Thursday Bird Droppings

Recaps of last night's game can be found at Orioles.comThe SunToronto Star, and MASNsports (with post-game Buck).

Britt's Bird Watch: Bell on not sliding
"This isn't the first time Bell hasn't slid, and he said he didn't receive any specific reprimand from manager Buck Showalter. But in the future, when in doubt, he will  get down. "Oh, I'll be sliding now," Bell said."

Orioles Insider: Breaking down the Orioles' 2011 schedule; it's brutal, folks
"Another painful quirk of the 2011 schedule: Five, three-city road trips. Ouch. The Orioles had three this season. Three of those 2011 three-city trips come after Aug. 15. And they have an inhumane trek to end the first half: Go to Atlanta for three; fly to Texas for three, and then fly all the way back east to Boston for four. All without an off day." That's ridiculous.

Yeardley Love: Notre Dame Prep holds Orioles Night to raise money for Yeardley Love field - baltimoresun.com
"Notre Dame Preparatory School is holding Orioles Night at Camden Yards on Oct. 1 to raise money to build a turf field at the school in honor of alumna Yeardley Love, who was killed last spring at the University of Virginia. Love played lacrosse at both Notre Dame and Virginia. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance in order for proceeds to benefit the Yeardley Reynolds Love Field. Go to notredameprep.com for orders."

Orioles Insider: Which Orioles starter has impressed you the most under Showalter?
"The Orioles are now 26-15 under Buck Showalter. More impressive, their rotation is an incredible 19-11 with a 2.93 ERA in those 41 starts."

Orioles Insider: Lugo to be further examined
"Orioles infielder Julio Lugo will see an ear-nose-and-throat specialist on Friday in hopes of finding out exactly what is causing the headaches that have kept him off the field this week. He won’t play again until he gets further medical clearance."

As Orioles shape up, blogger falls behind | The Daily Times
"Earlier in the season, I interviewed Salisbury native (and current Washington resident) Mike Laws about theoriolesplan. blogspot.com, his online journal in which he pledged to exercise after every Orioles miscue and walk 4.5 miles from his home to work after every loss. Many months and miles later, I caught up with Mike to see how he's been doing."

Orioles Notebook: Team '50-50' on Arrieta - Carroll County Times: Orioles
"The Orioles’ decision on what to do with Jake Arrieta is going to wait at least a couple more days. Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that the team will consider a few factors before deciding whether the rookie right-hander will pitch again this season."

Orioles Buzz - Best Around Orioles Park 
Yahoo! is teaming up with MLB.com to provide a feature on teams' official websites called "Best around the Ballparks". In this case, of course, we're talking about the "Best Around Oriole Park". Yahoo! and Orioles.com have teamed up to give their top five restaurants, bars, places to park, and attractions close to the Yard."

Major League Deals in Florida - Bond Buyer Article
"Sarasota and two counties on Florida’s southwest coast plan to take advantage of federally subsidized economic recovery zone and Build America Bonds when they issue more than $100 million of debt for the spring-training facilities of two Major League Baseball teams." This includes the renovations in Sarasota to the O's minor league complex.

School of Roch: Showalter time
"Tonight's game was completed in 1 hour, 55 minutes. The anthems took longer. The Orioles hadn't played a nine-inning game in under two hours since May 25, 2005 vs. Seattle. That game also lasted 1:55."

"Re-awarding" the MVP awards may be the dumbest thing ever | HardballTalk
Yeah, yeah it would be. OK, maybe not the dumbest idea ever. Crystal Pepsi was probably dumber. And lawn darts. Who thought that would end well?

Gays and lesbians want kiss cam parity - STL Today
So, between three and eight percent of Kiss Cam shots should be same-sex. That's one in 20, roughly. I don't think the Republic will falter.

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