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Defense betrays the O's again, Alexi Casilla doesn't help, and Adam Jones wants to take on the President.

Jonathan Schoop can catch a baseball. Our third basemen would do well to follow his example.
Jonathan Schoop can catch a baseball. Our third basemen would do well to follow his example.
Tom Szczerbowski

Orioles commit three errors, lose 4-2 to Blue Jays as rare skid reaches three games -
"Following their 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Saturday, the Orioles have lost three consecutive games for the first time since being swept at Wrigley Field five weeks ago, and for just the second time since the All-Star break."

Orioles add a surprise extra infielder | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"In a last-ditch effort to improve the defense, the Orioles summoned Alexi Casilla from Arizona, where he had been training. Casilla’s contract was purchased from Norfolk, and to make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet was designated for assignment." That didn't work out so well yesterday.

MLB - Baltimore Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez in critical pennant role - ESPN
"Miggy didn't even make our [Triple-A] club out of spring training, but we needed a guy from Double-A, just a body," (Norfolk Tides manager) Ron Johnson says. "I didn't know anything about him when he showed up. The first three times I used him, I put him in with the bases loaded, nobody out! I must have been a horrible manager. He must have thought, 'He's doing this to me on purpose.' I had no choice; I had no one else. First time, he carves up 'em up. I thought, 'Whoa.' Second time, he carves 'em up. Third time -- I'm thinking, 'He can't do this again' -- he carves 'em up again. Buck called. I told him, 'You have to get a look at this guy.' So they called him up, and the rest is history. This is a Cinderella story to the max."

Buck Showalter might go with 10 pitchers in American League Division Series -
"Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he is considering carrying just 10 pitchers for the best-of-five ALDS. Showalter added that the club’s Game 3 and 4 starters –— likely to be right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and right-hander Bud Norris, respectively — will be probably be available out of the bullpen in Games 1 and 2." he also confirmed Kevin Gausman will be in the bullpen, so we know our four starters now.

Court document shows team owners' serious misgivings with Angelos-Baseball settlement of 2005 -

"Even before they signed it, a handful of Major League Baseball owners expressed deep misgivings about a 2005 agreement negotiated by Orioles owner Peter Angelos establishing conditions under which the Montreal Expos would move and become the Washington Nationals." Buyer's remorse doesn't mean you get to violate a contract, MLB owners. Prepare to lose in court.

Orioles' Adam Jones challenges Barack Obama to game

"Adam Jones is apparently quite good at R.B.I. Baseball 14, as well, and is willing to put his record on the line against the leader of the free world, the President of the United States, Barack Obama."

Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up - Yahoo News

As pointed out in yesterday's BD, Yahoo! has reprinted a 1983 Playboy profile of Jim Palmer. It's interesting to note the "quitter" label attached to Palmer due to his unwillingness to pitch through injuries.

O's set to host at-risk kids during ALDS |

"The O's are inviting nearly 1,400 children to Oriole Park at Camden Yards for Games 1 and 2 of the American League Division Series, which begins on Thursday on TBS. Sections 96 and 98 will be made available for those children attending."

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Mike DeJean, Todd Frohwirth, and Grant Jackson.

On this day in Orioles history, not much really happened. Really. Go look for yourself.

Hey, I know a joke! A squirrel walks up to an Open Thread and says, "I forgot to store acorns for the winter and now I am dead." Ha! It is funny because the squirrel gets dead.