Sunday Bird Droppings

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 30: A bronze sculpture of former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver is unveiled in the Legends garden before a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 30, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Orioles’ 11-5 loss to Indians offset partially by news of Thome’s pending arrival - The Washington Post
"The Orioles surrendered 19 hits and fell to the Cleveland Indians 11-5 Saturday, their eighth defeat in 11 games. Shin-Soo Choo singled on the first pitch of the game, and the Indians never let up in setting a season high for hits in a second straight game."

Phillies trade Thome to Orioles for minor leaguers - Baseball -
"Slugger Jim Thome is headed to the Baltimore Orioles, whose struggling offense is in dire need of some punch. Thome was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday for two young minor leaguers — right-hander Kyle Simon and catcher Gabriel Lino."

Orioles shouldn't expect much from Thome - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
"Thome is hitting .083 with no home runs and no RBI against National League opponents this season. Against AL East opponents other than the Orioles, he's hitting .143 (2-for-14) with two solo homers. Against all AL opponents other than the Orioles, he's hitting .184 (9-for-49)."

Steve Melewski: Taking a look at what the O's gave up for Thome
"OK, first question. Did the Orioles give up too much for Jim Thome in trading prospects Kyle Simon and Gabriel Lino?"

School of Roch: Duquette discusses today's trade for Jim Thome (updated)
"Jim Thome's a real pro and he specializes in hitting home runs and getting on base. He's done that consistently his whole career," Dan Duquette said."

Orioles honor Earl Weaver's career, unveil statue | News
"The Orioles placed the statue in the Garden of the Greats picnic area behind center field. It stands next to a statue of Frank Robinson, unveiled in April, something that's fitting in Weaver's eyes, since the former skipper repeatedly credited his former players for helping him find success. "If they weren't there, I probably wouldn't be there," Weaver said. "I had some pretty good ballplayers."

Orioles should have more than one all-star - Carroll County Times: News Web Site
"The 2012 Orioles have been a surprise team in the first half of the season, and the AL All-Star team should reflect that when selections are made tonight."

N. Johnson to rest ailing wrist for week | News
"Orioles first baseman/designated hitter Nick Johnson will be traveling to Sarasota to rehab his injured right wrist, although an MRI conducted Friday didn't reveal any significant damage. Johnson said he will be wearing a brace and taking pills without any activity for a week, at which point he will be re-evaluated."

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