Monday Bird Droppings

Recaps of yesterday's win can be found at The SunOrioles.comThe Associated PressLA Times, and MASNsports (with post-game Buck).

Orioles Insider: Lugo hit in head; leaves game (updated after game)
"Julio Lugo, who was starting his second straight game at second for injured Brian Roberts, was examined by Angels’ physicians and taken for a CAT scan during the game. He said the tests came back negative and he was not diagnosed with a concussion."

The Schmuck Stops Here: O's: August and everything after
"I doubt anyone would contend that Buck's arrival had much effect on Kevin Millwood, who has been all over the map the past two months, but he sure pitched great last night. I can see where the environment Showalter creates could have a positive effect on the young pitchers, but we're still talking about what I like to call his "intangible leadership quality." You can feel the difference, but you can't really put your finger on it."

Can Birds avoid a September swoon? - Carroll County Times
"This year, more than any in recent memory, it’s paramount that the swoon doesn’t take place. Evidenced by the team’s plummet to the bottom of the major-league standings until recently, the Orioles are in a fragile stage of their rebuilding process."

IN THE MINORS

Steve Melewski: Jordan on Machado
"I just think it's important to get on the field. Be a part of our practice routine, our hitting routine and progression. Being around the instructors and coordinaters. There is an orientation that needs to take place and it's important to get that out of the way," [O's scouting director] Joe Jordan said of Manny Machado.

American Chronicle | Bluefield Daily Telegraph
"Life just won't be the same in Bluefield when next June rolls around. The Baltimore Orioles will have flown the coop. Only hours before the high school football season began on Friday night, the phone rang with the news -- the Orioles were leaving Bluefield. For good."

My good memories of Bluefield as O’s end relationship - Explore Howard
"Losing Bluefield as a minor league farm team is not going to make or break the future of the big league club. The O’s have seven other minor league teams. The move may make the farm system more efficient. But it is still the end of an era, and a sad day for longtime followers of the Baltimore farm system."

American Chronicle | Baysox's playoff grip slips
"Now, after the recent slump, the Baysox find themselves in a three-way battle for a wild-card berth with Akron and Harrisburg, who began play on Friday night just a game behind second-place Bowie. The first- and second-place teams in each division qualify for the Eastern League playoffs."

Gwinnett Braves snap Tides' four-game win streak | HamptonRoads.com
"The Gwinnett Braves scored six runs in the seventh inning to overcome a 4-2 deficit Sunday at Coolray Field and beat the Norfolk Tides 8-4, snapping the Tides' four-game winning streak."

Tanaka Twirls Rock Cats | Bowie Baysox News
"The Bowie Baysox defeated the New Britain Rock Cats 6-3 Sunday afternoon, clinching the four-game series and finishing the eight game season series with a 6-2 record. The Baysox move to 71-63 on the year, but remain 1.5 games behind Harrisburg for second place and the final playoff spot in the Eastern League's Western Division, with eight games remaining."

BIZARRE FINALE ENDS WITH A WALK-OFF | Frederick Keys News
"With the bases loaded in the ninth, Pedro Florimon was hit by a Joe Testa pitch and Ronnie Welty trotted home as the game winning run. With the victory, the Keys ended a five game losing streak. "

Delmarva had the day off.

Givens Shines in Debut as IronBirds Beat Lake Monsters | Aberdeen IronBirds News
"2009 second-round draft pick Mychal Givens homered, scored three runs and drove home two in his Aberdeen IronBirds debut. It was enough to push the 'Birds past the Vermont Lake Monsters, 7-2. The win snapped a four-game losing streak."

Bluefield won 5-2
The team has three games remaining in its final season for the final West Virginia affiliate.

The GCL Orioles finished their season on Saturday.

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