Wednesday Bird Droppings

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 5: Nick Markakis #21 of the Baltimore Orioles flies out to center field against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 5, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Orioles Insider: Which Orioles starter will have the best second half? Why?- baltimoresun.com
"There are only five games left before the break. So I am asking you to get your crystal ball out. I want to know who you think will be the best Orioles starter of the second half. And, yes, they have to be with the Orioles to count."

Orioles Lose Pitching Coach and Can’t get Back on Track | Pro Sports Blogging
"One of the major problems that have plagued the Birds this season has been their inconsistent and unreliable starting rotation, which has taken a major plunge since Mark Connor resigned on June 14th and former bullpen coach Rick Adair took over the reins of the pitching staff. Rick Adair formerly held the pitching coach position for the Seattle Mariners from 2009 to 2010. Now it still is somewhat early in the season as they played their 82nd game last night in Texas, so the rotation can turn it around, but something needs to be addressed. I don’t know if Rick Adair is the problem, but the rotation has looked completely different since he took over in mid-June."

Guerrero's days as Orioles' cleanup hitter could be numbered - MASN
"Manager Buck Showalter talked about his concern over Guerrero during the O's last homestand and made similar comments to reporters in Texas yesterday, indicating that if he needs to make an adjustment there, he will. The time has pretty much come for that."

Orioles young pitchers met playing in Weatherford - Star-Telegram
"It's kind of neat that we're in the big leagues together, having known each other for so long, and get to share this experience," Britton said. "We're both young and learning. To have that guy from the same part of Texas as I'm from, and to have a similar background and same personality, really helps. It makes it easier when there's somebody going through it with you."

Joe Posnanski - Posts McGriping About McCutchen - SI.com
"The biggest issue, we both think, is that the All-Star Game isn’t about anything anymore. It’s an exhibition that claims to count. Or it’s a game that counts except that nobody who participates in it cares. The All-Star Game knew what it was once — it was an exhibition game featuring the best players as voted by the fans. It didn’t mean anything, no, but it DID mean something because in the All-Star Game’s best days America still had an enthusiasm for meaningless but interesting events."

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