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Jim Rogash

The Orioles are now more than halfway done with Boston on their schedule for the 2014 season and are 7-6. They'll finish up the first half with games against Washington and New York before a second half gauntlet that takes them to Oakland, Seattle and Anaheim. Anyhow, enjoy first place while the Blue Jays continue their freefall and the Yankees struggle to remain relevant.

School of Roch: Looking back and ahead
Deep thoughts from the notebook of Roch Kubatko.

Orioles' All-Stars Combine With Less Heralded Birds For Series Win (Pressbox)
"The Orioles are the only team in the American League with multiple fan-elected All-Star starters, but it was a few under-the-radar O's who played key roles in Boston."

Orioles sign two players to international free-agent deals - Baltimore Sun
Some more details on mini-MiGo and another signing from last week.

All-Snub Team: American League - CBSSports.com
The Oriole get three guys on the AL All Star team and still have a couple guys considered snubs...yeah, it's been that kind of season.

Best MLB winter signings? White Sox rookie stud Abreu, Orioles' Cruz - CBSSports.com
Whoa, Nelly.

Baseball Prospectus | | Eyewitness Scouting Report Tucker Blair checked out Dylan Bundy's last start at Aberdeen and came away impressed.

On this day in 1914, the Orioles were rebuffed in their attempt to sell Babe Ruth to the Reds for $10,000, but would later secure $27,000 from the Red Sox for a package of players that included Ruth. On this day in 1995, the O's acquired Scott Erickson, a key cog in their late 90s playoff teams.

It's the birthday of Satchell Paige, probably the oldest player to make a start for the franchise as a St. Louis Brown. In his younger days, Paige also took a few turns in the rotation of the Baltimore Black Sox. His trouble was also often compared to that of one C. Montgomery Burns.