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Fifteen years ago, there was not an Orioles game. There will be an Orioles game today. I choose to see that as a sign our country endures.

Adam Jones not only makes wonderful sartorial choices, but also hits home runs.
Adam Jones not only makes wonderful sartorial choices, but also hits home runs.
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Far be it from me to use today to pontificate on the state of our country or the meaning of this date. Rather, I'd simply ask you do what you think is right and appropriate to commemorate the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. And maybe, just maybe, use baseball as a (hopefully) fun diversion for a few hours today.

About Last Night

Jordan Zimmermann rocked in return as Orioles pick apart Tigers, 11-3- Detroit Free Press
"On the first pitch of the game, Adam Jones hit a solo home run. On Jordan Zimmermann’s 12th pitch, Chris Davis hit a two-run home run. On his 33rd pitch, Matt Wieters hit a two-run home run. Zimmermann threw 42 pitches, none of which looked particularly sharp, or crisp. It was the shortest start of his eight-year big league career."

Orioles talk about their big 11-3 win over Detroit - Steve Melewski
"Well, we were in a little bit of a delay, and I didn’t want to delay the game anymore or delay the process of this game. I’ve been fined more than anybody in baseball by the league and Joe Garagiola and Mr. [Joe] Torre [for taking too long to get into the batter’s box], and I just felt like I needed to get in there and get something going on." - Adam Jones. No, I don't believe a word of it, but I do love Adam Jones leading off.

There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear

Orioles' Showalter: September baseball exposes character, and Jimenez, Jones showed it Saturday - Baltimore Sun

"As long as I’ve had the honor of doing this, it doesn’t sneak up on me, but it is a reminder that guys like Adam seem to find a way to show who they are at this time of year when you’re in need. But Adam never changes. He’s probably as consistent of a personality as you want to find, and I think that’s why people like him. He doesn’t have an off day."

With role decreasing down stretch, Orioles' Hyun Soo Kim faces another adjustment - Baltimore Sun
He never played. Then, he did every day. Now, somewhere in between. It's another adjustment for Hyun Soo Kim.

Perhaps imbalanced, powerful Orioles offense succeeding at what it was built to do - Baltimore Sun
Said hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh: "If you start taking that comfort away from him and ask him to do other things to justify or satisfy somebody's else's view, sometimes you limit their success and limit their ability to do what they're capable of doing. I think our success as an offense is based on the fact that we do take those individuals and what their comforts are and what they do best and we try to maximize that as much as we can. When we do that, we're a very, very threatening offense that can do a lot of damage to teams."

Yankees, Blue Jays and Orioles muddle crowded AL East - Sporting News
The already tight division got even more crunched Saturday when the Blue Jays beat the Red Sox 3-2, the Yankees beat the Rays 5-1 and the Orioles trounced the Tigers 11-3. Boston (79-62) now holds a slender one-game lead over Toronto (78-63) for the division crown. With their wins, the Orioles (77-64) and Yankees (76-65) are just two and three games back, respectively.

'Playoff atmosphere' setting in as Orioles, rivals bunch up in standings - Baltimore Sun
"From now on, I think every game is like a playoff game," Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, whose sixth-inning home run represented most of their offense in a 4-3 loss Friday. "We just have to go out there and have fun like we always do and try to get a win."

2016 Postseason Ticket Information | orioles.com
Any current Orioles Season Plan Member in good standing is already guaranteed the opportunity to purchase 2016 Orioles Postseason Tickets.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Eddie Miksis. He shares this birthday with famous people including 1885 D. H. Lawrence, English poet and writer (Lady Chatterley's Lover); 1916 Ed Sabol, American filmmaker (NFL Films); 1917 Ferdinand Marcos, President of the Philippines (1965-86); 1924 Tom Landry, American NFL player (NY Giants) and coach (Dallas Cowboys); 1965 Paul Heyman, American wrestling manager; 1965 Moby, American musician; 1967 Harry Connick Jr, singer; 1971 Markos Moulitsas, American blogger and author; and 1978 Ed Reed, Ravens safety.

Today in world history... well that one's a tad obvious, isn't it?

Today in Baltimore baseball history...1889 - Rain prevents every scheduled game in both major leagues. For the season the National League will have 62 rainouts and the American Association 73

1956 - Orioles manager Paul Richards lists three pitchers in his starting line-up, hoping for a scoring chance in the 1st inning, at which point he can remove the extra pitchers for a batter of his choice. The three are Jack Harshman in CF, batting 5th; Milt Pappas at 2B, batting 7th; and Billy O'Dell, batting 9th at P. Only O'Dell bats as he goes to 14-11, losing to Kansas City's Ned Garver, 7 - 1. The A's plate five in the 8th, paced by Bob Cerv's 33rd home run.

1959 - The Orioles whitewash the White Sox twice, 3 - 0 and 1 - 0. Jack Fisher and Jerry Walker hurl the shutouts.

1992 - The O's Mike Mussina (15-5) bests the Brewers' Bill Wegman, 3 - 2, as both pitchers go the distance. Cal Ripken twists his ankle running out a double, but stays in the game. The O's will recall SS Manny Alexander, but Ripken keeps the streak going.

2001 - All major league baseball games are canceled due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Flight #93, and the Pentagon. Games will not resume until September 17th. The Blue Jays take a 12-hour bus ride from Baltimore back to Toronto, and Yankee Stadium is evacuated as a precautionary measure. Former minor league players Marty Boryczewski and Brent Woodall are killed in the attacks.

2015 - The Orioles hit two grand slams in the 8th inning in beating the Royals, 14 - 8. In the eventful inning, Nolan Reimold hits a slam against Kelvin Herrera, then Manny Machado adds a solo shot. After Chris Davis is plunked by Franklin Morales, O's manager Buck Showalter comes out of the dugout to complain and is ejected. After the bases are loaded again, Steve Clevenger hits another slam against Joba Chamberlain. It is the seventh time since 1900 that a team hits two bases-loaded homers in one inning.

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