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Wednesday Bird Droppings - Schoop helps the AL cause

Jon Schoop’s double led to his scoring the first run of the All-Star Game. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.

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88th MLB All-Star Game
Jon Schoop hit a double and scored the AL’s first run to help win the 2017 All-Star Game.
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Merry mid-week! It’s a day without MLB baseball today, although if you’re down in my neck of the woods, you can watch Chris Davis play for the Delmarva Shorebirds in an MiLB rehab assignment game for the first baseman. Onto the links...

Robinson Cano's 10th inning home run lifts American League to All-Star Game victory - USA Today
Robinson Cano’s leadoff home run in the top of the 10th inning off Wade Davis was the decisive blow as the AL continued its All-Star dominance, winning for the fifth consecutive season and the 12th time in the last 15 years.

Schoop doubles and scores in first All-Star Game - School of Roch
Jonathan Schoop entered tonight’s All-Star Game at second base in the bottom of the fourth inning and batted in the top of the fifth against Dodgers left-hander Alex Wood. Schoop grounded a double down the left field line with two outs and two strikes, and he scored on a bloop single inside the right field line by Twins third baseman Miguel Sanó.

Janish, Washington clear waivers, Orioles send them to Norfolk - Baltimore Sun
Shortstop Paul Janish and first baseman-outfielder David Washington have cleared waivers and been assigned outright to Triple-A Norfolk, the Orioles announced Tuesday.

Myriad O's Thoughts: Dickerson and Schoop; Remembering Juan and Monica; Nomo's no-nos -
During the now annual and poignant “Stand Up to Cancer” portion of the All-Star Game, when those in the stadium hold placards to remember someone who has dealt with or is dealing with cancer, Jonathan Schoop honored Monica Barlow, the Orioles’ former PR director who died in February 2014 from lung cancer.

MLB Network’s Robert Flores Says Orioles ‘Need To Rebuild’ « CBS Baltimore
"I think they should seriously consider trading Zach Britton and Manny Machado for starters. But if you’re going to make those kind of moves, then the organization has to be on the same page. they have to have the same philosophy and the decision making process has to be on point. and it’s common knowledge that Buck Showalter and Dan Duqeutte don’t always see eye to eye."

Birthdays and History

Happy birthday to former Oriole Jack Harshman, who spent part of one ill-fated season with the Orioles, going 0-6 in 8 starts and 14 appearances with a 6.85 ERA. Ouch. He shares this birthday with famous people including Roman dictator Gaius Julius Caesar 100 BC; writer Henry David Thoreau 1817; Kodak founder George Eastman 1854; comedian Milton Berle 1908; painter Andrew Wyeth 1917; children's author Richard Scarry 1919; comedian and accused sexual assault suspect Bill Cosby 1937; actress Cheryl Ladd 1951; and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi 1971.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1966 - St. Louis hosts a hot midsummer All-Star classic. Maury Wills' 10th-inning single scores Tim McCarver, as the National League wins, 2 - 1, in 105-degree heat. Brooks Robinson's stellar game (3 hits, eight chances) earns him the game MVP award. Asked about the new ballpark, Casey Stengel remarks, "it holds the heat well." On-field temperature is 113 degrees.

On this date in world history...

1862 - The U.S. Congress authorized the Medal of Honor.

1864 - U.S. President Abraham Lincoln witnessed the battle where Union forces repelled Jubal Early's army on the outskirts of Washington, DC.

1870 - The first rotary can opener with a cutting wheel was patented by William W. Lyman.

1933 - A minimum wage of 40 cents an hour was established in the U.S.

1954 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed a highway modernization program, with costs to be shared by federal and state governments.

1954 - The Major League Baseball Players Association was organized in Cleveland, OH.

1957 - The U.S. surgeon general, Leroy E. Burney, reported that there was a direct link between smoking and lung cancer.

1960 - Manufacturing began for the Etch A Sketch®.

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