Thursday Bird Droppings

OriolesHangout.com - Orioles win late in Boston again, 6-4
The O’s seemed to be on their way to an unexciting loss in the finale, trailing by three runs in the sixth against a cruising Josh Beckett, but for the second night in a row they rallied late to send shock waves through the Fenway crowd. Mark Reynolds blasted a pair of homeruns, including a game-tying two-run shot in the seventh, and Vladimir Guerrero’s go-ahead two-run single in the eighth secured the Birds’ third straight series win.

Orioles Buzz: Daniel Moroz: Matusz's nosedive has been historically horrible
Matusz, mercifully, does not have the worst ERA ever when you compare it to the league average, though (and adjust for ballpark). Here are the top (or, I suppose, bottom) five (minimum 40 innings pitched):

Amber Theoharis: O's can't rely on home-grown pitching for 2012
The Orioles must go after a marquee free agent pitcher this offseason. I'm not talking a middle-of-the-road veteran in his late 30s with a career ERA near 5.00. I'm talking a legitimate ace who can be the stopper every fifth day.

Orioles starter Tommy Hunter strains groin; hopes to make next start | orioles.com: News
"It got pretty tight," said Hunter, who left after Mike Aviles grounded out. "It was one of those things, been lingering around all year. It got really tight and it was just one of those things. I needed to come out."

Orioles-Tigers Preview - Sep. 22, 2011 - MLB - CBSSports.com
The Baltimore Orioles hope to use a recent surge against some of the AL's top teams as a springboard to a possible playoff run next season. HAHAHAHAHAHAAH

This Date in Baseball | Richmond Times-Dispatch
1966 — The Baltimore Orioles clinched their first AL pennant in 22 years with a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City A's.

Buck Showalter inflates Jim Johnson’s value | Through The Fence Baseball
Showalter supposedly toyed with the idea of using Johnson as a starter over the season’s final month. He’s clearly thought better of that plan and is now employing Johnson in a way that maximizes his current talent and long term value. I expect to hear Johnson’s name swirl in trade talks this Winter as Baltimore seeks starting pitching and long term options at third base, second base and left field.

Orioles rookie Ryan Adams to undergo sports hernia surgery soon | orioles.com:
Adams has been dealing with the injury all season, although he initially thought it was a groin issue and was treating it as such while with Triple-A Norfolk. It was so painful at one point that Adams couldn't lift his leg out of bed one day, and an MRI about two weeks ago revealed a tear in the area and confirmed it was a sports hernia.

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