Monday Bird Droppings

Don't forget today's game against the Yankees is a 1:05 start. 

Yeah, I slept in. Wanna make something of it? Recaps of yesterday's win can be found at Orioles.comThe SunSt. Petersburg Times, and MASNsports (with post-game Buck).

School of Roch: Koji closes it out
"Uehara closed out an 8-7 victory, earning his sixth save, but he's not the closer. Just the guy who protected a one-run lead in the ninth. That's all. No need to slap a label on him."

Scott a fan of instant replay in MLB | orioles.com: News
Scott said replay is good for the game, despite some criticism that it takes too long. "I'm a big fan of instant replay," Scott said. "It helps the umpires get the calls right. It takes no more than 30 seconds."

Showalter going back to New York - baltimoresun.com
"I look at more initially from a competitive standpoint, being able to see Boston, seeing Tampa, see the Yankees, see Toronto, I know what the barometer is," Showalter said during a lengthy pre-game session with the media. "Privately, I'll have some emotions about that. I grew up there, basically 19 years (as part of the organization.)"

Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees - September 6, 2010 | MLB.com Preview
"A month ago, no one would have thought of the Orioles as the American League East's great equalizer. But here come the Birds -- and former Yankees manager Buck Showalter -- into New York fresh off their series win over Tampa Bay."

Orioles Insider: Cal Ripken on the streak and on Showalter
"I only realize it when I look at the ages of my kids, because in many other ways it seems like that whole night that happened out here was just a couple years ago. But 15 years? We all get old, and time goes by much faster when you leave the game than it did when you played it."

Chirpin' with the Birds: Reimold makes redemptive return - Carroll County Times
Outfielder Nolan Reimold spoke to reporters about being back in the majors after his most difficult professional season to date landed him back in the minors in early May. He talked about why he was sent down, what Brady Anderson helped him with, and what he has left to prove. 

Analysis: Orioles have roster decisions to make - Carroll County Times: Orioles
"The Orioles’ priorities this offseason will be first base and a premier middle-of-the-order bat, and they could seek to fill both holes with one acquisition — someone from the impressive lot of pending free-agent first basemen led by Adam Dunn, Carlos Pena and Paul Konerko." Why do I sense just a tad bit of sarcasm here?

IN THE MINORS

Steve Melewski: Bowie loses, now one game down with one left
"The Bowie Baysox picked a bad time for their offense to go south. Bowie was held scoreless on just two hits Sunday in a 1-0 loss at Richmond. Coupled with Harrisburg's 13-3 romp over Binghamton and Bowie is now one game back of the Senators for the final Eastern League playoff berth with one game to go."

Orioles Insider: O's hope more players follow Mahoney's winter ball lead
"The attitude that you want to cultivate is they better be prepared to earn their way. This club is looking for people to take jobs. We’re trying to give our players the understanding that they are responsible for their own careers and they have to earn their spot. We have several players knocking on the door so take the step and give yourself a chance to earn a Major League job next year."

Orioles Insider: Cal Ripken on Manny Machado
"The ball jumped off his bat the other night. I like his size. And it is really clear he has emulated ARod. It’s really clear in his mannerisms," Ripken said. "It’s probably unfair to make the comparisons that he’s an ARod type of player. But I liked his size, I liked his strength. He made a couple plays in the field really easy and I liked the way his ball jumped off his bat. He’s definitely got some good size to him."

Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps - Sept. 5
Norfolk lost, Bowie lost, Frederick lost, Delmarva lost, and Aberdeen won. 

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