Sunday Bird Droppings

It was that kind of day, Travis. - USA TODAY Sports

Nick Markakis still is in the hunt for an OF starting spot, Jake Arrieta is being floated as trade bait, and people like watching winners. Read more!

Blue Jays beat Orioles for 10th straight win | Concord Monitor
"Jose Bautista hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays won their 10th straight game yesterday, beating the Baltimore Orioles, 4-2." And then proceeded to act like a spoiled brat, but somehow, that got omitted from the game recap here.

School of Roch: Orioles still have four players leading in All-Star voting
"First baseman Chris Davis has accumulated the second-highest vote total behind Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. J.J. Hardy is first among shortstops. Adam Jones is first among outfielders and Nick Markakis is third." And guess which Blue Jays outfielder Nick is barely edging out for that last starting spot. If you weren't motivated to vote before, that should do it.

Padres interested in Orioles RHP Arrieta Page 1 of 2 | UTSanDiego.com
"Baltimore, Philadelphia and Toronto apparently have interest in Padres starting pitcher Edinson Volquez while Kansas City might have been scouting the Padres looking for a corner outfielder or a middle infielder." And apparently the Orioles have floated Jake Arrieta as part of the return for the San Diego free-agent-to-be.

Orioles score with young audiences, advertisers on MASN - Baltimore Sun
"Since the Orioles started playing never-say-die comeback baseball the second half of last season, TV viewing has spiked. In 2011, O’s telecasts on MASN ranked 18th in ratings among the teams in Major League Baseball. So far this season, they rank fifth, and have had an 86 percent jump in ratings since 2011." People prefer to watch winning baseball. Who knew?

Sorry, no birthdays or historical events as my alarm failed to work this morning. You'll never guess where I have to be...

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