Thursday Bird Droppings

There wasn't a photo of Zach Clark from last night's game. Sorry. - USA TODAY Sports

O's drop a lackluster affair, Robbie Alomar thinks the O's are on the right track, and did you know Jason Hammel's dealing with elbow tightness? Don't feel bad, neither did the local writers.

Morse homers as Mariners knock off Orioles 8-3 | Local News | The Seattle Times
"Michael Morse hit an opposite-field two-run homer, his third home run in four games, Aaron Harang pitched six solid innings for his first win and the Seattle Mariners won their second straight series with an 8-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night." Well, that sucked.

Hammel has found a home with Orioles » Kitsap Sun
“The pace of the game was really slow and you tend to tighten up a little bit,” he said, “and I’m already dealing with elbow tightness. I’m not trying to make excuses but it’s tough to build a rhythm and be consistent in the strike zone as much as you want to stay aggressive." So, in the midst of this feel-good story that focuses on Jason Hammel's Little League coach attending a game, we find out Hammel's dealing with elbow discomfort? Oh, that's just GREAT.

Clark thrilled to finally get call to Major Leagues | orioles.com: News
"It's unreal. It still hasn't sunk in yet. I'm still trying to figure it out, like emotions will just roll through me and then, I'm like, 'Ah, it's just baseball'. This is what I've been working for. And then I am traveling to Seattle. And it hits me again and I go through it again. It hasn't sunk in yet. It's real but I don't know. It means a lot." Eight years in the minors. That's putting in your time.

Unexpected Orioles slugger on MVP pace - USA Today
Why, look who's in first place after one month! It's Ryan Flaherty! Wait, what? Oh, sorry, it's Chris Davis. Well, that does make a lot more sense.

Orioles Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar thinks the current Baltimore Orioles 'are on the right track' - baltimoresun.com
“I believe the Baltimore Orioles are on the right track,” he said." And honestly, he didn't say a whole lot more than that.

Steve Melewski: Comparing the Orioles in April 2012 and 2013
"The Orioles have hit better in April 2013, and they pitched better in April 2012 in looking at several stats." Well, I thought that was the case, but nice to see some stats.

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