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David Banks

The Orioles will wrap up their road trip with three games against the Cubs. All are 1:20 Central Time starts and the O's will face at least one soft tossing lefty in old friend Tsuyoshi Wada. Of course, this afternoon, their opponent is Jake Arrieta (31 walks and 122 strikeouts in 117 innings, 2.61 ERA). I just don't even know what to say about that.

With two outs in 9th, Tides pitcher's gem slips away | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
If you were hanging with CC after a dark on non-game night, you followed Mike Wright's outstanding performance with us, if not...catch up!

Orioles minor league catcher Alex Murphy likely out for season with shoulder injury - baltimoresun.com Luckily the season is essentially done, but Murphy's had a nice season and the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder.

Cano, Puig, Pujols and Adam Jones heading to Japan for All-Star series - CBSSports.com
Did you hear that Adam Jones will partake in an MLB goodwill tour of Japan?

Surging Orioles set for challenges of stretch run | MLB.com: News
Britt takes a look at how the next few weeks line up.

Do Adam Jones And Nick Markakis Need A Day Off?
There was talk that Buck rode his starters too hard last year...

Camden Depot: Why Fans Should Be Excited About the 2014 Orioles Bullpen Clutch or clutchiest?

On this day in 1966, Andy Etchebarren saved Frank Robinson from drowning at a party (later re-tellings have had Davey Johnson helping out, too). On this day in 2007...ugh.

It's the birthday of troll/reliever Steve Kline and Hall of Fame GM Pat Gillick. Randy Wolf and Angelo Dagres also have birthdays today.