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Sunday Bird Droppings

The Orioles beat the Indians again, Kevin Gausman looked like the pitcher we hoped we'd drafted in 2012, and Joey Baesball is out for more than a month. Darn it, I still can't stick the landing.

Kevin Gausman
Kevin Gausman
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About Last Night

Mark Trumbo powers Baltimore Orioles over Cleveland Indians -
Mark Trumbo hit a two-run homer, and Pedro Alvarez added a solo shot to support seven shutout innings from starter Kevin Gausman as the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-2 on Saturday night

Kevin Gausman on his outing, the rotation (plus other clubhouse quotes) - Steve Melewski
"Anytime you get guys on right away, you kind of put yourself in a hole. But I was able to make some good off-speed pitches and get out of it. Then the guys came in hot and gave me three in the first. That was good."

I'm your pain. You know it's sad but true.

Joey Rickard on thumb injury: "You never wish this upon anybody" - School of Roch
Man, I miss two games for my high school reunion and Joey Baesball's done until September? Ouch.

Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim: Slated to begin rehab assignment -
The plan calls for Hyun Soo Kim to play Sunday and Monday with the affiliate, and if all goes well, he could return from the DL on Tuesday when first eligible. Not a moment too soon!

After week of illness and injury, Orioles believe bench has them covered for emergencies - Baltimore Sun
"You've got to be ready for anything," Caleb Joseph said. "This game is so unforgiving at times. You could be doing all the right things, then get hit in the foot with a ball or come down with a sickness." Or get hit in other places, right Caleb?

Orioles notebook: O'Day pushing to return, Rickard hopes to be back in September - Baltimore Sun
"I think my delivery is in a good place," Darren O’Day said Saturday, a day after he threw 16 pitches in a scoreless inning while striking out two and allowing one hit. "I was making a lot of good pitches and everything was moving like it should. Hopefully, I’m back in the next couple of days." And for the record, he HATED the David Bowie jerseys.

I'm looking for a new love

Source: Chances of Orioles acquiring Melvin Upton Jr. from Padres as high as 45 percent - Baltimore Sun
I'll take "Numbers pulled out of unrelated body parts" for $500, Alex.

Padres outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. reacts to trade rumors |
"With the way my year’s been, coming from Atlanta, for me to be able to work my way back to where teams are interested in me, it’s pretty cool."

I'm going through changes...

Changes in the roster, some numbers and today's game - School of Roch
"The Orioles’ roster doesn’t remain stagnant for long, with Ubaldo Jimenez going on the paternity list yesterday and Tyler Wilson recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Darren O’Day will come off the disabled list today or Monday. Hyun Soo Kim is expected to do the same on Tuesday." And Matt Wieters is due back in the lineup tomorrow. Got all that now? Now onto the transitive property and its application in geometric proofs...

Orioles place Ubaldo Jimenez on paternity list | CSN Mid-Atlantic
The Orioles placed right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez on the paternity list shortly before Saturday night’s game.

Orioles spotlight: Reliever, new father Mychal Givens - Baltimore Sun
Relief pitcher Mychal Givens is a new dad, and answered some questions about what that's been like to experience for the first time in the middle of a baseball season.

Orioles minor league report: Trey Mancini, Christian Walker having big months - Carroll County Times
The Orioles' top hitting prospects at Triple-A are enjoying wonderful months. First baseman Trey Mancini entered Friday's game batting .342/.392/.479 with six extra-base hits in 18 July games, while left fielder Christian Walker is batting .352/.395/.549 with three home runs in that span. That elevated Walker's average to .267 and Mancini's to .310.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Miguel Socolovich and Duane Pillette. They share today as a birthday with famous (and not-so-famous) people like Simón Bolívar (1783), leader of South American independence and subject of the current edition of the Revolutions podcast, which I greatly recommend; 1802 Alexandre Dumas (1802),author ('The Three Musketeers', 'The Count of Monte Cristo'); 1821 William Poole (1821) aka 'Bill The Butcher', American gang member (New York City's Bowery Boys); Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (1870), landscape architect; Amelia Earhart (1897), American aviator; Ruth Buzzi (1936), comedienne; Robert Hays (1947), Bethesda Md, actor (Airplane!); Lynda Carter (1951), Miss USA (1973)/actress (Wonder Woman); Gus Van Sant (1952), American film director; Barry Bonds (1964), MLB slugger; William C. Duck, Jr. (1968), mandolin player and writer; Kristin Chenoweth (1968), American singer and actress; Jennifer Lopez (1969), actress and pop singer; Summer Glau (1981), American actress; and Bindi Irwin (1998), Australian entertainer; daughter of Steve Irwin.

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

1970 - Hall beats Hall as the Orioles reliever Dick Hall tops the Twins' Tom Hall, 6 - 5. Dick singles in the 8th for his first hit of the year and Don Buford follows with a game-winning home run.

Today in world history...

1534 Jacques Cartier lands in Canada, claims it for France

1832 Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by Wyoming's South Pass

1911 American explorer Hiram Bingham discovers Machu Picchu, the Lost City of the Incas

1925 John T. Scopes found guilty of teaching evolution in the "Scopes monkey trial", Dayton, Tennessee, fined $100 & costs

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