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Labor Day Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles made the Yankees’ lives miserable

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The O’s took two out of three on the road against a Yankee team desperately trying to hang on to a playoff spot. You love to see it.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Can I ask a favor? If any of you happen to live within listening range of Yankees talk radio, please let me know how they’re reacting right now. I can’t wait to hear all the hilarious details. Ah, delicious schadenfreude.

I’m assuming “lose two out of three games to the last-place Orioles” wasn’t exactly part of the Yankees’ plans for the weekend. But that’s exactly what happened. With the Yanks in dire need of every win they can get to hang onto their slim Wild Card lead, the Orioles left them stunned and embarrassed, rolling into town and winning their first series against an AL East opponent since their opening weekend in Boston five months ago. Heck, the Birds were a timely hit on Friday away from a three-game sweep of the Yanks. Stacey recapped all the action — and there was a lot of it — from yesterday’s rubber-game O’s victory.

The good news for New York is that the Red Sox also lost Sunday, allowing the Yanks to remain in the first Wild Card spot by the slimmest of margins, half a game. But the Mariners, who swept the Diamondbacks this weekend — doing what you’re supposed to do against a bad team — made up ground and moved within three games of the Yanks, and the Blue Jays pulled within four games after a sweep of their own.

The Yankees are still an odds-on favorite to secure one of the two Wild Card spots. But the Orioles, to their credit, just made life a whole lot more uncomfortable for them. I could get used to seeing this kind of inspired play from the Birds.

Links

Mullins joins 25/25 club and O’s rally for 8-7 win (updated) - School of Roch
In case you missed it, Cedric Mullins is still awesome. News at 11.

Yankees drop series to lowly Orioles to end weekend to forget - New York Post
A view of the series from the Yankees’ side of things. Yeah, they are not taking this well.

In Orioles’ ‘land of opportunity,’ Jorge Mateo showing off what once made him Yankees’ top prospect - Baltimore Sun
Now that he’s getting everyday playing time, Mateo has been quite a revelation for the Birds so far. And with his age and prospect pedigree, there’s reason to think he won’t just be one of those guys who starts hot and then fizzles, which the O’s have seen a few of in recent years.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies: 2016-18 lefty Donnie Hart (31), veteran 2011 first baseman Derrek Lee (46), 1991 righty Roy Smith (60), and the late Jim Fridley (b. 1924, d. 2003), an outfielder from the inaugural 1954 team.

September 6, as most Orioles fans know, has been a hugely significant date in the history of the franchise. In back to back seasons, two Orioles legends achieved momentous milestones. In 1995, Cal Ripken Jr. broke the record many thought to be unbreakable, playing his 2,131st consecutive game to snap Lou Gehrig’s mark. Geez, was that really 26 years ago? I remember his victory lap around Camden Yards like it was yesterday.

Exactly one year later, Eddie Murray put his name in the record books as well, clubbing the 500th home run of his Hall of Fame career. His game-tying blast in Baltimore, a solo shot in the seventh off the Tigers’ Felipe Lira, made him the 15th member of the exclusive 500-homer club. Eddie finished his career with 504.

Also on this date in 1974, Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar threw the Orioles’ fourth and fifth straight shutouts in a doubleheader sweep in Cleveland. Jim Palmer had blanked Boston two nights earlier, and Ross Grimsley and Cuellar each threw one in a doubleheader sweep against the Red Sox before that. Grimsley would come within three outs of another shutout the next day before giving up two runs in the ninth, snapping the Orioles’ scoreless-innings streak at an MLB record 54.

And on this day in 2012, on Cal Ripken Statue Night at Camden Yards, the O’s celebrated one of the most exhilarating wins in recent club history, beating the Yankees, 10-6, to pull into a first-place tie in the AL East. The Orioles, after blowing a five-run lead in the top of the eighth, promptly broke the tie with three home runs in a four-batter span in the bottom half, with Adam Jones, Mark Reynolds, and Chris Davis doing the honors in front of a raucous sellout crowd of 46,298. What a night.