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After finishing up their series against the Astros on a down note, the Orioles get right back into it against the Tigers tonight who, for what it's worth, just a lost a series against the Twins. For followers of the Baby Birds, take note that Hunter Harvey takes his turn in the rotation for the Delmarva Shorebirds today.

Otherwise, winter sports playoffs talk? NFL Draft thoughts? Mad Men chatter?

Orioles' Late-inning Heroics Secure Series Win Against Astros(Pressbox)
PFolk on the Astros series series.

Grading the Week: Orioles flying high - CBSSports.com
Matt Snyder's random look around the league gives the O's high marks.

First-place O's get Chris Davis back - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
Christina Kahrl on DL roulette in Baltimore.

Baseball Prospectus | Moonshot: Predicting Batter Breakouts with PITCHf/x More Thor-related content. With graphs!

School of Roch: Russell talks about progress of catchers
If you want to an insight into the thought process of John Russell, today's your lucky day!

Wieters talks about going to the DL " Britt's Bird Watch
Extended Wieters remarks from Britt's outtakes and rarities blog.

Orioles prospect Jonah Heim talks to Orioles Nation Lance Rinker gets the Crash Davis treatment from one of the small army of catchers to be drafted by the O's in 2013.

Eutaw Street Report | Taking a Look at Markakis’ MLB-Leading Hitting Streak
After all the Markakis bashing from earlier in the season, he's put together a nice little stretch of offensively competent baseball. Three cheers!

On this day in 1964, the O's shut down the Senators 5-0 behind a strong two hit effort from Dave MvNally. Boog Powell homered and Luis Aparicio stole three bases. Franchise great Heinie Manush died on this day in 1971.

It's the birthday of Evan Meek, Chris Robinson, Joe Nolan and Kevin Bass.