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Two straight slugfests, two straight losses. No worries. Right?

The sweet, sweet home run stroke of...Ryan Flaherty?
The sweet, sweet home run stroke of...Ryan Flaherty?
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The Orioles get right back into it with the Indians tonight at 7:05. Expect roster moves!

If you need a break from baseball and Rolling Thunder, TCM is running a Memorial Day movie marathon starting tomorrow.

Orioles pregame notes on Tommy Hunter, baby watch, Johan Santana and more - baltimoresun.com Welcome to the world, Colt Duquette and imminent Baby Thor. Also: Johan Santana appears to be just about ready to go out on a rehab assignment.

Machado leaves with groin stiffness in Orioles' 8-7 loss | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Manny was pulled late in last night's debacle.

School of Roch: Another pitching move pending and a look at two struggling Orioles
The game of reliever roulette heats up. Is Patton a dead duck or should Brad Brach and Preston Guilmet keep their Greyhound rewards cards handy?

Orioles Minor League Spotlight: Brett Wallace, Michael Burgess (Pressbox)
"First baseman Brett Wallace leads Norfolk in hits, runs scored and home runs, while outfielder Michael Burgess leads Frederick in doubles and RBIs."

Is Bud Norris this good? (Orioles Nation)
Alex Conway gets graphic with Bud Norris.

On this day in 1999 Brady Anderson was hit TWICE in the first inning as the O's batted around and plated ten runs in a 15-6 defeat of the Rangers.

It's Buck Showalter's birthday today. Maybe we can chip in and get him a win streak. It's also the birthday of Mike "the Arsonist" Gonzalez, Dominican ops guy Nelson Norman, and former Baseball America rated prospect Ricky Gutierrez.