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What better way to round out the week than a rain-lengthened blowout? Root canal? Incontinent pet?

The Orioles have now begun a stretch of games against playoff contenders that will take them well into September. It would behoove them to give a better accounting of themselves than was on display last night.

Orioles 1B Steve Pearce gets a hit in rehab outing Thursday : Fantasy News Will #teamsteve soon be returning to full strength?

Orioles cameraman to compete in 'American Ninja Warrior' finals - Baltimore Sun Res ipsa loquitor

Ripken says he had 'serious' talks about becoming Nats manager | CSN Mid-Atlantic
This again? Gross.

Baseball's secret weapons: Orioles, Cardinals bullpens - SweetSpot - ESPN
If the folks at SweetSpot keep saying nice things about the Orioles, I'm going to get a complex.

Camden Depot: Appreciating Buck Showalter's Bullpen Usage A sort of companion piece to the ESPN article. It is apparently Orioles bullpen appreciation week.

In 2010 Brian Cashman told Derek Jeter that he’d rather have Troy Tulowitzki playing shortstop | HardballTalk
See...Brian Cashman gets paid to say what we're all thinking!

On this day in 1963, Luis Aparicio became the first player in MLB to reach 300 steals since 1945. Brooks Robinson was placed on the voluntary retirement list by the organization on this day in 1977. Brady Anderson led off both games of a doubleheader with a homer on this day in 1999. It is the anniversary of a truly absurd game against the Texas Rangers in which the hapless O's hit four home runs off of Cliff Lee. Two of them were the first two home runs in the career of Josh Bell. Baseball's a funny game.

It' the birthday of outfielder Jerry DaVannon. Since we celebrated the birthday of Tuffy Gosewich Monday, it's only right to wish Tuffy Rhodes a happy birthday today. What are the odds? Old time baller Cannonball Titcomb was born on this day in 1866.