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Good morning, Birdland. Last night was a fun one, huh? Not much out there today, but here are a few links:

Rule-5 Pick Joey Rickard Might Be for Real | FanGraphs Baseball
An article about Joey Rickard, PLUS a Camden Chat callout. This link has everything.

Orioles' Kevin Gausman, Brian Matusz make rehab appearances at Frederick - Baltimore Sun
Matusz allowed yet another run in a rehab appearance, and Gausman had a shaky start but found his stride, including a stretch of eight strikeouts over eleven batters.

Inside the record-setting seventh inning for Mark Trumbo and the homer-happy Orioles - Baltimore Sun
Might as well re-live that glorious inning from yesterday.

School of Roch: Early notes on Paredes, Alvarez, Beliveau and Gallardo
Buck says they'll find a way to get Paredes onto the roster, but I just don't see how it would happen.

It is the birthday of just a single former Oriole, catcher Sergio Robles. He went 1 for 5 over two games for the O's in 1972. I'm sure you all remember him well. Other birthdays include Charlie Chaplin (1889), Pope Benedict XVI (1927), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947).

On this day in history:

  • In 1818, the US Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot treaty, establishing the border with Canada.
  • In 1862, a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia became law.
  • In 1940, Bob Feller threw the only Opening Day no-hitter in baseball history.
  • In 1962, Walter Cronkite took over as the lead anchor on the CBS Evening News.
  • In 1972, Apollo 16 launched, which was the 2nd to last mission to put men on the moon and the first to land on the Lunar highlands.
  • In 2003, ten new countries were admitted to the European Union. Try to name all of them without looking.
Let's hope Yovani Gallardo can put together a good start against his former team tonight. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.