Sunday Bird Droppings

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters (32) argues a call with home plate umpire Adrian Johnson. I believe the words "None shall pass!" were used. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Orioles lose 3-run lead, get few breaks in 4-3 loss to Royals - The Washington Post
"Very little went right for the Baltimore Orioles after they built a three-run lead against the Kansas City Royals. At the top of the list was a 55-foot double." When you give up an infield double, it's just not going to be your day.

Orioles, Adam Jones agree to six-year, $85.5-million deal -
"The Baltimore Orioles and Adam Jones agreed Saturday to a six-year, $85.5-million contract extension that will make him the second-highest-paid center fielder in the major leagues — after the Dodgers' Matt Kemp — and keep him in an Orioles uniform through 2018." The deal buys out next year, which would have been Jones' last arbitration year, and five of his free agent years. Escalator clauses could push its value to $91.5 million.

School of Roch: Chen on Chen; Bowie rehab updates
"The game time temperature was 87 degrees, the type of heat that made Koji Uehara wilt in some games. "That bothered me a little bit," Chen said, "but this is a thing I need to deal with because I sweat a lot."

Orioles Making Right Decision to Ink Adam Jones to Lucrative Long-Term Deal -
"He's sparked the Orioles with a .353 on-base percentage and .594 slugging percentage and is currently enjoying a 17-game hitting streak. As a result of his success, Jones is poised for an All-Star campaign -- if not a starting spot in the American League center field. That's why it's the right move for the Orioles to lock him up." Yeah, that's a Boston guy saying this was a good deal.

The Orioles Have Gone From Pushover to Bully in No Time -
"Teams sometimes do finish last one season and first the next. But the vision of fans packing Camden Yards on the first night of Memorial Day weekend, proudly wearing orange while stamping and shouting for the division-leading Orioles?" Matt Wieters said it could happen to the Orioles this year. He might be right.

Orioles analysis: Andino to third when Roberts returns? - Carroll County Times
"Robert Andino will be needed to give Roberts days off, but the most reasonable solution would be Andino playing at third about five times a week." Makes sense to me.

Bundy draws a crowd, gets win - The Frederick News-Post Online
"A standing-room only crowd of 9,833 watched the Baltimore Orioles' top pitching prospect make his Carolina League debut Saturday at Harry Grove Stadium." He did, however, give up two earned runs. Should we be concerned? I think so.

Steve Melewski: Dylan Bundy talks about his outing tonight at Frederick
"It was nice," Bundy said. "Huge crowd tonight and everybody was cheering me on. This was great. I felt great. I had all my pitches working, all three pitches - the curve, changeup and fastball. Had pretty good command for the most part all night."

Roberts getting work with O's affiliates | News
"He will play again for Double-A Bowie on Sunday and Monday, with the plan to increase from two to three plate appearances. Roberts will head to the O's affiliate in Delmarva and play Tuesday and Wednesday, when the Baysox hit the road. O's manager Buck Showalter said the plan is for Roberts to get four at-bats for the Shorebirds."

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