Friday Bird Droppings

A bunch of overpriced go-karts take over the streets of Baltimore today. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

How exactly are Orioles better now than in '07? - CSN Baltimore
"Former All-Stars like Derrek Leek and Vladimir Guerrero were supposed to distract fans from how bad the team really was. Only, they worsened the problem by also being terrible, but not quite bad enough."

School of Roch: Strop to join Orioles at The Trop (Jays lead 8-6)
"[Pedro] Strop is regarded as the player to be named later in the trade, but here's what happened: The Orioles had the choice of receiving a player or cash for Gonzalez. They took the cash and put it toward the waiver claim in a prearranged deal." Still can't believe his name doesn't rhyme with "drop".

Lawrie's bomb sinks Orioles - Carroll County Times: Orioles
"But after coming back from a pair of three-run deficits, rookie phenom Brett Lawrie - the newest Oriole-killer in the AL East - used one hard swing to send Baltimore to an 8-6 loss before 11,617 Thursday afternoon at Camden Yards."

VandenHurk hopes to stick in bigs (and Hunter falls ill, taken to hospital) | orioles.com: News
"We found out now after the game, after he came out, that in the third inning he started to feel ill," Showalter said. "Got a little worse when he came out of the game. He's throwing up, he's headed to the hospital." Hunter has since been released from the hospital.

Orioles Insider: Matusz's turn skipped; not sure when he'll start again
"When asked whether he knew when he’d be pitching again, Matusz said, "I have no idea." More of that vaunted Orioles' player development at work.

Orioles Buzz: Heath Bintliff: Future of Orioles rotation murkier than ever
"Due to injuries, general ineffectiveness and the rise of some unlikely candidates, figuring out who will be in the 2012 Baltimore rotation has gotten much harder to figure."

SPORTS: Former Shorebird promoted to the Orioles | The Daily Times
"Kyle Hudson, who played with the Delmarva Shorebirds in 2009, was promoted to the Baltimore Orioles today. Hudson is the sixth former Shorebirds player to move to the major leagues this season."

You remember it. Remember every bit of it, 'cause we are on the eve of a[n] Open Thread that people are going to talk about long after we are dead and gone.
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