Monday Bird Droppings

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 17: Fans cheer during the sixth inning of the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 17, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles defeated the Indians 8-3. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

School of Roch: Another newcomer, left field and the Red Sox - MASN
"I'd be surprised if we have another bench-clearing incident - though the Red Sox might be a bit cranky after playing 16 innings last night - but Showalter is still seething over the punishments handed down by Major League Baseball. Closer Kevin Gregg is expected to begin serving a reduced suspension tonight, and Michael Gonzalez will follow once Gregg returns to the roster. Vladimir Guerrero is on the disabled list with a fractured wrist, which Showalter mentions every single day."

Kevin Cowherd: Orioles' anger at Red Sox hasn't cooled - baltimoresun.com
"As a general rule, baseball players tend to fight about as well as hockey players knit. That's why bench-clearing brawls are usually pretty dull affairs. There's a lot of cussing and grunting and groaning. There's a lot of pushing and shoving. Maybe you'll see a haymaker or two whistle harmlessly through the air, but that's pretty much the extent of the action. On the other hand, the Orioles are in such a death spiral right now that another melee with the Boston Red Sox, who come into Camden Yards on Monday for a three-game series, might actually be the high point of the season for O's fans."

5 reasons re-signing J.J. Hardy is a great move by the O's - Baltimore Sports Report
"Though nothing official has been announced, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that Hardy’s deal is worth $22.25 million and that he has a no trade clause with eight teams per season. This news came as a breath of fresh air during what was a tough losing streak for the Orioles. Here’s five reasons why this deal was so important."

Hardy, Markakis, Johnson, Uehara - baltimoresun.com
"Several people have questioned why in the world would shortstop J.J. Hardy want to sign a contract extension with the Orioles when they are struggling so badly, and he likely would have several contenders bidding for his services after this season. Obviously, a three-year, $22.25 million contract extension is a nice comfort for a player with an extensive injury history. But the two other factors that immediately come to mind are loyalty and commitment."

Life After Andy MacPhail: Options Within the Organization - Camden Depot
"There are several candidates to take the reins of the day to day operations. There are internal options, experienced external options, and inexperienced external options. In a series of three posts, I will review some of those potential options. This first post will consider internal options."

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