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Sunday Bird Droppings

Kevin Gausman was lights out in Game 1, the offense rescued Chris Tillman in Game 2, and the Red Sox lost, so the O's added 1.5 games to their lead. That's a pretty good Saturday.

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Let's Play Two!

Gausman's gem leads Orioles to win in game one of doubleheader-
Kevin Gausman came up huge in the Game 1 win, pitching 7.2 innings. "I was able to kind of mix and match, throw my sinker and then throw my 4-seam a little bit harder. I threw some really good breaking balls when I needed to and got some key outs. The biggest thing was the defense picked me up a lot of the time today and there was some unreal plays behind me."

Orioles hit 4 HRs to beat Rays 8-6 for doubleheader sweep (Jun 25, 2016) | FOX Sports
Matt Wieters hit two homers, and the Baltimore Orioles rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Tampa Bay 8-6 Saturday night for a doubleheader sweep that extended the Rays' losing streak to 10 games.

Showalter speaks after sweep - School of Roch
Buck Showalter on why he chose to let Chris Tillman pitch Game 2: "He’s handled it real well. That’s why we wanted him to pitch the second game. His mental toughness. Chris has had a lot of experience with it. He’s not getting here at 9 o’clock and playing bingo. He handled it well." No, I have no idea what he meant, either, but it sounds pretty cool.

On a night of big offense, a defensive play may have saved the game - Steve Melewski
Adam Jones probably saved the game with his diving catch with bases loaded and two outs in the third inning. Make it, and the O's deficit stays at four runs. Miss it, and the Rays are up 7-0 and still batting. It was kind of a big deal, and his teammates noticed.

Is There A Draft In Here?

Orioles 'got a monster' in baseball-focused first-rounder Cody Sedlock - Baltimore Sun
Cody Sedlock, the Orioles' 2016 first-round pick, wrote a book when he was 8. On the "About the Author" page, he said he wanted to be a baseball player. And now he is. Pretty cool.

Pro baseball: Orioles assign Bartlesville's James Teague to Gulf Coast League - Tulsa World: Pro Baseball
Former Bartlesville pitcher James Teague has signed with the Baltimore Orioles and been assigned to the team's rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate in Sarasota, Florida.

Birthdays & History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Luis Hernandez, Mike Griffin, and Gene Green. They share this birthday with famous folks like 1819 Abner Doubleday, supposed inventor of baseball; 1824 William Thomson Kelvin, physicist and originator of the Kelvin temperature scale; 1893 "Big Bill" Broonzy, blues singer/guitarist; 1898 Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history; 1909 "Col. Tom" Parker, [Dries Van Kruijk], manager of Elvis Presley; 1956 Chris Isaak, American rock singer/songwriter; 1961 Terri Nunn, American singer (Berlin-Take My Breath Away); 1974 Derek "Pasta Diving" Jeter, baseball shortstop; 1992 Jennette McCurdy, American actress; 1993 Ariana Grande, American singer.

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

1901 - Boston arrives in Philadelphia for an expected game against the A's, unaware that the schedule had been changed and they are supposed to be in Baltimore. The Orioles squad and 4500 fans wait for an hour and a half in 90-degree heat for Boston to arrive. The American League umpire assigned to the game shows up in Philly as well.

1970 - Frank Robinson belts two successive grand slams during a 12 - 2 Oriole romp over the Senators, just the 7th major leaguer to ever accomplish the feat. Dave McNally, the winning pitcher, Don Buford and Paul Blair trot home ahead of him on each blow. They will be Robby's only grand slams for the O's.

Today in world history...

363 Roman Emperor Julian is killed during retreat from the Sassanid Empire. General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by troops on the battlefield.

1794 Battle of Fleurus: major victory by forces of the First French Republic under General Jean-Baptiste Jourdan over the Coalition Army (Great Britain, Hanover, Dutch Republic, and Habsburgs) first use of reconnaissance balloon

1857 The first 62 recipients are awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in the Crimean war by Queen Victoria

1896 1st movie theater in the US opens - Vitascope Hall in New Orleans, charging 10 cents for admission

1917 1st US Expeditionary Force arrive in France during WW I

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