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Baseball tonight? Hooray, baseball!

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After what seems like an interminably long All Star Break, the Orioles open up the official second half of the season in Detroit. Sure, they are sans Miguel, but they are still a potential wild card rival and must be dealt with harshly. We are now two weeks away from the non-waiver trade deadline.

Orioles attendance rebounds - Baltimore Business Journal Things have come back around for the O's after changess were thrust upon their schedule due to unrest in the city

Everth Cabrera signs with the Giants | HardballTalk
We'll always have...aw, nuts. Good riddance.

Steve Melewski: Dan Duquette on minor league pitching injuries: "It is a war of attrition"
"When your top two pitching prospects have thrown a combined 22 innings this deep into the season, that has to be a concern for..." True dat, Steve-o

Orioles Prospect Dylan Bundy: 'I Just Have To Take It Slow'
Bundy speaks.

Camden Depot: Back to the Grind: A Last Hurrah? If you think you're going to get smiles and sunshine here, turn away.

Five things Orioles need to do to play longer in 2015 | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Is play better one of them?

On this day in 1991, Big Sam Horn became the first non-pitcher to fan six consecutive times in a game. Not surprisingly, the Orioles lost in extra innings to the Royals 9-8. In 1992, Mike Mussina dominated the Rangers with ten strikeouts in a 8-0 one hitter. Both Rafael Palmeiro and Albert Belle hit career home run #300 on this day in 1998 (though Belle was with the White Sox at the time).

No Oriole birthdays today, but it IS the birthday of Baltimore native and cultural icon David Hasselhoff.