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The Orioles remain undefeated having taken their first division series of the season. Now they head to Boston to face the totally legit Red Sox and their adequately compensated squad of stars like Pablo Sandoval, Rusney Castillo and Rick Porcello. Should be a ripper.

School of Roch: Showalter speaks after latest sweep
When Buck speaks, the beats listen...

MVP-Hopeful Manny Machado Looking the Part Early for Undefeated Orioles | Bleacher Report
He's no Trevor Story...

Orioles' Brian Matusz: Will be activated Thursday - CBSSports.com
...and there was much rejoicing.

What to expect from Baltimore Orioles rookie Mychal Givens - Minor League Ball
"From failed shortstop prospect to impressive bullpen candidate, Mychal Givens has come a long way."

Pleskoff Scouting Report Dylan Bundy - TKB
What can we expect from Dylan Bundy going forward?

On this day in 2002, the Orioles dropped a franchise record 12 runs on the Devil Rays in the 6th inning to earn a 15-6 victory. In 2008, the post-Mitchell report steroids policy developed by MLB was adopted and the suspension handed to Jay Gibbons in the wake of the Mitchell report was ended.

It's the birthday of a couple well-traveled O's, Alejandro De Aza and Russ Canzler. Canzler never got called up by the Birds, but pretty much did the AL East circuit between 2011 and 2013. Rick Stahl, pitcher from the ill-fated draft class of 1999, turns 35 today. Willie Royster and Steve Scarsone also were/are April 11 birthday boys.