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With their second victory over the Mariners, the Orioles won their second series in their last three for a 5-4 record on this homestand.

School of Roch: Showalter: "It may not look aesthetically pleasing, but you end up with a W"
Postgame notes and a preliminary look at the Marlins series.

Orioles games are much faster in 2015 | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"MLB says games are quicker this year, and Orioles games are much quicker."

A Look at the Orioles 2015 Payroll - Baltimore Sports and Life Lots of ins, lots of outs and what have you...

Becoming the Boomstick: How Nelson Cruz Beat the Aging Curve to Become One of the Best Hitters in Baseball Paging the madman of birdland, please pick up the orange courtesy phone.

The Potential New J.D. Martinez | FanGraphs Baseball
The blogosphere takes notice of Jimmy Paredes.

On this day in 1959, Hoyt Wilhelm's no hit bid against the Yankees was ruined in the 8th by Jerry "the Ruiner" Lumpe. Fortunately, the O's won anyways, 5-0.

It's the birthday of big Dutch guy, Rick Van Den Hurk. Jose Mesa didn't make much of an impression as a starter with the Orioles, but he became one of the best closers of the late 90s-early aughts. Happy Birthday, senor Table. It's also the birthday of John Bale. The O's gave up Jayson Werth to get Bale. So that one could have gone better.