Monday Bird Droppings

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 11: American League All-Star Matt Wieters #32 of the Baltimore Orioles looks on during the Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Chase Field on July 11, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

So, July got off to a less stellar start than one would hope and now the O's head to Seattle. Hammel attempts to halt the current string of poor starts as he takes the mound tonight against Hisashi Iwakuma. Fun fact about Iwakuma: he was posted in 2010 and the A's won the bidding, but they were unable to agree to terms with him, so he returned to Japan. Okay, there's nothing really fun about that. Carry on.

School of Roch: Steve Johnson joining Orioles in Seattle (Britton update) Boy, howdy that was an action-packed fun filled Sunday! Check out Britton's performance...there's also J.C. Romero news in here.

Trio of Orioles selected for All-Star Game - Carroll County Times: Orioles JJ, Jones and Wieters. Bank it...and you have until Thursday to try and get Hammel in with the Final Vote ballot.

Thome eager to contribute to Orioles success - Boston.com What a swell guy.

Camden Depot: Here comes Thome! A little deeper inside the Thome trade.

On this day in 1975, Don Baylor homered in his first three at bats. Including the previous game, he homered in four consecutive at bats.

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