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Joe Gunkel is one of two pitchers to be added to the 40-man roster so we don't lose them. The Gunk Abides.

Mychal Givens, for no apparent reason.
Mychal Givens, for no apparent reason.
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Decisions on who to protect in the Rule V Draft had to be made yesterday, and Camden Chat favorite Joe Gunkel, along with Jesus Liarnzo, won't be available for other teams to snatch away.

Orioles add pitchers Joe Gunkel, Jesus Liranzo to 40-man roster - Baltimore Sun
"The Orioles added a pair of pitchers, right-handers Joe Gunkel and Jesus Liranzo, to their 40-man roster Friday night ahead of the deadline to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 draft."

A roster exclusion, coaching update and Duquette quotes - School of Roch
"The Orioles decided not to protect Triple-A outfielder Mike Yastrzemski in the Rule 5 draft, failing to place him on the 40-man roster."

More from Duquette and the Rule 5 roster deadline - School of Roch
"Executive vice president Dan Duquette joked last night at the open of the "Hot Stove Show" on 105.7 The Fan that he’d reveal the Orioles’ offseason plans. "Yeah, I can tell you what we’re going to do," he said. "We’re going to have another good team next year like we do every year."

Thoughts on the two pitchers added to the O's 40-man roster -
"While it’s unlikely that he’ll crack the Opening Day rotation, remember that the Orioles kept right-handers Mike Wright and Tyler Wilson on the roster to begin 2016. So there’s always a chance for Joe Gunkel, especially if they consider using him as a long reliever to eat up some innings. Plus, at this point, the Orioles can’t afford to lose any potential starters in 2017."

Orioles express interest in pair of free-agent relief pitchers - Baltimore Sun
"The Orioles have inquired about veteran right-handers Kevin Jepsen and Anthony Bass, according to an industry source. Both pitchers have received interest from several clubs, according to the source, and while the Orioles’ level of interest is unknown at this point, there likely won’t be much movement with either pitcher until next month’s winter meetings in Washington, D.C."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Dickie Noles and Larry Haney. They share this birthday with famous people including Pres. James Garfield 1831, subject of a great song by Johnny Cash ("Mr. Garfield"); Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi 1917; ageless talk show host Larry King 1933; Dick Cavett 1936; Ted Turner 1938; Calvin Klein 1942; drummer Matt Sorum (The Cult, Guns 'N' Roses) 1960; actress Meg Ryan 1961; actress Jodie Foster 1962; and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Strug 1977.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1963 - Hank Bauer is named to replace Billy Hitchcock as manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

On this day in world history...

1850 - The first life insurance policy for a woman was issued. Carolyn Ingraham, 36 years old, bought the policy in Madison, NJ.

1863 - U.S. President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.

1954 - Two automatic toll collectors were placed in service on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey.

1959 - Ford Motor Co. announced it was ending the production of the unpopular Edsel.

1977 - Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to set foot in Israel on an official visit.

1985 - U.S. President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva.

1990 - NATO and the Warsaw Pact signed a treaty of nonaggression.

2007 - The Amazon Kindle was first released.

Consider this your discussion space for the two UFC Fight Nights scheduled for today. Because I can't bring myself to watch Maryland football vs Nebraska today.