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Chris Tillman pitches a gem for the third game in a row, Hyun Soo Kim is confident he can avoid the disabled list, and Hunter Harvey left last night's game with right flexor mass soreness. Well, that took a dark turn, didn't it?

Chris Tillman was good yesterday, y'all.
Chris Tillman was good yesterday, y'all.
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About Last Night

J.J. Hardy's homer helps Baltimore Orioles' Chris Tillman snag 13th win - UPI.com
Baltimore starter Chris Tillman picked up his 13th win of the season on Saturday, holding the reeling Tampa Bay Rays to four hits in seven innings as the Orioles pulled out a 2-1 win at Tropicana Field.

The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades

For Orioles' young pitchers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman, the future is now - Baltimore Sun
Four years ago, Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman were paired in Bowie to start the playoffs. They're hoping to do it again in Baltimore.

Mark Trumbo Is a Home Run Deal for the Orioles - The New York Times

"He’s fun to watch," said Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels’ star center fielder. "He’s one of those guys, when he’s taking B.P., you’ve got to stop what you’re doing and watch him."

After Tillman time, it's Bundy time - Steve Melewski
"In [his last] 21 innings, Tillman has allowed 12 hits and three runs, lowering his ERA from 3.71 to 3.29. In this three-start run, Tillman is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA and .169 average against."

Don't Worry It's Good Luck.
In Haiti.

Hunter Harvey leaves start with sore forearm - School of Roch
Dr. James Andrews, please pick up the white courtesy phone. "Pitcher Hunter Harvey, the top prospect in the Orioles system, left tonight’s start with short-season Single-A Aberdeen with soreness in his right flexor mass." I'll be over in that corner, silently weeping. Feel free to join me.

There's four options for Tuesday, ranging from meh to "Oh my GOD they cannot be seriously considering Mike Wright again." "They're all in play right now," Showalter said. "They eliminate themselves as tomorrow's game gets played. We've got four options right now." SPOILER: Ubaldo Jimenez is NOT listed as one of the options.

Top Signee Passes on Orioles, Honors Maryland Commitment
Archbishop Spalding standout Tyler Blohm passed on signing with the club on Friday, the final day for Major League Baseball draftees to ink contracts with the clubs who picked them. That means the left-handed pitcher, last year's Baltimore Sun player of the year, will instead honor his commitment to the University of Maryland baseball team.

Birthdays and History

No present or former Orioles have a birthday today. Today is the birthday of famous people including Elbridge Gerry, (1744) invented gerrymandering; James Cagney (1899), American actor; Art Linkletter (1912), TV host (People are Funny); Phyllis Diller (1917), American comedienne and actress; Toni Stone (1921), American baseball player (first woman to play in a men's league); 1935 Donald Sutherland (1935), actor; 1947 Camilla Parker Bowles (1947), wife of Prince Charles; Charlie Steiner (1949), American sports broadcaster; 1952 David Hasselhoff (1952), actor and born in Baltimore, MD; and Angela Merkel (1954), Chancellor of Germany.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1902 - Left with only five players available to play after mass defections to the National League, the Orioles forfeit a game to St. Louis and their franchise to the league, which borrows players from other teams and operates the club for the balance of the season.

1992 - Baltimore P Mike Mussina tosses a one-hitter against the Texas Rangers, striking out 10 as the Orioles win by a score of 8 - 0. Kevin Reimer has the lone hit, a double. Kevin Brown (14-5) takes the loss.

1998 - Both Rafael Palmeiro and Albert Belle hit their 300th homers tonight. Palmeiro is 3 for 4 as his Orioles win, 4 - 1, over the Angels, and improve their record since the All-Star break to 9-0.

On this day in world history...

180 Six inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. Earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.

1203 Siege of Constantinople begins during the fourth Crusade, Crusaders abroad a Venetian fleet attack the city

1762 Catherine II becomes tsarina of Russia upon the murder of Peter III

1936 Spanish generals Francisco Franco and Emilio Mola lead a right-wing uprising, starting the Spanish Civil War

1945 Potsdam Conference (Truman, Stalin, Churchill) holds 1st meeting

2005 Tiger Woods wins his 10th major winning The British Open Championship by 5 strokes. Woods becomes only the second golfer, after Jack Nicklaus, to win each major more than once

Consider this your discussion space for the final day of The Open Championship.