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07:28 AM ET 07.26 | Baltimore is 2-8 since the All-Star break and threatening an ignominious club record. "Sometimes we are pitching, sometimes we are not hitting. Sometimes we are hitting and sometimes we aren't pitching," said third baseman Miguel Tejada. "I think in order for us to get hot, we all have to be on the same page." It won't get any easier for these Orioles (31-67), who have an identical record through 98 games as the 1988 group that started 0-21 and lost a franchise-worst 107 games. Now they head to Toronto -- to face a Blue Jays team that has beaten them in all nine contests this season -- attempting to forget a disastrous homestand and a particularly awful Sunday afternoon game.

The Baltimore Sun

Miguel Tejada, AP Miguel Tejada, AP
July 26, 2010  08:04 AM ET

Thanks for the daily cliche fix I was so desperately in need of. Miguel, your quotes are becoming about as interesting and relevant as your team.

This team might win 50 games this year, but all off season we'll hear about how much 'upside they have' and 'good young talent they have' and how as long as they 'hit well and pitch well at the same time, they will have a very good chance at winning baseball games'

July 26, 2010  08:35 AM ET

Though I am a Red Sox fan first and foremost, I've been an Orioles fan since the late 60's. It really bums me out to see the franchise in such a miserable state. The good fans in Baltimore deserve better and I hope things change for them soon.

July 26, 2010  08:55 AM ET

Until they get the owner out of the way and start running this like a baseball operation and not an ATM machine they're going to continue to stink. Also all their good young talent apparently ain't so good or just getting sucked down by the culture of losing. Their Joe Mauer'esque catcher can't hit and calls an awful game behind the plate, and all their good young pitchers just won't throw strikes and walk an ungodly amount of men or throw 3-2 fastballs down the middle of the plate. They really need a big personality manager and a pitching coach who just tells the starters give up 4 HR, but no walks and we'll call that a quality start for now.

July 26, 2010  10:36 AM ET

Just like the fans in Pittsburgh, these people deserve better.

July 26, 2010  10:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Just like the fans in Pittsburgh, these people deserve better.

The interesting thing, though, is that the Orioles appear to be trying to win & are just incompetent. The Pirates aren't even trying.

July 26, 2010  11:10 AM ET

Flirting! This team pulled the plug April 2nd!

July 26, 2010  11:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Until they get the owner out of the way and start running this like a baseball operation and not an ATM machine they're going to continue to stink.................

That says it all. Being the worst owner in baseball is a tough contest to win. But the ambulance chaser has it hands down.

July 26, 2010  11:57 AM ET
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That says it all. Being the worst owner in baseball is a tough contest to win. But the ambulance chaser has it hands down.

I have to agree. This guy has taken a storied franchise down the tubes!

July 26, 2010  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I have to agree. This guy has taken a storied franchise down the tubes!

I agree as well.

July 26, 2010  01:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I have to agree. This guy has taken a storied franchise down the tubes!

Syd Thrift helped, RIP

July 26, 2010  02:17 PM ET
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i gotta be honest with ya, Rex...you should **** that whole thing and just join the darkside...you put on a yankee hat and your dick will grow to 4 inches....its science

so all Yankee fans have 4 inch ****??????:)

July 26, 2010  02:22 PM ET

LOL.........only you man.

July 26, 2010  03:16 PM ET
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i can't wait to get Rex's response on my message...he'll enjoy that one for sure!your sox will be getting some key players back here in the next few weeks....8 games out, but there is still a lot of bball to be played. i guess the biggest challenge is that they are chasing two teams, instead of just one. like yogi said...it ain't ovah until its ovah....

They can't get them back soon enough. It's gonna be a long shot to catch the Yanks or Rays now. Even with the starters back, the bullpen outside of Bard and Pappelbon just plain sucks. The only chance they have is if the Yanks or Rays get hit with the same kind of injuries. Will be real interesting if they fall farther back this week, if Theo looks to buy or sell at the deadline.

July 26, 2010  03:39 PM ET

Of the Orioles were to get hot they would just melt and run down the drain

July 26, 2010  03:45 PM ET
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they'd melt like buttah

Straight BUTTAH~

July 26, 2010  04:14 PM ET

The first oriole team only won 54 games ( the 154 game season period) in 1954 and never had a winning season until 1960.
They were the St.Louis Browns before that. A perennial group of losers and misfits for most of their existence.
It will take a total team effort to equal that 54 team. BTW, the 53 Browns had the same 54 win season the year before running off to Baltimore....consistent.

July 26, 2010  04:32 PM ET

It so hard to win if you are a small market team. Without revenue sharing and a salary cap you are at a distinct disadvantage. Even if you draft well and your players develop they will go to the major markets because you will not have tyhe money to sign them. Pittsburgh has 18 losing seasons in succession. That is incredible when you tyhink about. Not talking championships eighteen seasdons without having a 500 season.

July 26, 2010  04:34 PM ET
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i gotta be honest with ya, Rex...you should **** that whole thing and just join the darkside...you put on a yankee hat and your dick will grow 4 inches....its science

I have thought about being a Yankee fan before, but I was born with a birth defect that would prevent me from doing that. It's called having a conscience :)

July 26, 2010  04:40 PM ET
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agree...or if the yanks and rays hit a prolonged slide but both are playing very well. i thought Arod may have been gone for a bit yesterday after getting hit but he appears to be ok.I can see the sox sitting tight at the deadline just b/c they are getting these guys back and they want to keep the prospects. you've said this before and I agree...all they need is bullpen help assuming the injured players come back as expected.i don't see the yanks making any moves even though they were supposed to have signed Lee and then Haren....but I don't see them making any major moves b/c they also don't want to just give away prospects. the haren rumors made no sense to me at all because they offered the same package for Lee, who is a much better pitcher...i just can't see them settling for Haren knowing that they'll probably sign Lee in the off season.

You're right about the bullpen. These guys are killing the Red Sox right now.

Personally, I think this season is toast for Boston. The hole they're in is too deep considering that NY and Tampa are too good to implode, barring multiple injuries to key players. I also think Theo will sit tight as the trade deadline approaches and concentrate on retooling for next year.

I know that no one believed him (Theo) last winter when he said that this season was a bridge year (rebuilding, sorta), but it appears that Boston's front office is content to play it's hand and wait for some big time salaries to come off the books this winter.

 
July 26, 2010  04:45 PM ET
QUOTE(#25):

You're right about the bullpen. These guys are killing the Red Sox right now.Personally, I think this season is toast for Boston. The hole they're in is too deep considering that NY and Tampa are too good to implode, barring multiple injuries to key players. I also think Theo will sit tight as the trade deadline approaches and concentrate on retooling for next year.I know that no one believed him (Theo) last winter when he said that this season was a bridge year (rebuilding, sorta), but it appears that Boston's front office is content to play it's hand and wait for some big time salaries to come off the books this winter.

So then we can expect to amuse ourselves with clever commentary about the impending Yankee Red Sox bidding wars this Winter? Oh goodie.

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