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10 straight losing seasons

Rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?

I just heard that Japan's prime minister has resigned.

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In a related story, Joe Girardi turned down the job, saying it wasn't the right time for his family.

I was going to file this entry about an hour ago, but I was too distracted by Ramon Hernandez finally reaching first base on his double play grounder. Darn this peripheral vision.

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Hernandez was clearly safe, but it shouldn't have been close, not with the shortstop bobbling the ball, organizing a search party to find it, taking a cell phone call and signing a few autographs. I thought I also saw him fire up the grill for the postgame meal.

One veteran in the Orioles' clubhouse said he didn't have a problem with Chone Figgins laying down a bunt and stealing second base in the eighth inning with the Angels leading by four runs.

Five or six? Now that would be an issue, and Figgins might end up wearing a fastball as bling. But I was reminded that a "granny" -- a grand slam -- could have tied the game, so no hard feelings.

The Orioles will honor their minor league Player and Pitcher of the Year before tonight's game. I correctly picked the winners last night, but was asked to hold off revealing the names. The pitcher should be pretty obvious. Go ahead and submit your choices for both.

Brian Roberts might not appear to be playing with the same energy as earlier in the season -- that's true of a lot of guys throughout the league this time of year -- but he's also been dealing with an earache, a sore shoulder and a sore foot. And he walked through the clubhouse after last night's game with an ice pack wrapped around his shin.

Imagine how many players would be asking out of the lineup.

The Orioles scheduled an MRI for Roberts today to make sure the earache isn't being caused by something other than a virus.

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