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Jon Schoop is back, Ryan Flaherty isn't, and Bud Norris begins his new job as bullpen pitcher. Baseball - great game, cruel business.

Ryan Flaherty
Ryan Flaherty
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Saturday's recap: White Sox 3, Orioles 2 - Chicago Tribune
"The White Sox extended the Orioles' scoreless streak to 26 innings and their own winning streak to four games Saturday in a 3-2 victory at U.S. Cellular Field. The only pitch J.B. Shuck saw resulted in a one-out double in the eighth that drove in Gordon Beckham with the go-ahead run."

Orioles activate Jonathan Schoop, option Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A | HardballTalk
"Following Saturday afternoon’s loss to the White Sox, the Orioles activated second baseman Jonathan Schoop from the 15-day disabled list. To make room for him on the roster, Ryan Flaherty was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk." Dat Smile's back in town.

Baltimore Orioles keep Kevin Gausman in rotation, move Bud Norris to bullpen - ESPN.com
"Right-hander Kevin Gausman will remain in the Baltimore Orioles rotation and start Tuesday against the Minnesota Twins, while Bud Norris will move from the rotation to the bullpen."

J.J. Hardy, Matt Wieters a stabilizing duo for Orioles - Baltimore Sun
"The Orioles spent those frustrating first two months of the season plugging holes and juggling personnel. They spent the past month-plus with both J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters back from injuries, which shored up both an inconsistent defense and a underperforming offense."

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Jay Spurgeon, Alberto Castillo, Tim Worrell, Curt Blefary, and Arnie Portocarrero.

On this day in Orioles history, in 1969: "AL East leader Baltimore breaks a 3-game losing streak as Dave McNally (12-0) wins his 14th straight game, 9 - 3 at Detroit."

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