Friday Bird Droppings

Reminder! I'll be in the press box at Camden Yards tonight, watching the game and contributing my observations and brilliant insight to the game thread. So cancel your Friday night plans and meet me here at 7:05. -Stacey

Recaps of last night's win can be found at orioles.com, baltimoresun.com, MASNsports.com (with post-game Juan), and MiamiHerald.com.

Orioles Insider: Jones calls his own shot ... well, not exactly 
"As he stood in the on-deck circle before his at-bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, Orioles' center fielder Adam Jones turned to some vocal fans seated behind him and asked them a simple question: "You want me to swing or bunt?," Jones said that he asked the fans. "They said, "Bunt,’ so I tried to bunt. They asked for it so I obliged." He fouled it off, and launched the next pitch into the outfield seats. -duck

Uehara closing in on return after session | orioles.com: News
"Koji Uehara threw a simulated game Thursday afternoon, and the Orioles will wait and see how the Japanese right-hander feels Friday before making a decision to activate him from the 15-day disabled list." -duck

Orioles Insider: Markakis, Angelos meet
"I wanted to give him my input and tell him the things I thought we lacked and needed, and what we needed to change," Markakis said. -duck

Futures Game Preview: The U.S. Pitchers | FanGraphs Baseball
Short evaluation of Zach Britton. Don't know if it's true, but I like this sentence: "He could be pitching just fine in the Majors right now." -Stacey

Twelve Thoughts: Trade Talk, Rumblings for Padres, Orioles, Diamondbacks
MLB Fanhouse talks possible trades, including Jeremy Guthrie. Guts says all the right things about Baltimore, of course. Most interesting to me is the idea that the Diamondbacks might trade Stephen Drew. I'll leave it to the experts, but could the Orioles possibly get him? -Stacey

With Brad Bergesen, Koji Uehara returning to Orioles, Garrett Atkins likely to lose roster spot - baltimoresun.com
Garrett Atkins may actually get released this weekend. Here's hoping. -duck

Still our heroes - MASNsports.com
"They were known simply as the "best damn team in baseball." No team was as dominant as the Baltimore Orioles then, who won 109, 108 and 101 games from 1969 to 1971." -duck

Orioles seeking young shortstop for Wigginton - CBSSports.com
"The Baltimore Orioles want a young shortstop and are trying to use Ty Wigginton to get one. The problem, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, is that no team will deal a young shortstop for Wigginton, even though the utilityman is having a strong season for the Orioles." That would be a problem. -duck

IN THE MINORS

Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps - June 24
Norfolk won, Bowie won, Frederick lost, Aberdeen won, Bluefield lost, the GCL Orioles won and Delmarva's game was suspended for cutting class, I mean rain. -duck

Orioles Insider: Nice outing by Tillman (Updated)
"In his first start back at Triple-A Norfolk today, right-hander Chris Tillman allowed one earned run on three hits and two walks while striking out one over six innings against Lehigh Valley." -duck

Orioles' Pie tries to get back on track with Keys - The Frederick News-Post Online
"With this being the best pitching Pie had seen since rupturing a muscle in his back in April, he said, "I thought I was going to be 0-for-4 today." Instead, Pie went 2-for-5 with one RBI in Frederick 's 7-4 loss to Winston-Salem." -duck

Johnstons together with O’s " Local Sports " Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV
Grandpa gets grandson an internship with the Bluefield Orioles. Sure, it's nepotism, but it's a cute little story, too. -duck

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