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The Orioles ended their homestand at 6-4 and head to Minnesota to face arguably the worst team in the league. Things haven't quite worked out for the Twins as people expected and I suppose the same thing could be said for the Orioles in another way.

After a quiet series against the Yankees, the bats exploded against the A's. Sunday's outburst masked the recent (and perhaps mounting) concerns regarding the Adam Jones lump. To an extent.

Buck Showalter: "We're in for a long ride together" - School of Roch
Buck likes our guys and wants us all to buy in...Adam Jones could use your positive vibes.

Adam Jones striking out vs. an Athletics catcher sums up his struggles pretty well - Baltimore Sun Eeesh. Chris Davis striking out Adrian Gonzalez is still better.

Jones among league leaders in double plays | CSN Mid-Atlantic
Not an auspicious start to the season for the Good Doctor.

LHP Garrett Cleavinger Named Baltimore Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Month for April | Orioles 101 | Sports Media 101
While Team Steve in exile carves out its West Coast niche, Team Cleave reestablishes itself.

Orioles' Duquette confirms interest in Lincecum | One of the worst kept secrets of the past week.

On this day in 1961, Jim Gentile hit grand slams in consecutive against the Twins. Over to you, Manny. Brooks Robinson hit a grand slam in his second consecutive day in 1962. Rich Coggins and Al Bumbry hit their first major league home runs on this day in 1973. Dongs are in the forecast, people!

It's the birthday of Ron Jackson. I got nothin, here.