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The O's lose a game to a bullpen. No, not a late inning loss, the bullpen pitched the whole game. And the O's didn't score a solitary run. OK, NOW we can stop saying "playoffs".

It may have been in a losing effort, but this was a pretty effort.
It may have been in a losing effort, but this was a pretty effort.
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Orioles shut down 8-0 on Red Sox bullpen day - USA Today
"The Baltimore Orioles' bats have gone cold at the wrong time." Next, Capt. Obvious tells us Molotov Cocktails are not the best drink to bring to your next DIY Happy Hour.

Orioles notebook: Adam Jones out again, Miguel Gonzalez's return and more - Baltimore Sun

"Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was out of the starting lineup for the sixth straight day Saturday, still nursing back spasms that have sidelined him since Monday." Because this weekend wasn't going badly enough...

School of Roch: Orioles trying to score and avoid sweep
"The Orioles haven't scored in the last 19 innings, never a good idea when desperately clinging to your playoff hopes. It's like waiting for a bus and then motioning to the driver, "That's OK, I'll get the next one." You're never going to reach your destination."

Orioles outfielder David Lough looking to make most out of unexpected opportunity - Baltimore Sun

"I think everybody, once you go home and you don't really hear anything, you think the season has come to an end," Lough said. "But it seemed like some guys were banged up here and they felt like they should bring me back and try to help the team win games and make that playoff push." Ugh, there's that "p" word again...

On Baseball: At home in Baltimore, and in Maine

Friday was a big day for Ryan Flaherty. He checked the legal details, initialed where he was supposed to and signed his name in all the appropriate places. Contract extension? No. Flaherty is now a homeowner.

Happy Birthday if today is yours. I don't usually digress to much on these, but today is the birthday of one-game wonder Radhames Dykhoff. Rad appeared in one game for the Orioles and never surfaced in MLB again. And once you read his line (1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K), you wonder why he didn't get a second shot? Sure, he let on three baserunners, and two of them scored, but maybe he had a bad day. Let's see what the kid has. Nope. He never saw a MLB mound again. All those years of pitching growing up, under the shadow of his cousin Sidney Ponson, I'm sure, and when he finally makes it to the Big Show at age 23, he picks the worst possible day to have a bad day, and never gets the chance to have another.

Anyway, it's also the birthday of former Orioles Carlos Lopez, and Dick Hall. They share this birthday with famous people 1601 - Louis XIII, king of France, 1722 - Samuel Adams, US revolutionary and politican, 1840 - Alfred Thayer Mahan, US Admiral who urged building of Panama Canal and a naval base on Hawaii, 1840 - Thomas Nast, political cartoonist, 1896 - Sen. Sam Ervin, Watergate committee chairman, 1934 - Wilford Brimley, actor, 1943 - Randy Bachman, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, 1949 - Mike Schmidt, 2nd best 3B in MLB history, 1958 - Shaun Cassidy, American actor/singer, 1972 - Gwyneth Paltrow, actress, 1982 - Lil Wayne, rapper, and 1984 - Avril Lavigne, Belleville Ontario, Canadian singer-songwriter

On this day in Orioles history...

1953 - In a fitting finale, the St. Louis plays their last game as the Browns and lose their 100th game, 2 - 1, to the White Sox in 11 innings. Next season the team will move to Baltimore and will become the Orioles. Reserve 1B Ed Mickelson drives in Johnny Groth in the 4th inning for the last run of the Browns franchise.

1970 - The Orioles rally for two runs in the 8th inning to beat the Indians' Sam McDowell, 4 - 3. Birthday Boy Dick Hall wins his 10th game with three innings of hitless relief. He also walks no one and ends the year with more wins than walks - 10 wins and only six walks in 61 innings.

1974 - Baltimore breaks a scoreless tie with the Brewers in the 17th inning to pull out a 1 - 0 win. Grant Jackson wins the decision over Tom Murphy. Jim Colborn and Jim Palmer combine to pitch 25 shutout innings in the contest, but neither pitcher factors in the decision.

Also on this day..

1066 - William the Conqueror's troops set sail for England

1290 - Earthquake in Gulf of Chili China, reportedly kills 100,000

1540 - Society of Jesus (Jesuits) founded by Ignatius Loyola

1779 - John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Britain

1821 - Mexican Empire declares its independence; Mexican revolutionary forces occupy Mexico City as Spanish withdraw

1822 - Jean-François Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta stone.

1905 - The physics journal Annalen der Physik publishes Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation E=mc².

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