Sunday Bird Droppings

March 29, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Ryan Flaherty (3) forces out New York Yankees center fielder Dewayne Wise (38) in the sixth inning at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

I see zknower dropped the biggest news of the weekend last night, so here's the rest.

Baltimore Orioles (6) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (6) - ESPN
"In his final spring training tuneup Saturday, Erik Bedard went five innings for Pittsburgh's split squad in a 6-all tie with the Baltimore Orioles. The game was called after nine innings because both teams ran out of pitchers."

Orioles send down Tillman - The Sacramento Bee
"He needs the ball in his hand," Showalter said. "He's got some things he needs to finish off, and he knows it. He's shown flashes of really being a force. I'd be disappointed if he doesn't have a good year, if he doesn't start well down there." Eduardo Encina's article from The Sun via a non-paywall source.

An Orioles sale: Here's how it might happen -
"So with the market potentially reset, Angelos and his fellow owners could be re-evaluating whether to sell. Jim Duquette, who once served as the Orioles' vice president for baseball operations, believes a trickle-down from the sale will be felt." Hope there's an ointment or cream for that...

AL dominance, Opening Day starters, to-do list for Dodgers owners - Tom Verducci -
"The point is that the schedule and the strengths of the Yankees, Rays and Red Sox have made Toronto and Baltimore appear worse off than their talent level. Here's one way to look at it: If you set aside the Bataan marches through New York, Tampa and Boston, the Blue Jays over the past four years have a better record than every NL team except the Phillies -- and yet they haven't sniffed the postseason."

Late Add: The Next Big Idea: Major League Teams Seek New Ways to Deconstruct Game - NY Times
The competitive gap is closing in new stadiums and statistical analyses, so what areas will baseball teams mine for advantages in the future?

Even Later Add: Bird fight: Shorebirds to host Sea Gulls | The Daily Times |
"Another added dimension of the game is that all proceeds will go to benefit James M. Bennett baseball coach Jay Fenoglietto, who is battling tongue and lymph node cancer. Fleetwood said the decision to do so is because of how cancer personally touches so many people." Jay's a friend of mine, and anyone in the area, go see the game. It's a great atmosphere and it will help a great guy.

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