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Another humiliating loss, Adam Jones' return is still uncertain, and Nolan Reimold thinks he's ready to take Jones' place.

Pretty sure hitting coaches mean it when they say "watch the ball all the way in", Hitting Machine.
Pretty sure hitting coaches mean it when they say "watch the ball all the way in", Hitting Machine.
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That's so yesterday, so yesterday

Gary Sanchez homers for third straight game, Yankees hammer Orioles - The Register Citizen
"With each day, with every swing, this run by Gary Sanchez becomes even more remarkable. The New York Yankees rookie hit a home run for the third straight game Saturday, highlighting a 13-5 rout over the Baltimore Orioles."

Wish we could turn back time to the good ol' days...

Orioles notebook: Nolan Reimold ready for larger role if needed with Adam Jones ailing - Baltimore Sun
"I'm just trying to stay ready whether I'm in there or not," Nolan Reimold said. "Last year, he hurt his shoulder and I actually finished the year pretty strong. I know my role. If he's out, then I'll step in and be ready. But he's a pretty durable guy. I'm sure he'll be back pretty soon." Personally, I'm ready for Nolan to no longer be on this team.

Orioles monitoring market for late roster additions as August waiver trade deadline nears - Baltimore Sun
"Even for a team that’s sporting a record payroll, the Orioles still operate on a budget, and need to operate in every competitive margin they can. That’s why the pending August waiver trade deadline, the last chance for teams to add players for a playoff push every season, is typically a time when the Orioles try to be active to add pieces, however small, to their club." I know the standings still say we're in the Wild Card race, but does it feel that way to any Orioles fan?

Orioles sinking because of extended cycle of starter-reliever joint struggles - Baltimore Sun
"The starter this time was rookie Dylan Bundy, who allowed five runs in four innings. The long reliever who couldn't keep the team engaged was T.J. McFarland, on whose watch a 5-4 deficit stretched to 9-4." It's a pattern I fear we're doomed to see repeat often in the coming days.

With Adam Jones Ailing, Orioles Add Borbon to Outfield " CBS Baltimore
"We had some other center field options," manager Buck Showalter said. "(Julio) Borbon is our best option at this point."

You're gonna go far, kid

Orioles minor league report: Sisco, Rosa named Eastern League season-ending All-Stars - Baltimore Sun
"Two Baysox players were named to the Eastern League's season-ending All-Star team Saturday: catcher Chance Sisco and infielder Garabez Rosa." Congrats, gentlemen!

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Mike Torrez and "Sweet Lou" Piniella (seriously, four games in 1964, three as just a pinch runner, only one plate appearance, didn't appear in majors again until 1968). They share this birthday with famous people including 1749 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German social philosopher; 1774 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, 1st American Catholic saint; 1917 Jack Kirby, American cartoonist (X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Cap't America); 1962 David Fincher, American film director and producer; 1965 Shania Twain, Canadian singer; 1969 Jason Priestley, actor (Brandon-Beverly Hills 90210); 1969 Jack Black, American actor; and 1982 Le Ann Rimes, country singer.

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

1960 - In a battle of New York's chief rivals for the American League pennant, Baltimore's Milt Pappas has Chicago down 3 - 0 in the 8th. An apparent 3-run home run by Ted Kluszewski is nullified because umpire Ed Hurley calls time just before Pappas delivers. Hurley spotted Floyd Robinson and Earl Torgeson warming up along the RF sideline. The Sox argue for 15 minutes, with Nellie Fox and Al Lopez being tossed, before Klu hits again and lines out. The O's prevail 3 - 1 and take over 2nd place, two games behind the Yankees, and the Sox are 3 1/2 back.

Today in world history...

1189 Third Crusade: the Crusaders begin the Siege of Acre under Guy of Lusignan

1565 Oldest city in the US established - St Augustine Florida

1609 English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers & explores Delaware Bay

1864 The first Geneva Convention, governing rules of warfare, signed by 26 nations.

1963 Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I have a dream speech" addressing civil rights march at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

Consider this your discussion space for how bad my pick of Carlos Condit to win at UFC Fight Night last night was. Oof.