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Star Wars and Game of Thrones among highlights from Orioles 2019 promotional calendar

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Star Wars and Game of Thrones among highlights from Orioles 2019 promotional calendar

Pouring over your favorite baseball team’s promotional schedule is a time-honored tradition, and Orioles fans finally have the chance to mark their calendars with this year’s best items to add to their collections. 

The Orioles announced their 2019 promotional schedule this week, and fans are already excited about some of the best giveaways and theme nights that Camden Yards has to offer this season. 

And yes, before you ask, they’ll be bringing back fan favorites like the floppy hats and hawaiian shirts.

As always, there are a few standouts on the calendar this season.

In early May, the Orioles will be one of many teams to hold a Star Wars theme night. Fans could go home with multiple fun items, including both a Trey Mancini jedi knight bobblehead and an awesome BB-8 beanie. You can probably guess which day this night is... (okay, it’s May 4. Get it? May the 4th be with you? You get it).

May also brings fans Game of Thrones night. In the past, this theme has come up later in the season, but with the iconic HBO series airing it’s finale on May 19, the Orioles have bumped up their big celebration to just two days after it’s all wrapped up.

Also, on June 13, they’ll be giving away something called a “crab hat.” There’s no picture listed, so I have no idea what this is, but I already know I’d be willing to spend an irresponsible amount of money on one.

Some other highlights on the docket:

May 11 - A League of Their Own movie night (Giveaway: “There’s no crying in baseball” shirt)

June 11 - Margaritaville Night (Giveaway: “It’s 7:05 Somewhere” shirt)

June 28 - Orioles floppy hat

June 29 - Orioles Maryland flag replica jersey

July 13 - Birdland Hawaiian shirt

July 16 - Brooks Robinson bobblehead

August 9 - 30-year reunion celebration for ‘89 Why Not? Team

August 10 - Dashboard Hula Bird

September 20 - O’stoberfest (for fans 21 and over)

Considering the team lost 115 games in 2018 and looks poised to be even worse in 2019, the front office is certainly hoping an exciting slate of giveaways will help stave off any decline in attendance.

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Orioles Roundup: O's get swept by Red Sox

Orioles Roundup: O's get swept by Red Sox

The Baltimore Orioles are now on a five-game losing streak after getting swept by the Boston Red Sox over the weekend.

Here's the latest news about the Orioles, who are now 21-50:

Player Notes

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In adding to his All-Star caliber season, Trey Mancini hit his 15th home run of the season on Friday. Mancini is averaging .305/.358/.564 this season with the aforementioned 15 home runs and 34 RBI.

RHP Luis Ortiz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after surrendering four runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings of work on Friday. He has a 10.80 ERA and a 2.70 WHIP.

To add to the Orioles' pitcher woes, RHP David Hess is being moved the starting rotation into the bullpen. He is 1-9 on the season with a 7.20 ERA in 13 starts and one relief appearance.

Dwight Smith Jr. (concussion) will go out on a short rehab assignment before rejoining the Orioles later this week.

Mychal Givens gave up the game-tying solo home run in the ninth inning to blow the save in Sunday's 10-inning loss to the Red Sox. The 29-year-old right-hander has converted just 6-of-11 save opportunities this year and owns an undesirable 5.28 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 29 innings.

Hanser Alberto went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI singles in Sunday's loss to the Red Sox. The infielder is hitting .310/.327/.384 with three home runs and 16 RBI over the course of 56 games played. 

RED SOX:

Marcus Walden blew his second save of the season by allowing one run over 1 2/3 innings in Sunday's win. In 39 2/3 innings this season, Walden is pitching to a 2.50 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 43/10 K/BB ratio and has gone 1-of-3 in save chances.

Marco Hernandez went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's 10-inning win over the Orioles. Hernandez has now picked up six hits (four of the extra-base variety) in 24 at-bats since being called up from Triple-A on June 8.

Chris Sale delivered another dominant performance in Saturday's victory over the Orioles, racking up 10 strikeouts over six innings. Sale now has a 3.49 ERA to go with a 0.97 WHIP and 130/21 K/BB ratio across 90 1/3 innings. 

Injuries

RP Josh Lucas: Shoulder, 10-day IL

SP Andrew Cashner: Knee, sidelined

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Concussion, 7-Day IL

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up

Monday 6/17: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Tuesday 6/18: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Wednesday 6/19: Orioles @ Oakland Athletics, 3:37 p.m. ET, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Source: Rotoworld

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Orioles welcome home military service member with surprise first pitch

Orioles welcome home military service member with surprise first pitch

The Orioles helped make one family's Father's Day a day that they will never forget. 

Specialist Addam Bostwick from Fort George G. Meade United States Army installation surprised his father, former Marine Stephen Bostwick, with a special ceremonial first pitch Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Stephen, who is a four-year veteran of the US Marine Corps, was expecting an Orioles player to catch the first pitch, was shocked to see Addam, who had been deployed in Afghanistan for four months, surprised his father.

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