Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! The Orioles weekend ended a lot better than it started as they beat the Red Sox in the final two games of the series. That makes Monday morning seem a little bit brighter, don’t you think? If you missed yesterday’s game, you can catch up by reading my game recap and voting in the Most Birdland Player poll. I voted for Thomas Eshelman, but they’re all good choices.
The Orioles are off today but will be back in action tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Rays, the first-place team in the A.L. East. When last we saw the Rays, the Orioles swept them at the very beginning of August. The Rays have been on fire since then, going 15-4. The Orioles have been...less good. But they’re on a roll now, and they’re going on the road where they currently have a 8-1 record. So you never know!
If you didn’t watch MASN this weekend you missed out on the absolutely delightful Kevin Brown, who is more frequently part of the radio broadcast. He’ll be replaced by regular Scott Garceau tomorrow while Ben McDonald, who has done color for every game this year on MASN, will get a break in favor of Mike Bordick.
I certainly hope we get to see a lot more of Kevin Brown on TV this year and beyond, and I hope his radio partners Melanie Newman and Geoff Arnold also get a chance.
Orioles battle through injuries to defeat Red Sox 5-4 - School of Roch
Roch has your quotes from yesterday's win. No update yet on Wade LeBlanc's elbow status. Lots of praise for Thomas Eshelman. Rightly so!
Amidst Red Sox struggles, Orioles broadcaster pokes back at Opening Day jab - Yahoo! Sports
If you are active on Orioles Twitter, you might know that Dennis Eckersley's jab about the Orioles on opening day riled a lot of people up. Yesterday Kevin Brown turned the tables in the broadcast as the Orioles beat the Red Sox.
3 O's prospects 'on the radar' for callups - mlb.com
What do you think, Camden Chatters? Will we see Dean Kremer or Yusniel Diaz this year?
Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have just one Orioles birthday buddy but it’s a big one. Possibly the biggest one. That’s right, today is the 60th birthday of Cal Ripken, Jr. Cal was just in the news when he announced that he was diagnosed with and has subsequently conquered cancer.
It just seems right that no other Orioles share his birthday, doesn’t it?
On this day in Orioles history, per Baseball Reference:
- In 1970, Dave McNally won his 20th game for the third straight year as the Orioles defeated Oakland 5-1.
- In 1983, Tippy Martinez cemented his place in Baltimore folklore by picking three straight batters off of first base as the Blue Jays tried to take advantage of Lenn Sakata behind home plate.
- In 2002, Mike Bordick made four plays without an error to set a major league record of 428 chances without an error. He broke the record previously held by today’s birthday boy, Cal Ripken.
- In 2012, Chris Davis hit three home runs in a win against the Blue Jays. I miss that guy.