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So, the non-waiver trade deadline. You know, a lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you's. And, uh, lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder's head.

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Happy Birthday, Adam Jones!
Happy Birthday, Adam Jones!
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About Last Night

Jones, Machado HRs Rally Orioles Past Tigers 8-7 - ABC News
"Adam Jones and Manny Machado homered, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied from a six-run deficit to beat the trade-ravaged Detroit Tigers 8-7 Friday night."

Orioles' Mike Wright called up on Friday, leaves game with cramp : Fantasy News
"Orioles pitcher Mike Wright, who was called up from Triple-A on Friday, left the game with a left calf cramp. Wright came into the game against the Tigers in the fourth inning after starter Wei-Yin Chen struggled."

Trades Recap

Orioles regroup after Gerardo Parra and Junior Lake trades, roster moves - USA Today
"The Baltimore Orioles’ busy July 31 started when the club traded for outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers. With a few hours still left until the 4 p.m. deadline, they already had an upgrade that would help them stay in the hunt in the American League East."

Cubs get reliever Tommy Hunter from Orioles for Junior Lake - CBSSports.com
"As for Junior Lake, the 25 year old has been bouncing back and forth between the minors and majors the past three seasons. In 193 career big-league games, he's hitting .241/.283/.380 with 16 homers and 15 steals. In 58 Triple-A games this season, Lake is hitting .315/.404/.472 with 10 doubles and seven homers."

The Orioles designated Bud Norris for assignment | HardballTalk
"Bud Norris, 30, has had a rough year. He compiled a 6.79 ERA in 11 starts through the end of June, which included a stint on the disabled list due to bronchitis. He lost his rotation spot and moved to the bullpen in July, but continued to struggle, allowing 10 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings across seven appearances."

Orioles DFA Chris Parmelee to make room for Gerardo Parra : Fantasy News
So, there's that piece of the roster puzzle.

Schmuck: Orioles' Tommy Hunter deal a head-scratcher - Baltimore Sun
"The club now has a lot more roster flexibility in the bullpen, which tends to come in handy when you run the kind of Triple-A shuttle the Orioles have devised to get more instant gratification out of the player-development system."

Minor Occurrences

Baltimore Orioles Sign Somerset Starter Bierman - myCentralJersey.com
"Left-handed pitcher Sean Bierman, arguably the best pitcher in the Atlantic League this year and unquestionably slated to be the Somerset Patriots postseason number one starter, was signed by the Orioles just prior to game time in Lancaster and assigned to Double-A Bowie."

Baysox holding "Captain Manny" Machado bobblehead giveaway Aug. 9 - Baltimore Sun
"The Bowie Baysox will be giving away a "Captain Manny" bobblehead at that Sunday afternoon's 2:05 p.m. game as part of their Pirates & Ninjas Day promotion. According to the club's press release, the first 1,000 "landlubbers" ages 13 and up will receive the "bobbling pirate-themed rendition" of the former Baysox shortstop and current Orioles third baseman." OK, this is just getting dumb now.

Orioles’ Double A team celebrates ‘Back Hair Appreciation Night’ - Extra Mustard - SI.com
"The Orioles Double A affiliate Bowie Baysox held an interesting, and kind of gross, promotion on Thursday when the team celebrated "Back Hair Appreciation Night" at Prince George’s Stadium." WARNING: Photos included.

Birthdays & Such

Happy Birthday to multi-time All-Star and  Gold Glove outfielder and face of the franchise Adam Jones! It's also the birthday of Sweaty Freddy Garcia, Tony Mucer, and George Bamberger.

Mr. Jones shares his birthday with Francis Scott Key, Herman Melville, Dom DeLuise, Yves Saint Laurent, Jerry Garcia, Boz Burrell of Bad Company, Tim Bachman of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, blues guitarist Robert Cray, musician Michael Penn, Joe Elliot of Def Leppard, The Incredible Rhyme Animal Chuck D, Coolio, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, and Tempestt Bledsoe of The Cosby Show.


In 1982, Frank Robinson is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 1993, "During the Orioles' 2 - 1 loss to the Red Sox, Baltimore's Glenn Davis is knocked unconscious by a foul ball lined off the bat of Jeffrey Hammonds into the Orioles' dugout. Davis, who is recovering from a broken jaw, does not sustain any further damage."

Also in 1993, former Oriole Reggie Jackson is inducted into the Hall of Fame. Surprisingly, he does not wear an Orioles cap on his plaque.

In 1994, "Baltimore's Cal Ripken becomes the second player in history to appear in 2,000 consecutive games, as the Orioles shut out the Twins, 1 - 0, behind Arthur Rhodes, who was recalled from Triple-A Rochester just yesterday. Ripken goes hitless in four at bats. Cal's streak will go on hold at 2,009 when the strike commences."

In 2000, "The Orioles defeat the Twins, 10 - 0, as Mike Mussina hurls the third one-hitter of his career, while striking out 15 batters. Ron Coomer's single with two outs in the 7th inning is Minnesota's only hit."

In 2003 - "The Giants acquire Orioles righty Sidney Ponson (14-6, 3.77) for hurlers Kurt Ainsworth, Damian Moss and Ryan Hannaman."

In 2005 - "Rafael Palmeiro becomes the highest-profile player to be suspended for violating Major League Baseball's steroids policy. The Orioles first baseman, who denies knowingly taking any banned substances, stated this spring to the House Government Reform Committee that published allegations by Jose Canseco of his steroids use were "absolutely false" and had considered suing his former teammate over the accusation."

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