Tuesday Bird Droppings

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 12: Nick Markakis #21 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on after being stranded on base during the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 12, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


Britton on losing to the Rays - baltimoresun.com
"Just when Britton looked like he had recaptured what made him so good in the first two months of his career, he’s had consecutive less-than-steller performances. To Britton’s credit, that really bothers him."

Is a draft pick worth the mean or median value? - Camden Depot
Get yer stats pants on, readers.

Detention Lecture: Your 2011 Baltimore Orioles - Big League Stew
"The punishable offenses: You inserted Vladimir Guerrero as the opening day cleanup hitter and no amount of ineptitude could drive him from that role. His veteran status, his previous track record and his Hall of Fame credentials blinded Showalter to the fact that he just wasn't very good at hitting anymore."

Alex Ovechkin To Throw Out First Pitch At Orioles Game Friday - Half Smokes
"There could be a correlation between Ovechkin's appearance at Camden Yards and the preseason game that the Caps will play in Baltimore September 20 against the Nashville Predators. Developing a fanbase in Baltimore seems to be high on the Caps' priority list in terms of community outreach, so having their biggest superstar throw out a first pitch for the Orioles can only help."

Expanded Roster: Why This Year Hurts More Than Usual - Camden Depot
"So why is this season such a disaster? For me, it points the organization squarely towards another five years of mediocrity."

Flanagan to be remembered in New Hampshire hometown - MASN
"A tribute to Flanagan's life will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 at Manchester Memorial High School, where Flanagan excelled in basketball and baseball for the Crusaders. The following morning, a memorial Mass will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Litchfield, N.H. Flanagan's family in Baltimore has yet to decide on whether a local memorial service will be held."

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