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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where it's always a nice day when it doesn't rain

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The Orioles got rained out yesterday, which might not be bad to give the back spasming Adam Jones some extra rest. Also, the starting rotation is a mess (duh?), but hey, at least the Nationals are a giant disappointment.

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Hello, friends.

I would like if there was an Orioles game from yesterday to talk about, but alas, Mother Nature has ensured that it was not so. Perhaps that's for the better for the O's, who, while they will now lose out on an off day on Thursday, will also have an extra day for Adam Jones to get over the back spasms that are ailing him. Jones was out of the lineup on Monday before the game was rained out. Is 24 hours enough for him to get back in there? I guess we will find out when today's lineup trickles out around 4 o'clock or so.

It'll be good if Jones is feeling better, although truth be told, I won't feel much better about the Orioles' chances in tonight's game even if Jones is playing. That's more because of the continuing struggle for the O's this season with their starting pitching. Is it going to go well for Ubaldo Jimenez against the Nationals? Come on, now.

Let's get down to the links.

Around the blogO'sphere

School of Roch: Orioles-Nationals game postponed due to rain (updated)
The rainout doesn't look like it will have any impact on the Orioles starting rotation - everybody's just pushed a day back.

Steve Melewski: A take on the rotation, Jonathan Schoop and a winning season
In which Melewski offers the unsupported assertion that the Orioles starting rotation struggle is "not regression", a statement that strikes me as either optimistic for the sake of optimism, or lacking an understanding of what is commonly meant by regression when discussing baseball players.

Splitting four-game series with Rays feels like a loss for Orioles - Baltimore Sun
An article from yesterday morning's paper. Does the entire mainstream Orioles press have to pretend their playoff hopes haven't been extinguished for three weeks now or something?

Battle of the Beltways becomes game of survival for Nationals, Orioles - WTOP
Though things have sunk low for the Orioles this year, the good news is that their pharmaceutical neighbors are engaged in one of the most disappointing campaigns of all time, wasting one of the best single seasons ever from the likely NL MVP.

Adam Jones of Baltimore Orioles out of Monday's lineup with back spasms (ESPN/AP)
Get well soon, Adam. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, the Orioles are probably going to need to give him more rest in the future.

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this day in 1966, the Orioles clinched their first ever American League pennant by beating the Kansas City Athletics, 6-1.

Today is the birthday of a slew of Orioles short-timers: Luis Garcia (6 games in 2002), Cesar Devarez (16 games between 1995-96), P.J. Forbes (9 games in 1998), John Stefero (61 games combined from 1983 and 1986), and Bob Harrison (2 games between 1955-56).

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Among those departed souls with whom you share this day are Michael Faraday (1791), about whose discoveries you surely learned in Chemistry, Physics, or both; Nobel Prize-winning physician Charles Benton Higgins (1901), awarded that prize for Physiology/Medicine for discovering that hormones could control the spread of some cancers; and uh... alright, let's see if there are better ones among the living.

Your birthday buddies with whom you could still celebrate, if you knew them, are baseball Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda (1927), Right Said Fred singer-songwriter Richard Fairbrass (1953), singer and noted Orioles fan Joan Jett (1958), rapper Mystikal (1970), versatile Orphan Black actress Tatiana Maslany (1985), and English actor Tom Felton (1987), whom you surely know better as Draco Malfoy.

On this date in history...

In 480 BCE, a Greek fleet under Themistocles sent the Persian fleet of Xerxes I packing in the Battle of Salamis despite being outnumbered nearly two ships to one.

In 1692, the last witchcraft-related hanging in the North American colonies takes place. Glad we could put that one to bed before the 18th century got underway, continental ancestors.

In 1761, George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were crowned King and Queen of Great Britain. Fifteen years later, the very first Americans sent him a letter. George would eventually become the longest-reigning British monarch up to that point in history.

In 1896, Queen Victoria passed the aforesaid George as the longest-reigning British monarch up to that point in history. Victoria was passed in this category just earlier this month by Queen Elizabeth II.

In 1979, the South Atlantic Flash, which may or may not have been a nuclear weapons test by a still-debated nation, occurred.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on September 22 - or at least, until something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday. Go Orioles!