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The O's split a pair with the A's and Ubaldo Jimenez looked pretty good doing it. Mike Wright? Not so much.

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Davis HR backs Jimenez as Orioles beat A's 5-2 for split |
"Chris Davis homered, Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight effective innings and the Orioles beat the Athletics 5-2 on Saturday night."

Ubaldo Jimenez on his outing; Chris Davis on his homer and the win - Steve Melewski
"There is always motivation to pitch good," Ubaldo Jimenez said after pitching the O’s past the A’s 5-2. "But I try to forget what happened in the past because there is nothing you can do with it. In baseball, every day is a new day. If you want to be there for your team, you have to find a way to move on." I'm assuming the gave it 100%, tried to stay within himself and wanted to get his teammates involved in the game.

Athletics' Jed Lowrie: Collects three hits, two RBI in first game of day-night double-header -
"(Jed) Lowrie went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBI in an 8-4 victory over the Orioles on Saturday."

Mike Wright on his outing today; Paul Janish on being added by O's - Steve Melewski
"I felt like I was throwing really well," Wright said. "Just like the other games, I was executing pitches and felt my velo was pretty good. Felt pretty solid about it." - Mike Wright. Discuss.

Today's game and the story behind Reimold's home run bat - School of Roch
"Nolan Reimold cleared the out-of-town scoreboard in right field in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Orioles a 6-3 win. He borrowed a bat that previously belonged to Luke Scott." And why was it still around? The answer is Brady Anderson.

Orioles' Paul Janish: Brought up to add shortstop depth Saturday -
"Manager Buck Showalter said he did not want to play Manny Machado at shortstop for 18 innings Saturday, so Paul Janish was brought up to help ease the burden."

Celebrating first Mother's Day without his mom, Orioles' Buck Showalter thinks of her every day - Baltimore Sun
"I think about her every day," Buck said. "I can't tell you how many times I've picked up the phone to call her. She lived and died with everything we did. Maybe that's too strong. She took a lot of pride in how the Orioles were doing. That was a big thing at the house. Everybody knew at 6:45, 15 minutes before the game, you had to be inside the house sitting down. Everybody was welcome, but at 7 o'clock, you weren't getting in the house."

Orioles' Kevin Gausman helps on Mother's Day |
"Major League Baseball's initiative for Mother's Day hits home for Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, whose maternal grandmother passed away from breast cancer before the right-hander was born."

Happy Mother's Day! Call your mom if possible. Mine will be celebrating with my sister as I take kids to Trimper's Amusements because I'm the worst son ever. OK, maybe the Menendez brothers locked up that title. And I will call her, I promise.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Alfredo "Weak Sauce" Simon, John Maine, and 4x All Star Mike Cuellar. They share ti with famous people including 1737 Edward Gibbon, English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire); 1753 Phillis Wheatley, American poet; 1884 Harry Truman, 33rd US President; 1911 Robert Johnson, American blues singer; 1926 David Attenborough, Naturalist; 1926 Don Rickles, comedian; 1932 Sonny Liston, American heavyweight boxer; 1953 Alex Van Halen, drummer; 1964 Melissa Gilbert, actress, whom I may or may not have had a crush on in the early 1980s; and 1975 Enrique Iglesias, Spanish singer-songwriter.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1966 - Orioles outfielder Frank Robinson hits the only ball ever completely out of Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. The shot clears the left-field single-deck grandstand's rear wall, 451-feet away, going an estimated 541 feet. The hit comes off Indian hurler Luis Tiant. Tiant had pitched 27 scoreless innings in a row prior to the shot. Baltimore wins, 8 - 3, to tie Cleveland for first place.

1979 - Consecutive home runs by Eddie Murray, Lee May and Gary Roenicke in the 6th inning power the Orioles to an 8 - 2 win over Oakland. Murray has now hit in 19 straight games.

1997 - In Baltimore, the O's stop Randy Johnson's 16-game win streak with a decisive 13 - 3 pasting of the Mariners. Baltimore is led by Chris Hoiles, who collects six RBIs on two homers and a double. Johnson strikes out 10 in six innings, but gives up five runs on six hits and two walks as he attempts to become the first American League pitcher since Dave McNally (1968-1969) to win 17 straight.

2014 - In the 6th inning of today's game between the Orioles and Rays, Brad Boxberger is called in relief of David Price with nobody out and the bases full of Orioles baserunners. Nine pitches later, Boxberger has struck out the side, in what is an unprecedented feat, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Orioles are still winners, 3 - 1.

Today in world history...

1660 English parliament declares Charles Stuart to be King Charles II of England

1895 China cedes Taiwan to Japan under Treaty of Shimonoseki

1945 V-E Day; WWII ends in Europe after Germany signs an unconditional surrender

1980 World Health Organization announced smallpox had been eradicated

2007 A new Northern Ireland Executive is formed with Ian Paisley (Democratic Unionist Party) as First Minister and Martin McGuinness (Sinn Féin) as Deputy First Minister

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