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Saturday Bird Droppings

Brad Brach finally became human, Buck Showalter's probably planning PFPs, and a look at some (hopefully) future Orioles after Day 2 of the draft.

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About Last Night

Gausman remains winless, Orioles lose 4-3 to Blue Jays | The Charlotte Observer

Ten starts into the season, Baltimore's Kevin Gausman is still looking for his first win. Pretty sure that wasn't what Orioles fans expected coming out of Spring Training, although it isn't really all his fault.

Brach on the home run pitch (plus other quotes) - Steve Melewski

Brad Brach wasn't going to stay perfect all season, and last night was the night probability caught up with him.

Showalter miffed by spike in fielding error by Orioles' pitchers - Baltimore Sun

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is miffed by spike in fielding error by Orioles' pitchers. And let's face it, we should be miffed, too.

Southpaw opponent could give Rickard chance to soften slump - School of Roch

The Orioles are facing a left-hander this afternoon in Toronto, giving Joey Rickard another chance to leave the bench and most likely play right field. Seems we're starting to see an established platoon develop in the outfield.

Ryan Flaherty knows his value to the Orioles is his versatility, but he's glad to help on offense, too - Baltimore Sun

Did you know Flash has the second-highest Defensive Runs Saved among AL third basemen, behind only Adrian Beltre? I did not know that.

The Draft

Orioles draft the son of controversial former star Rafael Palmeiro | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

The Orioles selected Preston Palmeiro, a first baseman from N.C. State, in the seventh round. His brother Patrick actually made an appearance in Spring Training with the Orioles farm system this year.

MLB Draft: Winter Haven's Tobias Myers taken in 6th round by Baltimore Orioles |

An alum of Trey Mancini's high school was taken in the sixth round.

Major League notebook: Orioles select Windham graduate Dube in 10th - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

The O's added another college arm in right-handed pitcher Cody Dube from Keene State University.

Birthdays and History

No current or former Orioles player has a birthday today. But these people do: 1880 Jeannette Rankin, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana); 1910 Jacques Cousteau, French oceanic explorer; 1913 Vince Lombardi, NFL coach; 1956 Joe Montana, NFL quarterback; 1959 Hugh Laurie, English actor; 1969 Peter Dinklage, American actor; and 1986 Shia LaBeouf, American actor.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1999 - The Orioles defeat the Braves‚ 6 - 2‚ as Albert Belle's streak of 392 consecutive games - the longest such active streak - is ended. Belle is benched by Baltimore manager Ray Miller for failing to run out a ground ball.

On this day in world history...

1184 BC Trojan War: Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes.

631 Emperor Taizong of Tang of China, sends envoys to the Xueyantuo bearing gold and silk for the release of Chinese prisoners captured during transition from Sui to Tang from northern frontier; succeeds in freeing 80,000

1776 Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, andRobert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence

1963 US President John F. Kennedy says segregation is morally wrong & that it is "time to act"

1987 Margaret Thatcher is 1st British Prime Minister in 160 years to win a 3rd consecutive term

Consider this your discussion space for the 148th Belmont Stakes.