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The sweet fielding of Paul Janish has been a sight for sore eyes the last week.
The sweet fielding of Paul Janish has been a sight for sore eyes the last week.
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The Orioles finished a dreadful road trip in which they were shutout for the third time in the course of a month and plunged further in the wild card and divisional standings. Obviously, the Royals series hurt on an emotional level, but getting swept by a fellow wild card competitor...well that smarts. I have a Tom Petty song running through my head for some reason. The Orioles are home again for a brief three games against Tampa and have the privilege of facing Chris Archer.

Orioles finish 7-game road trip with one win |
Britt Ghiroli's handy guide on the current state of play.

School of Roch: Adam Jones: "We might be getting beat, but that's not from a lack of effort"
Of course one likes to the face of the franchise display a never say die attitude, but a few wins would be super.

Jake Arrieta: Once an Oriole, would-be National, throws a no-hitter - The Washington Post
Ohhh...Arrieta getting the no no as a National would have been brutal.

Orioles have nearly gotten through Garcia experiment | CSN Mid-Atlantic
Was it wirth it?

A Look At How All Former Orioles Around MLB Have Fared In 2015 (Pressbox) Salt, please.

Camden Depot: Arrivals And Departures (8/31/15): 5% Is Not 5% A critique of the Duquette era from a different perspective.

On this day in 1957, prospect Steve Dalkowski struck out 24 (yes, 24), but walked 18, hit four batters and uncorked six wild pitches as the Kingsport Orioles lost 9-8. In 1988, the O's traded Fred Lynn for a player to be named and Chris Hoiles...we can call that a win. If you don't remember a guy named Craig Lefferts playing for the Orioles, it's probably because he wasn't all that good. The O's traded for him on this day in 1992.

Birthday wishes go out to Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. Steve Johnson, Son of Dave, also celebrates a birthday today. Other former O's with August 31 birthdays include Armando Gabino, Mike Hartley, Tom Dukes, minor league coach Juan Bernhardt, Ramon Ramirez and Tim Raines.