Monday Bird Droppings

Recaps of yesterday's loss can be found at The SunTBO.com, and MASNsports (with post-game Buck).

Orioles RHP Berken to have MRI exam on shoulder - USATODAY.com
I'm sure he'll be just hunky dory.

Palmeiro speaks about steroids again, sticks to his story
Dempsey's Army finds in Raffy's favor.

IT'S DRAFT DEADLINE DAY! FEEL THE EXCITEMENT!

Orioles Insider: The Orioles won't sign 6th-round pick; 7th rounder unlikely, too. Still quiet on Machado fron
"Orioles director of scouting Joe Jordan said this morning that sixth-round pick Dixon Anderson, a right-handed pitcher, had decided to return to the University of California rather than sign with the club. Jordan also said that it's looking like seventh-round pick Matthew Bywater, a left-handed pitcher, will eschew an Orioles' offer and return to Pepperdine University." Well, THAT sucks.

Orioles: As deadline looms, Orioles say they're not concerned about signing first-round draft pick Manny Machado - baltimoresun.com
Sure, the two sides have barely talked, apparently, but Orioles scouting guru Joe Jordan says the O's will sign Manny Machado before midnight tonight.

Steve Melewski: O's 7th-round pick, Matt Bywater, still open to signing
Matt Bywater sounds a lot more optimistic about signing with the O's than Joe Jordan does in The Sun.

Orioles Insider: O’s agree to terms with Esquivel and Schmarzo as Jordan turns to backup plans
"Jordan (Sunday night) agreed to an over slot $225,000 deal with 28th-round pick, Jaime Esquivel, a right-handed pitcher from South Houston High in Texas. Esquivel, who was planning on attending Rice University, went 6-2 with a 1.45 ERA and struck out 102 batters in 80 innings during his senior season and earned first-team, all-district 22-5A honors." So, looks like Dixon Anderson isn't going to happen.

Steve Melewski: O's ink two more draft picks
"They have agreed on deals with high school pitcher Jaime Esquivel, drafted in round 28 and right-handed pitcher Alex Schmarzo from St. Mary's College in California. Schmarzo was drafted in round 48. Esquivel got a $225,000 signing bonus."

Orioles Insider: Will the clock strike midnight on Machado?
No, it won't.

Steve Melewski: Draft signing deadline day dawns
Steve Melewski fully expects Machado to sign, and lists the reported bonuses handed out by the O's so far. 

IN OTHER MLB NEWS

On DL, Cabrera passes time as Reds' batboy | reds.com: News
Orlando Cabrera: kind of a hoot. (Gee, think Stacey clipped this one, maybe?)

IN THE MINORS

Moore's big night powers Tides to 9-4 win | Norfolk Tides News
"Scott Moore homered twice and drove in four to power the Tides to a 9-4 win over the Charlotte Knights Sunday night at Harbor Park. Tides starter Chris Tillman (10-7) was the beneficiary of the offense as he became the first O's minor leaguer to register 10 wins this season. Tillman allowed three earned runs on eight hits in six-plus innings, walking one and striking out three."

Bishop Batters Baysox | Bowie Baysox News
The Baysox committed a critical defensive mistake in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Erie SeaWolves Sunday afternoon, allowing the SeaWolves to close out the season series with a 3-2 victory. Steve Johnson went five solid innings, while Wynn Pelzer pitched two scoreless innings.

O'SHEA LEADS STRIKEOUT PARTY | Frederick Keys News
LF Bobby Stevens went 3-for-4 with a double, a homerun, and two RBI while Keys starter, Ryan O'Shea, struck out a career-high 11 batters en route to his seventh victory of the year.

Shreve no-hits Delmarva through five in 5-2 win | Lakewood BlueClaws News
Colby Shreve, Julio Rodriguez, and Mike McGuire combined to three-hit the Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday evening in a 5-2 BlueClaws win.

IronBirds Cancelled Due to Rain | Aberdeen IronBirds News
The game originally scheduled for 2:35 had a two hour and 10 minute rain delay before being cancelled.  It was the final meeting of the season between the IronBirds and Spikes and will not be made up.

Bluefield lost 11-3
Zach Petersime gave up eight runs on nine hits in just 3.0 IP. That's no way to start a career, kid.

The GCL Orioles lost 6-2
Absolutely no one I recognize played or pitched in this game. 

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