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Brian Roberts says don't panic, Adam Jones says the O's need a kick in the pants, and the Orioles help lots of cute doggies get adopted.

I'm guessing they aren't discussing hair care products.
I'm guessing they aren't discussing hair care products.
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Orioles use 7-run 3rd to beat Rockies 8-4 - Yahoo! Sports
"Adam Jones had two hits in Baltimore's highest-scoring inning of the season, which featured an error by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, two walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch. Six of the seven runs were unearned, but when it was done the Orioles had an 8-1 lead." Too bad it couldn't stay a one-sided beating, like Chael Sonnen and Shogun Rua last night.

School of Roch: Hardy scratched from Orioles lineup
"J.J. Hardy was scratched from the lineup because of back spasms. The Orioles list him as, yes, day-to-day." Aren't we all, though? Aren't we all?

Steve Melewski: Josh Stinson talks about returning to the Orioles
"Josh Stinson returned to the Orioles today from Triple-A Norfolk for the third time. His first stay lasted just one day and the second stay lasted only two days. He joked he is shooting to be here three days this time." Whoa, don't set the goals too high, youngster.

The Orioles still have time to make a run in the AL East -
"I don't think that we're in a real bad spot," Brian Roberts said. "You know, we've got a lot of games against our division left and we just want to stay right where we are and give ourselves a chance these last 40 games. This isn't the time of year to lose 10 in a row, but you're not going to, this isn't also the time of year that a lot of teams go run off and win 10 in a row. It's a matter of just trying to stay consistent, and I think we're going to be fine." So, playoff vet Brian Roberts says ... oh, wait. Never mind.

Adam Jones Says Orioles Needed "A Kick In The Pants" To Wake Them Up - Baltimore Sports Report
"I think this is honestly something that we needed, kind of a kick in the pants to wake us up," center fielder Adam Jones said. "We’re in a unique position, in back-to-back years trying to do something special. Last year, everybody said we couldn’t. This year, we created the expectation. This is something you’ve got to go through to get to it." Brian Roberts, Adam Jones begs to differ with your opinion.

Like a Boss | The Daily Times
"(Torsten Boss is) currently 10th in the Moniker Madness standings, but more importantly to him, he’s third on the Shorebirds in RBIs with 40, fifth in total bases (120), fourth in home runs (6), second in walks (43), fifth in runs scored (39) and second in doubles (18)." You can go vote at the MiLB site.

Orioles Analysis: Tillman can still join 20-win club - Carroll County Times
"The Orioles right-hander is 14-3. If he stays on turn in Baltimore’s rotation, he will get eight more starts, at least, before season’s end." Pitcher wins, I swear...

The Orioles Team Up With BARCS To Boost Pet Adoptions " CBS Baltimore
"There are so many animals in Baltimore that don’t have a home. I think that’s what the biggest part of the day is–is just getting the word out that you can have a great animal without going to a breeder. You can get a great animal right here," Matt Wieters said." This is too cute for a snarky joke, so just go look at the photos already.

Orioles Q&A: Rill Talk with ... Scott Feldman - Carroll County Times
"From here on out, I am only interested in what is Rill. Rill people, Rill feelings, that's it. That's all I'm interested in." Rill Talk chats with Scott Feldman.

Today's Orioles-related birthday belongs to Josh Rupe.

On this day in O's baseball history, in 1972, "The Orioles trade C Elrod Hendricks to the Cubs for OF/1B Tommy Davis." In 1989, "In a 9 - 2 Toronto win, Baltimore SS Cal Ripken plays in his 1,208th consecutive game, passing Steve Garvey for the 3rd longest streak in major league history; George Bell leads Toronto with two singles, a double and a home run."

And this one isn't O's-related, but in 2008, "In a game marred by conflict at the Beijing Olympics, the United States of America beats the host Chinese national team. Matt LaPorta injures China catcher Wei Wang in a play at home and Chinese manager Jim Lefebvre is ejected after venting anger over the incident. An inning later, Nate Schierholtz roughly collides with Wang's backup, Yang Yang. Kun Chen avenges China's honor by throwing a fastball at LaPorta's head, sending LaPorta to the hospital and Chen to the showers as he is ejected. Overall, 7 batters are hit by pitches in the USA's 9 - 1 win." Wow.