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The O’s sent the faithful home happy, but not before Ubaldo Jimenez made them mad. Again.

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Seth Smith went yard.
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Yet another day in first place in the American League East for the Baltimore Orioles. One could get used to this, yes? On to the news...

Homers by Manny Machado, Seth Smith help Orioles rally past Yankees - USA Today

Ubaldo Jimenez sucked, the Orioles were down by four in the 5th inning, and then they weren’t. This team is going to win some games it doesn’t deserve to based on home runs.

Yankees' Tyler Clippard blows game in loss that puts pitching, fielding woes on full display - NY Daily News

I do love reading the NY papers after the Orioles beat the Yankees. Because no loss occurs because of what the other team did, it’s always what the Yankees didn’t do. And I love reading why the Yankees aren’t a good team.

Orioles' Zach Britton rolls right ankle, remains in game to convert 51st straight save - The Sun

He’s gonna be fine, he’s gonna be fine, he’s gonna be fine, he’s gonna be fine, he’s gonna be fine, he’s gonna be fine...

Showalter on Britton, bullpen, Smith and a 6-5 win - MASN Sports

“We had four guys I was hoping to use tonight in a perfect world,” Buck Showalter said. “I wanted to get Donnie out there, I wanted to get Darren out there. The only guy we didn’t get out there was (Vidal) Nuño. Got Oliver out there. So we’ve got after three games just one guy that hasn’t pitched.” So, expect to see Vidal Nuño in today’s game. Unless Kevin Gausman throws a complete game, and I’d be OK with that, too.

Hart on his first win, Smith on his homer, Jiménez on his outing - MASN Sports

Even Ubaldo Jimenez realizes he wasn’t good enough last night: “ I just hung two splitters and they made me pay for it. I threw a couple of good ones, but those two just hung in there. It was a tough night to play but the guys picked me up. Our hitters kept grinding.”

Orioles go mining for gems with string of seemingly minor pitching trades - The Sun

Honey Badger GM gonna Honey Badger, I guess.

Orioles' Hunter Harvey on his comeback from Tommy John; why surgery took so long - The Sun

And here’s why it took so long to finally get surgery, and it makes sense: “When I had all the MRIs, it wasn’t showing that my ligament was torn,” Harvey said. “There was no way for them to really tell. They just kept saying it was a strain, and I finally just said, ‘Let’s do it.’ So we went in there, and the doctor said the end of my ligaments were perfectly fine. But right in the middle was mush. My ligament was pretty much just giving out. … The endings, everything was still connected good. It was just a weak ligament. You wouldn’t be able to tell on an MRI. We went two years in a row with identical MRIs, but we decided we might as well do it. PRP didn’t work. Nothing else worked, so we said, ‘Let’s go ahead and get a new one. Let’s get it done.’”

Orioles Acquire LHP Andrew Faulkner From Rangers - CBS Baltimore

“The Orioles announced they acquired LHP Andrew Faulkner from the Texas Rangers in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40-man roster, OF Dariel Álvarez has been released.”

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Brian Burres, Jeremy I Really Shouldn’t Have Worn That T-Shirt” Guthrie, Dick Luebke, and Charlie Maxwell. They share this birthday with famous people including 'The Enlightened One' Guatama Buddha 563 BC; actress Mary Pickford 1893; United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan 1938; musician Steve Howe (Yes, Asia) 1947; rapper Biz Markie 1964; actress Robin Wright 1966; actress Patricia Arquette 1968; and actor Taylor Kitsch ("Friday Night Lights") 1981.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1954 - Veteran pitcher Dave Koslo is purchased by the Baltimore Orioles from the New York Giants.

1968 - The major leagues decide to postpone Opening Day because of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

On this day in world history...

513 - Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.

1789 - The U.S. House of Representatives held its first meeting.

1834 - In New York City, Cornelius Lawrence became the first mayor to be elected by popular vote in a city election.

1864 - The U.S. Senate passed the 13th Amendment (S.J. Res. 16) by a vote of 38 to 6.

1946 - The League of Nations assembled in Geneva for the last time.

1975 - Frank Robinson of the Cleveland Indians became first black manager of a major league baseball team.

1994 - Smoking was banned in the Pentagon and all U.S. military bases.

2002 - Suzan-Lori Parks became the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama for her play "Topdog/Underdog."

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