Wednesday Bird Droppings

Recaps of last night's loss can be found at Toronto Sunorioles.comThe Sun, and MASNsports (with post-game Juan)

Samuel wants direction with Bergesen | orioles.com: News
"We need to discuss what we are going to do," Samuel said. "Right now he is [scheduled to start Saturday], but it's something that we really need to discuss and figure out. Is it the best thing for him and our ballclub? Is he going to be the guy we're counting on? It's something that we really need to look into." Well, Andy MacPhail has ruled out Zach Britton, and I can't imagine it will be Chris Tillman, so does Mark Hendrickson get yet another chance?

School of Roch: A must-win tonight
"It has to happen tonight. The Orioles are 0-11 against the Blue Jays this season. They can't go 0-12." Oh, Roch, you don't have enough faith in this team. I fully expect them to get no-hit tonight.

Does Nick Even Fit? - 2131 And Beyond
"With high RBI and extra base hit numbers in the past, nobody ever questioned his ability to play the game, only his impact on his teammates and how he affected their personal game."

Gaston thinks Samuel will be good skipper | orioles.com: News
"I was kind of hoping he would get a chance to manage that team for a while," said Gaston. "When he was here with us, Sammy was always in the game. "Sammy was a good player, a good person and a great guy."

Steve Melewski: Another mismatch
"Opponent starting pitchers have an ERA of 2.90 vs. the Orioles this year and have pitched into the seventh inning in 50 of 99 games. Get into the other teams' bullpen? Not this O's club." Steve won't be winning WNST's Apologist of the Morning today!

Baltimore Orioles Accept Assignment to Minor League (Satire) | Bleacher Report
"Major League Baseball announced today that the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to an assignment to the AA Eastern League for the remainder of the 2010 season." I'm not so sure we'd be .500 there.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Rangers seeking righty hitter to play first | MLB.com: News
"The Rangers continue their search for a right-handed-hitting first baseman. Many rumors are floated, but Jorge Cantu and Ty Wigginton appear to be their main targets." 

MLB first: Coghlan put on DL by shaving-cream pie
The Marlins ban pie celebrations. -zk

IN THE MINORS

Top Chef Voltaggio Adds Twist to Ballpark Food | FanGraphs Baseball
"Inside the ballpark, the chef had taken over one of the standard concession stands and turned it into a “Volt” concession stand for the night." I read the menu, and didn't see a single thing I would actually try except chocolate covered bananas. I'll stick with Italian sausage and beer, thanks. H/T to PBR Me for finding this.

Michael Aubrey names IL Batter of the Week.
Aubrey had five home runs and 16 RBI last week, including a 4 RBI night on Tuesday.

Orioles notebook: Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan frustrated with slow progress in signing draft picks - baltimoresun.com
"It's just been a slow, slow process, and it's that way industrywide for the most part," Jordan said. "I'm out here [scouting in Cape Cod, Mass.] talking to the other directors, and the game is being played. What used to be the [process with the] first-rounder is now the same with the 10th-rounder. It's just been brutal."

Steve Melewski: Britton not being considered for this weekend
"In a brief e-mail exchange with O's president Andy MacPhail, he said Zach Britton is "not" being considered to join the Orioles to start this weekend. So we can rule out any talk of Britton starting in Brad Bergesen's spot on Saturday. But Britton is being considered to join the Orioles later in the season, MacPhail said."

Norfolk lost 4-2
despite seven of nine Tides batters collecting hits as Zach Britton went 5.2 IP and gave up 2 ER with three walks and three strike outs.

Bowie lost 4-0
The Aeros knocked Baysox starter Rick Zagone off balance right away with five consecutive hits to start the bottom of the first inning.

Frederick lost 9-3
For a fourth consecutive night, a Keys starting pitcher allowed six or more runs. Lynchburg scorched RHP Ryan Berry for eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits. Berry lasted just four innings in the Keys loss.

Delmarva lost 9-0
as starter Kenny Moreland gave up 10 hits in 6.0 IP and Delmarva had just five hits for the whole game.

Aberdeen was off
but good tickets still remain for Cartoon Night on Monday.

Bluefield lost 9-1
as the Orioles made three errors that lead to three unearned runs early in the game.

and the GCL Orioles won 5-3
as the team collected 11 hits, including 4 doubles.

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