Wednesday Bird Droppings

I told y'all not to get used to early Bird Droppings again just yet.

Recaps of the first win of the Buck Showalter Era can be found at orioles.comThe SunSchool of Roch (with post-game Buck)latimes.com, and Press-Telegram.

LATE ADDITIONOrioles Insider: Narron, Bridwell to take physicals, finalize deals to join Orioles
"The Orioles are nearing agreements with two more of their top 10 picks, both high upside high school players that will get above slot deals to join the organization. Fifth-round pick, shortstop/third baseman Connor Narron and ninth-rounder, right-handed pitcher Parker Bridwell, are expected in Baltimore later this week to take physicals. That is pretty much all that is left before they finalize their deals." Signing Narron is a big, fat, hairy deal.

One more added link: Bugs & Cranks » Dump the Demper. Now.
Patrick Smith advocates giving Uncle Rick the heave ho immediately. I can't say I disagree, but you can't just get rid of your uncle, he's family.

Steve Melewski: Post-game notes and quotes after Showalter's first O's win
"It was a good crowd tonight. They introduced Buck as the manger and I heard cheering as I warmed up. As he walked out on the field for the lineups, the same thing. It felt like Opening Day a little bit." - Jeremy Guthrie

Showalter has first meeting with new squad | orioles.com: News
"I think it's his job to put the players in a position to succeed, and I'm pretty sure he will do that" first baseman Ty Wigginton said. "Everything he's accomplished in this game speaks for itself. I'm sure all of the players are well aware of that."

Britt's Bird Watch: Gonzo: "It was never about the money"
"That's the reason I signed here," Gonzalez said. "There were three or four other teams I could have gone to. People said it was because of the money, it wasn't because of the money. It was because of the opportunity I was going to get here." Yeah, because other teams were just lining up to sign you for more cash, right, Mike?

Gonzalez wants to reclaim closer's role | orioles.com: News
And I want a pony.

Orioles Insider: Four questions involving Showalter that will start to be answered
How will he effect players, who's the first example, what's his plan for the young pitchers and does he like cheese on most foods? OK, I made the last one up.

Orioles Insider: Orioles will open at Trop again next season
At least it's on a Friday, so we can drink.

Jim Gentile Still Waiting for Orioles to Get It Right -- MLB FanHouse
Our poor Orioles can't do much right these days aside from hire a manager. "Jim Gentile is coming in this weekend as part of the Orioles Hall of Fame celebrations,'' an Orioles spokesperson said in an email. "He is doing an autograph signing for fans at some point. On Sunday, (he) is throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and will be honored for his 1961 accomplishment as well as his wonderful career.'' Only problem? No one told Jim, and he won't even be in Baltimore on Sunday. He's flying home after a card show on Saturday. Sigh...

Orioles notebook: Rick Dempsey 'very, very disappointed' about not getting Orioles managerial job - baltimoresun.com
"I think it is probably the biggest mistake made here in a long time, and I'm not talking just today, I mean over the years," Dempsey said. "Not being given an opportunity to manage this ballclub. Every organization in baseball would like to have someone who has won, who has played in the World Series for the organization, who has learned to manage from A ball up and come back here. I think with the relationship I have had with the fans and this city, I should have been a slam-dunk years ago. Someone dropped the ball a long time ago." Jesus, Rick, just shut up already. You've just demonstrated once again why you shouldn't be hired. -zk

Please: do not freak out every time you hear that someone is placed on waivers | HardballTalk
"Buster Olney tweeted a few minutes ago that the Nationals have placed first baseman Adam Dunn on waivers.  As soon as he did that, a bunch of people started getting all crazy on the Twitter about Dunn being waived, what it means, etc. But you know better than right?"

IN THE MINORS

Rocky first inning too much as Norfolk falls, 5-3 | Norfolk Tides News
The Indianapolis Indians plated four runs in the first inning, then held on for a 5-3 win over the Tides Tuesday afternoon at Harbor Park. Indy touched up Norfolk starter Chris Tillman (8-7) for four runs on six hits in the first frame, with Pedro Ciriaco, Brandon Moss and John Bawker each contributing run-scoring hits.

Bowie lost 14-8
Starter Eddie Gamboa gave up eight hits and four runs in just 3.0 IP, and the next three relievers didn't do much better.

Frederick lost 8-1
Oliver Drake was horrible, giving up nine hits and seven runs in just 5.1 IP. The Keys collected just three hits on the night.

Delmarva lost 10-6
Starter Jesse Beal gave up eight hits and four runs in his 5.0 IP last night.

IronBirds Sweep Yankees | Aberdeen IronBirds News
Aberdeen starting pitcher Justin Moore surrendered just three runs on four hits in five strong innings of work in his return to the rotation, as the IronBirds defeated the Staten Island Yankees 5-3.

Bluefield lost 4-1
With just four hits, the Orioles couldn't solve Danville starter Ronan Pacheco.

The GCL Orioles lost 7-6
as the GCL Red Sox scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the win. Chris Lamb gave up five hits and six runs while recording just two outs to take the loss. 

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