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Matt Wieters is back, Everth Cabrera is gone, and that's just one-third of the roster moves from yesterday.

Chris Tillman was just good enough.
Chris Tillman was just good enough.
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Wieters' strong debut, Jones' bat top Tribe | MLB.com
"The Orioles waited more than a year to have All-Star catcher Matt Wieters back in their lineup. On Friday night, he returned in a big way, driving in a pair of runs to help lead Baltimore to a 5-2 victory over the Indians at Progressive Field."

School of Roch: Orioles make six roster moves, Matusz suspension remains eight games
"The Orioles made six roster moves today, including reinstating catcher Matt Wieters from the 60-day disabled list. They also recalled infielder Rey Navarro from Triple-A Norfolk and selected the contract of left-handed reliever Cesar Cabral."

Brian Matusz's eight-game suspension upheld while Will Smith's was reduced | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
"On Friday, Major League Baseball announced its final decisions after hearing appeals from suspended pitchers Brian Matusz, a left-handed reliever for the Baltimore Orioles, and Will Smith, a lefty reliever for the Milwaukee Brewers." There was math involved, but the league office did not show show its work.

School of Roch: Duquette disappointed Matusz's suspension is upheld (Orioles win 5-2)
"Obviously, we're disappointed," said executive vice president Dan Duquette. "We didn't think they had grounds for the suspension. Brian was using rosin, and from my understanding rosin is an approved substance to enhance your grip."

School of Roch: Notes on Tillman, Jones and Britton, plus Duquette on Cabrera and Cabral
"The Orioles selected Cesar Cabral's contract from Triple-A Norfolk to give the bullpen an extra left-handed reliever. Cabral, 26, was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings over 21 relief appearances between Norfolk and Double-A Bowie. Left-handers were 3-for-25 with 11 strikeouts against him with the Tides."

Steve Melewski: O's game blog: Minor league May award winners
"The Orioles have named Double-A Bowie first baseman Trey Mancini their minor league Player of the Month for May and Single-A Delmarva left-hander Donnie Hart as minor league Pitcher of the Month."

Steve Melewski: Minor league notes on Triple-A Norfolk outfielders and more
An update on Nolan Reimold, Henry Urrutia, Julio Borbon, Dariel Alvarez and Chris Parmalee.

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Merv Rettenmund.

On this day in Orioles history, "in 1993 - Cal Ripken of the Baltimore Orioles suffers a twisted right knee when his spikes catch in the infield grass in a contest against the Seattle Mariners. The resulting swollen knee the next day almost ends his consecutive streak at Game 1,790.

In 2010, The Baltimore Orioles end a ten-game losing streak and give interim manager Juan Samuel his first victory as a major league skipper when they defeat Boston, 4 - 3, in 11 innings. Nick Markakis bloops a single to score Cesar Izturis from second base, making David Hernandez a winner.

2012 - The Orioles retake sole possession of first place in the AL East with a 2 - 1 win over Boston. Wei-Yin Chen is the winner over Josh Beckett and Jim Johnson picks up his 18th save."

Consider this your discussion space for the Maryland vs Virginia Super Regional baseball game at 4 pm on ESPNU. The Terps dropped a heartbreaker yesterday, giving up a 3-0 lead in the 8th inning and losing 5-3. A loss today would eliminate the Terps, a win gives them life for a deciding game on Sunday.