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Chris Davis is doing Crush-like things again. And there was much rejoicing.

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Oakland - where you have more people on your couch than they have in the stands
Oakland - where you have more people on your couch than they have in the stands
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About Last Night

Gonzalez suffers another loss as A's beat Orioles 5-0 - USA Today
"Marcus Semien hit a two-out, three-run home run in the sixth inning to help Chris Bassitt earn his first win this season, and the Athletics beat the Orioles 5-0 on Tuesday night."

Obligatory Daily Roster Move

School of Roch: Orioles and Athletics lineups (McFarland recalled)
"The Orioles recalled left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A Norfolk, giving the Orioles seven relievers, and optioned Tyler Wilson."

In Other News...

School of Roch: Chris Davis following his own act from 2013 (and other notes)
"Chris Davis is on such a roll these days, he's resembling the 2013 version of himself. Davis belted a three-run homer in the first inning [Monday night] to point the Orioles toward a 9-2 victory in Oakland. He's collected six home runs and 19 RBIs in his last 10 games."

Orioles continue to linger as the overlooked team in AL wild-card race -
"Even with Tuesday's loss to the Athletics (OAK 5, BAL 0), the Orioles are now 8-3 in their last 11 games, climbing from 5 1/2 games back of the second wild-card spot to just one game back. They're also tied with the Jays in the loss column. Did the O's feast on a weak schedule? Oh, sure. They beat up on the Braves and depleted Tigers for five of those 11 wins, but hey, those are the games you're supposed to win."

With Playoff Chase Heating up, Baltimore Orioles Have 12th Toughest Schedule Remaining | Orioles 101 | Sports Media 101
The headline is pretty much why you should read this article, but I guess you really don't have to.

Birthdays and Such

Happy Birthday to former Orioles John Wasdin and  Nelson Briles. They share it with John Huston, Neil A. Armstrong, Vern Gosdin, Loni Anderson, Rick Derringer, Pat Smear, Tawney Kitaen, Patrick Ewing, Adam Yauch, and Jonathon Silverman.

On this day in Orioles history....

1901 - Burt Hart punches John Haskell and will be banned for life as a result his assault on the umpire. The Oriole first baseman will play only 58 games in his major league career.

1990 - Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan are rained out in Cooperstown, NY. The ceremony will be conducted the following day at a local high school.

1994 - Baltimore P Ben McDonald one-hits Milwaukee, winning by a score of 4 - 0. McDonald fans nine and walks four in his masterpiece, allowing only a 4th-inning single to Dave Nilsson.

1996 - The Orioles score six runs in the 8th inning to take a 13 - 3 lead over the Indians. After scoring one run in their half of the inning, Cleveland comes back with six of their own in the 9th, but falls three short and loses, 13 - 10. Chris Hoiles drives home four runs for the Orioles.

1861 - The U.S. federal government levied its first income tax. The tax was 3% of all incomes over $800. The wartime measure was rescinded in 1872.

1921 - The first play-by-play broadcast of a baseball game was done by Harold Arlin. KDKA Radio in Pittsburgh, PA described the action between the Pirates and Philadelphia.

1960 - For the first time two major league baseball clubs traded managers. Detroit traded Jimmy Dykes for Cleveland's Joe Gordon.

1984 - Toronto’s Cliff Johnson set a major league baseball record by hitting the 19th pinch-hit home run in his career.

1999 - Mark McGwire (St. Louis Cardinals) hit his 500th career homerun. He also set a record for the fewest at-bats to hit the 500 homerun mark.

2011 - NASA announced that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter had captured photographic evidence of possible liquid water on Mars during warm seasons.

Don't forget, the Orioles have an afternoon game today at 3:35 Normal People Time.