Tuesday Bird Droppings

 

School of Roch: Taking a glance at Hobgood - MASN
"Matt Hobgood took the mound today for the Gulf Coast League Orioles and made quick work of the GCL Twins, retiring the side in order in the first inning on three ground balls. Ryan Berry, a ninth-round pick out of Rice in 2009, replaced him in the second. Hobgood, 20, had been rehabbing a strained rotator cuff at extended spring training. Today marked his return to affiliated game action. Afterward, he tweeted the following on @Matt_Hobgood48: 'Feels great to be back in games again. Arm was good and got a few GB's. Can't wait for my next outing.'"

Orioles get third-round pick into the fold - baltimoresun.com
"The Orioles have agreed to terms with third-round pick Mike Wright, a right-handed pitcher out of East Carolina. Wright went 6-4 with a 2.79 ERA in 16 starts for the Pirates this past season. He is the third Orioles top-10 pick in this month’s draft to agree to terms, joining fifth-round choice Matt Taylor, a left-handed pitcher from Middle Georgia College and seventh-round selection Trent Howard, a lefty out of Central Michigan."

Amber Theoharis: O's bats get going during interleague play - MASN
"We'll see if Reynolds and Lee's offensive production can continue when the O's return to American League play next week. As for the O's pitchers swinging the bat, let's be real, nobody cares if American League pitchers can hit in the few interleague games that are played in a season. But, there's nothing like a pitcher blooping one in to get a team going. For a streaky team like the Birds that has spent the last week spiraling further and further out of contention, it's a morale booster. They'll take it."

Wordplay: Top 10 anagrams using ‘Jakubauskas’ and ‘Gorzelanny’ - Yahoo! Sports
"In a veritable orgy of letters and syllables, right-hander Chris Jakubauskas(notes) of the Orioles and left-hander Tom Gorzelanny(notes) of the Nationals squared off Sunday. While neither is Jarrod Saltalamacchia(notes), who has the longest last name in major league history, the two pitchers do combine for quite a vegetable soup of surnames."

Mets' Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran lead early trade market - Jon Heyman - SI.com
"8. Luke Scott, Orioles OF. His very right-leaning political views, which he expressed in an interview this winter, got him in trouble with Baltimore management and the sense is they'd like to move on. This is a team with young talent. Scott turns 33 in a few days and his batting average has dropped 41 points from 2010 while his slugging percentage is 100 points lower than it was a year ago."


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