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Bud Norris gets today's start, Chris Davis is no lock for the ALCS, and Buck Showalter gets some love from the media.

Adam Jones, leading the way
Adam Jones, leading the way
Patrick Smith

Orioles change plans; Bud Norris to start Game 3, not Miguel Gonzalez -
Bud Norris starts Game 3, Miguel Gonzalez wil start Game if necessary. "Manager Buck Showalter indicated he simply liked his rotation better this way." In Buck We Trust.

Buck Showalter’s creative thinking has the Orioles one win from the ALCS - The Washington Post
He sent Matt Wieters on a scouting trip to Detroit during the Toronto series. Smart man.

If Orioles win Sunday or Monday, Davis most likely would miss ALCS -
The Orioles wouldn't want to be down a player for four or five games in the ALCS

Orioles announce ticket information for possible ALCS games at Camden Yards - Baltimore Sun
Plan A: Buy season tickets for next year.
Plan B: Enter a lottery you have no chance of winning, and even if you do, you may still not be able to buy tickets.
Plan C: Buy your favorite beer, relax in your recliner, and watch it on TV like most of the rest of us.

Orioles front office relies on old-school scouts and cutting-edge statistics -
"In addition to a great work ethic, everyone here has skills that complement each other," Stephen J. K. Walters said. "Dan Duqeuette collates information from more sources than you can imagine. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts." I wonder if his middle initials stand for Just Kidding.

Dave Wallace thrives with the Orioles - Sports - The Boston Globe
"In 109 games since May 31, Orioles starters won 51 games and lost 25 with a 3.17 ERA. Those numbers ranked first in the American League. Their 68 starter wins tied the Tigers and Angels for the most." I know, I know, pitcher wins, but still, that's not a ranking anyone would have expected even earlier this season.

Delmon Young, an Oriole Who’s Not Content to Wait -
"Before the Orioles worked out at Comerica Park on Saturday, Delmon Young described his approach to hitting in such simple terms it might have been construed as a gag. "I try to hit a home run every time," he said. "I try to pull it, every pitch." You know, I don't think he's kidding.

Man with a plan: Buck on top of everything for O's |
Why is it such a big deal that Buck Showalter reviews the umpiring assignments? Who wouldn't do that? Seems like a no-brainer to me. Do other teams really not do that?

Happy Birthday to Terry Mathews!

On this day in Orioles history,  in 1966 - "With first-inning home runs by Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson, and 11 strikeouts from relief pitcher Moe Drabowsky, the Baltimore Orioles win their first World Series game, 5 - 2, over the Los Angeles Dodgers."

1971 - "The Baltimore Orioles overcome two home runs by Reggie Jackson and one by Sal Bando to complete a sweep of the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series with a 5 - 3 victory."

1997 - "Mike Mussina beats the Mariners and Randy Johnson for the second time and gives Baltimore their second straight trip to the American League Championship Series. Mussina pitches a two-hitter for seven innings to win the game, and the Series, by a 3-1 margin."

2012 - "In the American League Wild Card Game, Baltimore defeats Texas, 5 - 1, at the Ballpark in Arlington. Joe Saunders, winless for his career in Arlington, allows only one run in 5 2/3 innings. For the O's, it is a first win the postseason since 1997."

Then what happens next? I'll tell you what happens: Then they all decide that I'm supposed to get a smaller share! That I'm somebody extra special stupid, or something! That they don't even care if it's an Open Thread And in an Open Thread, it don't matter how stupid you are, you still get an equal share!