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Saturday Bird Droppings: Yet another loss

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Kevin Gausman finally looks like a MLB pitcher again, only to be disappointed by the amazing futility of the offense.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros
Too bad the Orioles didn’t hit any baseballs over the outfield fence.
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In the “We gotta find a silver lining somewhere” department, may I present Kevin Gausman’s start last night as proof not all hope is lost? He gave up 2 runs on 2 HRs in 6.2 IP, but no walks! No walks! That’s something, right? Anyway, on to the links.

Marisnick, Beltran, Musgrove lead Astros over Orioles 2-0 - NY Daily News
Jake Marisnick and Carlos Beltran homered for Houston and nobody for Baltimore scored. That's how you lose 2-0 when your starter goes into the 7th with no walks and just 2 runs allowed.

Ubaldo Jimenez sent to Orioles bullpen, Alec Asher to start Sunday against Astros - Baltimore Sun
And there was much rejoicing.

Orioles' Zach Britton: Ready to increase throwing distance - CBSSports.com
Zach Britton was cleared to resume throwing a little over a week ago and he's now ready to extend the distance of his long toss.

Orioles notes: Luis Sardiñas outrighted to Norfolk, Hunter Harvey making progress - Baltimore Sun
I'll never give up on Hunter Harvey after watching him at Delmarva, and he's ready throw a 35-pitch bullpen session today just 10 months after UCL reconstruction surgery (AKA Tommy John). He's slated to actually pitch in MiLB games this season if all goes well, which means he'd be ready for game action by late August.

A catching prospect emerges on the farm (plus Machado talk) - Steve Melewski
"Austin Wynns has flown under the radar for a few seasons. Known for years as a solid defender, Wynns’ offense has been trending up in recent seasons and he is having a very impressive year with Double-A Bowie." Thus Spake Melewski.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Miguel Gonzalez! MiGo shares this birthday with famous people including robber baron Cornelius Vanderbilt 1794; abolitionist, social activist, poet ("The Battle Hymn of the Republic") Julia Ward Howe 1819; gunfighter Wild Bill Hickok 1837; dancer and unfortunate scarf model Isadora Duncan 1878; author ("The Maltesee Falcon" & "The Thin Man") Dashiell Hammett 1894; marine biologist, nature writer Rachel Carson 1907; actor and involuntary narrator on "Thriller" Vincent Price 1911; Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey 1911; actor and heavy metal vocalist Christopher Lee 1922; U.S. Secretary of State and personal favorite of sluggo 2.0 Henry Kissinger 1923; country singer Don Williams 1939; actress Peri Gilpin 1961; actor Todd Bridges 1965; and singer/actor André 3000 1975.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1960 - Baltimore Orioles catcher Clint Courtney uses an oversized mitt in an effort to handle the pitches of knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm. The mitt, designed by Baltimore manager Paul Richards, is 50 percent larger than the standard. Courtney handles Wilhelm's pitches flawlessly in a 3 - 2 win over the Yankees. The oversized mitt will later be banned.

On this day in world history...

1647 - Alse Young (Achsah Young or Alice Young), a resident of Windsor, CT, was executed for being a "witch." It was the first recorded American execution of a "witch."

1907 - The Bubonic Plague broke out in San Francisco.

1919 - A U.S. Navy seaplane completed the first transatlantic flight.

1937 - In California, the Golden Gate Bridge was opened to pedestrian traffic. The bridge connected San Francisco and Marin County.

1969 - Construction of Walt Disney World began in Florida.

Consider this your discussion space for NCAA Men’s Baseball, Big Ten Tournament: Maryland vs Northwestern at 1:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.