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Chris Davis had a rough night at the office, Nolan Reimold has to get cut on again, and it's the birthday of The Hero of Taiwan!


Every Oriole gets hit in 7-4 win at Texas - Yahoo! Sports
"Adam Jones homered while every starter had a hit, Miguel Gonzalez pitched another solid game on the road and the Orioles held on to beat the sliding Texas Rangers 7-4 on Saturday night." And why are the Rangers sliding? Because they keep playing the Orioles.

Need for second neck surgery 'frustrating' for Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold | News
"Nolan Reimold, cleared in January to resume baseball activities following last June's spinal fusion procedure, was still having trouble getting his left arm over the hump, and the 29-year-old had a bunch of tests done over the All-Star break to see if there was a way to help. The results were shocking, with Reimold learning that the spine never fused properly and needed to be redone, ending his season for the second consecutive year." If it weren't for bad luck, he'd have no luck at all.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis says he's OK after fouling ball off his ankle -
"It’s sore," Chris Davis said. "It tightened up a little bit. I obviously iced it, will wrap it up for tonight. It’s something where every guy, I’ve seen Adam Jones foul about 800 balls off his foot this year, so just one of those things. Just kind of caught me right on the ankle bone. Usually it’s the leg or the shin or the foot." Take care of that foot, Mr. Davis!

School of Roch: Does Urrutia start again tonight against a southpaw?
"The Rangers are sending another southpaw to the mound, Martin Perez, who gave up two earned runs (four total) in six innings on July 9 at Camden Yards. Left-handers are batting .286 against him, compared to .257 by right-handers. Consider that stat, and factor in Henry Urrutia's success against left-handers in the minors and last night against reliever Joseph Ortiz. Sort of makes you wonder whether Showalter will give him another start tonight." I'm guessing yes. Buck doesn't like to bring up guys and see them sit. Unless you're Josh Stinson, then, well, we're fine with that.

Are contending Orioles 'tapped out' after landing Feldman? -
"The now 54-43 O's added solid starter Scott Feldman in a trade earlier this month, but apparently the team's coffers are just about empty now. While considering a couple of needs recently, an Orioles-connected person used the phrase "tapped out'' to describe their financial situation." Welp, time to break out the pitchforks and torches...

Orioles Buzz: At Charlestown, Orioles either win or face corner of shame
A retirement home in Catonsville has its own twist on the old front page cartoon O's bird who told wins or loses. Me? I look for the storage place on Rt. 50 heading into Ocean City that always posts the score.

Orioles Q&A: Rill Talk with ... Troy Patton - Carroll County Times: Baltimore Orioles
I sent in my application to The Rill World, so I'm hoping to hear back from that.

Today's birthdays include current Orioles ace Wei-Yin Chen, MASN broadcaster and former O's great Mike Bordick, and former Orioles Willie Eyre and Mark Williamson. On this date in baseball history, in 2000, "thanks to Harold Baines' four hits, the Orioles halt their 20-game Canadian losing streak defeating the Blue Jays, 9-5. It is Baltimore's first victory north of the border since June 13, 1998." In 2004, "thanks to an unusual play in the outfield, David Newhan hits a rare inside-the-park homer at Fenway. Inexplicably, Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez, from left field, cuts off the relay throw from center fielder Johnny Damon allowing two Orioles to score in Baltimore's 10-5 victory."