Thursday Bird Droppings

Recaps of yesterday's loss can be found at The SunOrioles.comSchool of Roch (with post-game Showalter), and Seattle P-I.

Orioles: Manny Machado to be introduced Sept. 3 or 4, join GCL Orioles on Sunday
Manny Machado will take his physical today or Friday, then head to Florida to begin games with the GCL Orioles. He will get a Camden Yards intro in early September.

Hernandez will not return until September | orioles.com: News
"David Hernandez (left ankle sprain) has started throwing at the Orioles' Spring Training facility in Sarasota, Fla., but manager Buck Showalter said he doesn't expect the reliever to return until rosters expand in September."

Johnson could return by month's end | orioles.com: News
"Orioles reliever Jim Johnson will throw back-to-back rehab outings for Class A Advanced Frederick beginning Friday, and he is thought to be at least a week away from returning."

Izturis wants to stay with Orioles - Carroll County Times: Orioles
It might best serve Baltimore to bring back the light-hitting, strong-defending Izturis. And if that’s the route the Orioles choose, they’re in luck because Izturis said Wednesday that he wants to re-sign with the club. "I would like to," Izturis said. "Now it’s a group of people here that they want to win and yeah, I’ve had two years here, a good experience."

Brown, Adam Jones still see things eye to eye - The News Tribune
Adam Jones gave his former minor league manager a warm welcome and vocal support when they met this week before Monday's game.

Showalter faces off vs. Rangers for first time | orioles.com: News
"Orioles manager Buck Showalter swears there won't be any feelings of déjà vu when he looks around the field at Camden Yards on Thursday and sees the Texas Rangers in the opposing dugout."

The Schmuck Stops Here: Orioles resurrection: Still a work in progress
"It's pretty obvious that the Orioles are a better team today than they were two months ago, but they still do things that make you want to tear out your hair. Like a strange little span in the fifth inning of last night's game when Luke Scott and Adam Jones combined to get nine consecutive pitches out of the strike zone from Mariners starter David Pauley and swung at five of them."

Baseball’s Golden Age: Right Now - Forbes
"Nostalgia holds that the 1950s represented baseball’s golden era. They didn’t. Thomson’s famous ninth-inning, final-game homer off Ralph Branca to give the New York Giants the 1951 National League pennant over the Brooklyn Dodgers occurred in front of 34,000 fans in the 55,000-seat Polo Grounds. These days, can anyone imagine a post season game played in front of 19,000 empty seats?"

What’s With All The Bunting? | Camden Crazies
All the Showalter bunting got you down? Let Daniel put your mind at ease.

IN THE MINORS

Orioles: Manny Machado to be introduced Sept. 3 or 4, join GCL Orioles on Sunday
Manny Machado will take his physical today or Friday, then head to Florida to begin games with the GCL Orioles. He will get a Camden Yards intro in early September.

No glass chin for Guerrero -- it's made of plastic | The Daily Times
Salisbury boxer Fernando Guerrero gets his own bobble doll at the Shorebirds Friday. The gloves, not his head, will bobble. The NABO and NABF middleweight champ will be on hand to sign autographs.

Conley starts to feel at home with Frederick - The Frederick News-Post Online
Brian Conley was having a good year at Delmarva, but the real reason he was promoted to Frederick? They were down to two active outfielders. Last time I checked, you need three.

American Chronicle | Narron adjusting to life as a professional
"For now, Connor Narron's life has a simple routine: wake up and play baseball." That's not a bad schedule at all.

Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps -- Aug. 18
Delmarva was rained out and will play a double-header today.

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