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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where everything is three hours behind

The Orioles are out west, but we are not, so here are your bright and early Bird Droppings. Today's roundup includes Chris Davis' historic homers, a beloved Oriole's birthday, and the invention of Champagne.

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Hello, friends.

If you had to go to sleep before the Orioles game was over, at least you could wake up to a victory. The hitters took advantage of Jesse Chavez and then Felix Doubront, and for the O's, Tyler Wilson had a strong outing despite probably knowing he is getting optioned again today. You know who else looked good? The untouchable Mychal Givens, who tossed the last 1.1 innings of the game.

The Orioles are now tied with two other teams, the Twins and the Blue Jays, for the second wild card spot in the American League. So once again, it's great that they won yesterday, but that probably won't mean a whole heck of a lot if they don't go on and win today too. We'll be waiting until the 10 o'clock hour for that game to start once again. West coast trips are tough.

Missed all or most of last night's game, or just want to refresh your memory? Read our recap!

Around the blogO'sphere

Chris Davis Is Poised To Make Baltimore Orioles History ... Again | Roar From 34
Chris Davis hit his 27th home run in last night's game, and with each home run he's moving a little farther up the Orioles franchise leaderboard in that category. Now he has passed Nick Markakis.

Orioles have 1,000 reasons to celebrate | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
You probably heard about Gerardo Parra becoming the 1,000th Oriole when he played in Saturday's game. Here's Rich Dubroff rounding up some of the facts about those thousand Orioles in history.

Orioles Go Out Of Their Way To Protect Future Investment (Press Box)
In Press Box, scribe/occasional official scorer Jim Henneman offers the opinion that the Orioles' trade of Tommy Hunter was more about creating flexibility to allow them to keep hold of Jason Garcia.

Steve Melewski: Bridwell to seek opinion from Dr. Andrews, minor league rotation notes and more
Parker Bridwell is getting a second opinion on an injury from Dr. James Andrews, which is never a good sign, although the injury doesn't have any of the warning words that turn into needing Tommy John surgery (yet).

Tides rally late, move 20 games over .500 | Norfolk Tides News
You can read a little more about it later in our minor league post, but this game was interesting because this year's Double-A success story Terry Doyle got bumped up to Triple-A for the game and also had himself a very nice start.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Two former Orioles have their birthdays today. The less exciting one is Jon Knott, a favorite of the Roch Kubatko blog commenters of his time (2007). The more exciting one is B.J. Surhoff, who turns 51 years old today. Surhoff was #31 on our Top 40 list.

If today is your birthday, happy birthday! In addition to those Orioles, you also share this day with a few people of interest who have since departed from this mortal coil, including Pope Urban VII (1521), who holds the distinction of the shortest papacy - twelve days - in history; Louis Vuitton (1821), whose successors still are churning out fine accessories; Nobel Prize-winning author Knut Hamsun (1859); and trumpet player Louis Armstrong (1901). Those are some interesting birthday buddies.

Here are some more, all of whom are still alive: Homicide: Life on the Street actor Richard Belzer (1944), President Barack Obama (1961), NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon (1971), gold medal and World Cup-winning USWNT member Kelley O'Hara (1988). You've also got The Rocket, Roger Clemens (1962). Also some interesting birthday buddies.

On this day in history...

In 70, the Romans destroyed the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

In 1693, Dom Perignon is believed to have invented Champagne.

In 1944, Anne Frank and her family were arrested by the Gestapo.

In 1958, the Billboard Hot 100 was first published. The current #1 song on the Hot 100 is Cheerleader, by OMI. The longest-reigning #1 song in its history was the 16-week triumph of One Sweet Day, by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men. starting on Dec. 2, 1995.

In 1964 , the so-called Second Gulf of Tonkin incident occurred, except for the fact that there was no incident.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on August 4 - or at least, until something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday. Go Orioles!