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Game 82: Orioles (36-45) @ Rangers (44-41), 8:05pm


Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind" -- that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests.

Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution. But from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist.

And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared, in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight!" We're going to live on! We're going to survive!

Today, we celebrate our Independence Day!

Reynolds up in the lineup, and D. Lee down... and Nolan starting against a RHP! Vlad's still batting cleanup, but hey, we're making some bona fide progress here!

Chris Jakubauskas starting for the O's against Colby Lewis for the Rangers. Lewis has a 4.32 ERA and is giving up 1.8 HR/9, a rate 50% greater than that of even Guthrie. Let's see if our boys in orange can stick it to these overcompensating Texan assholes. Dudes, you lost the Alamo!