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John Means was good, some scouts were fired, and more news from around Birdland.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles
We might have to change his nickname to Homerin’ Hanser.
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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! The Orioles won last night! John Means pitched well, Pedro Severino hit a grand slam, it was nice. You can get all the details in Mark Brown’s game recap. Don’t forget to vote for Most Birdland Player!

The loss last night pushed the Rays into the second wild card spot, 12 game behind the Indians. The Indians and Twins are fighting for the division with whoever comes in second trying to grab a wild card along with the Rays and A’s. The A’s are currently just 12 game back of the second wild card.

But what about the race for the bottom? The race the Orioles are in? Well with their win last night and a Detroit Tigers loss, the Orioles remain 1.5 games ahead of the Tigers for the worst record in baseball.

Links

Zac Lowther, Zach Jarrett Earn Year-End Honors - Birds Watcher
The Carolina League, for some reason, also has a second-half All Star team. Pitcher Zac Lowther and hitter Zach Jarrett were named to it. Well done, guys.

Orioles’ Rutschman, Rodriguez connect at Delmarva: ‘You’re looking at, potentially, the future of the organization’ - Baltimore Sun
Poor Jon Meoli decided to write a story about the future of the organization and then Adley Rutschman went 0-for-3 and Grayson Rodriguez gave up four runs in 4.2 innings. It's still a good story, though.

Severino slam and sensational Means start highlight win - School of Roch
John Means had a very good night last night, but I don't think I'd use the word sensational. Get your game quotes here.

Mike Elias calls it restructuring and not reducing, but the firing of Orioles’ top scouts smells like budget cuts – The Athletic
This is one man's opinion on Mike Elias firing a number of Orioles' scouts over the weekend. He thinks it was a bad move done to save money, not to make the team better. I'm not on the inside the way Dan Connolly is but I think Elias deserves the benefit of the doubt.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles’ birthday buddies, including 40-man roster man Chandler Shepherd. Shepherd pitched four innings in the August 13th loss to the Yankees and is currently a member of the Norfolk Tides. Today is his 27th birthday.

Also celebrating today is controversial figure Albert Belle. Belle was signed to a five-year contract by the Orioles before the 1999 season but only played in two seasons due before before forced out with a degenerative hip condition. He was also pretty surly. Happy 53rd birthday, Albert!

Gary Matthews, Jr. had a baseball career that spanned 12 seasons, including two with the Orioles from 2002-03. Today is he 45 years old. And Darrell Johnson started his career in 1952 with the St. Louis Browns, and 10 years and five teams later finished it with the Baltimore Orioles. He passed away in 2004, today would have been his 91st birthday.

On this day in 2014, Nick Markakis and Steave Pearce hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning, then Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy, and Chris Davis hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning as the Orioles beat the Rays 9-1. Remember 2014? That was nice.