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The Angels' starter imploded, the O's bats exploded, and Dylan Bundy seems awfully good at milking cows for somewhere who swears he's almost never done it before. And Happy Birthday, Joey Baesball and Switch-Hitting Jesus!

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Orioles recap: Four home runs lift O's to 9-4 win over Angels to open series - Baltimore Sun
Hector Santiago probably should have known it wasn't his night when he gave up Joey Rickard's fourth home run of the season. And it sure didn't get any better from there for him, as he was ejected in the third inning after arguing balls and strikes. Oh, and giving up three of the four homeruns the O's hit in the game. That, too.

Orioles notes: Left-hander T.J. McFarland leaves start for Triple-A Norfolk with knee injury - Baltimore Sun
Orioles left-hander T.J. McFarland left Friday's game with Triple-A Norfolk with a knee injury suffered while covering home plate.So I guess that answers the question I had in the minors recap earlier today. And his injury probably solidifies Brian Matusz' place as the lefty specialist in the bullpen even deeper.

Mark Trumbo powering Orioles - and slowly gaining control of his destiny |
Mark Trumbo's start to this season does make you wonder why the Orioles are his fourth team in four years. But hey, glad he's here this year.

Orioles' reliever Dylan Bundy wins pre-game cow-milking contest on the field in Anaheim - Baltimore Sun
"Apparently a rookie guy does it or a reliever, and I happen to be both," Dylan Bundy said. "I think I got picked for that reason, and for some reason, people on the team think I milk cows all the time. I don't. I think I've milked one cow in my life." He may not have been happy about it, but he pulled out the win ... I'll see myself out.

Happy Birthday to Joey Rickard and Matt Wieters! It's also the birthday of former Orioles Andrew Miller, Tommy Davis, Chris Widger, and Bob Molinaro. They share this birthday with famous people like 120 BC Aurelia Cotta, Mother of Julius Caesar; 1471 Albrecht Durer, my favorite Renaissance painter/print maker; 1527 Philip II, King of Spain; 1904 Fats Waller, American jazz singer and composer; 1921 Andrei Sakharov, Russian nuclear physicist and an activist for disarmament, peace and human rights; 1951 Al Franken, comedian/writer/actor/U.S. Senator; 1952 Mr. T, [Lawrence Tureaud], American actor; 1957 Judge Reinhold, actor; 1957 Bruce Buffer, UFC announcer; 1960 Jeffrey Dahmer, American serial killer; and 1972 The Notorious B.I.G., American rapper.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1896 - Louisville gets a rare victory, riding Mike McDermott's two-hitter to a 1 - 0 win over Baltimore. This is McDermott's only good performance of the year. In the remaining 56 innings he will pitch this year, he will allow 85 hits. That Orioels team went on to a 90-39 record.

1962 - The Orioles sign veteran Robin Roberts, released by the Yankees on April 30th. Roberts will win 42 games for Baltimore before going to Houston.

In world history...

1792 Mount Unzen on Japan's Shimabara Peninsula, erupts creating a tsumasi, killing about 15,000; Japan's deadliest volcanic eruption

1832 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore)

1871 -July 28] French regular troops attack Commune of Paris; 17,000 die

1904 Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) forms in Paris

1927 Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after the first solo air crossing of Atlantic

1932 1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland

2004 Stanislav Petrov awarded World Citizen Award for averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 after correctly guessing Russian early warning system at fault

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Mens' Lacrosse - Maryland at Syracuse (at Brown Stadium). Neutral site NCAA lacrosse playoff games before the Final Four seem dumb.