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Saturday Bird Droppings

I hope everyone is spending the off day resting up for tomorrow. I know I was exhausted from the last two days.

Rob Carr

Let's start the day with a story that you hope is true even if it isn't. Yesterday at the baseball game Jay Gibbons was spotted at the Orioles game, with a ticket. Jay Gibbons bought a ticket to watch yesterday's Orioles game. That's awesome. He wasn't questioned, so it's possible that Gibbons was there as a guest of the Orioles and was taking that ticket to someone else. But as far as I'm concerned, Jay Gibbons got on StubHub and purchased a ticket.

Orioles' Showalter no genius; he just has pieces | Detroit News
This piece gives props to Dan Duquette, which is awesome, but totally negates the Buck Showalter factor, which is ridiculous.

Ned Yost and Buck Showalter: The Dunce and the Chessmaster - WSJ
In contrast to the post that says Showalter is nothing special, this one points out how amazing he his by comparing him to Ned Yost.

Stunned Soria feels 'ambushed' by Orioles | Detroit Free Press
Soria says of Delmon Young, "He's a fastball hitter who swings at the first pitch." So he threw him a slider, and Young hit a bases clearing double. "Obviously, he was waiting for a slider."

Orioles Reflect On Key Moments Of Game 2 Win Versus Tigers | Press Box
All of the quotes and reactions you need from the Orioles after their big win yesterday.

Gausman's rescue mission saves Orioles in Game 2 | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
When we remember yesterday's game, we'll remember the heroics of Delmon Young. But Kevin Gausman's middle-relief performance kept them in the game so that the heroics could happen.

Happy birthday to former Orioles Mark McLemore, Dan Lenhardt, and Dave Johnson. That's not Dave Johnson who pitched for the Why Not Orioles in 1989. Nor is it Davey Johnson, former O's second baseman and manager. It's this Dave Johnson, who pitched in 17 games for the Orioles in 1974-75.

On this day in 1969, the Orioles defeated the Minnesota Twins to win the ALCS. On this day in 1993, AL owners approved the sale of the Orioles to Peter Angelos. In 1996 the Orioles beat the Indians 9-4 in the ALDS behind a grand slam from Albert Belle.

Thanks to Baseball Reference for the fun facts.