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The O's drop another forgettable game, Logan Ondrusek is happy to be back in the States, and is Wade Miley in the O's future? Probably not.

Not like it's been doing you any good lately, anyway, Chris Davis.
Not like it's been doing you any good lately, anyway, Chris Davis.
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About Last Night

Happ shuts down Orioles as Jays move into first | Reuters
With J.A. Happ providing 11 strikeouts, Kevin Pillar having four RBIs and the supporting cast giving abundant support, the Toronto Blue Jays moved into first place in the AL East with a 9-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles

Gallardo and Givens on their outings, Trumbo and Showalter on loss - Steve Melewski
"Fastball away that came back over the plate a little bit too much (on the homer)," Yovani Gallardo said. "After that, I thought I made some pretty good pitches to (Jose) Bautista, 3-1 changeup and 3-2 fastball were identical. I made a good pitch when I had to, it just unfortunately didn’t go my way. After that, I just kind of let things get in my head a little bit.

Just Happy To Be Here

Logan Ondrusek on joining O's (Toronto routs Orioles 9-1) - Steve Melewski
"It’s a good opportunity for me and the team has been doing really well. Nice to join a contender. It’s funny how things work out. Had a little disagreement over in Japan. It was kind of obvious we were going in two separate directions. Had an opportunity to come back to the states and took advantage of it.

Does Ondrusek solve the Orioles' left-handed need? | CSN Mid-Atlantic
The Orioles have been looking for an additional situational left-hander in the bullpen. They tried Brian Matusz, Brian Duensing, Ashur Tolliver and Donnie Hart. They even tried Jayson Aquino and Ariel Miranda for a game each. And each was found wanting, I suppose.

Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin' into the future

Orioles reportedly showing interest in Mariners starter Wade Miley - MyNorthwest
The Baltimore Orioles have been looking for a left-handed starter and have inquired about the 29-year-old Wade Miley, according to Today’s Knuckleball MLB insider Jon Heyman.

Orioles' top pick Cody Sedlock showing upside in short starts at Aberdeen - Baltimore Sun
Orioles' top pick Cody Sedlock gave up two runs early, but his four strikeouts in three innings on Friday show the pitcher's potential.

Orioles minor league report: Chance Sisco surging in Bowie - Baltimore Sun

In his six games entering the weekend, catcher Chance Sisco had 11 hits, including three three-hit efforts and another with two, to bring his line to .325/.413/.416. He hit his second home run of the season on July 22, though his approach of spraying the ball to all fields isn't conducive to over-the-fence power just yet.

Birthday and Holidays

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Mike Figga, Earl Stephenson, Joe Durham, Rip Coleman, and manager Hank Bauer of the Orioles' 1966 World Series winning club. Tommy Lasorda said of Bauer: "This guy's tough. He had a face that looked like it'd hold two days of rain." It's also the birthday of 1912 Milton Friedman, economist; 1923 Ahmet Ertegun, CEO (Atlantic Records); 1943 William Bennett, US Secretary of Education and culture warrior; 1945 William Floyd Weld, (Gov-R-Mass) and current vice presidential candidate; 1958 Mark Cuban, American businessman and basketball team owner; 1959 Stanley Jordan, American jazz guitarist; 1962 Wesley Snipes, Orlando Florida, actor and unsuccessful tax protester; 1965 J. K. Rowling, English writer; 1974 Jonathan Ogden, Hall of Fame lineman for the Baltimore Ravens; 1980 Harry Potter, defeater of He Who Must Not Be Named; 1987 Michael Bradley, American soccer player.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1971 - The Orioles' Pat Dobson shuts out the Royals, 4 - 0, for his 8th victory of the month. Since June 16th, Dobson has won 12 straight games.

1983 - Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, George Kell and Walter Alston are inducted into the Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of Hall of Famers to 184.

1987 - Eddie Murray hits his 299th and 300th career home runs to lead Baltimore to an 8 - 4 win over Texas.

2000 - To fill in for the injured Mark McGwire, the Cardinals pick up veteran 1B Will Clark from the Orioles for 3B Jose Leon.

2013 - The Orioles acquire P Bud Norris from Houston for L.J. Hoes and Josh Hader.

On this day in world history...

30 BC Battle of Alexandria: Mark Antony achieves minor victory over Octavian, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to Octavian's invasion of Egypt

1620 Pilgrim Fathers depart Leiden for England before heading to America

1937 Politburo enables Operative Order 00447: execute 193,000 Russians

1961 Israel welcomes its 1,000,000th immigrant

2007 Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.

Consider this your discussion space for maybe, possibly, could be the last day of the PGA Championship. But probably not.