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O's blank the Yanks again, Chris Tillman hopes today goes well, and we bid Ashur Tolliver a fond "Who were you again?"

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About Last Night

Orioles recap: Birds close in on first with second straight shutout, 2-0 win over Yankees - Baltimore Sun
The win gave the Orioles (74-61) their first series win against a division opponent since their first series after the All-Star break after five straight series losses against American League East rivals. It also pulled them within two games of the division-leading Toronto Blue Jays, who lost Saturday.

Yanks blanked again by Gausman, Orioles - USA Today
New York managed only four hits in a 2-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday night. One night earlier, the Yankees got a pair of singles in an 8-0 defeat.

Gain a friend, lose a friend

Chris Tillman eager for next step in his return | CSN Mid-Atlantic
"Yeah, it feels good, but I go day-to-day. I’m not looking too far ahead. I want to feel good today and feel good tomorrow and we go from there. I think the way it’s been going has been pretty positive," Chris Tillman said.

Orioles lose Tolliver on waivers, keep Lobstein | CSN Mid-Atlantic
Ashur Tolliver, who was designated for assignment to make room for Kyle Lobstein was claimed by the Los Angeles Angels. "It’s disappointing, but he’s going to get a good opportunity for the Angels," manager Buck Showalter said. "Knowing Ashur that’s something he deserves. He’s a guy that can help. [I’m] sure they’ll like him."

We shall watch your career with great interest

Orioles minor league report: Chance Sisco promoted to Triple-A, hits grand slam in debut - Baltimore Sun
Catcher Chance Sisco, the organization's top hitting prospect, was promoted to Triple-A on Thursday and went 2-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBIs in his International League debut. Sisco, who also homered in the MLB All-Star Futures Game this season, was promoted after batting .320/.406/.422 with four home runs and 44 RBIs at Double-A Bowie. He entered Saturday a career .324 minor league hitter. Double-A Bowie

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Luis Lopez, Doyle Alexander, and Eddie Waitkus. They share this birthday with famous people including 1901 William Lyons, British industrialist (Jaguar cars); 1918 Paul Harvey, news commentator (Rest of the story); 1949 Tom Watson, World Golf Hall of Fame member (British Open 1975, 77, 80, 82, 83); 1956 Blackie Lawless, American musician, lead singer in W.A.S.P.; 1960 Damon Wayans, actor/comedian; 1960 Kim Thayil, American guitarist (Soundgarden, Probot); 1981 Beyoncé Knowles, singer; 2179 Nyota Uhura, Nairobi Kenya, communications officer (Star Trek).

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

1960 - After 30 straight scoreless innings, the Yankees finally score but the Orioles extend their win streak to seven by topping New York again, 6 - 2. With two outs in the 7th, Yankee 1B Moose Skowron singles to break up Chuck Estrada's no-hitter, but Hoyt Wilhelm, in relief, preserves the win.

1972 - The Yankees split with the Orioles, losing, 4 - 3, before winning, 5 - 2. The split leaves the Yankees (69-61) in 4th place, just one-half game out of first place. The Orioles (69-60) are tied with Detroit for the lead. Andy Etchebarren's three-run homer in the first game, off Fritz Peterson, is the big blow while the Yankees take the nitecap behind the three hits, including a homer, by Bobby Murcer.

1978 - At Baltimore, the Orioles top the Red Sox, 4 - 1, behind Jim Palmer. Rookie Bob Sprowl pitches credibly in his major league debut, but takes the loss.

1982 - 1982 - At Baltimore, Jim Palmer one-hits the Twins, 3 - 0, for Baltimore to get his 11th consecutive victory. The only hit is Gary Gaetti's two-out single in the 5th inning. It is Palmer's second career one-hitter against the Twins.

2012 - 2012 - The Orioles withstand an unexpected rain delay in the indoor Rogers Centre as they crush Toronto, 12 - 0. The delay happens in the 5th inning when the roof fails to close properly during a passing rain shower. The win, combined with the Yankees' 5 - 2 loss to Tampa Bay, completes the Orioles' unlikely climb to first place in the AL East for the first time since 1997. The O's pound out a season-high 18 hits in registering their second straight shutout of the Jays, behind Zach Britton. Mark Reynolds has three hits including a homer and drives in four runs to lead the attack.

Today in world's the end of the world as we know it.

476 Romulus Augustulus, last Western Roman Emperor, abdicates after forces led by Odoacer invade Rome. Traditional end of the Western Roman Empire

1609 Navigator Henry Hudson first European to discover island of Manhattan [or Sep 11]

1682 English astronomer Edmund Halley observes the comet named after him

1781 Los Angeles is founded by 44 Spanish speaking mestizos in the Bahia de las Fumas (Bay of Smokes)

1862 General Lee invades the North with 50,000 Confederate troops during US Civil war

1956 IBM RAMAC 305 is introduced, the first commercial computer that uses magnetic disk storage

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