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That was a game the Orioles really needed to win. Today is a game they simply must win to control their own destiny.

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Buck probably should have taken this particular stroll a tad earlier.
Buck probably should have taken this particular stroll a tad earlier.
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That was yesterday, yesterday...

Orioles Stumble Late As Yankees Rally For 7-3 Win " CBS New York
"Tyler Austin tied the score with a seventh-inning home run, Austin Romine and Brett Gardner drove in two runs each in the eighth and the New York Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the Orioles 7-3 Saturday."

Showalter, bullpen management king, lets win slip away -
"Buck Showalter’s decision not to remove Wade Miley after six impressive innings was head-shaking at the time. And disastrous in retrospect."

I'm Ready

Scheduled to start Sunday if needed, Orioles' Kevin Gausman ready for the spotlight - Baltimore Sun
"If you had told me at the beginning of the season this is the situation that I was going to be in and had the chance to secure a spot for us, I’d say I’d take that chance and take that responsibility, so it’s pretty exciting. It’s going to be fun." - Kevin Gausman

If You Choose Not To Decide You Still Have Made a Choice

Blue Jays, Orioles, Tigers pick tiebreaker options for AL wild-card berth
"The Toronto Blue Jays will host the first game of a potential three-way tiebreaker Tuesday while the Baltimore Orioles have opted to play one home game Wednesday instead of playing two potential road games to earn a wild-card berth, MLB officials told USA TODAY Sports."

Matt Wieters on his Orioles' future: 'I've got enough stuff on my mind right now' -
"I’ve only known this (Orioles) clubhouse," he said. "I don’t know. We’ll get to that bridge when we have to cross it. I know going to battle with everyone in here has been a real joy in my life."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Jose Morban and Victor Santos. They share this birthday with famous people like 1800 Nat Turner, American leader of a major slave rebellion in 1831 and subject of a upcoming motion picture; 1847 Paul von Hindenburg, WWI general and President of Germany; 1869 Mahatma Gandhi, Indian pacifist and spiritual leader; 1890 Groucho Marx, comedian and actor; 1942 Steve Sabol, founder of NFL Films; 1945 Don McLean, singer/songwriter; 1949 Annie Leibovitz, American photographer; 1951 Sting, rock vocalist; 1966 Yokozuna, WWF wrestler.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

2014 - The Orioles take Game 1 of their ALDS, 12 - 3, over the Tigers. The game is close until the O's score 8 times in the bottom of the 8th to run away with the score, but before that, Nelson Cruz opens the score with a two-run homer off Max Scherzer in the bottom of the 1st, and J.J. Hardy hits a solo shot off Scherzer in the 7th to make it 4 - 2. Chris Tillman is the winner.

On this day in world history...

1187 Sultan Saladin captures Jerusalem from Crusaders

1492 King Henry VII of England invades France

1789 George Washington transmits the proposed Constitutional amendments (The United States Bill of Rights) to the States for ratification

1928 "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", known as Opus Dei, founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá

1944 Nazis crush Warsaw Uprising killing 250,000 people

2007 President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea walks across the Military Demarcation Line into North Korea on his way to the second Inter-Korean Summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il

Consider this your discussion space for whatever you like. I'll be missing today's game due to attending the induction of my good friend Homer "Hoss" King into the Maryland chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Not many people I'll don a tie and jacket for, but he's one of them.  Enjoy the game, and I hope the O's give me good news when I check my phone later today.