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O's win, both on and off the field. Manny and Gonzo updates. Luck? Least Valuable O? Double plays.

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Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox - Recap - August 18, 2014 - ESPN
The best way an O's fan can wake up.

Watch Nick Markakis rob Conor Gillaspie with leaping catch | HardballTalk
Nick Markakis had himself a mighty fine evening.

Judge grants preliminary injunction in the MASN-Nationals-Orioles dispute | HardballTalk
And after one inning, it's Angelos 1, Lerners 0.

School of Roch: Machado on knee: "Hopefully, we'll see some progression soon"
And if not?

After sim game, Gonzalez remains on track to return | orioles.com: News

Might as well just have made the headline 'After Ubaldo's last start, Gonzalez remains on track to return'.

Orioles Buzz: Andrew Stetka: Who is the Least Valuable Oriole?

Per bWAR it's Evan Meek. And that's why he has been exiled in Norfolk.

#AskSpector: Orioles good, or just lucky? - MLB - Sporting News

They're good, folks. Deal with it.

J.J. Hardy and the Quick Turn | FanGraphs Baseball

For those who didn't get to see this when linked to in the comments yesterday. It's glorious.

And a Happy 32nd birthday to Mr. J.J. Hardy! Lance Cormier played for the '08 O's, and he turns 34 today. Rocky Cherry celebrates his 35th today. On this date in 1980, Steve Stone won his 20th game of the season. He would go on to win the Cy Young award with a 25-7 record, 3.23 ERA, 250.2 IP over 37 starts. He would be out of the league due to arm troubles after 1 more season.