slow news day. But that's to be expected, I suppose. Is everyone rested and recovered from the long, exciting, weekend? What are we reading nowadays? I had intended to start on The Glory of Their Times, but ended up picking up Daniel Okrent's 9 Innings, and found myself instantly immersed. Perhaps I'll lift an idea from Camden Depot (who is blogging through each chapter of Weaver on Strategy) and write up a few posts as I work my way through Okrent's breakdown of a single game and the backstory of it's myriad characters. Anyway, share your explorations in reading. Anywho, here's the mornings meager selection of links.

Jones likes Orioles' stability with Showalter, Duquette | CSN Baltimore
Nice to have a franchise player really embrace the city and adopt it as their own.

Prospect Watch: Top 10 right-handed pitchers | MLB.com: News

Just as Tom Waits croons about, Dylan is going 'Straight to the Top!'

Camden Depot: Orioles have issues at 2nd, should consider Kelly Johnson

Thoughts? Questions? Concerns? Never hurts to have more depth. Though I'd rather the club take a looksee at that Cuban SS that just defected, Alexander Guerrero.

Reports: Shortstop Alexander Guerrero defects from Cuba | HardballTalk
Speaking of the aforementioned Senor Guerrero...

Report: The 2015 All-Star Game will be in Cincinnati | HardballTalk
How about back-to-back All Star Games in Baltimore and D.C. in 2016 & 2017? That'd be swell.

Today is the birthday of 1st base coach Wayne Kirby, 60's & 70's vintage O Dave Leonhard, as well as a couple of old-timey O's Jim Hughes and Irv 'Stubby' Ray. On this day in 2006, the O's traded John Maine and Jorge Julio for Kris Benson.