Monday Bird Droppings

O's, Red Sox finish series with beanball exchange - MLB - Sporting News
"Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter were ejected after pitches hit or came close to their batters. Boston starter Kyle Weiland, making his major league debut, and Orioles reliever Mike Gonzalez also were ejected."

Steve Melewski: Taking a look back as the first half comes to an end - MASN
"It is kind of hard to remember the Orioles began this year going 6-1. Or that a month ago they were 30-31 and an out away from getting to .500. Another season is unraveling daily amidst injuries, poor starting pitching, a lack of clutch hitting and some young players that are failing to make progress. With 11 losses in the last 12 games and a 6-20 record over the last month, it's not a pretty picture right now. With that as a backdrop, today I am taking a look back at what has happened since April 1. No fooling."

Boston reaffirms its standing as Beantown | Roar From 34
"The Red Sox are following a model that the Yankees seem to have perfected in recent years where they attempt to dictate certain rules to other teams without actually following the same rules themselves. (See, for example, Roger Clemens' career in pinstripes.) No matter whether you're in first place or last place the same "rules" should apply evenly. The better teams know it's in their best interests if they don't."

Hardy optimistic about contract extension - baltimoresun.com
"Hardy didn’t want to comment specifically on the negotiations, but he acknowledged that he was optimistic with the dialogue the two sides have had. If the Orioles can’t reach an extension with Hardy before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline, they would likely consider moving the sure-handed shortstop who is batting .278 with 13 homers and 33 RBIs."

Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie, Buck Showalter criticize umpiring in ejection-filled Red Sox series - Baltimore Sun
Guthrie: "I think that's … not having been in the situation, not having played the game at a high level, probably. You got first and third and you throw a changeup to the guy trying to get a ground ball, and I miss up and in. If they really had issues with people being hit, they could have warned the benches the second time one of our players were hit versus the third hit batsman of the game on a changeup on a situation where I clearly wasn't intending to hit a gentleman."

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