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Yovani Gallardo hopes his shoulder injury isn't serious. Um, yeah, good luck with that, YoGa.

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Orioles lose game, starter Gallardo after 4-2 loss to Royals - USA Today
"The Baltimore Orioles lost another game and may also have lost starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo to a shoulder injury."

Steve Melewski: Yovani Gallardo and Buck Showalter on Gallardo's early exit
"I wasn’t able to extend to get that release point. I think that’s why the ball was just up and all over the place. Felt like the ball was coming out of my hand and the strength wasn’t there. Hopefully, it wasn’t anything serious. I’ll go back to Baltimore tomorrow to see a doctor and we’ll go from there." Yup, doesn't sound serious at all...

After McFarland gives Orioles' much-needed bullpen length, will his reward be a trip to Norfolk? - Baltimore Sun
"T.J. McFarland’s five shutout inning relief outing in the Orioles’ 4-2 loss to the Royals on Friday night preserved the team’s bullpen, giving the Orioles some hope of salvaging their three-game weekend series at Kauffman Stadium. And the reward McFarland, whose 66 pitches were the most he’s thrown in relief in 22 months, will likely receive on Saturday is a trip to Triple-A Norfolk." Such is the fate of an Orioles player with options.

Orioles notebook: Tyler Wilson to start Saturday, Brian Matusz to be activated off DL - Baltimore Sun
"Orioles rookie right-hander Tyler Wilson, who has pitched well in a long-relief role this season, will make his first start of the season Saturday against the Kansas City Royals. The move will allow the club to cover itself with long relief bullpen help and still activate two pitchers coming off the disabled list -- left-handed reliever Brian Matusz on Saturday and right-hander Kevin Gausman to start Monday." Yay, Brian Matusz is coming back. Oh, goody. Yay.

Steve Melewski: After three rehab starts, Kevin Gausman awaits season debut (updated)
"Manager Buck Showalter announced during his pregame media sesssion that Tyler Wilson will start here tomorrow night and that Kevin Gausman will indeed start Monday against Tampa Bay. Vance Worley is, for now, in the bullpen. Brian Matusz is still expected to be activated off the DL tomorrow." Yay, Kevin Gausman is coming back!

School of Roch: Orioles announce starting time for makeup game
"The Orioles announced today that their makeup game against the Rangers on June 20 in Arlington, Texas, will start at 8:05 p.m. ET." Nothing side a trip to Texas between home games with a 8:05 p.m. Eastern start. Texas wouldn't budge on an afternoon start time. Then again, June in Texas. I kinda get it.

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Sean Henn, who somehow made 6 appearances for the 2009 Orioles. Seriously, does ANYONE remember this guy? Also to Chico Fernandez and Buddy Peterson.  They share this birthday with famous people including 1564 William Shakespeare, obscure English writer; 1791 James Buchanan, 15th US president and greatest passer of the buck in American history; 1813 Stephen Arnold Douglas, U.S. senator and failed presidential candidate; 1858 Max Planck, German physicist and father of Quantum Physics; 1928 Shirley Temple, American actress; 1932 Jim Fixx, jogger/writer; 1936 Roy Orbison, rock musician; 1939 Lee Majors, The $32,180,000 Man (inflation-adjusted); 1943 Herve Villechaize, actor; 1954 Michael Moore, American filmmaker; 1977 Kal Penn, American actor; and 1977 John Oliver, English comedian.

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

1994 - Baltimore Orioles closer Lee Smith picks up his ninth save in just Baltimore's 16th game to reach the mark faster than anyone else in major league history.

In world history on this date...

215 BC A temple, built on the Capitoline Hill, is dedicated to Venus Erycina to commemorate the Roman defeat at Lake Trasimene
1014 King Brian Boru of Ireland defeats Viking forces at Battle of Clontarf, freeing Ireland from foreign control
1597 William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance
1861 Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)
1968 1st decimal coins issued in Britain (5 & 10 new pence, replacing shilling and two-shilling pieces)
1984 AIDS-virus identified as HTLV-III (acquired immune deficiency syndrome)

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