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A's coming to town; Chris Davis in Columbia; Buck's shifting 'pen strategy...

Patrick Smith

Having spent one of the season's final off days contemplating how to repeat Wednesday's success, the Orioles welcome the A's to town for a weekend series. In what seems like a pivotal series (and at this point, aren't they all?), the O's can narrow or eliminate the distance between the A's and the O's in the race for the second wild card spot. The A's have been solid all year, but are under .500 in August.

School of Roch: It's Norris vs. Straily tonight at Camden Yards Roch tees things up for the possibly pivotal weekend series.

PressBox: Well Played Orioles Victory Averts Rays Sweep PaulFolk's series wrap, always worth a read.

Chris Davis to Sign Autographs in Columbia Friday - Around Town - Columbia, MD Patch Meet Thor.

Who are five Orioles who may not return in 2014? | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Is it the freedom of not working for the Orioles or MLB? Rich Dubroff seems to be one of the only beats working this angle right now.

Buck Showalter and his closing committee - Baseball Nation Neyer alert.

On this day in 1989, multiple former Orioles were involved in a legendary 22 inning game in which the Dodgers outlasted the Expos 1-0. Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez took the loss when Rick Dempsey hit a solo home run in the top of the 22nd. Eddie Murray was 3-9 on the day.

It's the birthday of Mike Boddicker. Hall of Famer George Kell has a birthday today as does Jeff "Mickey" Manto, Alejandro Freire, Raul Casanova and Zach Braddock.