Wednesday Bird Droppings

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

Orioles Insider: News and notes following the Orioles' 9-1 victory
"The one negative tonight was Felix Pie's not running out his infield pop-up in the sixth inning that scored the Orioles' only run against Boston starter Clay Buchholz. Red Sox second baseman Marco Scutaro dropped the ball, which hung in the air seemingly forever. Adam Jones scored all the way from first on the play. Pie only made it to first. Something is wrong with that picture, and both Jones and Showalter let Pie know about it after the fact."

School of Roch: Don't adjust your sets
"I really feel bad for Jonathan Papelbon. Oh wait...I actually feel the exact opposite for Jonathan Papelbon." Sometimes, I really, really like Roch's writing. This is one of those times.

Orioles Insider: Markakis makes history 
With his two doubles (Monday) night, Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis became just the third player in baseball history to hit 43 or more doubles in four straight seasons.

Cano Foul Ball 1, Writer's Laptop 0 -
"At one of the seats in the first row of the press box at Camden Yards in Baltimore, a printout of a bull’s-eye is taped on the tabletop. This, in hindsight, should have been a warning."

No matter what Rays do in playoffs, payroll to be reduced in '11 | HardballTalk
"Unfortunately there's nothing that can happen between now and April that can change that unless Joe Maddon hits the lottery and wants to donate it, or I hit the lottery.'' Rays principle owner Stuart Sternberg wouldn't say how low the payroll may go, though he said in spring training it wouldn't reach even the $60-million range. "I don't have a plan in mind what the lower (end) is,'' he said. "I just know it's going down.'' Just remember O's fans - it could ALWAYS be worse.

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