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Zach Britton threw 120 pitches in Game 1 of yesterday’s doubleheader. That’s the most by an Orioles starter against the Yankees since Sidney Ponson threw 128 on June 1, 2004 in New York.

One of manager Buck Showalter’s biggest peeves is young players who join the club and don’t know how to bunt because they’ve hit in the middle of the lineup in the minors and assumed it wouldn’t be necessary.

He isn’t aiming this rant at one particular player. He means just in general. A lot of guys bat third, fourth or fifth down on the farm, but sink toward the bottom of a major league lineup. There’s no excuse for coming here and not being able to lay down a bunt.

The Orioles will be replacing their bullpen coach again next month. Bobby Dickerson’s stint will end during the next road trip.

Scott McGregor, the pitching coach at short-season Single-A Aberdeen, is one name to keep in mind. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s next in line or real close to the front of it.

Scouts have remarked that Nolan Reimold posts the second-fastest time they’ve recorded from a right-handed hitter going from the box to first base. I’m assuming that the Angels’ Mike Trout is first.

Does anyone appreciate a Nick Swisher home run more than Nick Swisher?

I’m surprised he hasn’t taken a few more fastballs in the ear. I’m not suggesting it, just saying that I’m surprised.

Gotta love that the Yankees offered to host the makeup game and give the Orioles “part” of the gate. The Orioles passed and scheduled it for Sept. 8 at 1:05 p.m.

I still can’t get over the pitch that David Robertson threw in Game 2 to strike out Vladimir Guerreo with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth inning. That ball bounced about 40 feet away from Robertson and was headed toward the Orioles’ dugout, but Guerrero still took a hack.

It’s cute when he singles. It’s embarrassing when he does not.

Kevin Gregg hasn’t allowed a run in three straight appearances since The Incident in Anaheim, as I call it. (T-shirts will not be available in the lobby.)

Is Gregg in attack mode now, instead of nibbling?

“Kevin’s always in attack mode,” Showalter replied. “As you get to know him and are around him every day, you realize what a man he is. You don’t do the things he’s done over a long period of time and not have the respect of people around baseball. You’re not ever out there with all your bullets every time. He’s very professional and he’s prepared. I see all the work he does just to get ready for that one inning. He’s not always going to be perfect. Going out and facing the two, three and four hitters for the Yankees in the ninth inning with a one- or two-run lead is a challenge for anybody, whether it’s (Jonathan) Papelbon or Mariano Rivera or whoever. Not just anybody can do it mentally and emotionally.”

As I wrote yesterday, Brandon Waring set the franchise home run record at Double-A Bowie with his 43rd yesterday, breaking the old mark of 42 held by former first-round pick Keith Reed. It’s unfortunate that Waring is batting .227 this season. He hasn’t been able to break through to the next level.

LJ Hoes had two more hits yesterday and is batting .312 with six homers, 52 RBIs and a .387 on-base percentage since moving up from Single-A Frederick. I’m wondering whether he’s going to be the organization’s minor league Player of the Year, or whether that honor should go to Jonathan Schoop, who’s hitting a combined .296 with 24 doubles, five triples, 13 homers and 71 RBIs between Single-A Delmarva and Frederick.

I’m leaning toward Schoop. Let me know if I’m leaving out someone more deserving.

As for the organization’s minor league Pitcher of the Year, Bobby Bundy appears to be the frontrunner despite his struggles at Bowie. Bundy is 1-3 with a 9.00 ERA in four starts for the Baysox, with 22 hits allowed, 11 walks and 11 strikeouts in 14 innings. He was 11-5 with a 2.75 ERA in 20 starts for Frederick, with 102 hits, 31 walks and 100 strikeouts in 121 innings.

And finally...

Showalter, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and director of player development John Stockstill met yesterday to discuss September call-ups. I’m curious which pitchers and players you believe have earned a promotion over the final month.

Keep in mind that they must be added to the 40-man roster, which means clearing room for them. You can’t just bring them to Baltimore and slap a big league uniform on them.

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