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J.J. Hardy still isn't ready, the O's seriously considered forfeiting a game in Toronto due to field conditions, and we're runnin' low on infielders.

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Holt's 8th-inning HR lifts Red Sox past skidding Orioles 7-5 - SI.com
"Brock Holt hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Darren O'Day, and the Boston Red Sox beat Baltimore 7-5 Friday night to extend the Orioles' losing streak to five games." A guy who's 5'10", 180 beat us with a home run last night. What's next, the bat boy?

Report: Orioles Considered Forfeiting To Avoid Playing On Toronto's Turf - Deadspin
"A lot of visiting teams are going to be unhappy about playing on a surface that makes the ball do unfamiliar things, and according to the Baltimore Sun’s Eduardo Encina, the Orioles actually considered forfeiting the final game of their recent series in Toronto so as to avoid playing on the turf."

Orioles running out of infielders, put Ryan Flaherty on DL | HardballTalk
"Baltimore is already without J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop, and now Ryan Flaherty has joined them on a disabled list filled with infielders." Next Man Up, right?

Orioles SS Hardy could suit up for Tides on Saturday | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
"Baltimore Orioles All-Star shortstop J.J. Hardy took batting practice with the Norfolk Tides for the second straight day Friday and could begin his minor league rehab stint on Saturday at Harbor Park." Remember to click "Remind Me Later" on the ridiculous pop-up box asking for a digital membership.

Orioles' Showalter to miss Saturday, attending memorial service - CBSSports.com
"Orioles manager Buck Showalter is heading to Nashville on Saturday to attend a memorial service for his late father-in law, according to Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic." Thoughts and prayers for the family of Angela Showalter.

Orioles INF Rey Navarro says first-ever call up 'A dream come true' : Fantasy News
"After 885 games in the minor leagues, infielder Reynaldo Navarro said his first-ever call up to the major leagues is "A dream come true. This is where they play the best baseball in the world," reports MASNsports.com."

Call-up for Merced’s Gamboa is short but memorable | The Merced Sun-Star The Merced Sun-Star
"The coolest part of the experience was walking out with the guys to the bullpen together. I got to talk to Darren O’Day. He’s a right-arm, sidearm pitcher. We talked about being different, unique pitchers. He talked about the obstacles he had to overcome, and I was able to pick his brain a bit." - Eddie Gamboa

Happy Birthday to Robert Andino, who reminds Boston fans "(Expletive for maternal carnal relations in adjective form) (expletive for human excrement)! Take your (plural expletive for body part) home!", Darren Holmes, and Art Schallock.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history, not much happened, actually.

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