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Early morning Tornado Warning Edition

Thanks, Blue. That run you gifted the DBacks wasn't important or anything...
Thanks, Blue. That run you gifted the DBacks wasn't important or anything...
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Received a rather unpleasant wake up call in the form of a EAS alert regarding a Tornado Warning. That's a pleasant way to start the day. I was wondering why the cats weren't bugging me for their morning feeding...Anywho, I hope anyone in the path of this storm is none the worse for wear in it's wake. The same can't be said of those who stayed up to watch the O's bullpen impLOLed last night. I spared myself the tribulation by going to bed just before Tommy went Boom. Late games ain't so bad after all, I suppose! They save me from subjecting myself to the horror....the horror...

(Holy crap, a lightning bolt just struck right outside my balcony. 'Bout jumped through my ceiling right there.)

Baltimore Orioles at Arizona Diamondbacks - August 12, 2013 | BAL Recap
The not-so-lovely totals

San Francisco Giants fan apologizes for throwing banana at Adam Jones of Baltimore Orioles - ESPN
I don't know what's in the man's heart, but I'm less than persuaded by his rationale for his action. But I'm also just a grumpy 'ole cynic by nature.

Nick Markakis’ Stunted Power | FanGraphs Baseball

The best we can all hope for at this point is that his issues are related to his hamate bone injury from last season. I've read numerous times that such an injury requires a full year before power fully returns. (Not that Nick had much to begin with, but I digress...)

Steve Melewski: Memo to minor league pitchers: When you throw, keep it low

SteveO rehashes Peterson's String Theory and gives an overview of the playoff aspirations of the minor league affiliates.

The All-Homegrown MLB |

Got any amendments to the squad put forth here? I'll have to do some research first. But, ugh...that's a dreadful lineup

Orioles fans invited to design T-Shirt | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore

We've got some creative types around here. Whatcha got?

On this date in 1969, Jim Palmer tossed a No-Hitter against Oakland. In 1978 Earl Weaver engaged in some shenanigans. After the Yankees take a 5-3 lead in the 7th inning of a game, rains sweep in and the game is delayed. But Earl supposedly gets the grounds crew to take their sweet 'ole time getting the tarp on the field. This results in the game having to be postponed, which, due to a rule at the time means the score reverted back to what it was at the end of the last completed inning: 3-0 in favor of the Birds. The O's go on to win the completed game, 3-0. 25 years ago, former Orioles Owner Edward Bennett Williams passed away. Baseball legend Mickey Mantle passed away on this date 18 years ago.

Today is the birthday of former O's Jeff Ballard, Will Ohman, and Corey Patterson.