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Kevin Gausman may finally be turning into a beast for the Orioles - and it sounds like he knows it. The A's are coming to town, and for some reason they're still looking at Kyle Lohse.

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The Orioles won their series against the Yankees to leave the so-called Bronx Bombers wallowing in the division cellar at 9-17 and reclaim a share of first place. Last night's game featured the return of Zach Britton, the inspired hustle of Hyun Soo Kim and a downright dominating performance from Kevin Gausman. This weekend, the A's come to town. Are there any A's left that have a beef with Manny Machado or are they all Blue Jays now?

Kevin Gausman: "My confidence is growing" (plus other clubhouse quotes) - Steve Melewski
Gausman looks like a different pitcher this year. Definitely a little more savvy and polish to complement the power.

A's at Orioles fact box: Oakland has been winning on road - San Jose Mercury News
The O's rule the yard, the A's are tough on the road...who will own it? Maximum Izturis?

Orioles hoping Paredes' hitting perks up in Bowie | CSN Mid-Atlantic
...and if it doesn't? I guess we'll just leave it at smell ya later.

Kyle Lohse set to throw for teams today - MLB Daily Dish
If Tim Lincecum is the crown jewel of remaining pitchers on the market at this point in the season, Kyle Lohse is the attendance award or something.

Camden Depot: How To Fix The Orioles' Biggest Flaw The answer isn't Kyle Lohse?

Podcast: Orioles star Adam Jones tells us where to eat around MLB | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
You've seen Adam Jones tweet about food, now hear him speak!

On this day in 1974, the Orioles defeated the A's 6-3. A's pitcher had gone 385 consecutive games without making an error. Good omen? On this day in 2012...well...this happened. Hall of famer Robin Roberts passed away on this day 2010.

It's the birthday of Gerardo Parra, possibly one of my least favorite deadline acquisitions since Eric Byrnes (Boo-urns?). Mike Kinkade, part of the return from the Mets in the Mike Bordick deadline day trade of 2000 (parse THAT one out), also celebrates a birthday today.