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Pedro Strop develops an ailment aside from pitching badly, O's win north of the border, and might a certain West Coast O's Fan get his wish? Probably not, but hey, it could happen.

Danny Valencia, gettin' some dap.
Danny Valencia, gettin' some dap.
Tom Szczerbowski

R.A. Dickey struggles as Toronto Blue Jays fall to Baltimore Orioles - National Post
"The loss can be solely hung around my neck today," (R.A.) Dickey said. "That’s for sure." There is nothing evasive or calculated about that. Dickey’s assessment was undeniable." I'm sure the Blue Jays would have much preferred the R.A. Dickey that just about no-hit the O's last summer while with the Mets.

Bad week avoided with resurgence - Carroll County Times
"Baltimore went from May 12 to May 20 without winning a game. "It sounds like a long time," (Jim) Johnson said. "I didn’t think it was that long. We had all those off days, so ... obviously, it’s good to get a win. Any time you get a win, you’re happy." Oh, trust me, Jim, it felt like an eternity for where I sit.

Freddy García se anota victoria para Orioles - Beisbol AP -
"El venezolano Freddy García logró su primera victoria, Danny Valencia sacudió un jonrón de dos carreras y Adam Jones añadió otro con las bases limpias para que los Orioles de Baltimore derrotasen el sábado 6-5 a R.A. Dickey y los Azulejos de Toronto." Because we just don't clip enough Spanish-language recaps here at Camden Chat.

Pedro Strop lands on disabled list with lower back strain | HardballTalk
"The Orioles have placed right-handed reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. Steve Johnson has replaced him on the active roster and is available out of the bullpen for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays." "Lower" "Back" Strain". (Imagine it with Chris Farley doing air quotes). Oh, so THAT'S what we're calling the complete and total inability to hit the broad side of a barn now. Got it.

Nationals Pastime: Detwiler cleared to make Tuesday start vs. Orioles
"(Ross) Detwiler's bullpen session this afternoon was pretty similar to the left-hander's standard mound work in between starts, except he threw a little bit harder than normal and he had a few more pairs of eyes watching him than he would under most circumstances." If I actually watched J.V. (sorry, I mean National League) baseball, I'd know whether this is a potential problem. But I don't. Because pitchers batting is stupid.

Could there be an Andino-Orioles reunion? | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"With (Brian) Roberts sidelined for at least another few weeks, (Ryan) Flaherty at Norfolk, and (Alexi) Casilla showing little offensively, it’s not inconceivable that (Robert) Andino could be claimed on waivers by the Orioles." Actually, it is, because Andino is hitting .184 on the season. We already have one of those guys, and his name is Ryan Flaherty. And he's not with the big club, you may have noticed. Oh, and that word? It does not mean what I think you think it means.

Orioles' Manny Machado continues to thrive on the road at the plate and in the field - Baltimore Sun
"(Manny) Machado became the second player ever under the age of 21 to compile five straight road games with three or more hits and the first since 1907. The player that set that mark? Hall of Famer Ty Cobb. When he was told about the record, Machado's eyes widened in surprise. "Wow," Machado said. "You’re talking about Ty Cobb there. It’s Ty Cobb. That’s all you can say." This kid knows his baseball history it seems, as well. Oh, you stay awesome, OK, Manny? Just stay awesome.

Congrats to Caleb Joseph for becoming the all-time leader in RBI for the Bowie Baysox with an RBI single last night. Birthdays include former Orioles manager Joe Altobelli, Stacy (I almost spell my first name right!) Jones, and John O'Donoghue. Nothing major in MLB history involving the O's, but I bet Jose Canseco has been reminded of his soccer-inspired HR assist every now and again.