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Manny for MVP?; Mancini and friends await call to bigs...

This is not a photograph of Manny Machado.
This is not a photograph of Manny Machado.
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Here's hoping that those of you not working today are doing so by choice. Again, should you choose to spend the day enjoying baseball and your favorite adult beverage, I ask that you do so responsibly. Thank yooooouuu!

Meanwhile, the Orioles take their show on the dreaded road to square off against the Rays in that baseball paradise, the House that Clarence Beeks Built, the Trop. Today's game is a 1:10 start and honestly, who can resist the strong pull of Ubaldo Jimenez and astroturf? Anyhow...

Showalter on missed chances, Miley and 5-2 loss - School of Roch
Wade, Wade, Wade.

Orioles holding September Sarasota camp for extra players | CSN Mid-Atlantic
What happens to guys on the 40 man roster who don't get called up? I'm glad you asked, Bob.

Frederick Keys player finds a home away from home - Story
The lonely life of a young minor leaguer.

Can Machado win the MVP? - Baltimore Sports and Life Uh, sure. Just to be safe, let's go ahead and win the division.

On this day in 1926, one of the minor league incarnations of the O's defeated Babe Ruth and the Yankees 18-9. Cal Ripken played his 2,130 consecutive game on this day in 1995 and the Orioles defeated the Angels 8-0.

It's the birthday of former pitcher, scout and man about the system Calvin Maduro. The Aruban hurler was awarded the Order of Orange along with Sidney Ponson and Gene Kingsale in 2003, but remains in the good graces of the Dutch throne as of this writing. Jimmy Haynes, who pitched in 227 big league games losing nearly 100 in the process, also celebrates a birthday today.