Another day has dawned with the Orioles in fourth place in the American League East. They are now five games back of the division-leading Red Sox, who they can gain ground on in the next series coming up in Boston. As we know, the Sox are losers on a daily basis. Last night, they were finally losers on the baseball diamond, with multiple bench clearing incidents with the Yankees in a loss. Don’t hope for suspensions to take effect for this series.
Thankfully, the Orioles avoided falling farther down by dodging a sweep by the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. If you missed the game, it was everything we hoped the first two games of that series would be, with quality pitching backed up by timely hitting and a steady bullpen. Check out my recap of the game and don’t forget to vote in the Most Birdland Player poll.
There is no Orioles baseball tonight. I hope you have something fun planned. No one could use the off day more than Trey Mancini, who fouled a ball off of his finger. Mancini stayed in the game and x-rays taken later were negative, but I’m guessing it hurts today and will hurt a bit less tomorrow. Get well soon, Trey.
The off day means that the Orioles might actually break their streak of five straight days of making roster moves. They optioned Yefry Ramirez back to Norfolk following Wednesday’s game, without Ramirez having been needed in a game, and are expected to call up a lefty reliever for Friday. That leaves nothing for today, unless Dan Duquette gets antsy on the waiver wire.
Don’t things feel so much better about the Orioles after a game like last night’s? One game is just one game, so it won’t matter much if they ship up to Boston this weekend and stink again, but still, it just gives confidence knowing that the team is, in fact, still capable of putting it all together. If - a big if - this is the start of a Chris Davis or Jonathan Schoop breakout, the team will be climbing the standings before too long.
Around the blogO’sphere
Trumbo removed from rehab assignment (School of Roch)
Mark Trumbo played a game in Bowie and then the next day Buck Showalter was telling reporters that the team was slowing his rehab down. The 3-4 week estimate from March 15 now is revealed to have been optimistic.
No excuses from Jonathan Schoop as he grinds through early-season slump (Baltimore Sun)
A couple of clutch hits on Wednesday was a good start, but it’s going to take a more sustained hot streak for Schoop’s numbers to come up out of the dumps.
In Bowie, Alex Cobb talks about making his Orioles debut (Steve Melewski)
Cobb was getting a bullpen day in with the Baysox. He thinks that the Orioles are a playoff team. I hope he’s right!
Amidst the boos, Chris Davis tries to ‘trust the process’ with first multihit game of season (Baltimore Sun)
I feel bad that Chris Davis got booed, but I’m glad for his multi-hit game, and I hope he can find the sustained hot streak he and the Orioles need as well.
Could Orioles $0 tickets for kids be the antidote to baseball’s attendance woes? (Yahoo Sports)
Thus far, the free kid ticket promotion isn’t even proving to be the antidote to the Orioles’ attendance woes, let alone the rest of baseball’s, but it’s a good start all the same, and it’s nice to see what John Angelos has to say about the program in this article.
Birthdays and anniversaries
There is one current Oriole with a birthday today. Happy 32nd birthday to Brad Brach. It’s also the birthday of some former Orioles: 1961-67 reserve Charlie Lau, 1956 four-gamer Mel Held, and the late Bill Wight of the 1955-57 Orioles.
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: 19th century politician Henry Clay (1777), author Beverly Cleary (1916), Baltimore-born author and former Orioles minority owner Tom Clancy (1947), actress Claire Danes (1979), and actress Saoirse Ronan (1994).
On this day in history...
In 1204, the crusaders of the Fourth Crusade, who had been supposed to go recapture Jerusalem, instead ended up breaching the walls of Constantinople and sacking the city.
In 1861, the traitor forces fired on Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina, marking the beginning of the Civil War. Three years later, the rebel forces won a battle in Fort Pillow, Tennessee, after which black soldiers in the garrison who had surrendered were massacred.
In 1917, the Canadian Corps captured Vimy Ridge after a four-day battle, a battle that may or may not have actually forged a Canadian identity at the time but has come to be regarded that way since.
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the longest-serving president in American history, died in office, leading the vice president, Harry Truman, to take over as president.
In 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine was declared safe and effective.
In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space as he launched into orbit on the Vostok 1 mission.
And that’s the way it is in Birdland on April 12 - or at least, unless something happens later on this off day. Maybe the Orioles will break their streak of five straight days with roster moves. Have a safe Thursday.