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O's suffer a disappointing loss on national, um, regional, um, Baltimore-area-only TV. At least almost no one got to see that.

I'm assuming Jorge Rondon didn't have a good game. Couldn't tell you from first-hand experience.
I'm assuming Jorge Rondon didn't have a good game. Couldn't tell you from first-hand experience.
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So there were probably more people in the stands than had the ability to watch the Orioles on FOX yesterday, but at least those of us deprived of watching the Orioles at home on TV in the 15th year of the 21st century missed a stinker. I warned you I was gonna get a little salty about this. Maryland losing by 21 and allowing 48 points at home to a MAC team didn't help, either.

ABOUT YESTERDAY

Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas 9 RBI in win over Baltimore Orioles | FOX Sports
"The Kansas City Royals kept getting on base in front of Mike Moustakas, and he repeatedly brought them home. And that, quite simply, is how Moustakas amassed a franchise-record nine RBI in a 14-6 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday." What kind of ineptitude allows Mike Moustakas to drive in 9 runs? That's like, "If you had a Fox TV station in Maryland and forgot to switch from the Yankees game" level of incompetence ... and that's pretty bad.

OBLIGATORY (UPCOMING) ROSTER MOVE

Orioles SP Miguel Gonzalez set to resume throwing Monday : Fantasy News
"Orioles starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez will resume throwing on Monday by playing catch from 45 to 60 feet, according to the Baltimore Sun." Maybe we can petition MLB to let FOX carry his starts once he returns so almost no one has to be subjected to them.

School of Roch: Updates on game status, Garcia, Gonzalez and more
"Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia will pitch in the Arizona Fall League. The Orioles checked to make sure he was eligible. The Orioles want to develop Garcia as a multi-inning reliever." Hey FOX, here's another pitcher you can avoid showing us. Appreciate it.

IN OTHER NEWS

PHOTOS: Baltimore Orioles meet with, honor Red Land Little League prior to Saturday's game at Camden Yards - The York Daily Record
"The Baltimore Orioles honored Red Land Little League prior to the Orioles' Saturday game against the Kansas City Royals." And they got the opportunity to be honored before a national TV audience on FOX! Oh, wait...

Just a reminder, tonight's game is on ESPN, and MTA's Light Rail service will be extending its hours. Here's the article I clipped yesterday with the details:

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 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey, and also Mike Adamson. They share that birthday with  1475 - Cesare Borgia, Italian aristocrat;  1851 - Walter Reed, US Army Surgeon; 1857 - Milton S. Hershey, American chocolate tycoon; 1860 - John J. "Blackjack" Pershing , US commander (WW I); 1911 - Bill Monroe, country singer; 1916 - Roald Dahl,  author; 1925 - Mel Tormé, American singer; 1939 - Richard Kiel, American actor; 1944 - Peter Cetera, lead singer of Chicago; 1944 - Jacqueline Bisset; 1959 - Jean Smart, actress; 1961 - Dave Mustaine, American musician (Megadeth); 1967 - Tim 'Ripper' Owens, American singer (Iced Earth, ex-Judas Priest); 1977 - Fiona Apple, American singer; 1993 - Niall Horan, Irish Pop singer (One Direction).

Today in Orioles' (and other baseball) history...

1845 - Alexander Cartwright presents the first set of baseball rules, 20 in total.

1889 - Twitter pioneer Old Hoss Radbourn pitches a complete doubleheader for Boston but fails to win either game. After losing the opener to Cleveland, 3 - 0, he has to hit a home run himself in the 9th inning of the nightcap to salvage a 4 - 4 tie.

1901 - The Baltimore Orioles edge the A's, 12 - 10. In the 9th, the A's have the tying runs on base with two out when Connie Mack sends up pinch-hitter Doc Powers to bat for Nap Lajoie, who is sulking and refuses to hit. Powers flies out to end the game.

1922 - The powerful Baltimore Orioles win their 4th straight International League pennant. The O's are paced by Lefty Grove (18-8), in his third of five seasons (108-36) in Baltimore.

1969 - Baltimore becomes the American League East champs when Tom Phoebus wins the clincher, 10 - 5, over Cleveland. Baltimore is 18 games ahead of Detroit with 17 to play.

1971 - Frank Robinson of the Orioles homers in each game of a doubleheader split with Detroit, becoming the 11th member of the 500 home run club with his second shot. Amazingly, 6 years prior to the day, Willie Mays became the 5th member. The O's win the opener, 9 - 1, behind Dave McNally's 13th consecutive win. The Tigers use 17 hits to win the nitecap, 10 - 5, for Fred Scherman, who pitches 8 2/3 innings in relief of Joe Niekro.

2002 - Oriole infielder Mike Bordick establishes a new American League record playing his 96th consecutive errorless game at shortstop. The mark was held by former teammate Cal Ripken Jr.

2013 - Chris Davis hits his 50th homer of the year off Steve Delabar in the 8th to lead the Orioles to a 5 - 3 win over Toronto. Davis joins Babe Ruth and Albert Belle as the only players to hit 50 dingers and 40 doubles in the same season.

Also in history today...

509 BC - The temple of Jupiter on Rome's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September.

1224 - Francis of Assisi is afflicted with stigmata.

1847 - American-Mexican war: US Gen Winfield Scott captures Mexico City

1956 - IBM introduces the first computer disk storage unit, the RAMAC 305.

1993 - Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway.

Consider this your discussion space for the idiocy of MLB television market policy...