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Chris Davis does a lot of work with one swing, Matt Wieters was the one to decide to work out at 1B, and maybe, just maybe, the front office has decided it's time to sell, not buy. What a difference a day makes.

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Here's a scene we just haven't seen enough of for the past month.
Here's a scene we just haven't seen enough of for the past month.
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Davis, Gonzalez help Orioles stop 4-game skid against Rays - USA Today
"Chris Davis hit his fifth career grand slam and Miguel Gonzalez took a shutout into the eighth inning as the Baltimore Orioles snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Rays on Saturday night."

Orioles notebook: Matt Wieters could get look at first base to keep bat in lineup - Baltimore Sun
"Matt Wieters participated in pregame drills at first base for the second straight day and manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles catcher could see time there in the future."

O's might be deadline sellers, which makes sense - Sports On Earth
"The Baltimore Orioles aren't out of the playoff picture. There is plenty of baseball left to be played. But while O's general manager Dan Duquette has insisted that they'll still be buyers as we approach the Trade Deadline, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reported that the team is now strongly considering becoming sellers (which was apparently news to O's manager Buck Showalter). That might just make a lot of sense."

School of Roch: More on Matt Wieters at first base
"Matt Wieters came up with the idea of taking ground balls at first base this weekend at Tropicana Field. He suggested it to third base coach and infield instructor Bobby Dickerson, who passed it along to manager Buck Showalter."

Ariel Miranda could be diamond in the rough for Orioles | Baseball Essential
"Although his innings count has been limited, the Orioles have advanced Ariel Miranda through the system quickly. On Saturday night, he made his first start at the Double-A level for the Bowie Baysox against the Harrisburg Senators, Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals."

Orioles prospect Joe Gunkel continuing steady rise through system - Baseball Essential
"It was pretty wild, and it pretty much came out of nowhere," said Joe Gunkel when referring to the trade, "It was a pretty quick transition, but I like it over here. It’s been a pretty good fit so far, I’ve heard great things about the organization, and I’m excited to keep moving forward."

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Alex Burnett, Pete Ward, Lou Jackson, Norm Siebern, Bill Miller and knuckleball wizard Hoyt Wilhelm. Also born on this date were George Bernard Shaw, Carl Jung, Aldous Huxley, Jason Robards, Stanley Kubrick, Mick Jagger, Helen Mirren, Roger Taylor of Queen, (not to be confused with Roger Taylor of Duran Duran), Dorothy Hamill, Kevin Spacey, Gary Cherone, Sandra Bullock, Jeremy Piven and Kate Beckinsale.

On this date in Orioles history, in 1970: "Boog Powell drives in six runs to lead the Orioles to an 11 - 1 win over the Twins. Boog hits a single and homer, both with the sacks full, and takes over the American League lead in ribbies with 86. Dave McNally loses his shutout on a homer by P Jim Perry."

Consider this your discussion space for T.J. Dillashaw's absolute dominance of Renan Barao last night in the UFC 145 lbs Bantamweight championship fight.