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HBGM continues to give a few things; Chance Sisco edges closer to the Show; hardware for Tillman?

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I'm running out of things to say about this season. Some might say the Orioles have no business being in the mix for a playoff spot this late in the season. Others might say the Orioles wasted a golden opportunity given the buffer they built up early on. Be that as it may, it's September 2 and the O's control their own destiny for a playoff spot. Thing is for this to remain the case, it would behoove them to get back to winning games on the regular. Tonight, they'll get another shot at Chad Green and the Yankees. Be nice if they could hold them under ten runs and manage a few runs of their own.

Duquette on the team, trades and Rickard - School of Roch Truthbombs from Dan Duquette left and right...hahahaha...just kidding.

Sisco hits grand slam in Triple-A debut as Tides outslug Charlotte | Norfolk Tides | pilotonline.com
The O's announced that Chance Sisco would be finishing the season at Norfolk yesterday morning and he did not disappoint in his debut.

Baseball Prospectus | Baseball Therapy: Let’s See if We Can Get a Handle on Zach Britton’s Cy Young Case Are we really doing this still? Apparently so.

Top Comeback Players of The Year - Number 3 Chris Tillman Wil Myers
Tillman may not end up Comeback of the Year, but he's really had an excellent season. What the Orioles plan to do when all is said and done? Not a clue.

American League wildcard wackiness - Beyond the Box Score
Wild, wacky stuff...

On this day in 1974, Mike Cueller and Ross Grimsley each threw 1-0 shutouts as the Orioles swept a doubleheader from the Red Sox.  Cal Ripken hit his 400th on this day in 1999 and Todd Cruz passed away on this day in 2008. In 2012, the Orioles unleashed Mark Reynolds on an unsuspecting Yankees faithful. Reynolds homered twice and the Orioles won 8-3.

It's the birthday of Jason Hammel, a key component on that 2012 season. Drungo Hazewood and Marvelous Marv Throneberry would have celebrated birthdays today and it's the birthday of Rex Hudler and Nate Snell.