Wednesday Bird Droppings

PITTSBURGH - JUNE 21: J.J. Hardy #2 of the Baltimore Orioles turns the double play over Xavier Paul #38 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on June 21, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Guthrie says he felt 100 percent, was like any other outing -
"I didn’t make very good pitches. I didn’t have very good stuff," said Guthrie. "My offspeed was not crisp, and the fastball, a lot of mistakes were made with it. And they came out swinging." Guthrie did say that he felt 100 percent on the mound and it was just like any other outing. His velocity wasn't the problem as he pitched in the low to mid 90's, but his command wasn't good.

Brian Roberts won’t return from his concussion before the All-Star break | HardballTalk
"Brian Roberts was examined today by a concussion specialist who told him he needed more rest, so Brittany Ghiroli of reports that the Orioles have ruled him out through the All-Star break."

Orioles pitchers are 4-for-9 with two RBI in interleague play - Baltimore Sun
"Take a look at the Orioles’ batting averages on the sports website of your choice and you will find three unlikely names atop the list: Chris Jakubauskas, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton. Sure, they have combined for seven plate appearances and are hundreds of at-bats short of qualifying for the American League leaders, but the Orioles’ starting pitchers have been pretty impressive at the plate during interleague play."

The Quest for 81: Bad Bounces in Birdland - FanGraphs Baseball
"There’s no getting around the fact that it’s been an overall rather disappointing year for the O’s so far this season. But if you consider the amount of bad luck they have had, it’s pretty impressive that they’ve still managed to fall only four games short of .500. If a few players regress from their starts and things start to come together for them, they could easily finish the year over .500 and give their fans a fun season."

Back in '79 the Orioles & Pirates were defined by fun | Roar From 34
"The Orioles are currently in Pittsburgh for an Interleague match-up with the Pirates. The storylines surrounding the teams today - extended streaks of losing seasons, "once proud" franchises seeking to recapture past glory, two of baseball's best ballparks if not the best teams - are a far cry from what they were in 1979 when the two opponents met in the World Series. Here's an example of the 1979 coverage with a mention of Wild Bill Hagy celebrating in the ALCS clubhouse as Earl Weaver mimicks his famous routine. As much as things change, at least one thing has remained the same: The Yankees are still the game's button-down, corporate entity."

Steve Melewski: Frederick bound: Machado gets official word after All-Star game
Manny Machado has played his last game as a Shorebird. Enjoy watching him in Frederick for the rest of the year. -duck

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