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Matt Wieters will rejoin the team next week, but so will Bud Norris. I'm not sure how to feel about that.

The boys are having fun!
The boys are having fun!
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J.J. Hardy’s ninth-inning heroics lift Orioles past Rays, 2-1 - The Washington Post
"It wasn’t the way he would have scripted it, but Darren O’Day‘s escape served as a reversal of momentum in a low-scoring game largely dictated by Tampa Bay. In the bottom of the inning, the Orioles prevailed, 2-1, on shortstop J.J. Hardy’s single off Rays reliever Steve Geltz in front of a sellout crowd of 45,505 at Camden Yards."

Wieters expected to catch for Orioles next Friday -
"If all goes as planned this week, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will make his first big league appearance in nearly 13 months next Friday in Cleveland."

Norris could start in Houston - Baltimore Sun
"There is no question, Buck Showalter said, that Bud Norris will return to the Orioles rotation on the road trip despite his unsightly 1-4 record and 9.88 ERA in six starts for the Orioles this year."

Orioles shut door on long-term deal with SP Chris Tillman : Fantasy News
"The window might be shut tight permanently on any possibility that the Orioles and starting pitcher Chris Tillman come to a long-term agreement, Baseball Insider Jon Heyman is reporting."

Oriole softball wins second straight state championship - Sports - Butler County Times Gazette - El Dorado, KS
One Orioles teams has already won the championship! Get on that, Baltimore!

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Jairo Asencio (2013? Really? Does anyone remember this dude?), Mike Oquist, and John Miller.

Yesterday marked the 400th win as Orioles manager for Buck Showalter. I'd say that hiring has worked out pretty well, wouldn't you?

On this date in Orioles history, "1982 - Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles begins his major league record consecutive games played streak by starting at third base (his position for the first 27 games during the streak), appearing eighth in the batting order against the Toronto Blue Jays."

Consider this your discussion space for The Buckle Up 200 from The Monster Mile in Dover, DE.

I'll be at a high school graduation tonight, so cheer loudly during the last few innings of the game for me.  And congrats, Princess.