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Chris Archer won't be putting last night's game on his 2016 Cy Young candidacy reel. The O's dropped four bombs, and Archer's ERA looked like Stalingrad when they were done.

Manny Machado hit the ball far.
Manny Machado hit the ball far.
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

With 4 homers off Chris Archer, Baltimore Orioles' bats send message - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
"With temps in the 40s for most of the game and snow in the forecast for Saturday, the Birds bombarded Rays ace Chris Archer, taking him deep four times. Three of those dingers came in a lumber-loaded fifth inning that included back-to-back jacks by Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado."

Orioles can thank patience for power surge in win over Rays - Baltimore Sun
"Rays ace Chris Archer, considered by many to be a leading candidate for the AL Cy Young Award, allowed 19 homers all of last season. The Orioles hit three homers off him in an 11-pitch span in the fifth inning in Friday's 6-1 win over the Rays."

Weekend finally brings opportunities for Orioles pitchers Mike Wright, Vance Worley - Baltimore Sun
"Two pitchers who came about their chance to start this weekend for the Orioles in different ways and have seemingly waited an eternity to pitch this season — Mike Wright and Vance Worley — are scheduled to take the mound with something to prove."

Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez wants to know where the Orioles fans have been this week - Baltimore Sun
"This is Baltimore. This is one place where you knew you were going to get fans in the stands. I don’t understand why that’s happening, and I guarantee you it’s not the weather because I’ve been there in some other early-season kind of atmospheres. So I don’t quite get it. Why is it that they’re not drawing fans?"

Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy says Thursday was like his second debut - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
"Being so amped up, my mechanics were a tick off here and there. If you’re an inch off at the mound, you’re going to be a foot off at the plate. I didn’t really have too much command of the ball."

While waiting for power to come, Orioles' Mark Trumbo is putting on a base-running clinic - Baltimore Sun
"I guess the casual fan would just look at probably just pure speed," Trumbo said. "I think some of the aspects of base running — I’ve played some guys who maybe don’t have blazing speed but make really good decisions. I’ve tried to watch what they do, and maybe always remember some of the situations they took advantage of."

What to expect from Baltimore Orioles rookie Tyler Wilson - Minor League Ball
"Tyler Wilson threw well in spring training: 17.1 innings, 2.60 ERA, 10/1 K/BB. He did give up 18 hits but his exceptional control prevented any significant damage. Given his performance in Triple-A last year (3.24 ERA, 63/18 K/BB in 94 innings) and his successful major league trial last fall (3.23 in 39 innings, 14/11 K/BB), the Orioles made the right decision bringing him north. It already paid dividends with three shutout relief innings following a rain delay on Opening Day."

Happy birthday to former Orioles "Drop and Drive" Adam Loewen and Dennis Sarfate. They share it with famous people including 1336 Tamerlane (Timur), Turkic conqueror and founder of the Timurid Dynasty; 1835 Leopold II, King of Belgians; 1898 Curly Lambeau, First coach of the Green Bay Packers; 1898 Paul Robeson, singer and all-around fascinating guy; 1903 Gregory Pincus, inventor (birth control pill); 1905 J William Fulbright, (Sen-D-Ark); 1926 Hugh Hefner, American magazine publisher and businessman (Playboy), which makes him 14 years older than my dad; 1954 Dennis Quaid, actor; 1957 Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer; 1977 Gerard Way, American musician (My Chemical Romance); and 1990 Kristen Stewart, American actress.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1959 - At Griffith Stadium, the Baltimore Orioles become the first team in major league history to turn a triple play on Opening Day.

1970 - Diminutive Baltimore Orioles outfielder Don Buford slams home runs from both sides of the plate in a 13 - 1 rout of the Cleveland Indians. Not known as a power hitter, the switch-hitter Buford will hit a career-high 17 home runs this year.

1976 - In a classic Opening Day pitchers' duel between Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles and Ferguson Jenkins of the Boston Red Sox, who will combine for 552 major league wins, Palmer prevails, 1 - 0.

1998 - The Baltimore Orioles win their seventh straight game, 2 - 1, over the Royals, tying the score on Cal Ripken's 7th-inning home run.

2006 - Tomoaki Kanemoto breaks Cal Ripken Jr.'s world record of 902 consecutive games played without missing an inning.

In world history on this date...

1483 Edward V (aged 12) succeeds his father Edward IV as king of England. He is never crowned, and disappears presumed murdered, after incarceration in the Tower of London with his younger brother Richard (the "Princes in the Tower")

1731 British mariner Robert Jenkins' ear cut off by Spanish Guarde Costa in the Caribbean, later catalyst for war between Britain & Spain

1865 US Civil War: Confederate General Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrender at Appomattox Court House to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant

1869 Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada

2003 Baghdad falls to U.S. forces ending the invasion of Iraqi but resulting in widespread looting

Consider this your discussion space for a tradition like none other - the U.S. Olympic Trials in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Two Maryland natives - Kyle Snyder (97 kg FS) and Daniel Miller (98 kg GR) - are looking to secure spots on the U.S. Team. Miller's bracket wrestles today, Snyder's bracket wrestles tomorrow.