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The O’s were down by a lot, then by a little, then the game was over. C’est la vie.

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She almost single-handedly willed the Orioles to victory.
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Mike Fiers shines as Astros survive bullpen meltdown against Orioles - Houston Chronicle
The Orioles made a game of it, but it was not to be.

Orioles slugger Chris Davis says ninth-inning bunt attempt 'was my best shot' - Baltimore Sun
I, for one, am totally fine with it. Discuss.

More on Jimenez, the rotation, Britton's market and tonight's game - School of Roch
"Jayson Aquino would be the likely replacement if Jimenez comes out of the rotation. He held Triple-A Pawtucket to one run over six innings on Thursday and he’s gained the trust of manager Buck Showalter. Also, no one else at Norfolk is beating down the door or even giving it a light tap."

The question the Orioles don’t want to even ask: Is is time to trade Manny Machado? - The Washington Post
"Having gained (owner Peter) Angelos’s approval, and barring a sudden change in plans, Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette is prepared to deal from his surplus of valued relievers, including Zach Britton, Brad Brach and Darren O’Day, with catcher Welington Castillo and outfielder Seth Smith perhaps also in play. The issue this time around is whether that strategy goes far enough."

‘Scared’ teams running from Zach Britton blockbuster | New York Post
One scout summaries the issue with Zach Britton as a trade piece this year: “But what scares me is the Orioles gave him all the time he needed to get healthy, gave him plenty of rehab outings and I am watching a guy who just pounded the bottom of the strike zone last year and now the ball is spraying all over the place too often.”

Orioles lefty Richard Bleier finding success being unapologetically himself - Baltimore Sun
"I give up hits and stuff like that, but my philosophy is I’m going to challenge hitters and I’m going to try and keep the ball in the park," Richard Bleier said. And he's never drank anything except milk and water. Dude's different, that's for sure.

Birthdays and History

No past or current Orioles players have birthdays today. But if they did, they’d share today with famous people including Sen. Bob Dole 1923; fashion designer Oscar De La Renta 1932; game show host Alex Trebek 1940; musician George Clinton 1940; actor Danny Glover 1947; comedian and writer Albert Brooks 1947; musician Don Henley 1947;actor Willem Dafoe 1955; comedian David Spade 1964; actor John Leguizamo 1965; and actress Selena Gomez 1992.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1996 - The Indians spoil Eddie Murray's return to Baltimore by beating the Orioles, 9 - 5. Murray gets a standing ovation from the crowd and on his third at-bat belts a home run, the 493rd of his career.

On this day in world history...

1376 - The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date.

1587 - A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. The colony vanished under mysterious circumstances.

1796 - Cleveland was founded by General Moses Cleaveland.

2000 - Astronomers at the University of Arizona announced that they had found a 17th moon orbiting Jupiter.

2004 - The September 11 commission's final report was released. The 575-page report concluded that hijackers exploited "deep institutional failings within our government." The report was released to White House officials the day before.

2009 - The longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting up to 6 minutes and 38.8 seconds, occurred over parts of Asia and the Pacific Ocean.

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