Sunday Bird Droppings

Abbreviated version today, since I'm running late to church music practice, and still have to transpose half the songs into playable guitar keys.

Recaps of yesterday's daily bullpen meltdown can be found at baltimoresun.comMASNsports.com (with post-game Dave)Washington Post, and The Associated Press.

Orioles Insider: Random Orioles opinions and observations
The team on the field at the end of last night game was a battery of Craig Tatum and Alfredo Simon, an infield of Scott Moore, Julio Lugo, Cesar Izturis and Miguel Tejada, and an outfield of Lou Montanez, Corey Patterson and Nick Markakis. Four of those players (Simon, Moore, Montanez and Patterson) started their seasons with Triple-A Norfolk. One of them (Lugo) wasn’t even in the organization until a week before spring training ended, and another (Tatum) was given absolutely no shot to make the club. That might be the most depressing thing I've read all year. -duck

Orioles notebook: Uehara ailing; bullpen down to four
Koji Uehara says his elbow pain is similar to last season. That knocked him out of the final 3 1/2 months of the year in 2009. Delicate Flower, indeed. -duck

Baltimore Orioles can't do anything right, and that's the worst - Fort Worth Star Telegraph
It's one thing to rank the Baltimore Orioles the worst team in baseball in this space every week based on what you hear and what you read. It's another experience entirely when you have to actually watch them play, which happened this week when the Orioles came to Arlington. Any how many playoff series has Texas won? -duck

IN THE MINORS

Norfolk downed by Rochester Saturday as the Rochester Red Wings pounded out 17 hits as they rolled to a 9-2 win, Bowie lost 6-2 as Steve Johnson gave up 5 ER in just 5.2 IP, including 2 HR, Frederick won after an hour and 33 minutes rain delay as the bullpen came through for five scoreless innings, and Shorebirds win 2-1 in 15 Innings on a Gary Helmick fly ball to deep left field to score T.J.Baxter in the bottom of the 15th inning. -duck

AND SLIGHTLY OFF-TOPIC, BUT WORTH NOTING

Dunbar is first city school to win regional softball championship - baltimoresun.com
Dunbar won the 1A South title (yeah, I know, the MPSSAA doesn't do geography well), becoming the first Baltimore City team to do so. Freshman Daunyea Fulton won the game, as she has every game this year for the Poets, by allowing just 4 hits and striking out 8. She's pitched every inning of the season for the Poets, who move on to the 1A Final Four. -duck 

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