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The Pride of Pigtown gets back in the game...
The Pride of Pigtown gets back in the game...
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Pitchers that made their Orioles debut in the last two weeks pitched 13.2 solid innings in the split doubleheader with the White Sox. That means...something. Of course, the performance of some recent farmhands yesterday was overshadowed in some quarters by the debut of a former brother in arms. Oh, well. The Orioles now have the privilege of hosting the Rays. When I last wrote you, friends, the Rays were at the top of the volatile AL East. They are now mired in a five game losing streak. So there's that.

Norris' next role still to be decided | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Aforementioned youngsters are perhaps creating a good problem for Buck and the Duq.

Rehabbing Gausman gearing up for Triple-A stint | orioles.com
The 13 point plan to destroy Kevin Gausman enters a new phase.

Alejandro De Aza's Departure Puts Struggling Orioles Outfielders On Notice
DeAza cut...Snider and Lough perform. Coincidence? Probably.

Baseball Prospectus | Pitching Backward: Started From the Bottom, Added a Forkball, How About Now For subscribers only, a look at the forkball of "Ollie" Drake.

Camden Depot: The Orioles Were Right Not to Re-Sign Nelson Cruz A little somethin' something' for the naysayers.

On this day in 1996, Cal Ripken, Jr. passed Eddie Murray on the Orioles all time home run list with his 334th. The O's lost to the Mariners 9-8.

It's the birthday of Eric Davis and Jerry Hairston, Jr.