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Not for the faint of heart

Otto Greule Jr

After two clunkers in a row, I can imagine the Open Thread will be full of piss and vinegar today. Vent as you feel you must. Stew and mope and be bitter and let aggravation dominate your psyche. Demand heads roll. Call for so and so to be dfa'd. Call for a big blockbuster trade (ignoring the fact that big trades rarely happen this early in the season. But don't let facts stand in the way of a rant). Look for a whipping boy to ascribe blame to. Or, let go of the past and focus on the present. The O's still maintain the 3rd best record in the AL East and the 5th best record in the AL overall. Hell, they are tied with two NL teams for the 8th best record in all of baseball. One game (or even two games in a row) do nothing to change any of that. Relax.

MLB Starts Putting Highlights On YouTube - BaseballAmerica.com
'Bout time.

Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia already picturing himself at Camden Yards - baltimoresun.com

Does he get there this season? Possibly a September call up. But he could potentially be a replacement for Nate McLouth come next season.

Steve Johnson closer to Orioles return | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore

I've expressed my skepticism in re Johnson's long term viability as a Starter, but in the short term he may well be the balm for the O's 5th Starter troubles.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Seattle Mariners - Recap - April 29, 2013 - ESPN
A recap, for if one should wish to relive last night's debacle.

Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy prescribed plasma injection, six weeks' rest | orioles.com: News
Long story short: Don't expect to see Dylan resume pitching until early to mid-July.

A Futurist View of Major League Baseball in 2113
I heartily approve of the new regulations regarding 'the Wave'

The late Ernie Tyler, longtime Umpire's Assistant at Memorial Stadium and OPACY, was born on this date in 1924. Former Pitching Coach and Manager, Ray Miller turns 68 today. The finely mustachioed Jeff Reboulet turns 49 today. On this date in 1967, Steve Barber tossed 8.1 innings of a combined no-hitter with Stu Miller. But Barber walked 10 in the process and ended up losing the game 2-1.