Sunday Bird Droppings

May 5, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds (right) and shortstop J.J. Hardy (left) celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. No, that doesn't look awkward at all. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Baltimore Orioles (8) at Boston Red Sox (2) -
"I really decided that end of last year it was really time to make an adjustment," said Hammel, acquired from the Colorado Rockies in an offseason trade. "I was getting my teeth knocked in for about four years straight and I decided it was time to make an adjustment. I went down to the bullpen in Colorado and focused on pitching there, learned how to pitch."

School of Roch: Showalter speaks after 8-2 win
The analysis, when asked about Jason Hammel: "He was good, Boy, he pounded the strike zone and stuff. He's doing the things to give himself a chance to be good and he's in a good place right now and it's on us to try to keep him there. I can't tell you what it does for a club after you go out there and score some runs to keep putting zeroes up. Just creates good karma."

Full Count " Sunday’s Red Sox-Orioles matchups: Clay Buchholz vs. Tommy Hunter
"After suffering an 8-2 loss on Saturday afternoon, the Red Sox enter Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles looking to avoid being swept for the fourth time this season. Clay Buchholz will take the mound for the Red Sox in the homestead finale, while the Orioles will send out righthander Tommy Hunter in their attempt to complete a sweep at Fenway Park."

Orioles pitching prospect Bundy shines in minors - MLB -
"During his first season in professional baseball, Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has learned about the goodness of Maryland crabs, explored the East Coast for the first time and displayed an enormous amount of patience."

Steve Melewski: Checking in on the minor leagues
"Double-A Bowie's LJ Hoes extended his hitting streak to 10 games (Friday) night with a four-hit game. It is now the longest streak for a Baysox player this season. During the streak he has hit .436 (17-for-39). Hoes is now ninth in the league in batting average, fifth in hits and fourth in on-base percentage."

The Triumphant Return of 'Matt Wieters Facts' - Baseball Nation
"It's still quite early in the season, so who knows exactly if this is merely a small sample fluke, or a sign of things to come? But either way, Orioles fans have to be very happy with Matt Wieters right now. He's an all-star, a real threat in the middle of the lineup, and one of the best defensive catchers around."

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