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Hyun Soo Kim had his first extra-base hit, Pedro Alvarez continued to hit, but it wasn't enough as Zach Britton went down with an ankle injury.

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Hyun Soo Kim
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Jose Abreu helps White Sox rally past Orioles |
"Jose Abreu's RBI single in the ninth inning gave the White Sox an 8-7 win over the Orioles in a seesaw affair on Saturday night at a cold and rainy Camden Yards. Abreu singled off reliever Vance Worley, who took over with one out and a runner on first base after Orioles closer Zach Britton exited with a left ankle sprain."

Showalter speaks after 8-7 loss - School of Roch
"We’re going to have challenges during the year," said manager Buck Showalter. "We did a lot of good things tonight. But no, I’m not one of those guys. Something happens, we’ll deal with it and our club knows that. We had a lot of good things happen tonight."

Video: White Sox challenge new slide rule on Manny Machado, lose
"Orioles third baseman Manny Machado reached for the leg of White Sox second baseman Brett Lawrie as he tried to halt a triple play on Saturday, but was not found to have violated the league’s new slide rule upon review." Pretty simple to me - the White Sox should have been awarded a triple play. Discuss.

Orioles' Kim Hyun-soo records 1st double in three-hit game - Yonhap News Agency

"Kim Hyun-soo of the Baltimore Orioles picked up his first major league double as part of a three-hit game at home Saturday. Batting ninth and playing left field, Kim went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the 8-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Kim is batting .600 (9-for-15) in his first big league season."

Darren O'Day on tonight's loss and Zach Britton's injury (plus other clubhouse quotes) - Steve Melewski
"It was a bad night, but if you look at the body of work we’ve put together, we have a lot of confidence. So we’ll figure something out." - Darren O'Day

Zach Britton has sprained left ankle - School of Roch
"Orioles closer Zach Britton sprained his left ankle tonight while trying to field a bunt single by White Sox leadoff hitter Adam Eaton. The club announced afterward that Britton sprained the ankle. For now, it’s nothing more serious than a day-to-day situation."

Orioles minor league report: Paul Janish starts hot at plate - Baltimore Sun
"Shortstop Paul Janish saw a seven-game hitting streak end Monday, but he still entered Friday ranked fourth in the International League with a team-leading .352 batting average through 16 games. The glove-first infielder had 19 hits, 18 of which were singles. He was joined in the Norfolk infield by Ryan Flaherty, who went 5-for-10 with a double and an RBI in his first two games there."

Orioles' Hunter Harvey deals with groin issue |
"Despite the latest injury news, Buck Showalter didn't think 2016 will be a lost year for Hunter Harvey. Asked if Harvey could pitch at some point this season in the Minors, Showalter said, "I think so. Lot of '16 [left], a lot of leagues that go on in 2016."

Why is former Oriole Cal Ripken Jr.'s divorce case sealed? - Baltimore Sun
"When former Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. and his wife, Kelly, divorced last week, the documents were placed under seal in Baltimore County Circuit Court. That's not the case for most divorces."

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Allan Ramierz. He shares it with famous people like 1738 Kamehameha I, King of Hawaii; 1830 Mother (Mary Harris) Jones, US reformer and labor organizer; 1852 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman; 1923 Joseph Heller, American novelist; 1924 Patricia Roberts Harris, 1st US African American woman cabinet member; and 1939 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

2014 - Three doubleheaders are played today, a result of recent inclement weather, and they all end in sweeps. The Orioles win two from the Pirates, 5 - 1 and 6 -5, with Matt Wieters hitting a 10th-inning walk-off homer in the nightcap; 3B Manny Machado makes his return to the field in the second game after missing the first month of the season. Finally, the Rays defeat Boston twice in Fenway Park, 2 - 1 and 6 - 5, as Red Sox pitchers issue 18 walks in the two games.

In world history today...

1707 Acts of Union comes into force, uniting England and Scotland to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain

1753 Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

1841 First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California

1886 US general strike for 8-hour working day begins

1898 George Dewey commands "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley" as US route Spanish fleet at Manila

1931 Empire State Building opens in New York City during the nadir of the Great Depression.

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Softball - Maryland at Minnesota.