Friday Bird Droppings

Recaps of last night's loss can be found at Orioles.comThe SunBostonHerald.com, and MASNsports (with post-game Bergesen)

Late Addition: A Bird in development
An interview with Matt Hobgood at THT. 

Jones gets cortisone shot in ailing shoulder | orioles.com: News
"Orioles outfielder Adam Jones received a cortisone injection in his left shoulder prior to Thursday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox and will be sidelined until at least the end of the week." Why do I get the feeling there's an AC joint injury they're not telling us about? I'm no doctor, but that's usually why you get cortisone in a shoulder - you've messed up the AC joint.

Orioles not ready to shut down Simon yet | orioles.com: News
"Manager Buck Showalter said the Orioles haven't spoken in "definitive terms" about shutting down struggling reliever Alfredo Simon for the season."

Matusz, Hudson nab Rookie of Month honors | orioles.com: News
"Rookie pitchers are supposed to wilt in the dog days of summer. Evidently, the Orioles' Brian Matusz and the D-backs' Daniel Hudson didn't get the memo. The two young arms were chosen as the Gillette presents Rookie of the Month winners in their respective leagues."

Orioles Insider: Would you keep any of the Orioles' pending free agents?
"The Orioles have seven players facing free agency at year’s end. Do you want any of these guys back? Who and why?"

Steve Melewski: Garza to O's: "I'm going to shove it down your throat this time."
Matt Garza tells the St. Petersburg Times he owes the Orioles "a lot of payback" and that he's "going to make them feel really uncomfortable in the box." He went on to say "I'm going to shove it down your throat this time."

IN THE MINORS

2010 Gulf Coast League Orioles Season Review - Orioles Prospects
"The 2010 GCL Orioles wrapped up their season on Saturday with a 6-3 loss to the GCL Rays, finishing with a 25-34 record. The ’10 Gulf Coast League hitters from all teams combined for a line of .247/.321/.349. Clearly, this is a league dominated by pitchers. The Orioles as a team were below league average, with a combined .238/.306/.312 line."

Critics say the fix was in for stadium deal | WTSP.com
"E-mails we obtained show a consultant hired by the county to help chose the owners representative wrote to them and said "let me know if you have any specific language or requirements that would differentiate you guys from others." and another saying, " let's talk strategy to give you the best chance to get hired."

Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps -- Sept. 2
Norfolk won, Bowie won, Frederick lost, Delmarva lost, Aberdeen lost. Bill Rowell is batting .274 with 11 home runs, 56 RBIs and 24 doubles in 113 games for Frederick this season. He is batting .341 with one home run and five RBIs in his past 10 games.

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