Monday Bird Droppings

Britton Bounces Back Against Yankees | FanGraphs Baseball
After such an abysmal outing last month, he allowed just four hits and a walk, while striking out five. None of Britton’s five Yankee baserunners reached second base.

Camden Depot: What is the Value of a Compensation Draft Pick?
In general, if the talent level in the current draft appears to be significantly greater than the following draft then it makes sense to aggressively sign those players. However, if the following draft appears to be more talented then it might make sense to be not so giving during negotiations and to feel free to utilize a compensatory pick the following draft.

Steve Melewski: Comments from Brian Matusz and Mark Reynolds after a loss to NY
"They have a great offense and they've got three or four guys with 100 RBIs almost. It's our job to limit the big innings and they just kept tacking on a run here and there," Reynolds said.

Orioles Insider: Matusz on his performance
"I was battling all game. Felt like I had good stuff, felt like I was in control. Just let the home run ball hurt me, pitches up in the zone," Matusz said. "I was just working up in the zone way too much. I’ve got to be able to lower it, keep it down. And keep fighting."

OriolesHangout.com - Britton leads win in doubleheader opener
The Orioles began a day-night doubleheader with another impressive win over the Yankees, 2-0. The Birds’ resurgent starting pitching reached a new pinnacle with a stupendous effort by rookie Zach Britton, who dominated the Yanks over seven scoreless innings and didn’t allow a runner past first base.

OriolesHangout.com - Five Yankee HRs snap O's win streak
The Orioles’ six-game winning streak came to an ignominious end with an ugly 8-3 loss to the Yankees in the nightcap of a doubleheader. The 2011 campaign continues to be a season to forget for Brian Matusz, who showed some signs of life tonight but ultimately turned in another mediocre performance, coughing up three homers and six runs in less than six innings.

Rangers' Uehara looks to overcome rough outings | Star Telegram
Asked why he hasn't been able to produce, Uehara said: "The overall rhythm. The baseball rhythm, the off-the-field rhythm. There are different routines I have to get used to, so what I've been doing is different than what we're doing right now."

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