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The O’s won for the first time in nine days, Britton throws off of a mound, Trumbo prepares for a rehab assignment and Mancini gets an MRI.

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Hallelujah, Birdland!

The Orioles got back to winning ways on Friday night , emerging victorious for the first time in over a week. Harrison Jozwiak recapped the 3-1 win over Cleveland in which Dylan Bundy was awesome again, Manny Machado hit another DONG and Trey Mancini stayed hot.

Is this the beginning of an epic turnaround that pushes them to the top of the AL East? I have some serious doubts about that, but at least they were competitive against a very good team. Heck, they were downright watchable.

The boys will look to make it two in a row over the Indians later today with a mid-afternoon affair. First pitch is at 4:05 p.m. ET. It could very well be the last time Chris Tillman ever pitches for the O’s if it goes badly enough. I have mixed emotions about it, but it’s best for everyone if the former ace goes out and twirls a gem. Come on, Tilly!

Links

Updating Mancini and wrapping up a 3-1 win - MASNsports.com
The O’s “left fielder” had an MRI on his knee after banging into the wall in foul territory during Friday night’s win. Apparently everything looks good structurally. Nothing is broken but he will need stitches to fix a “puncture.” Mancini will be day-to-day, avoiding the DL for now.

Britton feels good after throwing off half-mound - MLB.com
Orioles closer Zach Britton is currently sidelined with an Achilles tendon tear. He can come off the DL in late May and manager Buck Showalter thinks that is a reasonable time table. Also, there is a note about Mark Trumbo, who could begin a rehab assignment next week.

Orioles’ Cody Sedlock: Lands on DL - CBSsports.com
The 2016 first-round pick has had a tough go of it as a minor leaguer. In his pro career, he has already had injuries to his throwing elbow and throwing forearm. Now, he’s hurt his throwing shoulder.

Bundy is more fun to watch than any O’s pitcher since Mussina - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Dan Connolly paints Bundy as the Frankenstein monster of the Orioles best pitchers in recent memory. He includes quotes from the hurler, Showalter and Manny Machado.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday! It is also the big day for a couple of well-known Birds. Chief among them is 1973 Rookie of the Year and 1987 Orioles Hall of Fame inductee Al Bumbry. The Bee turns 71 today.

Jesse Orosco celebrates his 61st birthday. The lefty pitched in Baltimore from 1995-1999 and accumulated a 3.35 ERA over 336 appearances. He is birthday buddies with 2012 backup catcher Ronny Paulino (b. 1981) and 2011 backup infielder Ryan Adams (b. 1987).

753 BCE - Rome is founded by Romulus.

1952 - Administrative Professionals’ Day is first celebrated.

1957 - The O’s make history. They are a part of the first MLB game to be abandoned because of a power outage. Griffith Stadium’s lights went out, stopping the game against the Washington Senators after five innings.

1977 - The Broadway musical Annie opens.

1982 - Rollie Fingers records his 300th career save. He was the first player to reach that mark.

1996 - Brady Anderson hits a lead-off DONG in the fourth straight game, but the Birds lose 9-6 to the Texas Rangers.