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The O’s got up off the floor yesterday, and Chris Tillman will be available to help today.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Minnesota Twins
Mark Trumbo hit a ball far.
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Minnesota Twins fall to Schoop, Baltimore Orioles 5-1 - FoxSports
Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo each homered in support of Wade Miley’s best performance in more than five weeks, and the Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 to stop a five-game losing streak.

Orioles DFA Paul Janish (and activate Chris Tillman) - School of Roch
The Orioles designated Paul Janish for assignment this afternoon to create room for pitcher Chris Tillman on the 25-man roster. Tillman came off the paternity list and is available in the bullpen.

Tillman on his view from the bullpen (O's ahead 5-1) - School of Roch
“Pitching’s still pitching. Still got a rubber, still got a mound and a hitter. The process might be a little different, but once you get out there it’s the same.”

Orioles' Ryan Flaherty: Resumes throwing - CBSSports.com
Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) has resumed throwing at the Orioles' spring training facility in Sarasota, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

The Orioles are in a freefall right now and they're throwing away their future too - CBSSports.com
Having a bad season on the field is one thing. The O's have also been mortgaging their future these last few weeks in very subtle ways.

The Orioles Never Recovered From That Phantom Rainout At Nationals Park - Deadspin
Since that extra-innings win in Washington, the Orioles have been in a terrible tailspin—after Friday night’s 9-6 loss to the Twins, the Orioles are 18-36 since May 9, with three separate losing streaks of at least five games.

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Steve Luebber. He shares today with famous people including author Dean Koontz 1945; AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott 1946; NFL Hall of Famer and civilly-responsible for his wife's death O.J. Simpson 1947; musician John Tesh 1952; actor Tom Hanks 1956; actress Kelly McGillis 1957; actor Jimmy Smits 1958; musician Courtney Love 1964; Anthrax bassist Frank Bello 1965; and actor Fred Savage 1976.

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

1959 - Two 20-year-old Baby Birds - Milt Pappas and Jerry Walker - shut out the Senators 8 - 0 and 5 - 0. The Orioles recall young Brooks Robinson from the minors.

1991 - Cal Ripken Jr.'s three-run home run lifts the American League to a 4 - 2 win over the National League in the annual All-Star Game. Andre Dawson homers for the NLers who lose for the 4th straight year. Ripken, who also won the pre-All-Star Game Home Run Derby, is named the game's MVP.

1992 - Baltimore's Brady Anderson and Mike Devereaux lead off the game against the Twins' Scott Erickson with back-to-back homers. The Orioles go on to a 4 - 2 victory.

On this day in world history...

0118 - Hadrian, Rome's new emperor, made his entry into the city.

1776 - The American Declaration of Independence was read aloud to Gen. George Washington's troops in New York.

1816 - Argentina declared independence from Spain.

1868 - The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment was designed to grant citizenship to and protect the civil liberties of recently freed slaves. It did this by prohibiting states from denying or abridging the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States, depriving any person of his life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or denying to any person within their jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

1900 - The Commonwealth of Australia was established by an act of the British Parliament, uniting the separate colonies under a federal government.

1968 - The first All-Star baseball game to be played indoors took place at the Astrodome in Houston, TX.

2015 - The South Carolina House of Representatives approved taking down the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds. The flag was removed the next day and taken to a state military museum.

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