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Tough loss last night, but at least I didn't see anyone in both Orioles and Nationals gear.

Patrick McDermott

Before we get started, I present a Public Service Announcement. If you are going to tonight's game (or any through the weekend, even), I suggest that you do not park in lots A or B. Due to the big crowds, a large number of them heading back towards DC, and the construction on Russell Street that takes it down to one lane just south of Camden Yards, it is a mess out there. I live 15 minutes from the stadium and it took me an hour and 45 minutes to get home last night. Do whatever you can to avoid Russell Street altogether is my suggestion. There were 35K at last night's game and it'll probably be more of the same tonight. The guy at the ticket office also told me that there are less than 2000 tickets left for Friday's game against the Yankees.

Ok, enough of that. On to links!

School of Roch: Showalter on Norris: "Just paid for the mistakes he made"
Buck mentions that Norris needs to get his timing back and shake off the rust, which again causes me to wonder why he didn't make at least one minor league rehab start.

Looking Back At Nolan Reimold's Orioles Career | Press Box Online
I think it's fair to say that a few of us loved Nolan Reimold more than was rationally warranted, but Paul does a nice job of rationally explaining the few very good moments in Reimold's short Orioles career.

Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels - July 9, 2014 | Box
Speaking of Nolan Reimold, last night he went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and 3 RBI for the Blue Jays, and the Jays still lost. Best possible outcome?

McLouth on Baltimore: “I can’t think of one thing I didn’t like about playing here” | Britt's Bird Watch
Aw, Nate. I wish you were good enough for the Orioles to have kept you. I saw more than a couple Base Bandit shirts in the stands last night, though I neglected to wear my own.

Clevenger Was First Baseman on Monday | Birds Watcher
Could this be the start of something new for Team Steve? Unfortunately we already have a few first baseman. Do you think he could play second?

Duquette's Trades in 20/20 (2012 Season) | Camden Depot
A nice look back at the trades Dan Duquette made and if they were effective.

The Orioles Are Delightfully Offensive | Roar From 34
A tribute to the O's recent offensive surge. Other than last night, of course.

Happy birthday to former Orioles Buddy Groom, Marty Cordova, and Bob Bailor! Groom was one of my favorite mustachioed lefty relievers of the early 2000s!

On this day in 1968, the Orioles fired manager Hank Bauer and replaced him with Earl Weaver, and the rest is history.