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Friends, I'd be lying to you if I told you the wires were hopping this morning, so let us not talk falsely. The hour is getting late...

School of Roch: Random Orioles notes
All Star Game hopes fade, Roch ably buries the lede for some reason.

Banner season for baseball in the Beltway |
Success breeds contempt.

ON Mailbag 12/15 to 12/23
Checking in around the blog-Os-phere.

Now with Brandon Moss, the Indians would like to trade Nick Swisher | HardballTalk
Re-start the Nick Swisher-Ubaldo Jimenez trade rumors in 3, 2, 1...

On this day in 2005, Orioles past and present celebrated the life of former catcher and coach Elrod Hendricks, who had passed away on December 21. The Professional League of Cuba opened played on this day in 1878, giving birth to Winter Ball.

It's the birthday of Jaret Wright and Jim Brower, who seem like they should have played on the same crummy team, but did not. UMD alum and Orioles draftee Kevin Hart also celebrates a birthday today as does Dave Ford.