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Let the daily festivities commence

Thor and Mjolnir
Thor and Mjolnir

Chris Davis selected to crush long balls at Home Run Derby | News
I've never gotten down to a game early enough to catch Thor's BP. I ought probably rectify that some day. It's gotta be majestic.

Orioles' Tommy Hunter is more than 'the other guy' in Chris Davis trade -

Part of me wants to see old/younger JJ shipped off for a prospect and Judoka installed as the Closer. But the other part of me is happy knowing Tommy is currently available for any high leverage situation, which is where he is best utilized, and not just the 9th when there is a lead to preserve.

Orioles won't use six starters in second half | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Now if they could just figure out who the 5 best starters to use are...

School of Roch: What's the plan for Gausman?
I'm fine with him staying in the 'pen, but Buck has to ensure that he gets regular, extended work. If that is untenable then he should be left down in the Norfolk rotation to refine.

Steve Melewski: O's agree with two more draft picks, set Hunter Harvey's pro debut
15/15 with signing their first 15 selections. Good show, Mr. Rajsich. Other interesting tidbits as well.

What if the Orioles looked into adding a bat? | Baltimore Sports and LifeBaltimore Sports and Life
I'd rather not pay the necessary freight. Particularly with the likes of Urrutia and Hoes just sitting there in Norfolk.

Moore: What Makes a "Play of the Year?" | Getting Blanked | Blogs |

A collection of .gifs of the best defensive plays thus far this season.

EPIC GIF: All 33 Of Chris Davis' Homers In One Image - Baltimore Sports Report
Res Ipsa Loquiter

Camden Depot: The Jake Arrieta Experience Moves on

The Depot pours one out for the dearly departed.

Sakata fired as Modesto Nuts manager | Modesto Nuts | Modesto Bee
Lenn Sakata played 2B / SS for the O's from 1980-1985

Bizarre Baseball Culture: The Batman and Cal Ripken Jr. join forces to promote Big League Chew | The Baseball Continuum
Fun little vapid time killer.

Anna Benson arrested after raiding Kris Benson’s house with a gun, bulletproof vest | HardballTalk


On this date in 1959, a then 20 year old Brooks Robinson was called up by the O's. In 1991, Cal Ripken Jr. wins All Star Game MVP honors thanks to an Earl Weaver Special. In 1992, Brady Anderson and Mike Devereaux lead off a game with back-to-back Home Runs of future Oriole Scott Erickson. In 1996, Cal manages to start his 14th consecutive All Star Game in spite of suffering a broken nose during the team photo shoot when another player slips and falls into him. In 2002, Bud Selig declares the All Star game a Tie, at 7-7 after the 11th inning.