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The Orioles have now won six of their last seven games. Where was that a few weeks ago?

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning! I tell you, it's tough to get up and do Bird Droppings the morning after the Orioles make me wait until the 13th inning to write a recap. But it's all good, since they won. If they had kept me up that late and then lost, well I would not have been a happy Chatter.

The Orioles were busy yesterday, calling up some more players and of course beating the Red Sox. Hopefully tonight they'll get busy sweeping the Red Sox.

O's Links

Chris Davis on game-winning hit, plus Steve Pearce and Ubaldo Jimenez quotes | MASN
Get your quotes on last night's game here, including Davis talking about how the team feels rejuvenated.

Brooks Robinson recalls his Orioles' World Series teams | THonline.com
Because it's never a bad time to hear from Brooks Robinson.

From Position Player To Pitcher, Orioles' Mychal Givens Took Unique Road To Majors | Press Box Online
My favorite baseball writer does it again! Mychal Givens has a nice story, and Paul captured it here.

Baseball - A Family Affair | Claudecat's Place
Our buddy claudecat takes a look at some of the families who have played in baseball. Who knew Eddie Murray's brother was in the big leagues?

Orioles Buzz: Matt Kremnitzer: Chris Davis excelling against lefties
Managers keep bringing in lefties to face Davis, and he keeps making them pay. Matt Kremintzer crunches the numbers.

Manny Machado nominee for Esurance MLB Awards | orioles.com
Manny has been nominated for Best Everyday Player. That seems like a good title to have. You can vote for him and others in a variety of categories at mlb.com/awards

Birthdays

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your best Orioles birthday buddy is Mickey Tettleton. You also have Mark Parent, Paul Schuey, and the great Tim Raines, who spent all of four games in an Orioles uniform. You also share a birthday with funny ladies Amy Poehler (44) and Molly Shannon (51), as well as Christopher Rich (62), who many people probably do not know. I recall him fondly as Reba's ex-husband on the surprisingly enjoyable TV show Reba. It's also the 34th birthday of actress Fan Bingbing.

Birthdays of those no longer with us include Jakubazookas favorite Peter Falk (1927-2011) and the lovely Lauren Bacall (1924-2014).

This Day in Recent Orioles History

After 14 years of wandering in the darkness and being one of the sadder teams in baseball, it was on this day in 2012 that the Orioles got their 82nd win of the season. It marked their first winning season since 1997. The Orioles won first ever Wild Card game, then took the Yankees to five games in the ALDS before their season ended.

And on this day just one year ago, my favorite Orioles team in my lifetime clinched the American League East at home against the Blue Jays. That team, of course, went on to steamroll the diviision with 96 wins and sweep the ALDS before falling to the Kansas City Royals in the Championship Series.