Tuesday Bird Droppings

SEATTLE, WA - JULY 02: Second baseman Munenori Kawasaki #61 of the Seattle Mariners tags out Steve Pearce #51 of the Baltimore Orioles on a steal attempt at Safeco Field on July 2, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Jason Hammel gets little help from defense in loss to Mariners - The Washington Post
"The Orioles’ managed just three hits — none after the fourth inning — and their defense was rife with holes in a 6-3 loss to the Mariners in front of an announced crowd of 14,805 at Safeco Field."

Chris Tillman scratched from Norfolk start, but still with team - baltimoresun.com
"Right-hander Chris Tillman has been scratched from (Monday's) scheduled start for Triple-A Norfolk against Syracuse. The Orioles have starting rotation spots open for Thursday and Friday's games in Anaheim, so it could be an indication that Tillman is heading west to join the club. As of late Monday afternoon, Tillman was still with the Tides."

Baltimore Orioles announce LHP Dontrelle Willis retirement - The Washington Post
"Left-hander Dontrelle Willis is retiring following a rocky stretch with Baltimore’s top farm club."

Jim Palmer puts Cy Young, Gold Glove awards up for auction – USATODAY.com
"At this juncture of my life, I would rather concern myself with the education of my grandchildren," Palmer said. "I also have a stepson, (15-year-old) Spencer, who is autistic and will need special care for the rest of his life. My priorities have changed."

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