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Hope you hadn't set aside too much time to read the links today, because boy howdy, there's not much.

Happy Birthday Jonathan Schoop!
Happy Birthday Jonathan Schoop!
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So, how about those Cubs, huh? Put a pretty good beating on ol' Joe Blanton last night. Let see, what else is there. Hey, how about that Crimson Tide? Why am I stalling before getting to the Orioles news? Because folks, the pickin's are getting slim.

Use today to celebrate the anniversary of the 1983 Orioles winning the World Series over the Phillies. Hard to believe it's been 33 years.

Orioles puzzled over Davis' 2016 numbers | CSN Mid-Atlantic
"Though he had a career high in strikeouts, Davis also walked a career-most 88 times, giving him an on-base percentage of .332, which ranked him behind only Hyun Soo Kim (.382 in 95 games) and Manny Machado (.343) among Orioles regulars." Talk about three true outcomes...

Wondering about the rotation - School of Roch
"The Orioles remain in the market for a starting pitcher, working the same aisles every winter. They aren’t expected to spend big beyond new deals for their arbitration-eligible players. They’d bypass the pricey pitchers anyway. They want healthy arms, but they’re not going to Whole Foods."

A look at how DJ Stewart moved up a level and turned around his year - Steve Melewski
"DJ slowly is understanding hitting in professional baseball," Orioles director of player development Brian Graham said. "By that I mean is that pitchers command the baseball better, they throw their off-speed pitches in all counts. He’s understanding, with his approach to hitting, that you’ve got to hit the ball to all fields and stay on pitches."

Seriously, that's what I could find that was worthy of clipping.

Happy Birthday to Jonathan Schoop! Use that laser of an arm to cut a healthy piece of birthday cake and have yourself a day, Mr, Schoop. He shares it with former Orioles Mike Dimmel and Don Hood. He also shares it with famous people including 1758 Noah Webster, lexicographer (Webster's Dictionary); 1854 Oscar Wilde, writer; 1886 David Ben-Gurion, 1st Prime Minister of Israel; 1888 Eugene O'Neill, dramatist; 1925 Angela Lansbury, actress; 1960 Bob Mould, American musician; 1962 Flea, [Michael Balzary], bassist; 1974 Paul Kariya, NHL player; and 1977 John Mayer, American musician.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1969 - The Orioles season ended.

1971 - In the World Series, Brooks Robinson drives in Frank Robinson in the 10th inning of Game 6 to give Baltimore a Series-tying 3 - 2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Dave McNally gets the victory in relief and Bob Miller is the loser. Pittsburgh's Roberto Clemente does all he can to win the game single-handed. Stranded after his 1st-inning triple to the wall in left center, his 3rd-inning solo shot puts Pittsburgh up, 2 - 0. He's retired on long flies in the 5th and 8th innings while Pittsburgh fritters away its modest lead. He comes up in the 10th inning with Dave Cash having just stolen second base. Baltimore manager Earl Weaver walks Clemente intentionally, preferring to face Willie Stargell, and Al Oliver, who flies out to center. All of Clemente's offensive contributions notwithstanding, the reason the game reaches extra innings is his defensive gem in the bottom of the 9th, a no-look, one-hop strike from Memorial Stadium's right field corner, 310 feet away, to catcher Manny Sanguillen, preventing the runner at first, running on contact on Don Buford's two-out double, from even attempting to score. By extending the game, Clemente's throw will force Baltimore's best player, Frank Robinson, to win this game with his legs, challenging the arm of centerfielder Vic Davalillo on two consecutive plays. In doing so, Robinson tears his left hamstring and aggravates an already damaged right Achilles tendon; he will be but a shadow of himself in the decisive 7th game.

1979 - Pittsburgh Pirates starter John Candelaria and closer Kent Tekulve combine on a 4 - 0 shutout over the Baltimore Orioles as the Pirates send the World Series to its seventh game. Jim Palmer is the losing pitcher.

1983 - Eddie Murray hits two home runs and Scott McGregor pitches a five-hitter to give the Baltimore Orioles a 5 - 0 victory, its fourth straight over the Philadelphia Phillies, to give the Orioles the World Series championship in five games.

On this day in world history...

1813 Battle of Leipzig, largest battle in Europe prior to WWI, Napoleon's forces defeated by Prussia, Austria & Russia

1900 Great Britain and Germany sign the Anglo-German Treaty, agreeing to maintain territorial integrity of China and support 'open door' policy called for by US Secretary of State

1923 Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio founded

1934 Mao Zedong & 25,000 troops begin 6,000 mile Long March

1978 Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla elected Pope John Paul II

1998 Former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a Spanish warrant requesting his extradition on murder charges

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