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Wouldn't it be nice if they could play some baseball? Then we wouldn't have to wait so long. And wouldn't it be nice if the O's won. In the kind of world where we belong.

Patrick Smith

Showalter keeping options open for Game 4 |
Tillman hasn't exactly impressed thus far in his two postseason starts. Perhaps hold him back for a potential Game 5 and MiGo and his ice-water for blood take the ball in Game 4?

Inside the matchup: Orioles vs. Royals (Game 3) - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
A quick look at some of the important matchups in Game 3, per ESPN.

Orioles Buzz: Andrew Stetka: Probability suggests tide will eventually tilt O's way in ALCS

That's all well and good, brings to mind the famous John Maynard Keynes quote about long-term probabilities: 'In the long run, we're all dead.'

School of Roch: Leftovers for breakfast

Roch's daily early post.

FG on Fox: Ambushing First Pitch Fastballs | FanGraphs Baseball

So food for thought the next time you want to complain about the O's aggressiveness at the plate.

Camden Depot: Darren O'Day's Game 1 Mistake to Alex Gordon
If you want to relive that moment for some masochistic on.

Bridwell and Esposito off to Strong Starts in AFL | Frederick Keys News
Esposito went 1-4 last night. Ohlman took an 0-3, w/ 1 BB & 3 Ks. Davies started, going 3 while allowing 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 1HBP, & 1 HR. He K'd 2. Givens pitched 1 inning, K'ing 2 and walking 1.

After long hiatus, Duquette finds fit in Baltimore - Sports - The Boston Globe
Profile on Duq' and the road he took in between GM stints. Interesting note about the Sox having offered him a position soon after firing him as GM.

Trade Candidate: Evan Gattis – MLB Trade Rumors
The O's have been mentioned in number of times now as possibly being a suitor for El Oso Blanco. Thoughts?

Frank Cashen, Fresh-Up Freddie, and the Birth of the Orioles Cartoon Bird | Todd Radom Design
Today I learned...

Happy birthday, Kiko Garcia. In spite of an Orioles career OPS+ of 66 (including a mind-numbing 36 over 340 PAs in 1980) he performed well in the '79 postseason, slashing .400 / .429 / .600 in the World Series. On this date in 1969 the Mets shutout the O's 5-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series. In '71 the Pirates shutout the O's 2-0 to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series. In '79 the O's hold a 1-0 lead until the 6th after which they meltdown to allow 7 runs to the Pirates, allowing the Bucs back into the Series, who are now down just 3-2. 1983 featured a more amenable result, as the O's defeat the Phillies 3-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the World Series.