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Manny Machado's had his "day in court" and the Orioles open up a four game series against the Rays with a doubleheader. Harkening back to that early season trend, all games in this series except for today's second game are day games.

No World Cup action today, but the knockout round starts Saturday. The Netherlands and Mexico square off Sunday...that's the match I'm looking forward to.

Norris' injury may complicate Orioles plans | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore You don't want to mess around when it comes to groin injuries.

School of Roch: Orioles will recall Meek
The return of Evan Meek? Possible T.J. McFarland start? Sweeeet.

No explaining Nelson Cruz's big year - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
...complete with some nifty heat maps.

Manny Machado trades bat for bowling ball at charity event | News
Does it surprise anyone that Steve Pearce is the best bowler on the team?

Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: The [Your Team Name Here] Way Power Rankings The Oriole Way is considerably more effective than the Max Power Way.

It's the birthday of Jeff Conine and Jim Johnson. Oscar Salazar and Jackie Gutierrez also celebrate birthdays today.