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Saturday Bird Droppings

Manny sends the crowd home happy (at least those who stayed). And someone is getting a locker nameplate removed today. Nameplate remover - now that's a gig with job security in the Orioles clubhouse.

Chris crushed.
Chris crushed.
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About Last Night

Machado HR in 13th gives Orioles 8-6 win over Athletics - US News
"Manny Machado hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning, and the Orioles also got home runs from Adam Jones and Chris Davis in getting past the Oakland Athletics 8-6 Friday night."

Forced to pitch for Orioles in 13th, rookie Jason Garcia comes through for first win - Baltimore Sun
"There was a mass exodus from Camden Yards entering the 13th inning. Maybe it was because the clock had ticked past 11 p.m. or maybe it was because Orioles fans saw Rule 5 selection Jason Garcia entering the game." Ouch. Then again, I was pretty sure he was going to blow it, too.

Obligatory Daily Roster Move

The Orioles designated David Lough for assignment | HardballTalk
"The Orioles announced (Friday) that the club designated outfielder David Lough for assignment and recalled catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk."

School of Roch: Notes on roster move, Urrutia, Wieters, Roe, Pearce and more
"With today's roster move, the Orioles have designated outfielders David Lough, Alejandro De Aza, Delmon Young and Travis Snider since opening day. Nine players are off the roster since the opener, and reliever Ryan Webb represents a 10th if you consider that he was included on it until being designated for assignment to make room for catcher Ryan Lavarnway."

In Other News

Melvin Mora, Gary Roenicke and John Lowenstein inducted into Orioles Hall of Fame - Baltimore Sun
"I feel like I just won the Masters," Gary Roenicke joked, sporting his new green Hall of Fame jacket on the temporary stage between home plate and the pitchers mound."

A Very Candid Convo With Orioles GM Dan Duquette " CBS Baltimore
"Orioles Vice President of Baseball Operation Dan Duquete joined the Vinny and Rob Show to discuss the team as the head down the final stretch of the season." And he quoted Bill Parcells, not Bill Belichick, by the way.

School of Roch: This, that and the other
"Outfielder Henry Urrutia will be recalled today after spending yesterday on the taxi squad. A spot must be created for him. Junior Lake, who doubled in six at-bats last night and is 2-for-14, has a minor league option, but it doesn't guarantee his removal. It's just an easier avenue to take if the Orioles choose it."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Chris Singleton, Jeff Huson and Tom Dodd. They share today's birthday with Napoleon Bonaparte; poet Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; French chef Julia Child; NFL player Gene Upshaw; drummer Tommy Aldridge; NFL coach Gary Kubiak; actor Ben Affleck; actress Natasha Henstridge; beach volleyball player Kerri Walsh; NASCAR driver Carl Edwards; singer Joe Jonas; and actress Jennifer Lawrence.

On this day in Orioles' history...
1975 - "Earl Weaver is ejected twice by umpire Ron Luciano. The fiery Baltimore manager is thrown out in the first game of a doubleheader and is tossed again before the start of the second game.
1979 - Eddie Murray, no gazelle, surprises the White Sox with a 12th-inning steal of home to give Mike Flanagan and the Orioles a 2 - 1 win.
1993 - The Twins trade 3B Mike Pagliarulo to the Orioles for P Erik Schullstrom, changing the destiny of both clubs in the process.
1996 - The Orioles score 15 runs over the final three innings on the way to an 18 - 5 win over the Athletics. Baltimore slugs five homers, including a pair by Chris Hoiles."

1461 - "The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.
1620 - Mayflower sets sail from Southampton with 102 Pilgrims.
1900 - In China, the Empress and some of her family, the court, and retainers flee while foreign troops move through Peking in an attempt to put down the Boxer Rebellion.
1947 - India gains independence from Great Britain, remains a dominion until 1950.
1969 - Woodstock Music & Art Fair opens in NY State (Max Yasgur's Dairy Farm).
1998 - Omagh bomb in Northern Ireland, the worst terrorist incident of The Troubles, killed 29 people and injured about 22."

Consider this your discussion space for the Little League Baseball: Mid-Atlantic Regional semifinal featuring the team from Delmar, MD at 6 pm on ESPN. Don't spoil it for me, though - I'll be at the O's game tonight and will miss it.