Wednesday Bird Droppings

Recaps of yesterday's loss can be found at orioles.com,  baltimoresun.com,  MASNsports.com  and NY Times.

Baltimore Orioles eye Bobby Valentine, Eric Wedge in managerial search - baltimoresun.com
As mentioned yesterday: An interview with Valentine is already scheduled to happen "soon", and MacPhail has reached out to a number of other folks, including Wedge. -zk

Challenge System Enters Baseball Replay Debate - NYTimes.com
Among other ideas, MLB is studying the NFL's "challenge system". -zk

Brian Roberts / Alfredo Simon / Jake Arrieta
As you've no doubt heard, Roberts is hurting. Also, updates on Alfredo Simon (may be activated this weekend), Arrieta (may debut against the Mets Saturday), and others. -zk

The Schmuck Stops Here: O's: Time to fire up the Norfolk shuttle
"Yes, I realize there are 40-man roster inplications, but I don't really care anymore. Outright or DFA somebody. It should be audition time." I gotta admit, Peter Schmuck is saying what I'm thinking. Screw it, clean house and promote guys. -duck

Wieters relates as Strasburg debuts | orioles.com: News
"It's a lot the first day," Matt Wieters said of the media circus and myriad of non-baseball-related events that occur when a potential superstar makes his big league debut. "But it's a good feeling once you get out there and the actual game gets under way." I'm guessing Stephen Strasburg felt pretty comfortable getting 14 strikeouts in his first game. -duck

Wieters on his offense and days off - MASNsports.com
So, is all the catching a concern? "I don't think so. I think you can look at my numbers last year and they are probably similar to this point in the same number of at bats. You have a good month or couple of weeks and you are right back where you need to be." So there you go. -duck

Girardi said no to '07 Orioles offer - NYPOST.com
"It was a family decision because my father was in the beginning of end stages of Alzheimer's," Girardi said. "We decided that we were going to spend the summer in Chicago with him and my wife's family. Those were my plans going into that summer, and I just thought I need to see my dad because I don't know how much I'm going to be able to talk to him." -duck

Bobby Valentine, Eric Wedge reportedly candidates to become Orioles' manager - Sporting News
Sporting News is also reporting Eric Wedge and Bobby Valentine are among those Andy MacPhail is targeting. -duck

IN THE DRAFT

Orioles Insider: Orioles tab Klein in third round, Mummey in fourth
"The scouting reports say [Dan Klein's] fastball sits between 91 and 93 miles per hour and he has a good sinker and chengeup. His curveball is described as average." -duck

Orioles add shortstop, arms on Day 2 | orioles.com: News
Here's another look at the highlights of Day 2 of the First-Year Player Draft for the Orioles -duck

Orioles Insider: Jordan talks draft; plan is to develop Klein as starter - baltimoresun.com
Scouting Director Joe Jordan discusses the thought processes behind the Orioles' picks in the 3rd to 6th rounds. -zk

Jordan sizes up day two of the draft - MASNsports.com
"I need a little time to go over and absorb it and see how much money I'm going to spend, but it was a good day, I'm happy." Spend that money, Joe. Spend that money. -duck

Quick Review - Baltimore Orioles - MLB Bonus Baby
Andy Seiler's generally positive review of the Orioles' draft so far. James posted in the Fan Shots, but I know people sometimes forget about those. -Stacey

Orioles Insider: What they're saying about the Orioles' draft
So, here's my description of The Sun's description of what other people said about the Orioles draft. -duck

Woodchucks Centerfielder Gets Drafted By Orioles - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports
"[Brandon] King, 20, just finished his second and final season at Fresno City College where he was a team leader for the Central Valley Conference champion Rams.  King hit for a .370 batting average, had a .552 on-base percentage, and a .667 slugging percentage on the spring." -duck

Narron family roots run deep in professional baseball | Star-Telegram
We drafted the son of Jerry Narron yesterday. He's had a lot of family members play baseball. Really. -duck

IN THE MINORS

Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps - June 8
Norfolk won, Bowie won one of two, Frederick lost and Delmarva won. -duck

Bascom joins Norfolk: Is Arrieta on the move? - MASNsports.com
"All of this is likely related to the Orioles rotation. The Birds will need another fifth starter on Saturday and could take Brad Bergesen out of the pen and start him there or callup someone from the minors, like [Jake] Arrieta, for that start." -duck

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