And then there was one. Just one MLB team stands undefeated on this Sunday morning, and it’s your Baltimore Orioles. It’s been ugly at times, but the zero in the loss column still stands. On to the news...
Kevin Gausman was just about as bad as Ubaldo Jimenez was on Friday, but this time, no homers were needed to complete the comeback.
“Yeah, we’ve got a shot at 162, right?” manager Buck Showalter said. “No, there are 158 games left. Every game you want to win. I’d rather win the first four than lose the first four but ... we’ll take each challenge as it comes. We’ll get another tomorrow with (CC) Sabathia.”
Hyun Soo Kim hadn’t had a hit in his first two games, then came up with three on Saturday. “I was just trying to put the ball in play, trying to make good contact and, you know, obviously he throws very hard. I was looking for something hard, but also at the same time was thinking about something slow as well. It just worked out,” Kim said through his interpreter.
That’s a lot of work, let alone perfection, through four games.
"It's been an exciting three days and I'm ready for my turn in line," said Wade Miley, who threw 87 pitches in a simulated game earlier this week. "I feel cheated; [Kevin] Gausman has thrown twice before I get to go once, but that's just how it's worked out. I'm super excited to get out there." And everyone here is just as excited for your start as you are, Mr. Miley, as far as you know.
He’s on track for a two inning rehab stint in Florida on Tuesday, then rehab starts after that, probably starting with Bowie.
Just a reminder there’s some serious personal upheaval to all of Honey Badger GM’s personnel moves throughout the season.
Birthdays and History
Happy Birthday to former Orioles “Drop and Drive" Adam Loewen and Dennis Sarfarte. They share today with famous people including Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner 1926; actor Dennis Quaid 1954; golfer Seve Ballesteros 1957; actress Cynthia Nixon 1966; actress Keshia Knight Pulliam 1979; and actress and daughter of the stage manager of @Midnight Kristen Stewart 1990.
1959 - At Griffith Stadium, the Baltimore Orioles become the first team in major league history to turn a triple play on Opening Day. The Orioles turn the feat in front of Vice-President Richard Nixon, who throws out the ceremonial first pitch as a substitute for President Dwight Eisenhower. The Washington Senators defeat Baltimore, 9 - 2, behind a seven-hit, six-strikeout, complete game by Pedro Ramos, and two-run home runs by Harmon Killebrew and Reno Bertoia. Gus Triandos also hits a two-run homer for the only Orioles runs.
1970 - Diminutive Baltimore Orioles outfielder Don Buford slams home runs from both sides of the plate in a 13 - 1 rout of the Cleveland Indians. Not known as a power hitter, the switch-hitter Buford will hit a career-high 17 home runs this year.
1976 - In a classic Opening Day pitchers' duel between Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles and Ferguson Jenkins of the Boston Red Sox, who will combine for 552 major league wins, Palmer prevails, 1 - 0.
1998 - The Baltimore Orioles win their seventh straight game, 2 - 1, over the Royals, tying the score on Cal Ripken's 7th-inning home run.
1865 - At Appomattox Court House, Virginia, General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Confederate Army to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of Wilmer McClean's home. Grant allowed Rebel officers to keep their sidearms and permitted soldiers to keep their horses and mules. Though there were still Confederate armies in the field, the war was officially over. The four years of fighting had killed 360,000 Union troops and 260,000 Confederate troops.
1866 - The Civil Rights Bill passed over U.S. President Andrew Johnson's veto.
1867 - The U.S. Senate ratified the treaty with Russia that purchased the territory of Alaska by one vote.
1945 - National Football League officials decreed that it was mandatory for football players to wear socks in all league games.
1957 - The Suez Canal was cleared for all shipping.
1959 - NASA announced the selection of America's first seven astronauts.
1965 - The Houston Astrodome held its first baseball game.
1967 - The first Boeing 737 was rolled out for use.
1983 - The space shuttle Challenger concluded it first flight.
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