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Saturday Bird Droppings - If it weren’t for bad luck...

Ubaldo Jimenez struck out 11, but a liner off his leg changed the fortunes of last night’s game for the worse.

Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics
Adam Jones leaps at the wall and watches the ball go over for a two-run homer off the bat of Matt Olson.
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Late rally helps A’s snap losing streak, beat Orioles 5-4 - by dan-bernstein - August 11, 2017 - The San Francisco Examiner
"With the contest tied and runners at second and third with one out, right fielder Chad Pinder hit a pop up in foul territory near first base. But Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis dropped the ball, and Pinder hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly later in the at-bat."

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez struck by a grounder, exits game against the Oakland Athletics
"Baltimore Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez left Friday night's 5-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the sixth inning after getting hit in the lower right leg with a hard grounder off the bat of Chad Pinder."

Trey Mancini reaches 20-homer mark in impressive fashion as Orioles rookie record looms - Baltimore Sun
"Two home runs Thursday gave Trey Mancini 20 on the season, putting him within reach of Cal Ripken Jr.’s Orioles rookie record of 28 with 47 games to play, and ensuring whatever expectations were set for him will end up met."

Rumor Central: Orioles looking at Miguel Gonzalez, Derek Holland? - MLB Rumor Central- ESPN
"The Baltimore Orioles are among the teams that have expressed interest in Chicago White Sox starters Miguel Gonzalez and Derek Holland, reports Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago." Homecoming for MiGo? Sign me up!

Orioles' Showalter on urgency to use Tillman in relief: 'We're trying to win baseball games' - Baltimore Sun
"We're trying to win baseball games, every night," Buck Showalter said. "If him pitching helps us with that, we'll do that. It's that time of year. It's always that time of year. So, if Chris has an element that we're in need of that given night, he'll pitch."

Buck on Mancini; Ubaldo Jiménez fans eight over first three frames - Steve Melewski
“He just has a real concentration, never gives in,” Buck Showalter said. “It’s tough. Some qualities that you have as a rookie, it is tough to maintain those over a long period of time. I’m not talking about a season, I’m talking about a potential career. It’s hard. But the same things that make him successful are also things that can kind of get in your way sometimes. But he’s done a good job. He’s very coachable. Holds himself to high standards. He doesn’t pay attention to the hoopla that people bring up. He realizes how fleeting it is and has a very quiet self confidence.”

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Lew Ford and Bobby Bonner. They share today with famous people including director Cecil B. DeMille 1881; country singers Porter Wagoner 1927 and Buck Owens 1929; guitarist (Dire Straits) Mark Knopfler 1949; guitarist Pat Metheny 1954; rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot 1963; tennis champion Pete Sampras 1971; comedian Michael Ian Black 1971; actress Rebecca Gayheart 1972; and actor Casey Affleck 1975.

Today in Baltimore baseball history...

1892 - The Orioles remove outfield posts‚ around which ropes holding back overflow crowds would be wrapped‚ after a ball hit by Harry Stovey strikes a post and bounces back toward the infield‚ forcing Stovey to stop at second base. Another factor in the decision is an incident three days ago in which Oriole RF Frank "Piggy" Ward missed a sure catch when he ran upon a post. It doesn't help today as visiting Philadelphia wins‚ 9 - 6.

1897 - Baltimore regains 2nd place with an 11 - 7 victory over its favorite opponent‚ Philadelphia.

1985 - Baltimore's Wayne Gross and Larry Sheets connect for back-to-back solo pinch homers in the 9th inning‚ off Cleveland's Jerry Reed‚ but it is not enough to overcome the Indians' 5-run 1st inning. The Tribe wins‚ 8 - 5.

Today in world history...

1676 - "King Phillip's War" came to an end with the killing of Indian chief King Phillip. The war between the Indians and the Europeans lasted for two years.

1851 - Isaac Singer was issued a patent on the double-headed sewing machine.

1865 - Disinfectant was used for the first time during surgery by Joseph Lister.

1867 - U.S. President Andrew Johnson sparked a move to impeach him when he defied Congress by suspending Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.

1877 - Thomas Edison invented the phonograph and made the first sound recording.

1898 - The Spanish-American War was ended with the signing of the peace protocol. The U.S. acquired Guam, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Hawaii was also annexed.

1939 - "The Wizard of Oz" premiered in Oconomowoc, WI. Judy Garland became famous for the movie's song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The movie premiered in Hollywood on August 15th.

1953 - The Soviet Union secretly tested its first hydrogen bomb.

1960 - The balloon satellite Echo One was launched by the U.S. from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was the first communications satellite.

1981 - IBM unveiled its first PC.

1994 - Major league baseball players went on strike rather than allow team owners to limit their salaries. The strike lasted for 232 days. As a result, the World Series was wiped out for the first time in 90 years.

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