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Happy 2131 Day!

Rob Carr

Home runs! Groundouts! The return of drama free Jim Johnson! I can live with that. With last night's win, the O's gained back a little lost ground in the wild card race. The O's were so locked in last night, not even Balkin Bob Davidson could halt their momentum.

The White Sox are in town all weekend with day games Saturday and Sunday and at least a couple more wins would be most appreciated.

Gonzalez terrific in seven, Orioles beat White Sox 3-1 | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Thirteen groundball outs? Six strikeouts? Migo! Where ya' been, buddy?!

School of Roch: This, that and the other The latest lesson from the Professor.

Adam Jones reaches 30 homers, 100 RBI… and 20 walks! | HardballTalk Adam Jones is, to borrow a technical term, "the stuff"

Why Jonathan Schoop Is Being Hyped as Orioles' Next Impact-Hitting Prospect | Bleacher Report Hope for Schoop.

On this day in 1974, Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally pitch the fourth and fifth consecutive shutouts by Orioles pitchers in sweeping a doubleheader from the Indians; following a mass ejection in the ninth (Earl Weaver, Billy Martin and Thurman Munson were all politely asked to leave), the Orioles outlasted the Yankees 7-6 in 13 innings on this day in 1976; Joe Altobelli was dismissed as manager of the San Francisco Giants on this day in 1979 ending a disappointing first try at managing in the bigs (Altobelli had managed the Rochester Red Wings to four first place finishes), of course, his second chance was a little more successful.

...and on September 6, 1995, Cal Ripken, Jr. broke Lou Gehrig's consecutive game streak. Despite a break in the action to mark the game becoming official which included an extended standing ovation and victory lap around Camden Yards, the game was still shorter than the average Red Sox-Yankees match up. Oh, yeah...the Orioles won and Cal homered. Amazing. On the same date the next year, Eddie Murray hit his 500th career homer.

It's the birthday of former O's exec Larry Lucchino and the man who brought us Aaron Baker, Derrek Lee.