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West Coast trips stink. Yeah, I said it. Prove me wrong. The Orioles didn't last night.

Chaz Roe threw pitches last night. I didn't see any of them.
Chaz Roe threw pitches last night. I didn't see any of them.
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About Last Night

Orioles stumble against Angels as AL wild card race heats up - The Washington Post
"The Orioles (55-53) have dropped three games behind the Angels and 2.5 games in back of the Toronto Blue Jays (59-52) in the Wild Card standings. The Orioles remain in third place in the AL East, six games behind the New York Yankees."

Obligatory Daily Roster Move

Baltimore Orioles roster moves: Travis Snider DFA, Junior Lake up - MLB -
"The Baltimore Orioles have designated outfielder Travis Snider for assignment and called up newly acquired outfielder Junior Lake to replace him, the team announced Friday."

In Other News

Now with Orioles, Junior Lake 'ready to go' after Travis Snider designated for assignment - Baltimore Sun
"Junior Lake and Jimmy Paredes played with and against each other for years in their native Dominican Republic. Lake spent three seasons rooming with infielder Ryan Flaherty in the Chicago Cubs minor league system. Gerardo Parra and Lake became friendly during their years in the National League Central. Third base coach Bobby Dickerson was in the Dominican with the Cubs when they signed Lake as a teenager in 2007. So the Orioles might be Lake's third team in a week, but he already feels at home."

Hannah Storm examines Adam Jones' connection to Baltimore in ESPN 'Face to Face' segment - Baltimore Sun
"To speak with compassion and purpose and to speak on behalf of the city, I was very impressed with that type of leadership," Hannah Storm said of Adam Jones, who became the first baseball player to be on the show. "I really wanted to feature him because I thought he was an emergent, important voice, particularly in Baltimore. But I thought he was someone that really should be even exposed on a larger level, a national level."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Eddy Rodriguez, Marlin Stuart and Johnny Temple. They share it with Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore, British colonial Governor of Maryland; Matthew A Henson, 1st African American to reach North Pole; Emiliano Zapata, Mexican revolutionary, peasant leader’ Paul Dirac, awarded Nobel Prize for Physics in 1933 for quantum mechanics; Dino De Laurentiis, movie producer; Webb Pierce, country singer; Terry Nation, writer for Dr. Who and Blake 7; Dustin Hoffman, actor; Connie Stevens, singer/actress;  Keith Carradine, actor; Robin Quivers,Howard Stern's sidekick; U2 guitarist The Edge;  Patricia Arquette,actress; and Roger Federer, tennis player.

On this day in Orioles (and Baltimore baseball) history...

1872 - 2500 people watch the Baltimore Canaries rally for 3 runs in the 9th to tie the Mutuals, 8 - 8, and then win the game in the 12th, 12 - 8 at the Union Grounds in Brooklyn. Lipman Pike scores the winning run on a hit by Tom Carey off Candy Cummings.

Other than that? Not much of anything, really.

Also taking place on August 8...

1844 - After the killing of Joseph Smith on June 27, Bringham Young was chosen to lead the Mormons.

1899 - The refrigerator was patented by A.T. Marshall.

1940 - The German Luftwaffe began a series of daylight air raids on Great Britain.

1945 - The United Nations Charter was signed by U.S. President Truman.

1945 - During World War II, the Soviet Union declared war on Japan.

1966 - Michael DeBakey became the first surgeon to install an artificial heart pump in a patient.

1974 - U.S. President Nixon announced that he would resign the following day.

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