Monday Bird Droppings

Recaps of yesterday's loss can be found at  orioles.com,  baltimoresun.com,  MASNsports (with post-game Juan), and  TwinCities.com.

WNST Audio Vault - Stacey talks Orioles
and Drew tries to get Stacey to like the Australian intern. I don't think he succeeded.

Mr. Miller Goes to Cooperstown - Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast
An audio interview with Jon Miller covering his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, his time with the Orioles, and his thoughts on Peter Angelos.

Does Roberts' return matter?
"Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has finally made his long-awaited return to the major league club, but does it really matter?" Yes, yes it does. These kids need to see a professional go out there, get his uniform dirty every day, and make the right play every time. There's still some importance in that.

Orioles Insider: Tatum demoted; Matusz reaction: "Everyone's going to feel this one"
"He has done everything plus more. He has done everything expected to stay here and be here and that’s why it is tough," said starter Brian Matusz. "I think everyone’s going to feel this one. It’s really unfortunate because he deserves to stay here."

Orioles Insider: MacPhail's slow-developing market may have gotten a push
"It’s kind of a slow-developing market at this point," MacPhail said. "My own impression is that we have some of these big-target starting pitchers out there who probably have a lot of teams focused on whether they are in or out of that picture or not before they move on to other targets. I think that might be slowing down our market a little."

Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays | MLB.com Preview
"Every outing -- I know sometimes the line doesn't show it -- I feel like I am a pitch away or one little break away from having really solid outings," said Brad Bergesen. "I am confident that I am going to keep plugging along and look at those things and keep battling." And Charlie Brown just KNEW this would be the time he'd kick that football, too.

Returning Orioles Brian Roberts, Luke Scott and Michael Gonzalez might be team's best shot at salvage attempt - baltimoresun.com
We're getting closer to fielding the team the O's expected at the beginning of the year.

AROUND THE MAJORS

ESPN - What's lurking in your stadium food? - E-ticket
Baltimore's two pro palaces fare pretty well in the report.

Angels acquire Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks for Joe Saunders and three prospects | HardballTalk
The Diamondbacks traded Dan Haren to the Angels for Joe Saunders, Patrick Corbin, Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named later. And a pack of gum. And three used batting practice balls. The Diamondbacks wanted four, but the Angels held firm at three.

The Hall of Fame Hats Quiz - Mental Floss
A dozen or so Hall of Famers. Which cap are they wearing?

IN THE MINORS

Norfolk lost 3-2 despite the Tides collecting nine hits, with Josh Bell going 2-for-3 and Robert Andino going 2-for-5. Our friend Frank Mata took the loss in relief.

Bowie won 4-3 as six of the nine starters collected hits. Steve Johnson went 6.0 IP with just 2 ER for the win.

Frederick lost 7-1 as they scored their only run on Sunday night in the first inning . The Pelicans, who entered the game hitting a Carolina League-worst .230 as a team, totaled 13 hits in the rout of the Keys. Of course they did.

Shorebirds Drop BlueClaws 3-1 as newly-promoted first baseman Mike Flacco went 3-for-3 with a walk while Brian Conley hit his third home run in four games.

Aberdeen won 5-2 behind six shutout innings from Scott Copeland. T.R. Keating pitched the final 1.2 innings to earn his third save of the year.

Bluefield lost 18-9 as the Orioles burned through six relief pitchers just to complete the game.

and the GCL Orioles won 9-0 as all but one starter collected at least one hit. 

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