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Dylan Bundy had yet another quality start, yet the bullpen had another meltdown. Let’s hope the latter doesn’t become a trend.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals
Adam Jones did his best
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Bullpen lets down Orioles in Kansas City
Eric Hosmer delivered another key hit, doubling home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and giving the Kansas City Royals a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.

A few notes and quotes from O's Friday loss at Kansas City - Steve Melewski
Catcher Caleb Joseph had three extra-base hits in one game for the first time in his major league career last night. He went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a triple. In his past four games, Joseph is 9-for-16 with three RBIs to raise his average from .174 to .274.

Hart warming to idea of broader role - School of Roch
“I know my job is to get those lefties out. I’ve kind of been unfortunate with them as of lately. Some seeing-eye singles and infield hits. But I think he has a lot of trust in Darren (O’Day) and Brad (Brach) to take on those last six outs and those last three outs. Those are the guys who are fully capable of doing it. So I wouldn’t say that my role has changed a whole lot." - Donnie Hart

Orioles notes: Buck Showalter reiterates support of Brad Brach - Baltimore Sun
"We've been down so many roads with a lot of these guys together that you want to make sure they understand what a long memory you have. It's a very hard job, the job that he's done and had done in the past and will do again. Brad has gotten some huge outs for us over his career in Baltimore and this year." - Buck Showalter

Orioles' Edwin Jackson: May need only two more minor-league starts - CBSSports.com
Stop me if you've heard this before, but Edwin Jackson may need only two more minor-league starts before being considered for a call-up.

Adam Jones of Baltimore Orioles gives $20,000 to Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Just more proof Adam Jones is awesome.

Ex-Orioles Player DeCinces Found Guilty of Insider Trading - Bloomberg
I'll always remember Doug DeCinces as the guy who tried to follow Brooks Robinson, and did fairly well, but you can't follow Brooks. Anyway, this sucks for all involved. Crime doesn't pay, y'all, unless you own the company.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to Orioles side-armer Mychal Givens and former Orioles David Hernandez, Ryan Bukvich, Lyle Mouton, and Juan Beniquez. They share this birthday with world champion boxer Joe Louis 1914; actor Harvey Keitel 1939; Stevie Wonder 1950; former MLB manager and master of disguise Bobby Valentine 1950; NBA player and diplomat Dennis Rodman 1961; TV host Stephen Colbert 1964; musician Darius "I'm not Hootie" Rucker 1966; actress Samantha Morton 1977; and actor Robert Pattinson 1986.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history... nothing of note happened.

On this date in world history...

1607 - An expedition led by Captain Christopher Newport arrived at Jamestown, Virginia. The passengers went ashore the next day and this site became the first permanent settlement English colony in America.

1861 - Britain declared its neutrality in the American Civil War.

1940 - Winston Churchill made his first speech as the prime minister of Britain.

1985 - A confrontation between Philadelphia authorities and the radical group MOVE ended as police dropped an explosive onto the group's headquarters. Eleven people died in the fire that resulted.

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Softball: Big Ten Tournament Semi-finals.