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In other news: Bleier and Hays are on the mend, Gentry retires and Hyde wants better defense.

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Good morning, Birdland!

How will everyone be celebrating the totally real and not at all made up international holiday of Star Wars Day?

Will you watch all eight movies in order? Would you include the recent spin-offs? It would be a pretty jam-packed day either way.

Perhaps you will throw a Star Wars-themed party with foods like this resourceful soul:

If none of those options grab you, maybe I could interest you in moseying down to Camden Yards. Take in nine-innings of, at best, mediocre baseball for an affordable price. But, and here’s the rub, you also get a bobble head featuring Trey Mancini and BB-8.

I know. I know! Contain your excitement please. There’s only enough for 20,000 fans. If the crowd is anything like it was on Friday, then there will only be about...well, nearly 10,000 extra bobbles to go around.

Maybe you’re better off with some Han Solo-flavored Jell-O.


Craig Gentry Retires - MLB Trade Rumors
And now, his watch is ended.

MASN TV network must pay millions to Washington Nationals under sealed decision - The Baltimore Sun
Is this the end of the dispute? Almost certainly not.

Brandon Hyde hopes Orioles learn from defensive mistakes - Baltimore Baseball
This is the one area where the O’s don’t really have many legitimate excuses. They just need to make the fundamental plays. Of course, that would mean dropping many of the few reliable bats they have in favor of defensive acumen. Unfortunately, they don’t have many attractive options.

Updating Bleier, Hays, Rickard and the defense - School of Roch
Finally, some positive news! Both Richard Bleier and Austin Hays are headed in the right direction. That may still mean that they are a few months, if not more, away from re-joining the O’s. At this point, taking it slow is the best course of action. Heal up and be ready later down the road.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

Ryan Meisinger, a Maryland native and Orioles pitcher for 18 games last season, turns 25 years old today. The right-hander was plucked off waivers by the St. Louis Cardinals back in December.

Joe Borowski, a longtime big league reliever and short-time Oriole is 48. He pitched just 7.1 innings for the 1995 Birds before being traded to the Atlanta Braves in a deal for starter Kent Mercker.

Baseball Reference does not mention any notable historic events in Orioles history having taken place on this date. Here’s what was happening elsewhere in the world on May 4, according to Wikipedia:

1776 - Rhode Island becomes the first colony to renounce allegiance to King George III.

1871 - The first professional baseball league, known as the National Association, begins it’s first season in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1979 - Margaret Thatcher becomes the United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister.

2000 - Ken Livingstone becomes the first Mayor of London.