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The bats don't do much, Colorado's GM must be smoking something, and a slight change is coming to the rotation, but Buck ain't saying what.

Happy Birthday, Preston Guilmet!
Happy Birthday, Preston Guilmet!
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Orioles show little offense in 4-3 loss to Mariners | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"Chris Young shut down the Orioles, allowing just two hits in seven innings in the Seattle Mariners’ 4-3 win on Saturday." Sure, beat the #1`and #2 and then lose to a lefty righty who can't throw 88 mph. Figures.

Rockies seek Gausman for De La Rosa; Orioles not biting on that -
"The Rockies asked for top young Orioles starter Kevin Gausman in trade talks for veteran star left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, according to sources. That was a request that was summarily declined by Baltimore, and a feeling is growing that the Rockies are less than motivated to trade De La Rosa." MIght as well ask for a left-handed unicorn, Colorado. Because you ain't getting that, either. And is a starting pitcher with a ERA that starts with a 4 really a "star"?

August 8 Will Be Highlight of Season-Long Baltimore Orioles 60th Anniversary Celebration | Orioles 101
"The biggest date to remember will be August 8 when the O’s take on the St. Louis Cardinals as the team will be welcoming 24 Orioles Hall of Famers as part of a "spectacular post-game celebration." Eddie Watt will be there!

Will Schoop's hitting get better? | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"Jonathan Schoop is on the Orioles’ bench for Saturday’s game. Schoop is 0-for-12, and his average is .211, its lowest point since early April." The question is not actually answered, by the way.

Buck Showalter considering a tweak to the Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation -
"Buck Showalter said after Saturday's game that right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will start Sunday's series finale against the Seattle Mariners, as expected, but he hasn't announced his rotation for the three-game series against the Angels." I swear, if they option Kevin Gausman again...

Happy Birthday to Preston Guilmet, Esq. (OK, he's not really a lawyer, but with that name, it kinda fits, doesn't it?), Floyd Rayford, and Rich Dauer. EDIT: Oh,  and Ryan Flaherty as well.

On this date in Orioles history, in 1959. "At Detroit, Baltimore's Gene Woodling drives in five runs, four on a grand slam off Jim Bunning, in the O's 5 - 2 win. Woodling drove in all four runs in yesterday's 4 - 0 win against Chicago. Baltimore native Barry Shetrone is 2 for 4 with a triple for the O's. Shetrone is the first home-grown player to play for the Birds."

In 1969, "In the team's biggest shutout victory ever, Baltimore routs the White Sox, 17 - 0, as Jim Hardin wins over Billy Wynne. Hardin allows just two hits while the Birds bang out 20, good for 39 total bases. Frank Robinson drives in five runs and hits a pair of homers."

In 1973, "In the first game of a twinbill, Cleveland's George Hendrick singles in the 8th to stop Jim Palmer's no-hit bid. Palmer and the O's coast to a 9 - 0 win. The Tribe takes the nitecap, 5 - 2, with Bob Reynolds getting the win."

In 1996, "The Orioles score 10 runs off Orel Hershiser, including a grand slam by Rafael Palmeiro, to whip the Indians, 14 - 2, at Camden Yards. Hershiser gives up 11 hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings."

I got laid off when they closed that Open Thread factory, and wouldn't you know it, the army cuts my disability pension because they said that the plate in my head wasn't big enough.