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Mitchell Layton

Well, that was exciting, huh? The Orioles make a bunch of roster moves and sweep the Pirates, Manny Machado returns, Nick Markakis homers (twice!)...that's the magic of Orioles baseball.

The Orioles are now in Minneapolis for a weekend series. The Twins were just on the receiving end of a doubleheader sweep and their second game was a 12 inning, eight pitcher fiasco.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Baltimore Orioles - Recap - May 01, 2014 - ESPN
The piece from the AP with video highlights if you weren't able to partake in yesterday's madness.

Kevin Gausman to miss a start for Triple-A Norfolk; Evan Meek optioned after doubleheader - baltimoresun.com Aw, nuts...but, welcome Preston Guilmet?

AL East Beat: Manny Returns, April Progress Reports - Baltimore Sports and Life How do YOU feel about the Orioles' April?

Camden Depot: Tommy Hunter: Pitching on the Edge Also, not for the faint of heart.

Orioles Minor League Spotlight: Dariel Alvarez, Branden Kline
Meanwhile, down on the farm...

On this day in 2010, Ty Wigginton doubled in the winning run in the 10th inning as the Orioles completed their first home sweep of the Red Sox since 1974.

It's the birthday of Keith Moreland and Brent Bowers.