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Good morning, sunshine!

He doesn't slide head first anymore. That's probably good.
He doesn't slide head first anymore. That's probably good.
Patrick Smith

Yesterday was a good day. The Orioles beat the A's and are now just two games back of the second wild card spot. The Indians lost and fell back behind the O's in the race, and Boston was shut out by the Dodgers. Tampa Bay won, which I wouldn't have preferred, but it's nice to have a little bit of breathing room between the O's and the Yankees so I don't have to constantly be worried that an O's loss and  a Yankees win will put them in fourth place.

How crazy is it that the Orioles are two games out of the wild card but only 1 1/2 games ahead of fourth place? The A.L. East, man.

Autograph signing a rousing success for Orioles' Davis | Birds Watcher
Chris Davis signed autographs and people camped out overnight? For an autograph??

Former Holyoke Blue Sox player Trey Mancini faring well in Orioles farm system |
Get to know minor leaguer Trey Mancini.

Progressing in rehab, Hammel throws off mound |
A few tidbits in this article. One is that Jason Hammel will make his first rehab start next week, and the second is that when he returns it's likely he'll pitch in relief.

Steve Melewski: Jim Johnson and Brian Roberts comment after the O's beat the A's
Brian Roberts and Jim Johnson did well last night and both of those things make me happy.

Cal Ripken Jr. fields questions about a possible managerial future -
Some more quotes from Cal Ripken on his thoughts about managing a baseball team.

Eddie Gamboa - the Good and the Not-So-Good | Camden Depot
Joe Reisel is feeling slightly optimistic about knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa.

Chris Davis is now tied for the second-most Eutaw Street home runs | Roar From 34
Chris Davis is just one home run behind Luke Scott for most Eutaw Street home runs. Something tells me that he'll pass him soon enough.

Happy birthday to the Iron Man! Cal Ripken turns 53 years old today.

On this day in 1970, Dave McNally won his 20th game on the season. It was his third consecutive 20-win season, and the win came against the A's. That seems like a good omen.

On this day in 1983, Tippy Martinez had the game he might be most remembered for. He picked three batters off of first base as the Blue Jays tried to take advantage of Lenn Sakata behind home plate.

On this day in 2012, Chris Davis crushed three home runs against the Blue Jays.