Sunday Bird Droppings

June 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel (39) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

Hammel tosses one-hit shutout vs. Braves | BAL Recap
"Jason Hammel knew exactly what was going on, as well. He knew he hadn't given up a hit to the Braves. He had been thinking about it all game. "You think about a no-hitter until you give up a hit," Hammel said.

Markakis could be cleared to hit Friday | News
"Orioles manager Buck Showalter said outfielder Nick Markakis, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hamate bone, could be cleared Friday to start hitting."

Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold's MRI reveals more questions than answers -
"An MRI showed that the disk has shrunen and the inflammation is gone – the good news – but the club now has no reason why Reimold is still experiencing spots of tingling in his left arm and hasn’t been able to regain his strength."

Steve Melewski: Updating some of the minor league injured
"Double-A outfielder Ronnie Welty, who last played on May 10, could return around July 1. Welty has been out with a sore right elbow. He was batting .352 in his first 27 games between Frederick and Bowie and had the highest batting average of any Orioles minor leaguer before he went to the DL."

School of Roch: Britton scuffling again tonight
"Left-hander Zach Britton has allowed three runs and five hits in two innings against Triple-A Toledo. Britton posted a 0.75 ERA in two rehab starts at Double-A Bowie, but he's gone 1-1 with a 5.91 ERA in his first two starts at Norfolk covering 10 2/3 innings. He's allowed seven runs and 14 hits, walked four and struck out four."

Orioles analysis: Roberts' healthy return huge for Baltimore - Carroll County Times
"Better than any possible trading deadline deal, the Orioles just added one of the top leadoff hitters and second basemen in the game without giving up a thing. Getting three hits in his return was a reminder of what Roberts can do for the team." And Adam Jones drops some OBP knowledge on us.

Grim, Herbst ink deals with Orioles -
"Rivals throughout their high school and collegiate careers, pitcher Nick Grim and outfielder Lucas Herbst will likely become teammates before the summer is up. Grim and Herbst have agreed to contracts with the Baltimore Orioles, who drafted the two in Major League Baseball's amateur draft."

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