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In O’s news: now the Red Sox want Manny, a new podcast and a closer look at Ryan Mountcastle

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MLB: New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Morning, Birdland!

Ok, that was actually pretty fun. In case you missed it, the Orioles continued their role of playing “spoiler” and beat the Yankees in exhilarating fashion last night. Harrison Jozwiak recapped the action. At the very least, they will split the current series

Manny Machado will be gone soon. Last night’s performance may very well be the lasting image in our heads from his time in Baltimore. It would pretty funny to see the Yankees acquire Machado and end up a game back in the standings at the end of the year because of his two dongs on Tuesday. If that happens, their inability to beat the Orioles —New York is 4-5 vs. the O’s— so far this year will be heavily scrutinized.

I guess being a bad team isn’t all miserable. It’s still fun to beat the better teams and watch their fans get all upset about it. Ha!

Links

Red Sox interested in Orioles star Manny Machado, closer Zach Britton - Sporting News
That headline may activate your gag reflex even more than the Yankees news did from the day before. Don’t worry, it doesn’t seem the Red Sox really have the prospects to get it done.

Loss to Orioles Offers Yankees a Glimpse of What They Could Acquire - New York Times
I am firmly in the camp that says if the Yankees are the team that makes the absolute best offer, you trade Machado to them. It will hurt a lot, but it might make even more sense to send him to a rival and weaken them for the future.

Evaluating Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle - Baltimore Sun
Mountcastle has been a favorite of mine since watching him in Aberdeen a few years ago. I can’t speak to his defense much, which is the obvious issue. However, his bat looked real even back then. As the cliché goes, the ball just comes off of his bat differently.

Everybody Loves Manny - Camden Depot
Round and round the Machado rumor mill goes, where is stops will make us sad no matter what. Listen to the podcast on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Podbean, TuneIn and a few other places as well. If you are into social media, we can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday!

It is also the 35th big day for Zach Clark. Remember Clark? He was the UMBC alum that went undrafted out of college, signed with the O’s for $1000, fought his way up through the minors across eight seasons and finally made his MLB debut against the Mariners in May of 2013. The righty appeared in that one game, allowed three runs on three hits, two walks and a strikeout, was designated for assignment and never made it to the top league again. He is no longer in affiliated ball.

Other notable birthdays: Lil’ Kim (1975), Andre Johnson (1981), Joey Bosa (1995), and Alessia Cara (1996).

1889 - Tijuana, Mexico is founded

1914 - Baltimore’s own George Herman “Babe” Ruth makes his MLB debut, playing for the Boston Red Sox.

1921 - William Howard Taft is sworn in as the 10th Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the only person to become both President and Supreme Court Justice.

1960 - Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is first published in the United States.

1968 - Earl Weaver manages his first game in MLB. The O’s win 2-0 over the Washington Senators as Dave McNally throws a two-hitter.

1987 - Cal Ripken Sr. becomes the first person to manage two sons in the majors when he starts both Cal Jr. and Billy in a 2-1 Orioles loss to the Twins.