Wednesday Bird Droppings

Manager Buck Showalter talks with homeplate umpire Joe West after he ejected Julio Lugo. I believe he was asking to make the ejection for four games, not just one. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Recaps: The Sun St. Petersburg TimesOrioles.comMASNsports (with post-game Buck)

Orioles Insider: A couple of O's watch Rays celebrate, plenty of others don't
"It’s not me celebrating so why the hell would I want to watch somebody else celebrate?," Ada, Jones said. "Nobody wants to see nobody be clinched on. Let’s face it, nobody wants to see it, but it happens. A lot of respect to them. They deserve it."

Orioles Insider: Roberts scratched
"Roberts is not feeling well, but an Orioles' official wasn't sure about the specifics of his illness. The flu bug appears to be traveling around the Orioles' clubhouse because both Chris Tillman and Rick VandenHurk are under the weather. I'm not sure if that's what Roberts has or not, though he was present for the team stretch and in the clubhouse before the game."

Orioles Insider: Lugo tossed in fifth
"Julio Lugo was just thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Joe West for tossing his bat, helmet and elbow pad after striking out looking to end the top of the fifth inning."

Orioles Insider: Renovation projects coming along well
The renovations to the Ed Smith Stadium are progressing nicely.

Three Strikes: Buck Showalter has the magic touch - ESPN
Buck's closing in on having as many 2010 wins as O's manager as Dave Trembley and Juan Samuel did combined.

O's Insider: Another voice weighs in on Markakis' power outage
So, why is Nick Markakis' slugging down so much?

No class in the bird cage | Estevan Mercury
Oh, no, the Orioles threw at Jose Bautista. That's not nice. We're polite in Canada! We'll remember! You watch! Next time you try and clear customs, the agent won't say thank you or even welcome you to Canada! That will teach you!

$5,000 settles Sunshine suit against Sarasota County Commissioner Joe Barbetta about Baltimore Orioles deal |
So part of the case is settled, but the complaint about sunshine laws being violated is still on-going.

Orioles announce details for annual Fan Appreciation Weekend | Official Info
The Orioles will hold their annual Fan Appreciation Weekend during their last homestand of the 2010 season when they host the Detroit Tigers for four games, Thursday, September 30 through Sunday, October 3. Here's the list of events.

Kenny Powers Hates Computers | FanGraphs Baseball
Because honestly, didn'y you just know FG would do a Kenny Powers write-up sooner or later?

Report: Nationals unlikely to re-sign Adam Dunn because of defense (and one scout is insane) | HardballTalk
"The same scout went on to make the absolutely absurd claim that Adam Dunn's defense at first base "costs them half a run a game" and "is worse than it looks on paper." In other words, there's a person paid to watch and evaluate professional baseball players who thinks Adam Dunn has cost the Nationals about 80 runs with his defense this season. To put that in some context, the Nationals have allowed a grand total of 724 runs this season."

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