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The Orioles have now lost three in a row and they’re in danger of dropping out of the race. In today’s links, praise for Beckham, Schoop, Mancini, and more.

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Hello, friends.

Another day has dawned with the Orioles in third place in the American League East. They are now ten games behind the division-leading Red Sox.

More importantly for the Orioles, the Twins were also losers on Saturday, so they remain three games back of the second wild card spot. The O’s have three teams to pass in order to claim that spot with 20 games to play.

What that means is that it’s not over for the Orioles just yet, but if they don’t start winning some games soon, it will be practically over in a hurry. The O’s need to find a way to snap the Indians winning streak and then go forward from there.

Oh, and if they’re going to do it, it’s going to be in front of a national television audience. The Sunday Night Baseball audience will get a chance to watch the Orioles take on the Indians in this series finale. Let’s hope Jeremy Hellickson is ready for prime time. That’s not the most reassuring thing I have ever written on this website.

Around the blogO’sphere

With latest loss, the Orioles are falling back in the wild card race - Steve Melewski
This article was actually written yesterday morning, but it applies even more today after the Orioles lost again today.

Tim Beckham exceeds expectations with O's | MLB.com
Not everything about the Orioles is terrible right now... just their current trajectory.

Indians run win streak to 17 games with 4-2 win over O's (with quotes) - School of Roch
Here’s Roch Kubatko with the post-game round-up from yesterday, including some quotes from Beckham, Buck Showalter, and Gabriel Ynoa.

Gabriel Ynoa hopes first Orioles start made case for him to stay in rotation for stretch run (Baltimore Sun)
Three runs in 4.2 innings was maybe not the best way to make that case, although eventually the Orioles might notice that’s better than what Chris Tillman is doing.

While awards might not be in cards, Orioles’ Schoop and Mancini have teammates’ admiration (Baltimore Sun)
It’s kind of hard to imagine where the Orioles season would be right now without these two guys stepping up in a big way.

Orioles have success stockpiling home-run hitters, leaving walks behind (Delmarva Now)
...although this hasn’t been the case so much for the last three games.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2011 outfielder Matt Angle, and 2007-09 reliever Danys Baez.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: Golfer Arnold Palmer (1929), former home run king Roger Maris (1934), Game Boy inventor Gunpei Yokoi (1941), actor Colin Firth (1960), author/illustrator Allison Bechdel (1960), baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson (1963), and ballerina Misty Copeland (1982).

On this day in history...

In 1547, English and Scottish forces fought the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, which turned out to be the last full-scale confrontation between the two sides. Edward VI’s English won the day.

In 1813, the United States defeated a British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie, capturing six Royal Navy vessels. This allowed Americans to control the lake for the remainder of the War of 1812.

In 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for the sewing machine.

In 1977, France executed its last person by guillotine. Hamida Djandoubi was convicted of torture and murder and received that as his sentence.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on September 10 - or at least, until something happens later, which it surely will when the Orioles play the Indians on Sunday Night Baseball. Nobody says it’s going to be good, though. Have a safe Sunday. Go Orioles!