Monday Bird Droppings

Join me for a moment of reflection, as we bask in the gentle goodness of Wei-Yin Chen.

What a nutty game yesterday: Chen dominated, Omar "Comin" Quintanilla missed a cycle and a routine play, sweet outfield assist by Lew Ford, 3 run bomb from Wieters...good deal.

Any Olympic storylines people are following?

Also, in case you'd forgotten, the non-waiver trade deadline is tomorrow.

Orioles' Roberts to have season-ending surgery – USATODAY.com I feel for the guy, I really do, but Brian Roberts brings me down.

Lew Ford makes a loud first impression in first major league game since 2007 - baltimoresun.com I won't demand that anyone deal with anything vis a vis Lew Ford, but I'll say that I thought he acquitted himself well out there.

School of Roch: Random thoughts Roch does his poor man's Bill Simmons thing.

PressBox: Are The Orioles Wasting Nick Markakis In The Leadoff Spot? Not even the guys at Press Box think Markakis should moved out of leadoff...over to you, Skip!

On this day in 2009, George Sherrill aka "Flat Breezy" aka "The Brim Reaper" was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Steve Johnson and Josh Bell; in 2011, Derrek Lee was traded to the Pirates for Aaron Baker, also Zach Britton was chased from the second game of a double header with the Yankees after managing only one out. Britton was ultimately charged with having allowed 9 earned runs.

It's the birthday of Gus Triandos and Pat Kelly.

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