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Man of the hour, tower of power...
Man of the hour, tower of power...
Tom Szczerbowski

Another series win...Another one run win...Another Caleb Joseph homer...Another day in first place. I could get used to this.

The Orioles host the Cardinals this weekend for a three game set with AL refugees Justin Masterson and Handsome John Lackey toeing the slab tonight and tomorrow. Ubaldo Jimenez is scheduled to make his return to the rotation tomorrow. The O's are 7-4 in interleague play this season.

School of Roch: Orioles trying to deck the Cards
Factoids, notes and puns...that's our Roch!

Cards turn to their recent AL players to help scout Orioles : Sports
This writer makes a smart aleck comment about AL bandboxes...if you have a moment, compare Camden Yards and Busch Stadium park factors.

Scott Boras says Orioles have made good decisions | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Kind of boilerplate stuff, but at this point, I'd like to see the old trope about Angelos v. Boras retired.

LOVERRO: After 60 years in Baltimore, the Orioles Way endures - Washington Times
"The Baltimore Orioles are celebrating their 60th anniversary in Charm City with a ceremony Friday at Camden Yards, and over those 60 years, their fans have led a charmed baseball life."

2014 Double-A Best Tools - BaseballAmerica.com
Minor league lifer Niuman Romero is oft-cited on this list, but other Baysox make appearances.

Role 4 Roundup: Wynns, Gurka, Rheault
We are the Austin Wynns Appreciation Society...

Bud Norris Figured Out His Platoon Issues " Baltimore Sports and Life
Has he? Check it out...

On this day in 1970, Don Buford hit a go ahead grand slam after the Brewers intentionally walked Boog Powell. In 1996, Eddie Murray would also hit a go ahead homer against the Brewers, but this one passed Lou Gehrig on the all time homers list.

It's the birthday of former assistant GM Doug Melvin. Eddy (not Eduardo) Rodriguez and Marlin Stuart were also born on this day.