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He is, simply, Hundo.
He is, simply, Hundo.
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So, two weeks after a series which put Birdland on high alert, a 9-2 homestand seems to have calmed frayed nerves. The Orioles head back out on the road to visit that den of iniquity casually referred to as "The Trop". The O's have dominated the Rays this year and even having a nearly full strength squad last series didn't seem to help the Rays. May their futility endure.

Orioles end happy homestand with 9-7 win over Reds | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Rich Dubroff with the wrap...

School of Roch: O'Day and Markakis can feel the postseason pain of their teammates
In which Nick Markakis flashes a bit of the winning personality for which he is known...

Orioles most likely to clinch AL East against Toronto Blue Jays at home - The Washington Post

Camden Depot: Hardy Contributing in a Different Way at the Plate Kind of a weird year for J.J., but an effective one.

Breaking down MLB's trend of decreasing home run totals - MLB -
Note REALLY O's related, but kinda interesting, nonetheless.

The Baseballist: Top 10 Starts By Minor League Pitchers In 2014 -
A couple Baby Birds make their presence known.

On this day in 1995, Cal Ripken, Jr. tied Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak.

It's the birthday of former pitcher, scout and gentlemanly Aruban knight, Calvin Maduro. It's also the birthday of Jimmy Haynes.