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Wild Card Game - Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays
Brad Brach
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It’s the day before Christmas, and tonight’s the start of Hanukkah. However you spend this time of year, enjoy the time with family and friends if possible. And if not, well that soul-sucking job is keeping the lights and heat on, right? On that happy note, on to the few nuggets of rumor and innuendo I could find concerning the Orioles...

Orioles have interest in free-agent outfielder Rajai Davis - The Sun

Mark wrote this up yesterday, but here’s The Sun’s report on possible Orioles interest in an actual outfielder.

Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson looking to learn from last year's trials - The Sun

Wow, I’d knew he’d hard a hard year, but a trial? Oh. It’s a metaphor. Oops. Carry on.

Duquette: “Still looking for opportunities to build the club” - MASN

Knowing him, he’s looking at plans for a gazebo on Eutaw Street.

Challenges of an early lineup and the need for a left-handed bat - MASN

The O’s lineup leans more right than the Tower of Pisa. Better do something about that, DD.

A tale of love, loss, adoption and Oriole legend Brooks Robinson - BaltimoreBaseball

Mentioned in yesterday's BD, but worthy of an entry. Go read it. Have some tissue ready.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to The Mentor Kevin Millwood. He shares today’s birthday with famous people including King John of England 1167; industrialist and certified nutjob Howard Hughes 1905; actress Ava Gardner 1922; singer and Beastie Boys namecheck Lee Dorsey 1924; bassist and all-around badass Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead 1945; and singer Ricky Martin 1971.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history... not much happened.

On this day in world history...

1814 - The War of 1812 between the U.S. and Britain was ended with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent in Belgium.

1818 - Franz Gruber of Oberndorf, Germany composed the music for "Silent Night" to words written by Josef Mohr.

1851 - A fire devastated the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, destroying about 35,000 volumes.

1865 - Several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, TN, called the Ku Klux Klan.

1943 - U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt appointed Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower supreme commander of Allied forces as part of Operation Overlord.

1948 - For the first time ever, a midnight Mass was broadcast on television. It was held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

2000 - 36 minutes after the end of a game, both the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins were called back to the playing field. The teams had to play the final 3 seconds of the game which the Dolphins had won 27-24. The end result did not change.

Have a merry Christmas Eve, and remember - 15-20 minutes per pound to cook a completely thawed and unstuffed turkey, and if it’s frozen, add another 7-10 or so minutes per pound. So that 12-pound bird in your fridge is gonna take about 3 hours at 325 degrees.