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The Orioles limp into the All Star Break with their fourth consecutive series loss. I guess the break couldn't come at a better time? On one hand Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop should relish the time off to continue their physical recovery after long rehabs. With all the dings Adam Jones has picked up over the season, though, you kind of have to wish he'd get a little time, too. Of course, there are also guys out on rehab that are healing up, so the next wave of roster decisions are coming down the pike.

Steve Melewski: Clubhouse quotes as Orioles size up the first half and look ahead
Adam Jones: "...hopefully we are buyers at the trade deadline, every team can use one or two guys. But I like the team we have here."

Orioles Manager Buck Showalter Praises O's All-Stars, Welcomes Mental Break For Team Today is a great day if you like your Buck Showalter in folksy, reflective mode.

In era of garden gnomes, Orioles Manager Buck Showalter does things his own way - The Washington Post
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Decision coming soon on Wesley Wright | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"The Orioles must make a decision soon on Wesley Wright. The left-hander has been on the disabled list for more than three months." Looks like another couple million down the drain to me, but what do I know?

Orioles Davies gets strikeout in Futures Game | orioles.com
Team USA whupped Team World good in the Futures Game and Zach Davies was there!

Camden Depot: The Good and the Bad of the Orioles' First Half Another look at the O's first half performance.

On this day in 1922, the St. Louis Browns defeated the Red Sox 2-0 in front of 68 fans, the smallest crowd in Fenway Park history. In 1969, Dave McNally won his 13th game to remain undefeated on the season. The (last?) no hitter thrown by the O's occurred on this day in 1991. It was a combined effort between Bob Milacki, Mark Williamson, Mike Flanagan and Gregg Olson. George Steinbrenner passed away on this day in 2010.

Happy birthday, Mark Brown! Yes, Orioles/Twins pitcher Mark Brown turns 56 today. Pat Rapp and Fritz Dorish also celebrate birthdays today.