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Chris Davis gets benched on his own action figure night, Joe Saunders returns to the fold and old new JJ may be joining him.

Nick Markakis.
Nick Markakis.
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Cano's 3-Run HR Lifts Mariners Over Orioles 6-3 - ABC News
And it wasn't one bad pitch that beat the O's, it was their own offensive ineptitude.

Why the Orioles want to bring back old players like Joe Saunders - baltimoresun.com
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has spun the wheel with Nate McLouth, Miguel Gonzalez, Nelson Cruz, Dontrelle Willis, Heath Bell, Randy Wolf and now Joe Saunders. And he's probably about to do it again with Jim Johnson.

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is on the bench for Crush Davis Action Figure night - baltimoresun.com
"I didn’t want to put extra pressure on him with the superhero — what is that thing?" Orioles manager Buck Showalter joked. "Chris Davis is working on some things. And I don’t think he is quite yet [healthy]. He’s still coughing up a lot of stuff." Davis did enter the game as a pinch hitter, but flew out to end the inning.

Baltimore Orioles' Chris Davis working on mechanics with hitting coaches - baltimoresun.com
Chris Davis, who is batting .196 with 17 homers and 125 strikeouts in 321 at-bats, continues to struggle at the plate. And the Orioles continue to try to figure out how to help him recapture the swing that carried him to a historic offensive season last year. "You keep looking for the key to unlock it," manager Buck Showalter said.

Orioles will try Saunders as left-handed specialist | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"The Orioles signed Joe Saunders to a minor league contract on Friday and he’ll report to Norfolk on Monday. The plan is to make Saunders a left-handed specialist."

Babe Ruth's professional baseball career began 100 years ago this season with the Baltimore Orioles - baltimoresun.com
"A century ago in spring training, a rawboned Orioles rookie stepped to the plate, swung from the heels and hit a fastball deep to right field. The ball landed in a rut in a cornfield, more than 400 feet from home plate. In Fayetteville, N.C., a historic marker notes the spot where George Herman Ruth, 19, hit his first professional home run in his first outing as an Oriole in 1914. He wasn't yet The Babe — teammates would pin that nickname on him within the month — but he surely was Baltimore's own."

More Than 2,000 Join Markakis For Casey Care | WBAL Radio 1090 AM
"More than 2,000 runners and walkers joined Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis and his wife Christina on Saturday morning to run a  5K race around Oriole park at Camden Yards. The event raised money for the Casey Cares Foundation, an organization that provides trips and outings to critically ill children and their families."

Former Baltimore Orioles DH Jim Thome Announces Retirement
"Jim Thome made his retirement from baseball official today, signing an honorary one-day contract with the Cleveland Indians with whom he played for 12 years. The occasion was also upon the unveiling of a statue there in his honor."

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Mark Reynolds and Dick Hyde.

On this date in Orioles history, in 1977, "Baltimore rookie 1B Eddie Murray homers from both sides of the plate in a 10-inning, 8 - 6 win over Oakland." In 2001, "The Jays defeat the Orioles, 10 - 1, despite an infestation of aphids in the 3rd inning. Although the game is not delayed, home plate umpire Tim Welke asks that the roof of the SkyDome be closed. Toronto's Jeff Frye wears a dust mask in the dugout."

Look, Annie... I love you. But let's leave that out of this. I don't want to be someone that you're settling for. I don't want to be someone that anyone settles for. Open Thread is hard enough without bringing such low expectations into it, isn't it?