The Orioles unveil their new/old cartoon-birdie uniforms

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The Orioles have gone back to the future: orange jerseys, for the first time since 1992 and cartoon birds on the caps for the first time since 1988, at least on a regular basis.  Here’s the explanation. Here’s the look:

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So whaddaya think?  The caps with the white fields always looked like trucker caps back in the day and they do again.  But it’s not my team and there’s no one making me buy one, so I won’t complain too much.  I do kind of like the cartoon bird, though. Not gonna lie.  How much of that is about aesthetics and how much is nostalgia is an open question, though.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base

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Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.