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Baltimore Orioles use 2 grand slams to rally past KC Royals 14-8 | FOX Sports
"Since the start of the 20th century, six teams have hit grand slams in the same inning. The Orioles are the only ones to do it twice — they also pulled it off in 1986 — and no team had done it since the New York Mets in 2006, STATS said."

Emotional 10-run inning shows Baltimore Orioles still have pulse - Baltimore Orioles - ESPN
"I had one go behind my head the other night and then was drilled, I think, the next [batter] in the arm," Chris Davis said. "[Tonight] we hit a grand slam, another home run, a couple rockets. It just didn't look right, regardless of whether it was on purpose or not. Your emotions, some guys wear ’em on their sleeves. Most of the time, I conceal mine pretty well. Not tonight obviously."

Orioles fans unleash great vengeance and furious anger toward the Royals | The Kansas City Star
"Wow, there is some serious dislike for the Royals, particularly on the East Coast. Specifically in and around Maryland." In the classic words of Public Enemy, "I got a right to be hostile!"

Obligatory Upcoming Roster Move

School of Roch: Notes, quotes and today's game (and a Tyler Wilson call-up?)
"Manager Buck Showalter won't reveal the club's future call-up plans, but pitcher Tyler Wilson could be summoned. Wilson allowed one run over five innings last night, as the Tides evened their series with Columbus."

In Other News...

Orioles notebook: Adam Jones returns to action, Matt Wieters sits - Baltimore Sun
"The Orioles welcomed back one of their banged-up veterans to the starting lineup Friday, while another was out because of a lingering injury. Center fielder Adam Jones, who left Monday's game in the eighth inning with a sore right shoulder and hadn't played since, was in his customary third spot in the lineup Friday. Catcher Matt Wieters, who had been dealing with a sore left wrist for a week but started Tuesday, was out of the lineup with lingering wrist soreness."

Orioles' Manny Machado may be ideal player for baseball's shifting times - USA Today
"There’s much talk about how the NBA is evolving to a positionless state, but the rapid influx of shifting is pulling baseball closer to that new reality as well, particularly on the infield. Or as (Manny Machado's) manager Buck Showalter put it, "Oh, he’s been playing shortstop most of the season."

Orioles honor Red Land Little League team Saturday - York Dispatch
"The Baltimore Orioles will play host to the Red Land Little League team from Lewisberry, PA at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday before the 1:05 p.m. game against the Kansas City Royals."

MTA To Extend Light Rail Service For Orioles Fans This Sunday " CBS Baltimore
"The last Light Rail trains leaving Camden Yards Station going northbound to Hunt Valley Station and southbound to BWI Airport and Cromwell Station/Glen Burnie will depart one hour after the game ends up until 11:30 p.m. If the game goes beyond 11:30 p.m., the last and final trains heading north and southbound will depart Camden Yards Station at 12:30 a.m., regardless if the game has ended."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Keith Hughes, Mark Thurmond, and Albie Pearson. Also celebrating a birthday today are 1492 - Lorenzo II de' Medici, Duke of Urbino (d. 1519); 1575 - Henry Hudson, English navigator and explorer (Hudson River); 1818 - Richard Jordan Gatling, US, inventor (hand-cranked machine gun); 1913 - Jesse Owens, track star, spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold; 1931 - George Jones, Saratoga Tx, singer (Golden Rings, Oh Lonesome Me), (d. 2013); 1931 - Ian Holm, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Alien), born in Ilford Essex; 1952 - Neil Peart, Canada, musician and drummer (Rush-A Farewell to Kings); 1955 - Nina Blackwood, Mass, actress/VJ (MTV, Solid Gold, Vice Squad); 1957 - Hans Zimmer, German composer; 1973 - Paul Walker, Glendale, California, American actor (The Fast and the Furious); 1986 - Emmy Rossum, American actress and singer.

On this day in Orioles history...

1964: The Orioles' Frank Bertaina and the A's Bob Meyer duel in the major leagues' 5th double one-hitter. Bertaina prevails, 1 - 0, his first big league win and only decision of the year. John Orsino's 8th-inning double and Doc Edwards' 5th inning two-bagger account for the hits. Baltimore sets a major-league record for fewest at-bats in a nine-inning game with 19, and both clubs go to the plate just 46 times. The last battle of matching one-hitters was June 21, 1956.

1988: Baltimore's Eddie Murray collects his 2,000th career hit in a 6 - 1 loss to Boston, and Atlanta's Dale Murphy drives in his 1,000th career run in a 5 - 4 loss to Los Angeles.

2009: In a rare win for the Orioles over the Yankees, 7 - 3, Brian Roberts hits a grand slam and his club-record 51st double of the year.

2014: The Orioles move closer to clinching the AL East title with a doubleheader sweep of the Yankees, 2 - 1 and 5 - 0. But they also get bad news as slugger Chris Davis is handed a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines.

Also on this day... 1758 - French astronomer Charles Messier mistakenly identifies the Crab Nebula so begins his Messier Catalogue; 1910 - United States' 1st female cop (on record), Alice Stebbins Wells, appointed (LAPD); 1933 - Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction; 1940 - 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings; 1958 - US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate; 1959 - Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on Moon.

Consider this your discussion space for Bowling Green vs Maryland. Kickoff around noon!