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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where bad weather is following the Orioles

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After a rain-soaked weekend in Baltimore, the O’s couldn’t escape the showers in New York, leading to another postponement last night.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

How about that weather out there, huh?

It’s been a pretty miserable few days for the Orioles in terms of battling the elements. In Baltimore, they played most of Saturday’s game in chilly, rainy conditions (and those of us who were watching A League of Their Own on the field after the game had to bundle up in ponchos and blankets). Sunday’s game started more than two and a half hours late because of rain, though the O’s victory was worth the wait.

Escaping Baltimore didn’t bring the Birds any better luck last night. The Orioles’ scheduled series opener at Yankee Stadium was first delayed because of day-long rain. And even once the skies cleared, the downpour had caused such damage to the outfield — including puddles upon puddles that couldn’t be dried up despite valiant efforts by the grounds crew — that the game was postponed due to unplayable field conditions. It’ll be made up on Wednesday as part of a single-admission doubleheader starting at 3:05.

This is the fourth time the O’s have been rained out this year. They’ll be playing their third doubleheader, having split one with the White Sox on May 1 and gotten swept by the Twins on April 20. And they already have a fourth doubleheader scheduled July 13 against the Rays to make up a May 5 rainout.

Let’s hope Mother Nature gets her act together soon, yeah?


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Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You share your big day with a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, Dennis Martinez, who turns 65. Martinez spent the first 11 of his 23 MLB seasons with the Orioles from 1976-86, going 108-93 with a 4.16 ERA. Martinez set the major league record for wins by a Latino pitcher with 245, a mark that was broken last year by Bartolo Colon. The other Oriole with a birthday today is the late catcher Les Moss (b. 1925, d. 2012), who accompanied the franchise when it moved from St. Louis to Baltimore in 1954.

On this day in 2004, the Orioles mounted an incredible comeback against the Angels. Down 9-0 in the second inning, the O’s plated nine unanswered runs, including three in the bottom of the ninth, to tie the score. (They started that rally against the previously mentioned Bartolo Colon.)

Had the Birds won the game, it would’ve been the biggest comeback victory in franchise history to that point. Unfortunately, they coughed up a run in the 10th and lost, 10-9. Years later, the O’s did pull off a nine-run comeback victory against the Red Sox.