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Buck's best gas face.
Buck's best gas face.
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Tonight, the Orioles will play their first home game in front of live fans since April 26's 18-7 drubbing of the Red Sox. A similar result against the Blue Jays could be therapeutic for the team and the entire Re-Opening Day crowd. Since the last high tension series against the Jays, Michael Saunders has returned from injury and gone back on the DL, Jose Reyes has gone on the DL and Jose Bautista has played through his Delmon-induced shoulder injury. After losing five of six in New York, the O's will look to Ubaldo Jimenez to get them on track...can he play the hero once again?

Pineda makes Sunday a strikeout for Orioles | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"Michael Pineda struck out 16 Orioles and the team set a record by fanning 18 times in a 6-2 loss to the New York Yankees." Just that kind of series.

School of Roch: Orioles begin long-awaited homestand
Roch previews Toronto series, looks back at season't weirdness.

Rondon claimed; Wieters moved to 60-day DL | orioles.com
The O's claim some guy on waivers and...hey, 60 day DL. Eesh.

Sunday Notes: Cleveland’s 18-hit CG, Ortiz, Murakami, more | FanGraphs Baseball
Including a very brief, but telling Duquette...vignette?

Camden Depot: Michael Almanzar, Whom the Orioles Really, Really Want A little insight into the thrice acquired infielder.

On this day in 2012, the O's seized first place in the division from the Rays. In very 2012 O's fashion, they won the game by one run on a Nick Johnson homer.

It's the birthday of Kerry Ligtenberg, Trent Hubbard (known as Trenidad Hubbard in his playing days), Mark Huisman and Milt Pappas. Of course, Pappas was the centerpiece in the trade that netted Frank Robinson.