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The Orioles inch closer to a playoff spot, Buck would love Michael Bourn to return, and how about that Yovani Gallardo, huh?

So, apparently, YoGa simply needs to pitch in an imminent flood to get good results.
So, apparently, YoGa simply needs to pitch in an imminent flood to get good results.
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The Time of My Life

Orioles recap: Birds move closer to wild-card berth with 8-1 win over Yankees - Baltimore Sun
"Yovani Gallardo held the New York Yankees to one run on two hits over six innings in an 8-1 win before an announced 33,995, though constant showers kept the actual attendance well below that number."

Yankees look like they’ve given up in ugly loss to Orioles | New York Post
"You’ve got to find a way to pick yourself up and play this game," Joe Girardi said before the game. "But it’s no fun being in this position. It isn’t. You don’t work to be in this position. You work to be in the other one."

After win in Bronx, Orioles might not wait long to clinch spot in playoffs - Baltimore Sun
"With the win over the Yankees, the Orioles took control of the American League wild-card race with two games remaining in the regular season. They lead the Toronto Blue Jays by one game for the top wild-card spot and the Detroit Tigers by 1 1/2 games. Not only could they clinch a postseason berth as early as Saturday night, but they also have a real shot at hosting Tuesday's wild-card playoff game at Camden Yards."

A few notes on the Orioles' series-opening win at New York - Steve Melewski
"With 250 homers, the Orioles are seven short of the team single-season record set by the 1996 Orioles. They now rank with the fifth-most in one season in major league history, tonight passing the 2000 Houston Astros, who hit 249. The all-time record is 264 by the 1997 Seattle Mariners."

Baltimore Orioles going full 'Freaky Friday' on AL wild-card race - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
"I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point during the three-game O’s-Jays series earlier this week, those two teams totally switched identities. The Jays became the old, fogy mom, and the O's transformed into the sprightly, young lady. Or something like that."

How Knows What the Future Holds

Are certain Orioles pitchers auditioning for playoff roster spots? - Baltimore Sun
"If the Orioles do make the playoffs – and they can clinch a postseason berth as early as Saturday night with a win and some help – they will have to make some tough decisions on the 25 players they select for their playoff roster."

Orioles notes: Showalter wants to keep late-season addition Michael Bourn past 2016 - Baltimore Sun
"Before the Orioles opened their final regular-season series Friday in New York, Buck Showalter said he would be interested in having Michael Bourn past this season, when Bourn becomes a free agent. "He's the type of guy you'd like to keep around," he said. "He's more than a fourth outfielder."

This Land Was Made For You And Me

Orioles Deliver a Seventh-Inning Message: This Song Is Their Song - The New York Times
"‘God Bless America’ speaks to a lot of people," said John Angelos, the Orioles’ chief operating officer and the son of the team’s owner, Peter Angelos. But, he added, "there is a strain of progressivism in American life, and if we can reflect it, I think that’s a good thing."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Mitch Adkins, Chuck McElroy, and Bob Boyd. They share today with famous people like 1207 Henry III, king of England; 1881 William Edward Boeing, founded aircraft company; 1910 Bonnie Parker, American outlaw of Bonnie and Clyde fame; 1924 Jimmy Carter, 39th US President; 1924 William Rehnquist, Supreme Court Chief Justice; 1930 Richard Harris, actor; 1935 Julie Andrews, British actress and singer; 1950 Randy Quaid, actor; 1963 Mark McGwire, MLB 1st baseman; 1969 Zach Galifianakis, actor; 1989 Brie Larson, actress.

Today in Baltimore baseball history

1997 - The Baltimore Orioles continue their dominance over the most dominant lefthander in major league baseball. Baltimore bounces Randy Johnson and the Seattle Mariners in the first game of the American League Division Series. Johnson, who has a winning record against every other team in the American League, drops to 3-8 overall against the Orioles.

Today in world history

331 BC Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela, Darius would, of course, go on to musical success with the Blowfish centuries later.

1688 Prince Willem III of Orange accepts invitation of take up the British crown

1814 Opening of the Congress of Vienna, redrew Europe's political map after the defeat of Napoléon Bonaparte

1867 Karl Marx' "Das Kapital" published

1908 Henry Ford introduces the Model T car (costs $825)

1988 Mikhail Gorbachev becomes Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet, effectively head of state of the Soviet Union

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