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Steve Pearce may be back as soon as Monday, and that means Nameplate Remover Guy is gonna be busy again.

Mychal Givens.
Mychal Givens.
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About Last Night

Twins use big 8th-inning to rally past Orioles 4-3 - WTOP
"Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to cap a comeback against All-Star reliever Darren O’Day and carry the Minnesota Twins past the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Friday night."

(Upcoming) Obligatory Daily Roster Move

Orioles' Steve Pearce (oblique) could return from DL on Monday : Fantasy News
"Orioles infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce appears to be nearing a return from the disabled list. Pearce, who is out with an oblique injury, is set to move his current rehab assignment to Double-A Bowie this weekend. Pearce could then rejoin the Orioles on Monday when they start a series in Kansas City."

In Other News

The present and future of Kevin Gausman - Minor League Ball
"He has 227 career innings as noted, a full season in classic terms, resulting in a 3.4 fWAR (.4 in '13, 2.1 in '14, .9 this year). That's pretty good for a 24-year-old pitcher two years out of college."

Mike Bordick Talks Orioles Clubhouse Chemistry " CBS Baltimore
"The Orioles bullpen has looked strong throughout the year, and Mike Bordick says we have Buck to thank for that, "Buck Showalter has been a master of managing that pen, and keeping guys fresh, he has his key guys, Darren O’Day and Zach Britton are always there at the back end, but he will not blow a guy out. If you look at the leader boards for relievers, I think Buck takes a lot of pride in the fact that none of his pitches are in the top ten for leading in appearances. But, he finds a way to keep them fresh, and understands he’ll have enough bullets for the next day."

Orioles wish Red Land good luck in Little League World Series - York Dispatch
"Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman, second baseman Jonathan Schoop and manager Buck Showalter sent a special video message to the Red Land Little League baseball team wishing them luck in the Little League World Series in Williamsporrt."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Randy Wolf, Steve Kline, and Angelo Dagres. They share today with Pope Leo XII; Claude Debussy,composer; Leni Riefenstahl, film director (Triumph of the Will, a must-see to understand the Nazi's power of persuasion over the German people) ; Dorothy Parker, short story writer; John Lee Hooker, blues guitarist; Ray Bradbury, sci-fi author; Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf; Baseball Hall of Fame member Carl Yastrzemski; Valerie Harper, actress; NFL coach Bill Parcells; Cindy Williams; MLB Hall of Fame member Paul Molitor; Vernon Reid of the band Living Colour; GZA, American rapper; Layne Staley, of Alice in Chains; and Kristen Wiig, American comedian.

On this day in Orioles history,

1966 - At a private party for the Orioles, Frank Robinson falls into a swimming pool and is saved from drowning by Andy Etchebarren, who dives in to rescue his teammate.

2007 - The Texas Rang... you know, forget it ever happened.

In other events on this day...

1485 - The War of the Roses ended with the death of England's King Richard III. He was killed in the Battle of Bosworth Field. His successor was Henry VII.

1642 - The English Civil War began when Charles I called Parliament and its soldiers traitors.

1775 - The American colonies were proclaimed to be in a state of open rebellion by England's King George III.

1846 - The U.S. annexed New Mexico.

1902 - In Hartford, CT, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt became the first president of the United States to ride in an automobile.

1989 - Nolan Ryan became the first major league pitcher to strike out 5000 batters.