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The Orioles hit three home runs, and the Rangers hit none. Guess who won 8-4. HINT: Not the Orioles.

Jon Schoop
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Rangers grind out win over powerful O's | Reuters
"Saturday night Baltimore added to its American League-leading total with three homers against the Rangers, but Texas was able to put together a six-run seventh inning without a homer to rally past Baltimore 8-4."

Baltimore Orioles, Yovani Gallardo need more than just homers - BIrdsWatcher
The good news was the three Orioles home runs last night. The bad news was all three were solo shots, and the O's left nine runners on base.

While it's tempting to activate Kevin Gausman now, one more rehab start is a good idea - Baltimore Sun
"I think the biggest thing being a starter is sitting down multiple times and getting back up multiple times," Kevin Gausman said. "I think that’s the biggest difference between a starting pitcher and a reliever. I felt good out there. I threw some real good pitches and got some big strikeouts when I needed them. I wish I would have thrown more first-pitch outs but sometimes the game kind of dictates otherwise."

One year after knee injury ended a hot April, Jonathan Schoop is producing a better one - Baltimore Sun
"Entering Saturday’s game, Jonathan Schoop was batting .314/.351/.686 with three home runs, four doubles and eight RBIs in 10 games. He played nine games before he tore his PCL and sprained his MCL after an awkward step on first base last April 17 in Boston. When he went on the disabled list, he had three home runs and seven RBIs with a .259/.310/.630 line."

Orioles' T.J. McFarland: Fails to capitalize on opportunity -
"It appears any chance of T.J. McFarland remaining with the Orioles is gone. The 26-year-old made the roster because of any injury to Brian Matusz. So far, McFarland has gone 0-1 with two blown saves and a 5.68 ERA. With Matusz expected back this week, McFarland is likely to be heading back down to the minors."

School of Roch: Orioles, Rangers unsure whether weather will let them play
"Depending on which forecast you check today, we’re getting a lot of rain or a whole bunch of rain. There may be a few windows to play the game, but we could be here all night. The Orioles will wait as long as necessary rather than lose their off-day on Monday." And the Rangers' players would have to approve it, since it would give them 24 games in a row if they do.

Orioles minor league report: First base prospect Trey Mancini starts hot - Baltimore Sun
"First baseman Trey Mancini, who last season won the Eastern League batting title, opened the season with four home runs in his first six games for the Baysox. The rest of his team entered Saturday with four home runs between them."

Did you see Cal Ripken Jr. in Salisbury on Saturday?
"Orioles legend and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. was spotted at Saturday's Delmarva Shorebirds game. Ripken's son, Ryan is a player for the Hagerstown Suns. The Suns spoiled the Shorebirds home opener on Thursday and are looking for a four-game sweep on Sunday." Man, the ONE DAY I go to the other side of the bay to watch softball...

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Craig Worthington and Dave Huppert. They share it with famous people including 1923 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster; 1954 Rowdy Roddy Piper, Canadian professional wrestler; 1961 Boomer Esiason, UMd and NFL quarterback; 1964 Maynard James Keenan, singer for Tool and A Perfect Circle; 1967 Liz Phair, American musician/songwriter; and 1972 Jennifer Garner, American actress.

On this date in Baltimore baseball history...

1993 - In the Baltimore Orioles' 7 - 5 loss to the Angels, Baltimore winds up with three runners on third base in a rare display of dumb baseball. With the bases loaded and one out, Mike Devereaux hits a fly ball which is trapped by Angels center fielder Chad Curtis, who throws home. Jeff Tackett, the baserunner on third, returns to the base after running halfway home. Brady Anderson, who was on second, advances to third. Chito Martinez, the baserunner on first base, rounds second and heads for third. Angels catcher John Orton walks to third base where he tags all three runners. Tackett is called out on a force, and Martinez is also called out, completing the rare inning-ending double play.

On this date in world history...

1397 Geoffrey Chaucer tells the "Canterbury Tales" for the first time at the court of English King Richard II
1492 Christopher Columbus signs contract with Spain to find Indies
1895 Treaty of Shimonoseki signing ends the First 1st Sino-Japanese War (1894-95)
1961 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow Castro
1982 Canada adopts its constitution

Consider this your discussion space for University of Maryland Club Softball, as they have a triple-header against Johns Hopkins today to try and qualify for NCSA Regional playoff action. Go Terps!