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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Back to losing

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The Orioles can play spoiler, Mullins could reach a milestone, and more in today’s Bird Droppings.

Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

Happy Tuesday, Camden Chatters! For those of you who had a long weekend, I hope it was restful and fun. For those of you who had to work, I hope it wasn’t too bad.

The Orioles came home from their series win in New York to face a bad team, the Kansas City Royals. Of course, they are still a bad team that has 19 more wins than the Orioles. It looked like the Orioles might end the day with a three-game win streak, but Cole Sulser couldn’t hold the lead and the Royals came back in the eighth inning to give the Orioles the loss. Alex Church has all of the game details for your reading pleasure.

The Orioles now have 26 games left. Is there anything you’re rooting for over the final stretch? I know there isn’t much. It will be interesting to see if Keegan Akin or Zac Lowther can show anything over their final appearance. But it seems like the thing to root for is for Cedric Mullins to join the 30/30 club.

Mullins hit his 26th home run of the year in yesterday’s loss, and he has 26 stolen bases to go along with it. He just needs four more of each to be the first Oriole to reach that mark. It seems like it could happen. And what else do we have to look forward to?

Links

Celebrating Eddie Murray’s 500th Home Run | Baltimore Orioles
Yesterday was the anniversary of Eddie Murray hitting his 500th home run. You can re-live the magic here.

Orioles reset: Win or lose, Baltimore still has role to play in AL East playoff hunt - Baltimore Sun
Can we please just fast forward to when their role in the AL East playoff hunt is that of the division winner?

Lowther impresses but Orioles lose lead and game - School of Roch
Zac Lowther WAS good! It was very nice to see.

Birthdays and History

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have quite a few Orioles birthday buddies, including pitcher Dusten Knight (31) who was just optioned back to Triple-A Norfolk yesterday. Way harsh, Orioles!

It’s also the birthday of utility man extraordinaire David Newhan (48), 2000 three gamer Willie Morales (49), Wade Rowdon (61), Orlando Sánchez (65), and Tommy Matchick (78).

On this day in 1996, Mike Mussina shut out the Tigers. That doesn’t seem that remarkable except for the fact that it was they team’s first shutout of the season. In game 142. That was a playoff team! The 2021 Orioles did that in the first game of the year!

In 2018, the Orioles lost their 100th game of the year. That was sad.