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Captain's Log: Now entering Day 3 of no actual baseball. After a somewhat tense afternoon, the crew's appetite was sated somewhat with some fake baseball. We are now halfway through this ordeal. But the toughest, most dangerous part is yet to come. 2 straight days of nothing even resembling baseball. I fear for our sanity....

Orioles' Manny Machado flashes leather in Midsummer Classic debut | News
Things I'll remember from this All Star Game: Manny's play. Prince's triple. Tim McCarver reading Metallica lyrics. How much I loathe that Chevy commercial. How much more I loathe that Pitbull song.

Manny Machado’s Real Record Pursuit | FanGraphs Baseball
Sullivan wants to put a damper on the Manny hysteria.

FanGraphs 2013 Mid-Season Top 50 Prospects | FanGraphs Baseball
Mid season prospect list time! Where does Bundy slot in? Does Eduardo Rodriguez make the cut?

Steve Melewski: Taking a look at the O's draft with Jim Callis of Baseball America
For where they drafted, having a solid if overall unspectacular draft, in a relatively weak class, is pretty great. Getting that Competitive Draft Lotto pick in between Rounds 1 & 2 was a huge help.

Steve Melewski: Dan Duquette talks about the Orioles' international efforts
Res Ipsa Loquitur

Ryan Minor on Delmonico, Walker and Ohlman | Baltimore Sports and LifeBaltimore Sports and Life

The Manager of the Keys gives some thoughts on the (now former) Big 3 for the Frederick squad.

Bud Selig talks about Orioles' All-Star hosting hopes, MASN dispute -

There's been no decision on which city will host the 2016 All-Star Game or any resolution to the ongoing MASN broadcast dispute between the Orioles and Washington Nationals, baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Tuesday.

How many pitches are too many in high school baseball? | The Des Moines Register |
Nice to see this getting some level of discussion of late.

On this date in 1961, after a thunderstorm rolls through during a game in Baltimore vs. the Yankees the game is called before it goes official. Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle had each homered in the game, for which the stats ended up not counting. In 1992, Mike Mussina tosses a 1 hit shutout in Arlington, vs. the Rangers.