Thursday Bird Droppings

April 11, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones (10) reacts after striking out with bases loaded in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Happy first off day of the season! Perhaps tonight I can catch up on the growing list of TV shows on my DVR since I don't have the option of letting the Orioles make me miserable. Let's start the news clippings off with some good news, shall we? Namely Dylan Bundy.

Bundy dominant again in second start | News
Dylan Bundy struck out six in three innings again last night. That's 12 strikeouts in six innings, no hits, no walks. He also hit 99 on the rader gun, but has been working on his changeup and curve because no one at this level can hit his fastball.

Dylan Bundy: Too Good for A-Ball | FanGraphs Baseball
Another glowing review from FanGraphs, this time courtesy of Dave Cameron (h/t to Vuff for the link).

Orioles sign RHP Joel Pineiro -
In case you missed it yesterday, Pineiro was signed to a minor-league deal, perhaps to be a long man in the bullpen.

School of Roch: Showalter speaks after 6-4, 10-inning loss
Buck is proud of a lot of crap.

Orioles Card "O" the Day: Harold Reynolds, 1994 Fleer #17
Stats, man. They're ridiculous.

Chen deserved better in his MLB debut | Roar From 34
Not to mention the Orioles embarrassed themselves in front of a million people in Taiwan.

The (Absurd, Unjust) North Carolina Baseball Blackout - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
Yes, this was written by a Yankees fan, but the fact remains that the blackout rules are completely ridiculous. MLB should allow Extra Innings and to air games to a location unless the game is available on TV. In parts of NC the cable companies don't offer MASN but they're still blacked out. Insane.

Jeff Francoeur sends 20 pizzas to A’s fans | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports
So this has nothing to do with the Orioles. It's just an awesome story.

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