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Adam Jones gets ready for his closeup, Jim Johnson won't be throwing four-seam fastballs, and the O's get unremarkable new BP unis.

Jim Johnson. Don't sit on a straight fastball. You won't get it.
Jim Johnson. Don't sit on a straight fastball. You won't get it.
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Orioles' Adam Jones to join TBS show as special guest | News
"Orioles center fielder Adam Jones will join the TBS crew as a special postseason guest from Oct. 8-10. Jones will follow Gary Sheffield as a studio host for the network." Now we know the days and network. Set your DVR accordingly.

Urrutia breaks out for the Orioles | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
"No silverware ended up in the trophy cabinet in 2013, but there were plenty of standout performances in the system from Brandon Waring and Connor Bierfeldt to Henry Urrutia and Mike Wright." looks at the 2013 year for Orioles' affiliates.

Steve Melewski: For Jim Johnson, the four seamer is not part of the plan
"While some websites that track pitches contend Johnson did throw four-seam fastballs this year - albeit a very low percentage - Jim Johnson said he threw a couple all of 2013. And he means just a couple. "I have thrown two four seamers this entire year. One, I hit a guy with and the other was taken for a ball. There is a time and place for that." I had no idea he almost never threw a traditional fastball. Learn something new every day.

School of Roch: How do you feel about the Feldman trade?
"Scott Feldman went 5-6 with a 4.27 ERA in 15 starts with the Orioles, including their first complete game since the Reagan administration (or so it seemed). He allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight consecutive starts before the Red Sox battered him for eight runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings on Sept. 27." I think think it was a good move. Thoughts?

MLB Unveils New 2014 BP Jerseys - Baltimore Sports Report
"The Orioles' 2014 batting practice jersey is nice, but missed the mark. Bird's Eye View reviews the O's kit, with some notes on the rest of the league." I mean, they look like BP jerseys. Is that really the place to try and be fashion forward?

Former Orioles Teagarden and Asencio declare for free agency -
"Former Orioles catcher Taylor Tegarden and right-hander Jairo Asencio have declared for free agency." There's more words after that, but really, who cares?

Israel-born sculptor carves out a niche in American sports | The Times of Israel
"Needing a gift for retiring New York Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, the Baltimore Orioles pitched their idea for a sculpture to the Israel-born artist Omri Amrany." Apparently, even though he knows little about sports, he's become the go-to guy for sports retirement artwork.

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Terry Matthews!

On this day in Orioles history,

"1966 - With first-inning home runs by Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson, and 11 strikeouts from relief pitcher Moe Drabowsky, the Baltimore Orioles win their first World Series game, 5 - 2, over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1971 - The Baltimore Orioles overcome two home runs by Reggie Jackson and one by Sal Bando to complete a sweep of the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series with a 5 - 3 victory.

1997 - Mike Mussina beats the Mariners and Randy Johnson for the second time and gives Baltimore their second straight trip to the American League Championship Series. Mussina pitches a two-hitter for seven innings to win the game, and the Series, by a 3-1 margin.

In 2012 - In the American League Wild Card Game, Baltimore defeats Texas, 5 - 1, at the Ballpark in Arlington. Joe Saunders, winless for his career in Arlington, allows only one run in 5 2/3 innings. For the O's, it is a first win the postseason since 1997."

And in today's reminder about why you should never side with the owners in a labor dispute, "In 1911:The National Commission sells motion picture rights to the World Series for $3,500. When the players demand a share of it, the Commission cancels the deal."