Tuesday Bird Droppings

TORONTO, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 3: Mark Reynolds #12 of the Baltimore Orioles holds on for the putout at first base as Yunel Escobar #5 of the Toronto Blue Jays slides during a groundout in the second inning during MLB game action on September 3, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Heady times here in Birdland. Post-Labor Day Playoff Push in full effect. Quality pitching performances from Randy Wolf and Joe Saunders. Nate McLouth and Lew Ford being useful. Luis Ayala not letting inhierited runners to score. Like some of my engineering homework, I'm still not fully grasping all of this. "May you live in interesting times." goes a Chinese proverb / curse. Indeed, we do.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Toronto Blue Jays - Recap - September 03, 2012 - ESPN
It's nice to be able to savor these things again.

Baltimore Orioles top Toronto Blue Jays to cut AL East gap to 1 game | PennLive.com

I have a mental image of the Oriole Bird walking down a street while whistling 'The Farmer in the Dell'.

What's behind the logjam in the AL East? - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN

ESPN attempts to make some sense out of it all.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights | HardballTalk

Craig Calcaterra wants what we all want.

Steve Melewski: We could see D. Bundy and Gausman both pitch in Wednesday's playoff opener for Bowie

A most enticing pitching arrangement. If I lived anywhere near the area, I'd be there to see this.

Baseball Prospectus | BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 34: Making Sense of the Orioles and MLB's Blackout Policy

With the demise of Up and In (more on that in a moment) Effectively Wild becomes BPs primary baseball podcast. Here, Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller spend some time discussing the O's 2012 thus far.

Baseball Prospectus | BP Podcast: Episode 102: I Shouldn't Say Anything

New hired Astros front office dude, Kevin Goldstein say 'Goodbye to the Internet'. Really going to miss this show. Insightful, intelligent, fun, irreverent.....Best of luck to KG in his new endeavor. NSFW language at times.

On this day in 1969, the Orioles bash back-to-back-to-back-to-back HRs off the bats of FRobby, Boog, Brooksy, and Earl Wilson en route to a 5-4 victory over the Tigers. In 1982, Jim Palmer hurls a 1-hitter vs. the Twins.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to Doyle Alexander (part of the trade that netted the O's Demper and Scotty McGregor)

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