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Gausman comes alive; Tommy comes home...

ANOTHER Trumbo Jumbo!
ANOTHER Trumbo Jumbo!
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After a disappointing loss in the finale of the Washington series and two soul crushing losses to start the New York series, Kevin Gausman turned in an impressive outing that will calm the collective nerves of Birdland, if only for a day. It seems like August has been particularly to the Orioles, yet at the moment, they have an identical record to July (a subpar 12-14).

What do they need to do in the Toronto series to convince you they can hold on to a playoff spot?

Showalter on Gausman, Trumbo on No. 40 and more clubhouse quotes - Steve Melewski
Notes and quotes from the House that Overprice Merchandise Built...

Hunter can't hide his excitement about Orioles return | CSN Mid-Atlantic
He's about to lose control...hopefully, not on the mound.

Flamethrower Kevin Gausman Must Thrive as Ace for Orioles to Reach Postseason | Bleacher Report
I mean, really...anyone stepping up and serving the ace role would be immensely helpful to the cause of postseason baseball. Might as well be the Goose.

Baseball Prospectus | Raising Aces: Bundy's Travels "Can't you see? I'm the same boy I used to be..."

Orioles' Duquette, Showalter work together | orioles.com
NEW YORK -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter is a hard-nosed, knowledgeable baseball man, and nobody knows that better than Dan Duquette, the club's executive vice president of baseball operations. Duquette gives Showalter a wide berth to do his job on the field. Plus, Showalter has a large voice in the daily shuffles of the 25-man Major League roster he must manipulate to win games.

On this day in 1981, future Orioles Jeff Stone broke a single season stolen base record set by another future Oriole, Alan Wiggins with his 121st steal. Rickey Henderson would steal 130 bases in the majors the following season and Vince Coleman would steal 145 at double A the season after that. The 80s were nuts.On this day in 1996, the Orioles acquired Todd Zeile and Pete Incaviglia from the Phillies for players to be named later that ended up being Calvin Maduro and Garrett Stephenson. Of course, Maduro returned to the organization as a player, then a scout.

All time great Oriole Doug Decinces turns 66 today and one time shortstop of the future Ed Rogers turns 38. Rogers, of course, is infamous for a play in the Dark Years in which he misplayed a single into his jersey. True story. Frank "Noodles" Zupo and Dave Nicholson also