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Kevin Gausman goes 8.2 innings and blanks Texas in a 4-0 O’s win. That’s good. New acquisition Jeremy Hellickson involved in a minor car crash. That’s not good.

Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

Kevin Gausman dominates as Orioles shut out Rangers for 4-0 win – Camden Chat

My colleague Mark Brown details the O’s victory Saturday night in Arlington, Texas. Gausman was brilliant, the best he’s ever been in a MLB game, and the Birds are now 49-54. Looking at the standings, Baltimore is 7.5 out of first place in the AL East and 5.5 behind the Wild Card.

Kevin Gausman with a gem as the O’s blank Texas – MASN Sports

“Gausman came within one out of the Orioles’ first complete-game shutout since Miguel Gonzalez against Cincinnati on Sept. 3, 2014.”

Jeremy Hellickson involved in minor car accident on way out of Philly – ESPN

This is a story you don’t read every day. Thankfully, everyone appears to be okay. “Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Hellickson is doing fine and has been in contact with Baltimore's staff but had to go with his girlfriend to the emergency room following the car accident. Showalter said Hellickson will now go to Baltimore, instead of joining the team for the finale in Texas on Sunday. The Orioles will start a seven-game homestand on Monday.”

Showalter on informing Kim of the trade – Baltimore Sun

“I didn’t really like the way it happened.”

Remembering Hyun Soo Kim’s greatest hits with the Orioles – Camden Chat

Reflecting on Hyun Soo Kim’s tenure with the Orioles – Baltimore Sun

By all accounts, Hyun Soo Kim is a good guy and great teammate. Relive his year and a half in Baltimore. I’ll never forget the September 2016 clutch homerun in Toronto.

Will the O’s deal Zach Britton or other relievers? – MLB.com

The trade deadline is Monday so we’ll know soon enough.

Birthdays and History

Three former O’s have birthdays on July 30, including:

Pat Kelly, 1977-1980 in Baltimore and 1967-81 in MLB.

Gus Triandos, 1955-62 in Baltimore and 1953-65 in MLB.

Joe Coleman, 1954-55 in Baltimore and 1942-55 in MLB.

On this day in 2011…”The Orioles trade Derrek Lee to the Pirates in exchange for minor-leaguer Aaron Baker, who will be assigned to Class A Frederick. The Bucs hope their new good-fielding first baseman can provide some pop to the lineup as the team tries to stay in contention in the competitive NL Central Division race.”

On this day in 1954…Bob Kennedy hit the first grand slam ever for the “new” Baltimore Orioles.

On July 30, 1992...The O’s fell to the Yankees 6-3 in a game at Old Yankee Stadium. Rick Sutcliffe took the loss and Cal Ripken, Jr., had two hits. Southpaw Curt Young got the win for New York.

On July 30, 1983…Baltimore defeated Texas at Memorial Stadium, 7-4. Eddie Murray had two RBI and Scott McGregor improved to 13-4 with seven innings pitched.

On July 30, 1982…Baltimore fell to Kansas City 4-3 at Royals (now Kauffman) Stadium. Ken Singleton, Rick Dempsey and Rich Dauer all had RBI’s. Submariner Dan Quisenberry picked up the save for the Royals.

The City of Baltimore was “founded and laid out” on July 30, 1729.

Other MLB News

Historic Hall speeches today in Cooperstown – MLB.com

Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, as well as John Schuerholz and Bud Selig are immortalized in the Hall of Fame. And per Wikipedia, it’s also Selig’s birthday. How ironic.

Adrian Beltre one hit from 3,000 – MLB.com

The O’s could be part of history Sunday in Arlington, Texas.