Friday Bird Droppings

Steve Melewski: Keys fall by one run in game two of the playoffs
"The Potomac Nationals pushed across a run in the top of the 7th vs. Nate Nery to break a 4-4 tie as the Nationals beat Frederick tonight 5-4 at Harry Grove Stadium. The win evens their best-of-five Northern Division Championship Series at a game each."

Oriole Park: Disputes linger over the benefits of a state-funded stadium
"Eighteen years after Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened in Baltimore to universal praise -- and seasons of sold-out games -- baseball fans continue to visit the brick-and-steel park that is often credited with rejuvenating ballpark design. So is it a success? That depends on who's defining success."

Orioles-Tigers Preview - CBSSports.com
"Jim Joyce is scheduled to be umpiring with Galarraga (4-5, 3.89 ERA) on the mound for the first time since that memorable game against Cleveland. Joyce was at first base and called Jason Donald safe after Galarraga had retired the first 26 batters."

 Reliever Matt Albers focused on strong finish to season, not his future with Orioles - baltimoresun.com
"While it has been popular to talk about the way the Orioles have been playing for their jobs next year since Buck Showalter took over as manager, Matt Albers has been in that situation since the beginning of the season."

Orioles: After attitude, technique adjustments, outfielder Felix Pie is a hit with his Orioles teammates - baltimoresun.com
As noted in yesterday's Bird Droppings thread: "He's changed a lot, but when he first got here, you could just tell he had an attitude and a little chip on his shoulder and whatever the hell else was wrong with him," center fielder Adam Jones said. "Luke had to really challenge him, call him out and embarrass him for him to really come into his own. And Luke did it. He and Luke have a bond that nobody else can have in this clubhouse."

Uehara-mania taking root in Baltimore | orioles.com: News
"Orioles closer Koji Uehara and his sideburns are not superhuman. But, as evidenced in the past two months, they're pretty darn close."

School of Roch: The Full Montanez
"My first year when I first showed up to camp in the spring of '07 I was in disbelief that a major league team in the 21st century had such facilities. Even worse was the day I experienced because an experience it is, Twin Lakes Park, the three hour separated minor league facility. Utter embarrassment and almost fear for things to come was what struck me. Picture a glorified chicken coop with no AC, moldy smell, broken tiled bathrooms, and fields that even opposing teams were unwilling to let their players play on. I'm surprised PETA or the ACLU never intervened." I know the link was posted within the BD open thread yesterday, but you MUST read the whole thing. Seriously. Wow.

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