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Wednesday Bird Droppings - Is that light at the end of the tunnel?

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Slowly but surely, the O’s make progress toward returning to .500 And dare we say playoffs? No, that would be silly.

Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles
Jonathan Schoop #6 of the Baltimore Orioles hugs teammate Manny Machado #13 after scoring on a two-run RBI double hit by Seth Smith in the fifth inning.
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Bundy pitches 8 strong innings as Orioles beat Royals 7-2 (Aug 01, 2017) | FOX Sports
"Dylan Bundy allowed three hits over a career-high eight innings, newcomer Tim Beckham had two hits and scored twice and the resurgent Orioles beat the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory."

Orioles right-hander Dylan Bundy continues to flourish with extra rest - Baltimore Sun
"And while pitching on eight days rest – thanks to last Thursday’s off day – Dylan Bundy recorded the deepest, and maybe his strongest start, of his young career in the Orioles’ 7-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night at Camden Yards."

Bundy on his outing, Schoop on the RBIs and the win - Steve Melewski
Dylan Bundy, as you would expect, would have liked the chance to finish the game. “Yeah, I did,” he said. “But I understood. That the was first time I ever finished eight in the big leagues. We have a game plan on the innings this year and we’re going to kind of watch it.”

Tim Beckham starting for Orioles at shortstop — for now - Baltimore Sun
“Like I told J.J. yesterday, when J.J. comes back on [August] 18th, he’s playing shortstop,” said Showalter, referring to the date when Hardy is eligible to be activated from the DL after being transferred to the 60-day DL on Monday. ” … I just felt like I needed to say that to him because you’re first thought it to assume that he knows that. But then you don’t like having people assume things. … The thing that kills players is the unknown.” - Buck Showalter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't anticipate six-man rotation after Jeremy Hellickson debut - Baltimore Sun
I'm just going to let you read Buck Showalter's quotes and see if you can figure out what he was trying to say.

Orioles appear to be in holding pattern, but roster crisis looms | MLB | Sporting News
"Heading into Tuesday’s action, Baltimore is 6.5 games behind the Yankees in the AL East and only 4.5 behind the second wild-card spot (though there are eight teams fighting for those two spots). Not an ideal position, sure, but the O’s aren’t quite in need-a-miracle territory, either. That said, it’s challenging to figure out exactly how the front office views this team."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Parker Bridwell and Matt Riley. Oh, Matt, what could have been if you just could remember your luggage at Spring Training and also seen Metallica in the off-season. They share today with famous people including author James Baldwin 1924; actor Carroll O'Connor 1924; actor Peter O'Toole 1932; hooror director Wes Craven 1939; O.J. Simpson trial judge Lance Ito 1950; musician Mojo Nixon 1957; actress Mary-Louise Parker 1964; actor Edward Furlong 1977; and singer Charlie XCX (Charlotte Emma Aitchison) 1992.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history...

1964 - In Baltimore's 8 - 7 win over Kansas City, Brooks Robinson hits a ball that strikes the LF pole at KC and it is ruled in play by John Rice. Brooks is thrown out at third base. Later, Rice admits he made a mistake.

On this day in world history...

1776 - Members of the Continental Congress began adding their signatures to the Declaration of Independence.

1824 - In New York City, Fifth Avenue was opened.

1858 - In Boston and New York City the first mailboxes were installed along streets.

1861 - The United States Congress passed the first income tax. The revenues were intended for the war effort against the South. The tax was never enacted.

1887 - Rowell Hodge patented barbed wire.

1892 - Charles A. Wheeler patented the first escalator.

1921 - Eight White Sox players were acquitted of throwing the 1919 World Series.

1939 - Albert Einstein signed a letter to President Roosevelt urging the U.S. to have an atomic weapons research program.

1939 - U.S. President Roosevelt signed the Hatch Act. The act prohibited civil service employees from taking an active part in political campaigns.

1943 - The U.S. Navy patrol torpedo boat, PT-109, sank after being attacked by a Japanese destroyer. The boat was under the command of Lt. John F. Kennedy.

1983 - U.S. House of Representatives approved a law that designated the third Monday of January would be a federal holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The law was signed by President Reagan on November 2.

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