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Caleb Joseph comes through, Wei-Yin Chen says everything's fine, and Manny Machado is having a pretty good year.

I bet Adam Jones' kid thought this was funny. He should.
I bet Adam Jones' kid thought this was funny. He should.
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Joseph hits go-ahead single in 9th, Orioles top Jays 5-3 - SI.com
''If you can stay calm in those situations, you have an advantage,'' Darren O'Day said. ''You've just got to focus on each pitch and when you do that, you can stay in the moment.''

Orioles pry Gray Fenter from MSU with $1 million bonus - The Clarion-Ledger
"The Baltimore Orioles made Gray Fenter a deal he couldn't refuse on Saturday. The major league club signed the Mississippi State recruit by enticing the right-handed pitcher with a $1 million signing bonus. The deal is $800,000 more than the recommended slot value of $178,300, according to MLB.com." Fenter was an 8th round pick, so now we know where that money the O's were saving on earlier picks went.

Wei-Yin Chen starts for Keys, explains critical tweets after being optioned - Baltimore Sun
"We've all got emotions, and the reason that I tweeted that is only because I wanted to make a point that I was healthy and ready to pitch," he said. "I don't worry about anything between me and the Orioles offices."

Manny Machado back on path to stardom - SI.com
"While Bryce Harper has received an abundance of national attention for his huge start in Washington, Manny Machado is crafting an equally compelling Beltways revival tale at Camden Yards. He's reminding people what all the fuss was about when he broke in with the Orioles at age 20, made an All-Star team at 21 and was lumped together with Harper and Mike Trout in the Holy Trinity of prospect wunderkinds."

Which Players Have Made The Most Memorable Returns To The Orioles? PressBox Online
"When outfielder Nolan Reimold made his return to the Orioles June 9 -- after spending the first five years of his career in Baltimore, then playing with Toronto and Arizona in 2014 -- he became the 47th player in O's history to have at least two separate stints with the club."

On the road with the Norfolk Tides | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
"It's just simple: It's a ballpark. It's BP. It's the game. And then it's back to the hotel. But, that said, after you do about four to eight days of this, you can't wait to get back home." - Norfolk Tides manager Ron Johnson

Savage Eagles baseball team enjoys major league experience at Camden Yards - Baltimore Post-ExaminerBaltimore Post-Examiner
"It was a no brainer for me," J.J. Hardy said when asked why he spent his free time teaching the Eagles how to become better fielders. "It just shows you how important Monica [Barlow] was to us…we don’t want to forget her." The youth team won the practice through an auction held by the Orioles to benefit the LUNGevity Foundation.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Sendy Rleal, Luis Rivera, and Rick Sutcliffe.

On this day in Orioles history, "1956 - Chicago and Baltimore one-hit one another as White Sox pitcher Jack Harshman beats Oriole hurlers Connie Johnson and George Zuverink, 1 - 0.

2009 - Brian Roberts hits a tie-breaking single in the 8th to lead Baltimore to a 2 - 1 win over Philadelphia, completing a three-game sweep. The Phillies have now lost six straight at home, for an overall record of 13-22 at Citizens Bank Park."

Happy Father's Day! I'd like to say thanks to my dad, William C. Duck, Sr., for his four years of service in the United States Air Force and for working in the DuPont factory in Seaford, DE, for almost 28 years. He used that job to finance a college education for myself and my sister (the first two members of his family to graduate high school and grow up with electricity and running water), and has stayed marrried to my mom for 49 years next month.

Thanks, Dad.

And Mom, I'll make sure you get the shout-out on Mother's Day next year.

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