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Independence Day Bird Droppings

The offense goes MIA, Kevin Gausman's getting another start, and MLB folks really respect Buck Showalter.

Happy Independence Day!
Happy Independence Day!
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Friday's recap: White Sox 1, Orioles 0 - Chicago Tribune
John Danks gave up just five hits in seven innings to post a 1-0 victory over the Orioles on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

Kevin Gausman likely to remain in Orioles rotation, Bud Norris likely to bullpen - Baltimore Sun
"Even though Orioles manager Buck Showalter has yet to announce his rotation plans beyond this weekend’s series against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, all signs point to right-hander Kevin Gausman remaining in the rotation and veteran right-hander Bud Norris being demoted to the bullpen." And there was much rejoicing.

Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez loses for first time since May 16 : Fantasy News
"Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez took a hard-luck loss on Friday against the White Sox. Jimenez snapped a four-start winning streak and lost for the first time since May 16, a span of nine starts."

Orioles' Matt Wieters still not ready to catch on consecutive days : Fantasy News
"It's not if, I think it's when, and that's going to be totally up to Matt and John Russell and the trainers," Buck Showalter said, per "It's not something I walk up to him every day and say, 'Hey, is today the day? Is today the day?' I'm not going to do that to him."

Who is MLB's best manager? The survey says ... -
" surveyed 50 scouts, front-office executives, big league coaches and media analysts and asked them to select the game's best managers in a multitude of categories." Buck Showalter didn't win, but he sure came close.

There's not a lot of information available, but Delmarva Shorebirds player Jared Breen suffered some apparently significant injuries after a collision with a wall while attempting to make a play at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium last night. Anambulance ended up going onto the field to transport Breen to a local hospital. He's at least healthy enough to tweet this morning. Here's hoping for a full and quick recovery.

Happy Independence Day Birthday to Babe Birrer, who appeared in four games for the O's back in '56, and pitched a grand total of 5.1 innings.  But he's alone in the spotlight of Orioles Birthdays today! Happy Birthday, Babe! It shared by quite an array of famous people, including: 1330 - Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Japanese shogun (d. 1367); 1804 - Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem Massachusetts, author (House of 7 Gables, Scarlet Letter); 1807 - Giuseppe Garibaldi, freedom fighter (Risorgimento)/unified Italy; 1816 - Hiram Walker, American grocer and distiller (d. 1899); 1872 - Calvin Coolidge, [Silent Cal], Plymouth Notch Vermont, (R) 30th US President (1923-29), (d. 1933); 1883 - Rube Goldberg, cartoonist (who made the easy outrageously difficult) Pulitzer Prize 1948, born in San Francisco, California; 1911 - Mitch Miller, sing along with Mitch (Yellow Rose of Tx), born in Rochester, New York; 1915 - Jimmie Rogers, singer (Sugar Hill Time), born in Detroit, Michigan; 1916 - Tokyo Rose, [Iva Toguri D'Aquino], propagandist (WW II); 1930 - George Steinbrenner, Rocky River Ohio, owner (NY Yankees)/ship builder/horse owner, (d. 2010); 1938 - Bill Withers, Slab Fork WV, rhythm & blues singer (Lean on Me); and 1962 - Pam Shriver, Balt MD, tennis star (1991 US Open doubles/Oly-gold-88)

On this date in Orioles history, "1973 - The Orioles win their third come-from-behind win over the Brewers, this time scoring 10 runs in the last three innings to win, 10 - 7."

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