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Miguel Gonzalez pitched a gem, Jon Schoop is hoping to be back by the All-Star Break, and Saturday Night Live took a poke at the fanless game.

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Gonzalez keys Orioles' 4-0 win over Rays - USA Today
"Command of the fastball and goes from there," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Miguel Gonzalez. "He was carrying a couple extra clicks with the fastball. He's a guy with a good feel for his mechanics."

School of Roch: Showalter on Machado leading off and more (O's win 4-0)
"Manny Machado [was] the fourth leadoff hitter used by manager Buck Showalter. Alejandro De Aza has batted first in 15 games, Everth Cabrera in five and David Lough in one."

Schoop hopes to return before All-Star break |
"They didn't give me a timetable," he said. "I want to be back right now. I think I'm ahead of schedule, but I don't want to put timetable on myself because if I'm not there at that time, I might be, like, down, but hopefully I'll be back before the All-Star break." So, I'm looking pretty stupid for predicting June for his return...

April Wrap-Up: Who Were The Orioles’ Biggest Stars And Disappointments? - PressBox Online
"The Orioles wrapped up the first month of their 2015 regular season, finishing April with a 10-10 record before losing their opening game of May, 2-0, to the Tampa Bay Rays May 1. Let's take a look at who was hot -- and who wasn't -- in April." Friend of blog Paul Folkemer takes a look at what went right and what went wrong.

'SNL': Scarlett Johansson Mocks 'Avengers,' Baltimore Riots Reactions - The Hollywood Reporter

"SNL took on the coverage of the Baltimore riots by featuring sports analysts covering the Baltimore Orioles-Chicago White Sox game that was played this week without any fans in attendance." Scroll down, video is embedded. Taran Killam does a TERRIBLE Jim Palmer, by the way.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Bob McCrory, Gabe Molina, and Tony Arnold.

On this day in Orioles history, in 1963, "In his first and only at bat with the Baltimore Orioles, pitcher Buster Narum hits a home run off Don Mossi of the Cleveland Indians. Six days later, Narum will be optioned to Triple-A Rochester but will return to the majors next year with the Washington Senators, where he will hit two more home runs. Narum becomes the first pitcher to have more homers than wins in a season, but he will be matched on September 2nd by Ed Hobaugh, and in 1992 by Dave Eiland."

In 1992, "1992 - At the age of 25, Baltimore Orioles closer Gregg Olson becomes the youngest pitcher in major league history to record 100 saves."

In 1999, "For the first time, Cuba faces major league competition in the United States, and its national team defeats the struggling Baltimore Orioles, 12 - 6."

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