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The Orioles had a day off to enjoy the sights and sounds of Boston before their Fenway series. Perhaps they went on a Duck Tour.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox
Welcome to Fenway Park, where every slide into second base could meet with wrath and vengeance.
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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

The Orioles are back on the road after a blink-and-you-missed-it homestand (and judging by the total three-game attendance of 26,954, most did miss it). They’ll resume their brutal April schedule with a four-game set in Boston. Including the Red Sox, four of the Orioles’ first five series this season have been against 2017 playoff teams.

The Sox are in a punchy mood after a benches-clearing brawl against the Yankees on Wednesday, set off by Joe Kelly plunking Tyler Austin in retaliation for a “dirty” slide at second base. As Manny Machado well knows, the Red Sox have a history of completely flipping out over slides into second base, to the point of repeatedly throwing at batters several weeks after the fact.

The lesson here: don’t slide into second base against the Red Sox. Don’t jog into second base, either. In fact, don’t even look at second base. The Red Sox will plant a fastball in your back. You’ve been warned!

Meanwhile, the Orioles have eagerly fired up the Norfolk shuttle (with occasional stops at Bowie) within the last week, calling up Jimmy Yacabonis and Tanner Scott and then demoting each after one day, then cycling through Hunter Harvey and Yefry Ramirez without either making an appearance. The newest addition is Donnie Hart, summoned from Norfolk on Thursday, and Alex Cobb’s arrival on Saturday will bring about another roster move. Dan Duquette lives for this stuff.

Links

Q&A Adam Jones talks future, Jackie Robinson (Orioles.com)
I would read an Adam Jones interview any time, any place. I'd read an Adam Jones interview in Cat Fancy if he had one. Here, he talks about facing racism and his uncertain future with the Orioles, among other things.

Amid boos, Orioles’ Chris Davis tries to ‘trust the process’ with first multihit game of season (Baltimore Sun)
The severely slumping Chris Davis has been getting booed at Camden Yards, and he’s noticed. “I don’t like the boos but I understand their frustration,” he says.

Cal Ripken is moving on, literally and figuratively (Washington Post)
Would anyone like to buy Cal Ripken's house? He's selling it at auction on May 12. It includes a full-size baseball field and a 2,000-pound rock engraved with "2131." Don't miss out!

With rotation trending up, a key reinforcement is on the way (Steve Melewski)
You'll be happy to learn that Alex Cobb is feeling good and is pumped about joining the Orioles this weekend.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! And a very happy birthday to Team Steve as well — former Orioles outfielder Steve Pearce, whom the O’s just saw in their three-game series against the Blue Jays, turns 35 today. He’s your lone Orioles birthday buddy.

This is a special day in Orioles lore. On this day in 1954, the modern-day Orioles played their first game in franchise history after moving to Baltimore from St. Louis. They got shut out in Detroit, 3-0. Young righty Don Larsen took the loss on his way to a 3-21 season for the Orioles (Larsen, of course, later threw a perfect game in the World Series for the Yankees).