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Saturday Bird Droppings

Orioles win a game, sign their highest remaining draft pick, and name Dylan Bundy the starer for Sunday's game, his first MLB start. That's a pretty good day.

Zach Britton moves up the Orioles career saves list.
Zach Britton moves up the Orioles career saves list.
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About Last Night

Schoop's Homer in 8th Lifts Orioles Past Rays 4-3 - The New York Times
Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles came back from an early deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Friday night.

Britton Moves Into Fourth-Place On Orioles' Saves List - TKB
Orioles' closer Zach Britton continues to move upward on the club's all-time saves list as the veteran lefty has taken over sole possession of fourth-place.

This Is The Best Bad Idea We Have. By Far.

Orioles finally giving a former top prospect a shot in their problematic rotation -
There's basically a group full of question marks or downright bad options behind Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman. Which is why it makes sense that the Orioles will indeed give Dylan Bundy his first career start on Sunday.

Bundy "really excited" to start Sunday (plus other notes) - School of Roch
Dylan Bundy hasn’t been informed of a pitch count or innings limit, but he’s aware that they exist. "I’m sure there is, but I don’t know anything about it, which is all I care to know about it. I’m just going to go out there to compete and give the team as many innings as I can," he said.

Taking the rotation for another spin - School of Roch
"The starter for Tuesday night in New York remains a mystery, but it’s clear that Tyler Wilson is a prime candidate. He was on a pitch count last night with Triple-A Norfolk to make him available on three days’ rest, though allowing four runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings didn’t strengthen his cause."

This Is A Happy Occassion!

Adam Jones Wants Orioles Fans To ‘Be Happy, Be Positive’ " CBS Baltimore
"You can point out all the bad things, but point out the good things. We’re in first place. As of right now, be happy we’re in first place." Adam Jones is the best.

Orioles notes: O'Day to throw another bullpen session Saturday - Baltimore Sun
"Do we do a sim, do we go right to rehab? Does he even need rehab? Can we go off a couple of sim games? We're not talking about a guy who needs to pitch four or five innings." - Buck Showalter on Darren O'Day's progress.

Orioles agree to terms with seventh-round pick Preston Palmeiro - Steve Melewski
With less than two hours remaining before today’s 5 p.m. deadline to sign 2016 draft picks, the Orioles reached an agreement with N.C. State first baseman Preston Palmeiro, their seventh-round pick.

History & Birthdays

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Eddie Fisher. He's it. Sorry, birthday people. He shares this day with famous people like Mary Baker Eddy (1821), American founder of Christian Science; Ida B. Wells (1862), US civil rights activist; Roald Amundsen (1872), Norwegian polar explorer who led the 1st expedition to the South Pole; "Shoeless" Joe Jackson (1887), Chicago White Sox player; Orville Redenbacher (1907), American popcorn king; Ginger Rogers [Virginia McMath] (1911), American actress, dancer and singer; Margaret Smith Court (1942), Australian tennis champion; Jimmy Johnson (1943), American NFL coach; Stewart Copeland (1952), drummer (The Police); Phoebe Cates (1963), actress; Will Ferrell (1967), American comedian; Kim Rhode (1979), 3X Olympic Gold Medalist, American double trap and skeet shooter.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1902 - Giants owner Andrew Freedman announces he has purchased controlling interest in the Baltimore club and releases Dan McGann, Roger Bresnahan, Joe McGinnity, and Jack Cronin to sign with New York. Mike Donlin, Joe Kelley and Cy Seymour go to the Reds, where Kelley will take over as manager.

1958 - P Jack Harshman of the Orioles hits two homers in a 6 - 5 win against the White Sox in the nitecap of a doubleheader.

1967 - At Yankee Stadium, Baltimore outlasts the Yankees to win, 2 - 1, in 14 innings. New York manages just four hits, including a solo homer by Mickey Mantle, off Bill Dillman.

On this day in world history...

622 Muslim Era begins - Muhammad begins flight from Mecca to Medina (Hijra)

1054 Three Roman legates fracture relations between Western and Eastern Christian churches by placing invalid Papal Bull of Excommunication on altar of Hagia Sophia during Saturday afternoon divine liturgy. Often dated as start of the East-West Schism.

1519 Public debate between Martin Luther & theologist John Eck at Pleissenburg Castle in Liepzig, Luther denies the divine right of the Pope

1809 La Paz, Bolivia declares its independence from the Spanish Crown and forms the Junta Tuitiva. The first independent government in Spanish America, led by Pedro Domingo Murillo

1861 Battle of Bull Run, the 1st major battle of the Civil War, is fought

1918 A Bolshevik firing squad at Ekaterinburg, Siberia, executes Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family.

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