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The Orioles and the Blue Jays are the hottest teams in the AL East right now and happen to be squaring off this weekend. Of course, the next hottest team is the first place Tampa Bay Rays...who the Blue Jays face next. It would be nice to beat the Jays on the merits, but maybe the O's can catch them napping, too. The O's are 3-6 against the Blue Jays this season.

Jones sits for third straight day, could return Friday | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Quizas, quizas, quizas....

The Wild, Woolly — and Mediocre — AL, 2015 Edition | FanGraphs Baseball
Former M's exec Tony Blengino thinks the O's have a good shot of locking down a wild card berth.

Orioles Buzz: Zach Wilt: Machado flourishing as O's leadoff hitter
Manny isn't quite threatening and career marks put up by Brady Anderson or Brian Roberts, but he looks awfully comfortable at the top of the order.

Orioles Prospects Christian Walker, Dariel Alvarez Waiting For Call Up (Pressbox)
Christian Walker may have to wait a little longer, but the state of flux in the outfield may play to  the advantage of Alvarez.

Is Zach Britton Elite? - Baltimore Sports and Life Uh...yeah!

On this day in 2005, the 41-27 O's defeated the Rockies 4-2. Hayden Penn picked up the win, B.J. Ryan notched his 18th save and Rafael Palmeiro paced the offense with a two run homer. Those were days.

Today we wish a happy birthday and happy retirement to Bruce Chen. It's also the birthday of Willis Roberts and Logan Verrett.