Greetings from a drizzly and overcast Camden Yards. The rain has stopped and we started on time. But there could be delays. This forecast doesn't look too promising.
So, it's August 18 and on this day in 1958, Vladimir Nabokov's controversial "Lolita" was released in the U.S. I've read it. I think it's actually on my bookshelf.
Notables who were born on this day include -- Meriwether Lewis (1779), Roberto Clemente (1934),Patrick Swayze (1952), Christian Slater and Ed Norton (1969), Andy Samberg (1978) -- couldn't post any of his videos.
And celebrating his 74th birthday is Robert Redford and in honor I give you...
I bet I've seen that part of the movie 300 times.
On this day in baseball history, a sad thing happened in 1967...
Tony Conigliaro's left cheekbone is shattered by a fastball thrown by Angels' hurler Jack Hamilton. The 22-year old Red Sox slugger will miss the rest of 1967 and all next year, and will never come close to the Hall of Fame potential displayed during his first three seasons.
The M's go down 1-2-3 against starter Jeremy Guthrie.
M's starter David Pauley doesn't have quite as smooth of a start. He gives up two runs on Luke Scott's RBI single. His pitches were up in the zone most of the inning and when he's up, he gets hit.
Manager Daren Brown wanted to reward Matt Tuiasosopo for his big game last night with a start tonight. Well, Tui returned the favor by hitting a three-run homer to left. He sat on a hanging breaking ball from Guthrie and pounded it to left. M's lead 3-2.
Josh Bell gets all three outs in the inning, including a nice play on Russell Branyan's soft ground ball.
Pauley seems to have settled down a little, getting a 1-2-3 inning.
I would like to thank my computer for crashing and making me lose a portion of this post.
Pauley looks pretty good.
The Mariners tack on two more runs as Josh Wilson leads off with a single and scored on a double to right from Ichiro, who advances to third on Nick Markakis error in right. Ichiro late scored on Chone Figgins soft sac fly to left. M's lead 5-2.
Pauley gets in another spot of trouble giving up a lead off double to Brian Roberts, but a pair of ground balls get him two quick outs. He then walks Luke Scott, but gets Adam Jones to ground out to end the inning.
Things got a little interesting as David Pauley gave up a lead-off single to Felix Pie and then left a 3-1 fastball up in the zone to Matt Wieters, who crushed a two-run homer to left. Pauley was quite irritated with himself. Really, he probably wasn't going to give in on 3-1 and give Wieters anything he could really drive. If he walked him, he'd have Cesar Izturis and Josh Bell to face instead. Brown lifted Pauley after the homer for Jamey Wright. He gets out of the inning without allowing another run.
The M's get a nice insurance run as Branyan walks, and is lifted for pinch runner Ryan Langerhans, who steals second and scores on Kotchman's ground rule double to left-center. M's lead 6-4.
Baltimore won't go away. Jamey Wright gives up a one-out double to Luke Scott. He then balks him to third and scores him on a wild pitch on a ball four to Adam Jones. The M's bring in Sean White, who gets Pie to ground out for the second out. Matt Wieters then rips a liner to left that Tui hesitates and takes a funny angle forcing him to make a diving catch.
Aardsma pitches the ninth and gets the save. M's win another series.