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The Orioles still stink like yesterday's garbage. At least there are only three games left. In today's links, Gausman gets another start, Hellickson doesn't, and more.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

Another day finds the Orioles tied for last place in the American League East. They remain locked in last with the Blue Jays, who also lost on Wednesday night. The Jays are idle today, as are the O's, and will finish their season this weekend on the road against the Yankees.

The O's latest loss on Wednesday, sealing their sweep at the hands of the Pirates, drops them to 7-18 for the month of September. It is really a challenge to figure out how they have been so bad this month. Of course the pitching has been bad, as it has been bad all year, but the offense has just completely cratered, still. Last night they were only 2-12 with RISP. They had chances and blew most of them!

If you're wondering about draft status for next year, the Orioles are currently sitting with the #12 pick. It's possible, if they lose all weekend and other teams win the right number of games, that the Orioles could end up as high up the draft board at #9. I don't want to see the Orioles stink enough to pick in the top ten, but geez, as long as they're playing this badly...

By the way, the Orioles haven't had an April-September month with single digit wins since July of 2011. Their loss on Wednesday sealed a September where they can win no more than nine games. If the Orioles were merely 12-13 this month, rather than this horrible... well, they'd still be 3.5 games back of the Twins right now, with a tragic number of 1. But an 80-79 record would feel a lot better than this.

Shout out to Trey Mancini, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games in last night’s game, setting an Orioles rookie record. Mancini had been tied at 15 with three others, including Brian Roberts. Now he has that record all to himself.

Around the blogO'sphere

Gausman's interleague struggles, slow month of offense and more - Steve Melewski
Shades of the whole "If you take out Chris Tillman's starts against the Blue Jays" phenomenon from the 2015 season.

Gausman expected to start Sunday (and other notes) - School of Roch
Oh, hey, guess who's getting one more start this year after all?

O's Jeremy Hellickson dealing with back injury | MLB.com
Well, it's not Jeremy Hellickson, but I've got to be honest, I'm not too sad about that and I don't think you are either.

Orioles right-hander Gabriel Ynoa looking to make strong final impression (Baltimore Sun)
Spoiler warning: He didn’t.

Unveiling our second annual Orioles' Minor League All-Star Team - position by position (Baltimore Baseball)
We really need some good news, so enjoy this list of every vaguely positive Orioles prospect this season, by position.

Birthdays and anniversaries

In 2011, Robert Andino dealt the mortal wound to that season's edition of the Red Sox with a walkoff base hit that, combined with a Rays win, eliminated Boston from the postseason despite beginning September in first place in the division.

There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2004 DFA-bait reliever Mike DeJean and 1971-76 reliever Grant Jackson.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: philosopher Confucius (551 BC), ballcock inventor Thomas Crapper (1836 AD), funny lady Janeane Garofolo (1964), actress Naomi Watts (1968), rapper Young Jeezy (1977), and singer/actress Hilary Duff (1987).

On this day in history...

In 48 BC, Pompey arrived in Egypt, where he had fled following a loss in the Battle of Pharsalus. He was immediately assassinated on the orders of Egypt's King Ptolemy.

In 1542 AD, Portuguese navigator Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo arrived at what is today San Diego, California.

In 1889, the first General Conference on Weights and Measures settled the distance of a meter as being the distance between two lines on a standard bar of an alloy of platinum with ten percent iridium, as measured at the melting point of ice.

In 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming noticed a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory. This marked the discovery of penicillin, though it wasn't named until later.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on September 28 - or at least, unless something happens later, which I really don't think it will on the final off day before the season ends. Have a safe Thursday. Go O's!