Monday Bird Droppings

May 13, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis (21) hits a two-run RBI double in the seventh inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Rays defeated the Orioles 9 - 8. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE


What an odd, unexpected week of Orioles baseball. Orioles clinched a winning record during "the gauntlet" and now just have two left against the Yankees in that 15 game stretch. They finish the week with the Royals and in DC against the Nats.

Arrieta: ‘I think I need to relax a little bit’ " Britt's Bird Watch Oh, indeed.

Kevin Millwood notches 2,000th strikeout in beating Yankees | HardballTalk - Yankees: mentored. I can't decide whether this bodes well or augurs ill.

Orioles’ success a real throwback - BostonHerald.com The last time the Red Sox were in last place this late in the season was 1997.

Orioles' Frank Robinson is No. 4 on The Baltimore Sun's list of Top 175 Maryland athletes - herald-mail.com

BaseballAmerica.com: Prospects: Prospect Hot Sheet: Prospect Hot Sheet: May 11 Avery at #5!

Cooperstown Confidential: The sad saga of Oil Can Boyd This is sort of old news at this point, but I just heard an interview with Oil Can Boyd on the radio and find this an interesting look back into 80s baseball.

Three-Pitch Strikeout Rate Leaders & Trailers - Beyond the Box Score Somehow, a piece on strikeouts that does not involve Mark Reynolds.

It's the birthday of Dennis "El Presidente" Martinez, Rod Delmonico and Tyler Townsend.

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