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The O’s win another, and the Red Sox are salty over Manny’s slide.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles
Manny Machado offers a helping hand to Dustin Pedroia.
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Orioles shut out Red Sox - (Daily Hampshire Gazette)

The O’s won for the seventh win in nine games are 9-3 in the AL East with last night’s win. That’s an acceptable start, I guess.

Dustin Pedroia injury: Manny Machado, Buck Showalter provide Orioles reaction to slide play | (

Manny Machado's cleat clipped Dustin Pedroia's left knee, one he had scoped this winter, and that's probably why everyone in Goat Face Nation is calling for Manny's head on a spike.

"Extremely late slide and the argument at the time was that if the rule is in place to protect the middle infielder, then it didn't work tonight," John Farrell said.

Myriad Orioles Thoughts: Manny's hard slide; a run of lefties; Mookie's quiet bat - (

“I was trying to do everything possible to be safe and get ourselves in a good position in a two-run ballgame,” Manny Machado said. “We know how good they are. We want that cushion. It wasn’t intentional. I was trying to get on the bag. If you see the replay, you see how my body comes off the bag and hits him right in the path.

Showalter on Britton's MRI, Machado's slide and a 2-0 win - School of Roch (MASNsports)

“They did everything. Elbow looked really good. That bodes well obviously down the road. They found what they thought they would find. We’re moving forward. Nothing to hold back his continued progress.” - Orioles manager Buck Showalter. So, nothing wrong in the elbow itself, according to the MRI. That's good news.

Bundy's the young pitcher taking a big step forward for the Orioles so far in 2017 - (

"(Dylan) Bundy has now delivered quality starts in all four of his outings, and his season ERA sits at 1.37. He’s struck out 20 batters and walked four in 26 1/3 innings of work." So he's becoming the pitcher we thought he would when drafted in 2011. This is pretty cool to watch.

Smith making slow progress with injured leg (updated) - School of Roch (MASNsports)

If Seth Smith is in the lineup today, he's not going on the disabled list, obviously. If he isn't in today's lineup, expect that DL move at some point today.

Mullins injures hamstring at Double-A Bowie - (

Camden Chat's Joe Wedra isn't allowed within 500 feet of Cody Sedlock for the time being.

Orioles' Joey Rickard: Moves on to soft toss - (

Orioles' Joey Rickard is hoping to be able to take batting practice today and come off the disabled list in early May.

Light rail's promise remains unfulfilled — except on game days -(

You should try it!

Oriole softball splits with Rose Hill (Butler County Times Gazette)

Augusta’s softball team won one and lost one. Thankfully, the MLB team is doing better than that.

Birthdays and History

Baseball-Reference’s birthdays pages were down when I created this, so I have no Orioles birthdays to report. But it is the birthday of famous people like Queen Isabella I of Spain 1451; Immanuel Kant 1724 - Philosopher; Lenin (Vladimir Ilyich Lenin) 1870; Russian author Vladimir Nabokov 1899; atomic bomb physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer 1904; "Green Acres" actor Eddie Albert 1908; TV producer Aaron Spelling 1923; country music singer Glen Campbell 1936; actor Jack Nicholson 1937; director and Baltimore native John Waters 1946; guitarist Peter Frampton 1950; and Silverchair singer Daniel Johns 1979. The water's still pretty hard to drink, even at age 38.

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

1898 - On the same day, Ted Breitenstein of the Cincinnati Reds and Jay Hughes of the Baltimore Orioles each pitch no-hit ball games. Breitenstein's gem is against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 11 - 0, and Hughes over the Boston Beaneaters, 8 - 0.

1914 - Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles.

Today in World History...

1509 - Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England upon the death of his father Henry VII.

1864 - The U.S. Congress passed legislation that allowed the inscription "In God We Trust" to be included on one-cent and two-cent coins.

1970 - The first "Earth Day" was observed by millions of Americans.

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Baseball” Maryland vs Michigan State.