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Nelson Cruz goes yard, the O's face old friends in Chicago, and Andrew Miller likes Baltimore.

Portrait of a slugger - Nelson Cruz.
Portrait of a slugger - Nelson Cruz.
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MLB Recap - Baltimore Orioles at Chicago White Sox - Aug 20, 2014 - CBSSports.com
"Nelson Cruz took the major league lead with his 33rd home run and the surging Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the White Sox. Adam Jones and Steve Pearce also homered as the Orioles won their fourth straight and extended their AL East lead to nine games over second-place Toronto."

Baltimore to face two former O's pitching well for Cubs | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"This weekend, the Orioles play three games at Wrigley Field, and two of the Chicago Cubs’ pitchers will be very familiar to the Orioles.On Friday, Jake Arrieta will pitch against Kevin Gausman, and on Sunday, Tsuyoshi Wada goes against Miguel Gonzalez."

Orioles have close link to inspiration for ALS ice bucket challenge - baltimoresun.com
"The Orioles have a close connection to the inspiration behind the "Ice Bucket Challenge" that has swept the nation recently and raised awareness and funding for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Bullpen catcher Jett Ruiz was a college teammate of former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates — a 29-year-old who has ALS and has been credited for fueling momentum of the challenge."

Ubaldo hopes to regain form in bullpen | orioles.com: News
"They are doing whatever is best for the team," said Ubaldo Jimenez, who met with manager Buck Showalter, pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti on Tuesday afternoon. "The guys have been pitching really good in the rotation and definitely we all want to do the same thing, and that's making the playoffs and putting the team in the best position."

Andrew Miller: ‘It’s Just Been A Blast’ Playing For Baltimore Orioles | Baltimore Orioles | NESN.com
"Overall, it’s been great," Andrew Miller said. "Everybody’s been so welcoming. Everybody’s gone out of their way to make my transition easier. It’s a good team that has one goal in mind, and their goal is to help me make the transition easier so that I can help them win games."

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Jerry DaVanon.