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All Star Game talk begins. Team Steve shrinks by one. Nelson Cruz origin story. And some prospecty talk.

Pearce'd
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With Biogenesis ban in past, O's Cruz belongs in All-Star Game | FOX Sports on MSN
Quoth Clint Eastwood: 'Deserve's got nothing to do with it'. The All Star Game isn't about who has the best numbers. It's a showcase of who the fans want to see play. If they want to see dingers, they'll vote Cruz in. If they want to see Ortiz mill around the side of the batter's box for 30 seconds between each pitch spitting on his hands and generally acting like a boorish, they'll vote him in. Funny though, reading all the focus on Cruz's issues from last season but not a peep about Papi's transgressions in the past.

School of Roch: Talking about Guilmet, Matusz and a few others
The extreme difference in arm slots between Guilmet & O'Day could be a tremendous advantage for the O's 'pen. Really gives a different look to the hitters.

Orioles decide to send Clevenger to Norfolk | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Curious, I suppose. But ultimately we're talking about a back-up catcher.

As Predicted, Blue Jays Setting Pace In AL East : PressboxOnline
What is this...2013?

Nelson Cruz Has Baseball Roots in Milwaukee | Roar From 34
Before Nellie was a Ranger he had a brief stint with the Brew Crew.

Ballpark hot dogs and beer: See what $20 buys at a baseball game - CNNMoney
Where are they finding $6.75 beers in OPaCY? Natty Boh bar has $5 ones through the 1st inning, but after that it's $8, iirc. And getting one at your seat costs $8.50 before tip.

Orioles pitching prospect Mike Wright impressing scouts despite rough May - baltimoresun.com
I am still aboard the Mike Wright fan club, but things did not improve for him in yesterday's action.

Prospect Watch: Changeup Artists | FanGraphs Baseball

Featuring some effusive praise for a low level Orioles prospect quietly putting up decent performances.

NCAA Baseball Tournament 2014: Complete TV, online schedule for Friday's opening round - MLB - Sporting News

Your Terps kick off their College World Series trek on Friday at 1 pm when they take on Old Dominion.

Wow...Daniel Cabrera is 33 today. Where does the time go?