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Chris Tillman is an All-Star, Adam Jones takes two walks and Carly Rae Jepsen can't throw a baseball.


Josh Johnson falters as Jays fall to Orioles | Toronto Star
"With Josh Johnson giving up four runs in the first inning, then a pair of homers to Chris Davis and Adam Jones, the Jays were out of this one before they could break a sweat." In yesterday's heat, I'm pretty sure they were changing jerseys after the national anthems.

In rare display of patience, Orioles' Adam Jones walks twice Saturday -
"Just try to string together good at-bats," Adam Jones said. "I’m not going up there trying to walks. If it happens, it happens. If it don’t, it don’t, but just trying to string together better at-bats [to] help the team."

Orioles' Chris Tillman takes Tigers' Justin Verlander's All-Star spot | News
"With Justin Verlander starting for the Tigers on Sunday, Jim Leyland replaced him on the roster with Chris Tillman, who becomes the fifth Oriole on the All-Star squad." Debate all you want if he deserves it, he's going, and good for him.

School of Roch: Showalter speaks after 7-4 win
"Proud of Chris Tillman today," Buck Showalter said after the Orioles' 7-4 win over the Blue Jays that completed the first half. "Got to give him the golf clap in the locker room today. I was watching TV at 1:08 when Justin Verlander threw his first pitch. Then he could call his mom and dad." As soon as Verlander threw that first pitch at 1:08 p.m., Showalter informed Tillman he'd made the All-Star Team. He was on-field for the jersey ceremony less than 10 minutes later.

Pearce's wrists getting better after injection | News
"Steve Pearce was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 21. It's listed as left wrist tendinitis, but both wrists apparently were causing trouble." So, now it's down to one sore wrist. Good to know.

Kevin Cowherd: Baltimore Orioles are rolling heading into All-Star Break -
"Kevin Spacey was in the house. And that, coupled with the broiling heat and humidity — it was cooler in Nicaragua, you can look it up — could have set the tone for all sorts of weirdness for the Orioles." Yeah, I know, Kevin Cowherd, but the guy is leaving The Sun after taking a buyout so I figured, why not for old times' sake?

Orioles' All-Star starters all came via trades executed by Andy MacPhail -
Andy MacPhail had been running the Orioles for only eight months when he traded the team's best starter for an unproven outfielder named Adam Jones, a relief pitcher that seemed OK named George Sherrill, two spare parts and a 19-year-old A-ball pitcher named Chris Tillman. Pretty gutsy.

PressBox: Grading The Orioles' First Half Of 2013
PaulFolk takes out his proverbial red pen and hands out some marks to the Orioles for 2013 so far. Offense | Defense | Starting Rotation | Bullpen | What's Next? By Paul Folkemer Coming off their unexpected postseason run in 2012, the Orioles entered 2013 with high expectations, aiming to build on last year's success with

Carly Rae Jepsen with a memorable first pitch -
Remember that Korean rhythmic gymnast and her first pitch last week? This is the exact opposite of that.

It's the birthday of former Orioles James Baldwin. On this date in 1960, "Brooks Robinson becomes the first Oriole to hit for the cycle when he strokes a two-run triple to center field off Turk Lown in the ninth inning. The third baseman's 5-for-5 performance contributes to Baltimore's 5-2 victory over Chicago at Comiskey Park." In 1993, "Cal Ripken, Jr. hits his 278th homer as a shortstop breaking Ernie Banks record for the most ever hit by a major leaguer playing that position. Both Hall of Famers will play different infield positions during their careers with 'Mr. Cub' going deep a total of 512 times for Chicago and the 'Iron Man' clearing the fences on 431 occasions for the Orioles." And in 1996, "After making 2,216 consecutive starts at shortstop, Oriole Cal Ripken returns to third base for the first time since June 30, 1982. The 2,216 straight starts is a major league record at any position."

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