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Saturday Bird Droppings

Mark Trumbo sends the faithful hope happy, if not late, the O's tribute to David Ortiz annoyed Joey Binder, and the Orioles are honoring some truly inspiring people at first pitch this weekend.

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So gather up your jackets, and move it to the exits

Trumbo's 12th-inning homer leads Orioles over D-backs 3-2
"Mark Trumbo breathed some life into the Baltimore Orioles' postseason hopes. Trumbo led off the 12th inning with his major league-leading 44th home run, and the Orioles rallied from a late two-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Friday night."

'Cause baby now we got bad blood

Orioles' jab at Yankees clearly bothered Joe Girardi |
The O's showed a video package of David Ortiz hitting home runs before presenting him with the infamous dugout phone. All the home runs were against the Yankees. Joey Binder was not amused.

We can be heroes

Maryland Paralympians to throw out ceremonial first pitches at Orioles games -
Four Paralympians with local ties will throw out ceremonial first pitches this weekend when the Orioles host the Arizona Diamondbacks for the final three-game series at Oriole Park this season.

Orioles honor bus driver for rescuing students from fire in College Park | WBFF
A crowd at Camden Yards cheered tonight for Reneita Smith, who saved 20 children from a burning school bus on Sept. 12 in College Park.

You're making it worse!

Mariners suspend Baltimore native Steve Clevenger over racially insensitive remarks on Twitter - Baltimore Sun
The Seattle Mariners have suspended catcher Steve Clevenger for the racially insensitive tweets he posted Thursday to his Twitter account regarding the civil unrest in Charlotte, N.C. No, I'm not going to quote them.

You think we got problems...

300-ish people showed up to watch a Twins game - Twinkie Town
And we thought the Orioles had attendance problems. A few people went to Target Field to watch the Twins and Tigers play.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Travis Ishikawa, Jesse Garcia, Kevin Millar, Rafael Palmeiro, and Curt Motton. They share today with famous people like 15 Vitellius, Roman Emperor; 1501 Girolamo Cardano, Italian mathematician and astrologer; 1755 John Marshall, 4th Chief Justice of the United States; 1896 F. Scott Fitzgerald, American author; 1898 Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who purified penicillin; 1902 Ayatollah Khomeini [Ruhollah Khomeini], Supreme leader of Iran; 1936 Jim Henson, muppeteer; 1948 Phil Hartman, Canadian-American actor; 1976 Stephanie McMahon-Levesque, American professional wrestling executive.

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

1971 - The Orioles clinch their division as Mike Cuellar wins his 20th game, 9 - 2 over the Indians. In game two of the doubleheader, Pat Dobson cards his 20th win, a 7 - 0 shutout.

1997 - With the Blue Jays in last place, Toronto fires manager Cito Gaston before today's game with the Orioles. Gaston took the team to the World Series in 1992 and 1993. Coach Mel Queen is named as interim manager for the last five games. The O's then beat the Jays, 9 - 3, to clinch the American League East title. Baltimore was never out of first place, just the 6th major league team to hold first place every day of the season.

Today in world history...

1180 Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration dies. The Byzantine Empire slips into terminal decline.

1789 US Federal Judiciary Act is passed & creates a six-person Supreme Court

1869 Black Friday; Wall St panic after Gould & Fisk attempt to corner gold

1877 Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion

1950 "Operation Magic Carpet" - all Jews from Yemen move to Israel

1957 President Eisenhower orders US troops to desegregate Little Rock schools

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