Friday Bird Droppings

Recaps of last night's win can be found at  orioles.com,  baltimoresun.com,  MASNsports.com, and  Ft. Worth Star-Telegram

Orioles Insider: Wieters unavailable; Pie, Jones fine 
"Wieters, we wanted to give him the day off. He was feeling a little tight yesterday in Detroit, and we did not want to take a chance with him today," Samuel said. Also: Felix Pie is fine after getting hit on the hand, and Adam Jones is fine after getting hit in the ribs. Easy for me to say, I know. -duck

Pie emerging as spark plug for O's | orioles.com
"I've got to keep working hard," [Felix] Pie said. "I was selective in Detroit at the plate. I've been waiting on good pitches." And then there were two... -duck

Samuel waits to make call on Saturday starter | orioles.com: News
Juan, get over yourself. We know it's going to be Chris Tillman. ESPN isn't devoting an hour-long special to who's going to pitch for us Saturday. Just tell us the obvious, already! -duck

Fantasy baseball sleepers for the second half  - Fantasy Baseball - ESPN
Quite a few Orioles end up on this sleepers list for the second half. Because honestly, Matt Wieters can only improve from here, right? -duck

The Toy Department: Catching Up With ... former Oriole B.J. Surhoff
"I remember that one reporter said my expression was ‘dour,’ " [B.J. Surhoff] said. "I had to look that one up." -duck

If Only… - 2131 And Beyond
One last thought on last night's events. -duck

Jason Berken’s Recent Struggles (UPDATED) - 2131 And Beyond
So, what's up with my favorite pitcher? -duck

IN THE MINORS

Norfolk lost as Blake Davis his a home run but Cla Meredith surrendered three runs in relief, Baysox got swept by Erie as Steve Johnson couldn't make it out of the third inning, Frederick lost  as the Keys had just one hit through the first eight innings in the 7-4 loss, Delmarva won 5-1 despite only one Shorebird having more than one hit on the night, Aberdeen lost 4-2 as Michael Flacco's SAC fly wasn't enough, Bluefield lost 9-6 and the GCL Orioles won.

Judge upholds county's contract with the Orioles | HeraldTribune.com
"Sarasota County won its baseball trial on virtually every front as a judge ruled Thursday that the $31.2 million spring training contract with the Baltimore Orioles stands." So maybe that looming nightmare is finally over. -duck

Audio Interview: Skipper Ryan Minor | Delmarva Shorebirds News
"Radio Broadcaster Bret Lasky caught up with Shorebirds manager Ryan Minor to discuss the second half of the season. Topics include: the starting rotation, his batting order and more!" Finally! My burning questions about his use of the #6 hitter are answered! -duck

Audio Interview: First Baseman Tyler Townsend | Delmarva Shorebirds News
"Shorebirds radio broadcaster Bret Lasky caught up with first baseman Tyler Townsend to discuss his return to the Shorebirds, the rehab process and a host of other topics." -duck

Spongebob Squarepants Appearance | Delmarva Shorebirds News
"That lovable Nickelodeon Character SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS will be at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Sunday, July 25th courtesy of Comcast Spotlight." You know you want to go. Admit it. -duck

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