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The Astros selected Brady Aiken with the first pick in the 2014 MLB Draft. Fashionable picks Carlos Rodon and Tyler Kolek also went in the top ten. The Orioles join in the fun today. If you're not into the draft, Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix today for its second season and California Chrome tries to complete the first Triple Crown in thorougbred racing since 1978 at tomorrow's Belmont Stakes.

The Orioles have the good fortune to take on the AL leading Oakland A's this weekend. The rotations is a bit unsettled due to MiGo uncertainty, but the A's appear to be starting "Soft Tossing" Tommy Milone tonight.

Gonzalez to test oblique on Friday | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore An injury update for Ser Rich of Dubroff.

School of Roch: Schedule continues to challenge Orioles
Grumble, grumble.

Camden Depot: Orioles Likely Have a 1st Rounder Local Product Available in the Third Round Jack O' I reading that right?

Is It Time For The Orioles To Worry About Chris Tillman?
Paul Folkermer's series wrap ups have become darn near essential reading for yours truly. Maybe you, too?

Johan Santana: What can we expect? - Beyond the Box Score Can Santana help?
Nobody really knows what Santana will be when he eventually takes the mound for the Baltimore Orioles. His return though, regardless of the results, is as improbable as it is exciting for Orioles' fans.

Report: Alleged attackers at O's game danced to 'YMCA' as victim bled | FOX Sports on MSN
These goons bring shame on us all...

On this day in 1992, Eddie Murray passed Mickey Mantle on the all time RBI list for switch hitters (I know, I know...); in 1993, Cal Ripken's consecutive game streak was put in jeopardy as he twisted his knee in a game against the Mariner; in 2003, Sammy Sosa was suspended eight games for use of a corked bat. Juan Samuel picked up his first managerial win as the O's edged the Red Sox 4-3 on this day in 2010 and the O's reclaimed first place on this day in 2012 with a 2-1 over the Red Sox.

It's the birthday of Merv Rettenmund.