Tuesday Bird Droppings

Orioles Insider: Orioles sign Riske to minor league deal 
"The Orioles have added another big league veteran to their bullpen competition by signing reliever David Riske to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. The 34-year-old right-hander was 0-0 with a 5.01 ERA in 23 games with the Milwaukee Brewers last season." The pitcher had Tommy John surgery in June 2009. Guess you'd call it a low-Riske move. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

Orioles Insider: More on how Guerrero deal got done 
Vladimir Guerrero is getting $8 million for playing for the Orioles this year. He just won't get all $8 million this year.

Media roundup: What they're saying about Orioles signing Vladimir Guerrero - baltimoresun.com
In case you were wondering what some people who are paid to write about baseball think about the Guerrero signing.

Steve Melewski: More Guerrero benefits, including lineup protection
Just when you think we're getting somewhere with writers using advanced stats, Steve Melewski breaks out "lineup protection." Oh, Steve, you disappoint me. Even Buck knows better: "I have heard Buck Showalter asked about this a few times since he took over the Orioles and he always seems to downplay it and say lineup protection is not that big of a deal."

School of Roch: A call to young arms
"For us, the biggest key is still going to be our young pitchers, our young starters," Brian Roberts said. "They're going to have to pitch well for us." Brian Roberts is an astute observer.

American Chronicle | Orioles keeping an eye on Keys' situation
There's a real possibility the Keys may be leaving Frederick after this season. And the O's are watching the situation closely. Watching. Always watching.

 Duquette breaks down the new Orioles lineup - Video | MLB.com: Multimedia
MLB.com analyst Jim Duquette takes a closer look at the Orioles lineup after the addition of Vladimir Guerrero.

Baseball Prospectus | Wezen-Ball: Ferris Bueller's Day Off at Wrigley Field
It has been definitively determined which game Ferris Bueller and his friends attended on his infamous day off. Somebody had waaaaaay too much time on their hands.

Numerous Giveaways Planned for Fans | Delmarva Shorebirds News
Manny Machado gets a Bobblehead Night, and yes, they are actually handing out lunchboxes on July 15.

Vintage Tube: Baltimore's amazing sendoff for Earl Weaver in '82 - Big League Stew
"One of the most memorable moments of the 2010 postseason was Bobby Cox managing the Atlanta Braves in his final game and the San Francisco Giants joining in the postgame ovation. In that vein, here's a great clip I've never seen before Monday: It's Baltimore Orioles legend Earl Weaver getting an unbelievable reaction from the Memorial Stadium crowd on the last day of the 1982 season. The thundering "Roar from 34" alone is clip worthy, but having Howard Cosell on the call that day really puts it over the top."

 I do have a test today, that wasn't Open Thread. It's on European socialism. I mean, really, what's the point? I'm not European. I don't plan on being European. So who gives a crap if they're socialists? They could be fascist anarchists, it still doesn't change the fact that I don't own a car. 

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