Sunday Bird Droppings

Manny Machado (13) singles in the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Orioles beat fading Blue Jays 8-2 -
"The Baltimore Orioles have matched their win total of last year, and they’ve still got 36 games left to play." Bet they win another one. Bet ya they do. Maybe even more than one.

School of Roch: Thome may receive second epidural, Patton ready to throw (Hammel update)
Jim Thome gets a setback, although Buck Showalter doesn't call it that, Troy Patton is ready to begin throwing, and Jason Hammel still looks good to be back in early September. Jake Arrieta may come out of the 'pen, and Wilson Betemit something something, because, honestly, who cares about Wilson Betemit anymore.

Orioles Q&A: Tommy Hunter - Carroll County Times: Orioles
"Before his recent demotion, Orioles pitcher Tommy Hunter spoke with staff writer Pat Stoetzer about the atmosphere in the clubhouse, how to handle a Baltimore summer, and why he rooted for the Braves as a youth." And we learn Baltimore summers aren't that different from Texas summers.

Don't. Run. Ever. - Bird Watchers
Domenic A. Vadala reminds us that it's really, really dumb to run on Matt Wieters.

Steve Melewski: Mike Mussina and Rich Dauer react to making the Orioles Hall of Fame
"It's nice to be thought of in the same breath with Cal (Ripken) and Eddie (Murray) and (Jim) Palmer. I'm proud and honored that people felt I deserved to be with them and what I did here for 10 years was worthy of being remembered. I'm glad to be back. It's my first trip to Baltimore since I retired." Moose fondly remembers his time in Charm City, and Rich Dauer reflects on being an Oriole.

Steve Melewski: Chris Davis: "I've put myself in the conversation to be an everyday player next year"
Chris Davis thinks he's done enough to be an option for a starting spot next year. Pretty sure he doesn't mean the rotation, but with this guy, you never know.

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