Tuesday Bird Droppings

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 4: J.J. Hardy #2 Blake Davis #28 of the Baltimore Orioles makes a catch during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 4, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

The Orioles' rotation: Disturbing trends for a perceived strength - baltimoresun.com
"But the Orioles’ starting rotation was supposed to be its great hope. If the club was going to turn the corner this year, it would be led by the young rotation. And now, before the first half is over, two guys who were back-burner insurance policies will have started consecutive games. That’s problematic. And the worst part is that injury isn’t what caused this."

Scouting the Trade Deadline: Introducing O's as Sellers - Camden Depot
"The 2012 off-season may be the last real chance to add needed talent to make a push for contention in the brutal AL East. The realist in me looks at the holes in the Baltimore 25-man roster and finds it difficult to imagine a scenario wherein Baltimore fills those holes adequately in a single off-season."

Matt Wieters is the Orioles' strong arm of the law | Roar From 34
"Somewhere between the sonic boom that many anticipated with Wieters' arrival at Camden Yards and the whimper that others would argue it's actually been, the truth of the player is emerging. One of the smaller truths I've discovered as I find myself perusing caught stealing percentages (trust me, it's not something I regularly do) is that Wieters has made defensive catching interesting. That's an accomplishment."

Atkins expected to get Tuesday's start - baltimoresun.com
Mitch, not Garrett.

Eisenberg: Wieters needs All-Star pick the most CSNSports
"Making the All-Star team for the first time likely won't assuage those who still believe Wieters should be batting cleanup, driving in runs by the bushel and starting for the American League as a superstar on the rise -- none of which has happened. But make no mistake, his all-star selection is a concrete resume-builder that will quiet some of his critics and underscore the fact that the Orioles do have a nice young catcher on their hands, a catcher many other teams would take right now. "

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