Friday Bird Droppings

Matusz tosses shutout for Tides - Carroll County Times
"If Brian Matusz's recent run of starts is any indication, it won't be long before the left-hander is able to return to the Orioles. On Thursday, Matusz had his best performance of 2011, tossing a complete-game, five-hit shutout for Class AAA Norfolk. He fanned eight, walked one and threw 105 pitches. The 24-year-old has pitched to a 1.57 ERA over his last three starts, allowing just four runs in 23 innings."

Does Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. own a white horse? - baltimoresun.com
"There is speculation that manager Buck Showalter would be interested in moving to the front office, but the Orioles are best-served with him in the dugout. They’re not going to get a manager better than him. This is where Cal comes riding in on a white horse -- or at least he does in the daydreams of fed-up fans."

Buck Showalter: Looking back on the first year as Orioles' skipper- MASN
"The O's skipper also touched on whether there was any acclimation process when he first came aboard in Baltimore, and how he plans on balancing the goal of winning games and finishing the season strong with wanting to see what his younger players can do in the major leagues."

Heath Bintliff: Losing is Birdland - MASN
"The Orioles are likely not to reach the 70 win plateau for the fifth straight season. That's really bad and it's pretty hard to do."

Adam Jones: the second best defensive outfielder in the AL or the second worst? - Camden Depot
"Even though Adam Jones was ranked the second best defensive outfielder by skilled professionals, the probably are not the best professionals to ask."

Last in AL East, first in gouging | The Daily Times | delmarvanow.com
What can be done to help attendance? "Lower ticket prices. According to the website SeatGeek.com, which calculates ticket prices of professional teams over a seven-day period, Orioles seats were the fourth-most expressive in the majors as of Aug. 1, with only the Red Sox, the Cubs and the Phillies costing more." And get TicketMaster to be reasonable. I bougth 2 $17 tickets to last nights game. By the time TicketMaster got done, they cost me $46. 2 X $17 doesn't equal $46. Not even close. -duck

Orioles Work As Southwest Employees for a Day - Severn, MD Patch
"In an effort to reach out to the community and show support of their official airline, two Baltimore Orioles veteran pitchers, starter Jeremy Guthrie and reliever Jim Johnson, acted as Southwest Airlines "Sub-Ins" for a day at BWI Thursday afternoon. Guthrie, Johnson and even the Oriole Bird checked in customers at the main terminal, greeted passengers, conducted the boarding procedure and even helped unload baggage from airplanes." Wow. There are just so many jokes to be made here. I'll leave that to you, readers. Have at it.

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