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We might need to start wondering if sliced bread is the best thing since Welington Castillo.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
Welington Castillo took batting practice last night. There were no Canadian survivors.
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Good Saturday morning!

While one can seriously doubt there will ever be a need to start printing Welington Castillo Facts, the catcher is certainly making it easy to transition into post-Matt Wieters fandom for Orioles partisans. Two home runs in one game (including a walk-off winner) will do that.

About Last Night

Orioles' Chris Tillman takes step forward in first quality start of the season - Baltimore Sun
Chris Tillman thinks Friday night was a step in the right direction. “I think we are taking steps every time. I think this one, by far, was the best one other than the one inning that kind of got away from me a little bit. Pitching-wise I feel like was much better. I wouldn’t say great, but we are able to compete and make pitches when we needed to and it’s going to be a fight for a little while.”

Showalter speaks after 5-3 10-inning win - School of Roch
Buck Showalter was impressed with Welington Castillo's game-ending home run. "It’s funny, I looked up there and it doesn’t feel like he had one home run coming into the game. He’s a real tough-minded guy. He’s got a certain mental toughness about him. As you’re around him, you really have an appreciation for it.”

Getting Better All the Time

Joseph's offensive game got healthy while Castillo was hurt - School of Roch
If there’s a silver lining to Castillo’s absence from the lineup due to right shoulder tendinitis, it’s how Joseph responded to it. He’s now batting .268/.278/.451 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine RBIs in 20 games.

Orioles' Trey Mancini passes the eye test in left field - Baltimore Sun
Yes, the dreaded 'eye test' has been invoked. Anyway, here's what Trey Mancini has to say about his defense. “That’s been my main goal the whole time — to play good defense. You’re going to have a hard time getting out there if you can’t play too good of defense," Mancini said. "I’ve been working hard on it, and I feel a lot more confident out there whenever I got out there. I feel more like an outfielder than a first baseman who’s out there in the outfield now.”

Finding Hope in a Troubled World, MLB Edition

Adam Jones pens essay for Players’ Tribune on racist incident - NY Daily News
"How am I supposed to talk to my son about what happened?" Adam Jones wonders in the essay. "Ten years from now, he'll be 13 years old, and if he Googles his dad, this incident will probably come up. He'll read a lot of confusing things. Maybe he'll read about how some people didn't even believe that it really happened."

Olney: The stupidity of retaliation - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN
Orioles Manager Earl Weaver discouraged his pitchers -- OK, knowing Earl, he probably barked at them with biting sarcasm -- with logic. If you retaliate, he told them, one of our guys might wind up getting hurt, and our guys are better than their guys. As a result, Orioles pitchers hit relatively few batters.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles “Razor” Ramon Hernandez, Gordon Dillard, and David Wells (forgot he pitched for the O’s didn’t ya?). They share this birthday with famous people including White House designer William Thornton 1759; First Lady and White House art savior Dolley Madison 1768; organizer of Wells, Fargo & Company William George Fargo 1818; actor Jimmy Stewart 1908; Hall of Fame NHL player Stan Mikita 1940; singer Joe Cocker 1944; singer Cher 1946; comedian (Bob & Doug McKenzie) Dave Thomas 1949; and rapper Busta Rhymes, who's had us all in check since 1972.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

Nothing good happened today, but in 2011, after being shut out by the Mets in back-to-back games, the Nationals have their biggest offensive game since moving to Washington, DC in 2005. They beat the Orioles, 17 - 5, launching 6 homers. Jayson Werth hits two of the long balls, and Danny Espinosa, who collects 6 RBI, Roger Bernadina, Wilson Ramos and Laynce Nix hit the others. Both the 17 runs and the 6 homers are team marks since the move to the nation's capital.

On this day in world history...

1506 - In Spain, Christopher Columbus died in poverty.

1520 - Hernando Cortez defeated Spanish troops that had been sent to punish him in Mexico.

1674 - John Sobieski became Poland’s first King.

1774 - Britain's Parliament passed the Coercive Acts to punish the American colonists for their increasingly anti-British behavior

1916 - Norman Rockwell’s first cover on "The Saturday Evening Post" appeared.

1927 - Charles Lindbergh took off from New York to cross the Atlantic for Paris aboard his airplane the "Spirit of St. Louis." The trip took 33 1/2 hours.

1932 - Amelia Earhart took off to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She became the first woman to achieve the feat.

1990 - The Hubble Space Telescope sent back its first photographs.

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