Tuesday Bird Droppings

Orioles Insider: Reviewing what the Orioles have left to do 
Jeff Zrebiec does exactly that. Dude doesn't lie in his headlines. It's not like he really is writing about how to craft a good grocery list.

wayward wayback team timeshack and lukelOg - the wayward oriole
A look back at the Year in Luke Scott.

Showalter proved turning point in O's season | orioles.com: News
Nothing gets past a good beat writer, not even subtle details like this.

Steve Melewski: Roberts, Jones and Markakis at the top
Steve wants Adam Jones hitting second. And this is why sports writers don't get to fill out the lineup card.

The Royle Rundown: Look on the bright side, Ravens are in the playoffs
"I'm shocked to see that Maryland escaped the storm..." Get a map and come dig out my driveway from two feet of snow in Maryland, Jen. "[T]he Ravens clinched their third consecutive playoff berth with an impressive 20-10 victory in Cleveland on Sunday..." Impressive is about the last word I'd use to describe that effort. "[I]f LaRoche does not sign with the Orioles, it is not my fault. I can't believe I actually had to type that..." Actually, Jen, I'd be totally OK with assigning you 100% of the credit if he doesn't sign. You say it like it would be a bad thing.

Twitter / @Jon Heyman: the #orioles, who quietly ...
Jon Heyman, in the midst of a back-handed compliment to the O's front office, tells us the team is still pursuing Kevin Gregg.

Inside MLB End of Year Payrolls - The AL East (1999-10)
"Looking at data from 1999 to 2010, the gap between the top paying clubs (the Yankees #1 in every year of the study, and Red Sox #2, with the exception of 1999 when the Orioles claimed the spot), the gap between highest player payroll and lowest has grown considerably." In 1999 the gap between the Yankees and the lowest (Rays) was $54,130,504. By 2010 that gap has grown to $141,821,775."

Marty Cordova's daughter in coma after crash - MLB - Yahoo! Sports
"Marty Cordova spends his days and night at the hospital, hanging on every word from the doctors and looking for hope wherever he can find it. His 15-year-old daughter was in a car accident and has been in a coma for 11 days." Earnest prayers go out to the former Orioles player, and wishes for a full recovery for his daughter. There but for the grace of God...

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