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Monday Bird Droppings: O's in it to win it

Another winning season, another Manny Machado homer, another season derailing injury for Steve Pearce...

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A split with the cellar dwelling Rays ahead of a crucial four game turn against the division leading Red Sox is hardly the sort of thing that gives the weary Orioles fan comfort at this time of year, but maybe it should? With Sunday's win, the Buck O's have secured the second longest streak of seasons without a losing record in modern franchise history. Billy Hitchcock and Hank Bauer helmed four straight winning squads that included a World Series winner in 1966 and of course, Bauer, Weaver and Joe Altobelli led the O's on a magical run from 1968-1985. That being said, today's O's are three games out of first in the division and a game up on the Blue Jays in the wild card race. ESPN gives the Orioles the best playoff odds of any team in the AL that is NOT leading its division (74.5%).

Showalter on Miley and a 2-1 win - School of Roch
"I can’t tell you how proud I am every day looking out there and seeing them fight through it and being there for each other. It’s a close group, It killed Trum not to play the last two days. Obviously, he had a big day for us today."

Pearce headed for surgery; Mancini up; Rickard not improving - Running down yesterday's roster moves with Dan Connolly.

Orioles' Manny Machado Blasts Career-High 36th Home Run
"Baltimore Orioles' INF Manny Machado set a new single-season career-high with his 36th home run of the season on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays."

Baseball Prospectus | Prospectus Feature: A Brief, Modern History of Reliever Name Foreshadowing Grant Balfour, David Riske and other names that seem to portend bad things.

Sunday Notes: Refsnyder’s Plan, Dozier’s Bananas, Santana, Hardy, Wainwright, more | FanGraphs Baseball How does David Laurila consistently get players to go beyond the Crash Davis playbook? Dunno. His columns are always a good read, though.

On this day in 2012, the Orioles completed an epic three game sweep of the Mariners in which they won back to back games in extra innings with a 3-1 victory. Joe Saunders matched King Felix Hernandez punch for punch and Adam Jones secured the win with a two run homer in the 11th. Walter Young passed away on this day in 2015. The 6'5", 320 pound first baseman played in 14 games for the 2005 O's and was 35 years old.

It's the birthday of Randy Myers. One of the top closers of his era, Myers saved 76 games for the Davey Johnson O's of '96 and '97. One and done O's Danny Valencia, Nick Johnson and Bullett Bob Turley also share September 19 birthdays. Turley was part of the massive trade that sent DOn Larsen and Billy Hunter to the Yankees and netted a bunch of guys for the Birds, including Thomas Hauk favorite, Gus Triandos. Turley beat out Warren Spahn for the 1958 Cy Young Award.