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It's time for the annual West Coast road trip endurance game for us East Coast peeps. After a 5-2 homestand, the Orioles will play three a piece in Oakland, Anaheim and Seattle, a road trip that once again, seems to come at a critical point in the season. What would YOU consider a successful trip? 5-4? 6-3?

School of Roch: West Coast trip presents next challenge for Orioles
Go West, young Roch...

Orioles Recall Ex-Cav, Wilson
Tilly's ankle is sore, Tyler Wilson gets the call tonight.

Dan Duquette Tried To Lure Pedro Martinez To The Orioles (Pressbox) I have to admit, I kind of wanted this to happen...

Larry Lucchino amassed Hall-worthy deeds | redsox.com Okay. My intent for posting this is largely rooted in schadenfreude, but Larry Lucchino has been around a while and, yes, was a big part of the O's front office back in the day.

Hardy may go unnoticed by fans, but never by Buck | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore If you haven't heard, Buck Showalter is awfully fond of J.J. Hardy.

On this day in Orioles history, Dave McNally had his 17 game winning streak snapped by a pinch hit grand slam (1969). All Jim Palmer could do was look in on dismay. The Orioles defeated the Royals for the 23rd straight time on this day in 1970 and Eddie Murray homered from both sides of the plate in a game for the first time in his career in 1977. It would not be the last time.

It's the birthday of oft-injured, former first round pick Matt Hobgood. Big swinging, golden toed corner infielder Mark Reynolds also has a birthday today. Farmhand Pat McCoy celebrates a birthday along with former reliever Dick Hyde.