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The Orioles dominate the Yankees on national TV, Wei-Yin Chen pronounces himself fit to return, and Ryan Flaherty makes the case for keeping a job.

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Don't do that again, Nate McLouth.
Don't do that again, Nate McLouth.
Patrick Smith

Phelps gives up 9 runs as anemic Yankees are pounded by Orioles -
"If there was any pretense the Yankees could duplicate the magic of April and May, when they thrived without injured stars, it vanished into the heavy Inner Harbor air Saturday night when the Orioles pummeled the Yankees, 11-3, in front of 46,607 sweaty customers." I'm enjoying the death spiral of the Yankees ALMOST as much as the Orioles winning. The fact they are coinciding is just too much joy for words.

Chris Davis hits 2 HRs as Orioles pound Yankees 11-3
"Curveball, fastballs, good pitches, bad pitches, it doesn't matter to Chris Davis. They're all flying off his bat and into the seats at a record pace." Let's see if he has one in him for tonight's ESPN audience.

School of Roch: Showalter speaks after 11-3 win - MASN Sports
"Yesterday, I think he (Chris Davis) had three strikeouts. Today, he comes back and puts it behind him. You can see him grinding and working on it. He's not satisfied. He wants to continue to contribute at a high level for his teammates." They play this game every day, you know.

Chen pain-free in latest rehab outing in Double-A | News
"To me, personally, I'm ready to go. I think I can make the next start. But that's Buck's call, we have to talk to Buck first and make the decision. Right now, [I'll] just get ready and prepare for the next start," Wei-Yin Chen said." Ran into some difficulty in the 4th inning that may, just may, convince the O's he needs another rehab start.

As roster crunch approaches, Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty's bat is heating up -
Brian Roberts, Nolan Reimold and Wei-Yin Chen are all due back within a week. Any way the suddenly-hot hitting Ryan Flaherty survives the coming purge?

Garcia opts out, signs new Minors deal with O's | News
"Freddy Garcia, who was optioned Monday to make room for Kevin Gausman, opted out of his contract Thursday, before signing a new Minor League deal with the Orioles." Spots starts, long relief, or maybe trade bait for the big club, and maybe even the bullpen in Norfolk. Freddy's down for whatever the O's want to do.

Boston Marathon bombing victim Erika Brannock a special guest at Orioles-Yankees game -
Erika Brannock had planned on going to a Yankees-Orioles game before she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. The last victim to be released from hospitalization after nearly 2 months, Brannock made it to a Yanks-O's game last night as the on-field guest of the Orioles for batting practice.

Orioles Hold Baseball Clinic For 300 Kids « CBS Baltimore
“Let’s get better today,” Adam Jones said. “Let’s get better at baseball.” That’s Jones’ message to the boys and girls at Radecke Park in northeast Baltimore this weekend. He started the baseball clinic back in 2008 and this year, invited shortstop JJ Hardy and third baseman Manny Machado." You have your assignment, CC readers - Let's get better today.

No O's birthdays, nothing interesting orioles-related on this date. Late game tonight, so go wear some sunscreen and go outside!