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O's win one late on on the West Coast, Darren O'Day's shoulder isn't right, and Itchy Shoe is still trying to adjust to baseball in America.

You tell 'em, Mark Trumbo!
You tell 'em, Mark Trumbo!
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About Last Night

Orioles back in first place after 5-2 win - School of Roch
Matt Wieters and Adam Jones drove in runs in the second inning, Chris Davis led off the fifth with a home run, and the Orioles took the first game of the series with a 5-2 victory over the Giants before 41,479 at chilly AT&T Park. They also took sole possession of first place in the American League East.

Doctor, Doctor, Give Me The News...

Orioles' Darren O'Day returning to Baltimore to have shoulder examined - Baltimore Sun
The Orioles will recall Triple-A Norfolk right-hander Tyler Wilson if it becomes clear that Darren O’Day will need to go on the disabled list after his appointment. Wilson is on the team’s taxi squad and must officially be added to the 25-man roster by Saturday or returned to the minors.

With Darren O'Day shelved again, Orioles bullpen faces new challenges - Baltimore Sun
The Orioles will find out more about the severity of setup man Darren O’Day’s ailing shoulder this afternoon. Their bullpen overcame O’Day's absence for seven weeks earlier this season, but losing him again for any extended period would hurt on many levels.

Showalter on Hart, Ondrusek, O'Day, Wilson and more - School of Roch
The Orioles recalled reliever Donnie Hart from Double-A Bowie to replace Logan Ondrusek in the bullpen and give them a much-needed left-hander as part of the bridge to closer Zach Britton.

In need of left-handed help, Orioles call up Donnie Hart | CSN Mid-Atlantic
In need of a left-handed pitcher, the Orioles recalled Donnie Hart from Bowie. It’s the second stint with the Orioles this year for Hart. In his first one, Hart was with the Orioles for nine days. Hart appeared in three games, pitching 2 2/3 innings, giving up two hits. He struck out two and walked one.

The future still looks good

Orioles 3B Manny Machado’s tattoo says it all: ‘Sky’s The Limit’ | The Sacramento Bee
"But when Brooks Robinson was Manny Machado’s age, on June 24, 1961, he had 146 fewer hits, 69 fewer home runs and 101 fewer RBIs. Known more for defense than his offense, Robinson also had 62 fewer assists and 16 more errors than Machado – and one fewer Gold Glove." Those defensive numbers are very, very interesting.

All in the family: Preston Palmeiro brings familiar swing to Aberdeen - Steve Melewski
"Leading up to the draft I spoke with the Orioles and I knew there was a chance it would happen. We had talked about how incredible that would be. When I called my dad and told him the news we were both ecstatic. It was awesome."

Orioles prospect Gui Yuan Xu has hot start, flirts with position change - Baltimore Sun
Playing sporadically because of a large roster, Gui Yuan Xu – whose Americanized nickname is "Itchy Shoe" – kept his average over .400 until July 20. He has more recently slumped, sending his average plummeting to .274.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Cory Doyne, Corey Patterson, Will Ohman, Jeff Ballard, and Tom Neidenfuer. They share today with famous people including 1860 Annie Oakley, American sharp shooter; 1899 Alfred Hitchcock, English director; 1912 Ben Hogan, golfer; 1926 Fidel Castro, Cuban revolutionary, Prime Minister (1959-76) and President (1976-2008); 1930 Don Ho, ukulele player; and 1972 Kevin Plank, American entrepreneur (Under Armour).

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1969 - Baltimore's Jim Palmer leaves no doubt about his comeback with a 8 - 0 no-hitter against Oakland. Reggie Jackson, leading the American League with 42 home runs, walks three times, as the A's drop two games behind the Twins in the West. Palmer, now 11-2, pushes the O's lead to a comfortable 14 1/2 games.

1998 - Baltimore's Harold Baines becomes the all-time leader in RBIs by a designated hitter when he drives in his 824th run in a 7 - 4 win over the Indians. Hal McRae was the previous record holder.

On this day in world history...

1521 Spanish conquistadors under Hernán Cortés capture Aztec Emperor Cuauhtémoc in Tenochtitlan marking the end of the Aztec Empire

1536 Buddhist monks from Kyōto's Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto in the Tenbun Hokke Disturbance. (Traditional Japanese date: July 27, 1536).

1642 Dutch astronomer Christiaan Huygens discovers Martian south polar cap

1788 Prussia joins Anglo-Dutch alliance to form Triple Alliance to prevent spread of Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90

1937 Japanese attack at the beinnging of the Battle of Shanghai during Second Sino-Japanese War, involves nearly 1 million troops

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