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Ryan Flaherty comes back as Kevin Gausman deals with a hopefully minor shoulder issue.

J.J. Hardy
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Baltimore Orioles unable to overcome early hole against New York Yankees - The Washington Post
"The loss put them tied for a season-worst three games below .500, and Baltimore fell 51/2 games back of the American League East-leading Yankees."

Orioles Look To Get Back On Track Offensively " CBS Baltimore
"Baltimore (12-14) is spending the week in the Big Apple, losing twice to the Mets before beginning this four-game series with Thursday’s 4-3 defeat. The Orioles have totaled six runs in the slide, with four solo homers."

Orioles activate Ryan Flaherty, put Kevin Gausman on 15-day disabled list
"Infielder Ryan Flaherty has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles, who recalled left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk."

Group seeking to pack Camden Yards for 'Reopening Day' in Baltim - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG
"I was born into the Orioles just like you are born into your last name," Amy Weldon said. "I grew up with a mom who played stickball in the streets with the Ripkens. Pretty cool." There's a video if you're interested.

After five years, it appears that Frank Robinson will be part of the Nationals Ring of Honor - The Washington Post
"The 79-year-old who’s been a part of local baseball in so many ways for years, will finally get his day in the town where he was once the skipper." Um, OK, what, exactly, did Frank Robinson do in DC again? Love the guy, he's an icon in Baltimore, and richly and deservedly celebrated. But the Nats Ring of Honor? Why?

Ortiz Loses Appeal, Will Serve 1-Game Suspension Friday vs. Toronto " CBS Boston
"David Ortiz has lost his appeal, and will serve his one-game suspension Friday night when the Red Sox open a three-game series in Toronto." No word on if he has to pay for the phone he destroyed two years ago...

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Tom Chism and Ron Jackson.

On this date in Orioles history, 1961, "Jim Gentile of the Orioles becomes the third player to hit grand slams in consecutive innings (after Tony Lazzeri in 1936 and Jim Tabor in 1939; Rudy York also hit two grand slams in a game in 1946, but not in consecutive innings) when he belts one off Pedro Ramos in the 1st and adds another off Paul Giel in the 2nd. His 8 RBI in consecutive innings set a major league record. Gentile also tacks on a sacrifice fly to give him a club record 9 RBI in the 13 - 5 drubbing of the Twins."

In 1962: The Orioles ship Marvelous Marv Throneberry to the Mets for C Hobie Landrith and cash and Brooks Robinson becomes the 6th major leaguer this century to hit grand slams in back-to-back games, as he hits one against Kansas City's Ed Rakow. Baltimore wins, 6 - 3, at home. Brooks hit a grand slam on May 6th."

In 1973, "Baltimore's Al Bumbry and Rich Coggins hit their first major league homers, slugging them back-to-back off the Athletics' Catfish Hunter. The A's still win, 4 - 3."

I' 2006 - Future Oriole Delmon Young "is suspended for 50 games by the International League for throwing a bat which hits a replacement umpire in the chest. The Devil Rays' top prospect, the brother of Tiger star Dmitri Young, was selected as the Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America in 2005."

Consider this your discussion space for College Volleyball: BYU vs. UC (Irvine) on ESPNU at 9:30 pm.