Sunday Bird Droppings

Greg Fiume

A fourth-straight loss, a made-up streak goes out the window, Nolan Reimold is hurt, again, and the cutest story about a 90-year-old Orioles fan who just started watching baseball with the Chris Davis, Winning Pitcher game.

MLB Recap - Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles - May 18, 2013 - CBSSports.com
"Matt Joyce hit a go-ahead two-run double in a six-run ninth inning that lifted the Rays to a 10-6 victory over the Orioles on Saturday, ending Baltimore's franchise-record streak of 109 straight wins when leading after seven innings." I'm more worried about the fact the O's have lost four straight games, personally.

Orioles finally lose a game when leading after seven | HardballTalk
"It was not a matter of “if”, but “when”. All good things must come to an end. And other cliches. Today, the Orioles finally lost a game when leading after seven innings for the first time in 110 games..." So there's that.

Nolan Reimold placed on disabled list with hamstring strain, Jair Jurrjens called up | HardballTalk
"Reimold has been nursing a hamstring issue since the first week of the season, but he has remained on the active roster until now. However, it’s likely a big reason why he’s batting just .188/.257/.327 with four homers and a 30/10 K/BB ratio through 113 plate appearances this season." I like that reason better than "He's not really a competent MLB hitter." We'll go with "He's hurt."

Splint removed, Teagarden not close | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"Taylor Teagarden has had the splint removed from his dislocated left thumb. However, his return to the Orioles isn’t imminent." Sunshine and rainbows, people. That's all I bring you today. Sunshine and freakin' rainbows.

Mike Belfiore: From Commack to The Show - Newsday
"I walked into the clubhouse and I said to myself, 'Wow, this is really happening,' '' Mike Belfiore said with a laugh. "When we went to the bullpen, I looked around the stadium and saw that third upper deck. There is no third deck unless you're in the bigs.'' You know, he's right. Never really thought of that before.

Reunion 50 years in the making | Recordnet.com
"We won 31 of the next 33 games, and I'd completely forgotten about that night," said Hary Dunlop, one of 10 members from that team, then affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles, who were able to celebrate the championship they earned 50 years ago. "I hope all these guys will enjoy this (reunion) as much as I have. It's amazing some of the things you remember." Apparently, getting drunk together as a team works wonders. And seriously, Recordnet.com? Just THREE free clicks a month? The Sun at least gives you 10!

90-year-old Orioles fan keeps track of her Birds - herald-mail.com
“I didn’t really become a baseball fan until last year. For some reason I tuned into the 17-inning game against Boston and it really interested me, so I’ve been watching ever since,” Jeannette Pearce said at her 90th birthday celebration that was held at Always Ron’s in Hagerstown." The story about how she started a notebook with three Orioles stickers on the front to keep track of the players is so cute!

This day in history in 1998, "After giving up an eighth inning three-run homer to Bernie Williams, Armando Benitez nails Tino Martinez between the shoulder blades and touches off a brawl. Graeme Lloyd races in from the Yankee bullpen to punch the O's closer and Alan Mills bloodies Darryl Strawberry’s face after the New York outfielder ends up in the Baltimore dugout trying also to get a shot at Benitez." Also of note, in 1915, "Pirates player-manager Fred Clarke files for the patent for flip down sunglasses that have been designed to be used in the outfield. In addition to the sunglasses, which the future Hall of Famer believes are "good for motorist, too", also creates and will be issued patents for a sliding pad and a mechanical method of positioning the tarpaulin."

It's also the birthday of former Orioles Ken Gerhart, Chris Fussell, Fritzie Connally and Disco Dan Ford.

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