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The Birds are in the midst of another West Coast trip full of late-night contests. At least the O’s are fun to watch! Wait...

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MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Camden Chatters.

You know what’s even more fun than watching the worst team in baseball? Staying up past midnight to watch the worst team in baseball. Thanks to the Orioles’ bizarre 2019 schedule, it’s become a common occurrence for their games to start late in the evening for Eastern time zone viewers.

Last night’s series opener in Arizona, which began at 9:40 PM ET, was the seventh Orioles game to start at 9:30 or later in the East. The O’s already made one random trip to Colorado for a pair of late games, then went on a trek to Oakland and Seattle in June that brought four more late-night contests.

And they’re not even close to finished. On this current West Coast trip, the O’s will have four more games beginning after 9:30: tonight in Arizona (9:40 ET), Thursday and Friday in Anaheim (10:07 ET), and Monday in San Diego (10:10). On a brighter note, once this trip is over, the O’s won’t be returning to the West Coast again this season.

I hope you really enjoy watching Orioles baseball, because the schedule makers sure didn’t make it easy to do so this year.

Links

Importance of playing Orioles is about wins for Adam Jones - School of Roch
Adam Jones, team player as always, is more concerned about what this O’s series means for the Diamondbacks than for himself. Still, he appreciates the Baltimore fans who traveled to Phoenix to watch him play. As he rightly points out, it’s freaking hot there.

Anatomy of a baseball friendship: Chris Davis, Adam Jones and plans to ‘hold each other and cry’ – The Athletic
This story gave me all the feels, especially when Davis says, "I miss him a lot. I think about him a lot more than I thought I would." I'm not sobbing, you're sobbing!

The Ex-Oriole report: A midseason check on the departed 2018 Orioles - BaltimoreBaseball.com
You may be wondering how guys like Zack Britton, Jonathan Schoop, and Manny Machado are doing these days. You may not be as interested in the likes of John Andreoli and Luis Sardinas. But you’ll find out about all of them in my latest check-in on ex-Orioles from 2018.

Beards, bunnies and Airbnb -- What it's REALLY like to get traded - ESPN.com
Recent Oriole Andrew Cashner is interviewed in this story about the behind-the-scenes machinations of getting traded. Andrew Cashner is EXTREMELY serious about his beard, you guys.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Sadly, you don’t have any birthday buddies who actually made an appearance for the Orioles. The closest I can offer you is outfielder Johnny Groth, who was briefly a member of the O’s when the franchise moved from St. Louis in 1954. But the Orioles traded him before he played a game for them. Groth turns 93 today, so an extra happy birthday to him, regardless of whether he counts as an Oriole.

On this day in 1998, Lenny Webster hit a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Athletics, 9-7, and complete his four-hit, six-RBI day. It was the second day in a row the Orioles had hit a walkoff home run against the A’s, with both games won by Armando Benitez and lost by Mike Fetters.