Thursday Bird Droppings

K-Rod threw a really bad pitch last night. - Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Bud Norris gets settled in, Adam Jones needs to look in a mirror, and Buck Showalter predicts Matt Wieters is a Yankees in 3 years if the Yankees get out of A-Rod's contract. Really.

Brett Oberholtzer stifles Orioles in first career start - USA Today
"For a change, everything went swimmingly for the Houston Astros. Their starting pitcher was sharp, the offense had three home runs among its 14 hits and the game was essentially decided in Houston's favor by the end of the fourth inning." Not much to add, really.

Orioles deal for Bud Norris at deadline - USA Today
"Bud Norris went from the worst team in the major leagues to a pennant race, all merely by walking down a hallway." Too bad he couldn't help last night.

Newest Orioles pitcher Bud Norris says coming to Baltimore is 'exciting' - baltimoresun.com
"I’ve pitched myself into a situation to be traded and help out this team. This team has a great young club. They know how to contend. They had a great year last year. And I just want to be any piece of the puzzle I can to help this team keep pushing ourselves to the World Series." Switched from third-person to first-person within two sentences at the end. Nicely played, Mr. Norris.

Bud Norris trade: Orioles might be wrong team for Norris - SBNation.com
"Bud Norris has posted a 5.46 ERA on the road in 316 innings and 57 starts, with increases in his walk rate and a slight bump in his homer rate as well. Opponents have mashed to the tune of .283/.358/.451 against him in road contests." Plain and simple, the guy isn't that good away from Houston.

Deadline winners/losers: Orioles fly high, Rangers shoot blanks - CBSSports.com
"Baltimore's lineup is probably better than Boston's," one longtime American League executive says. "I never thought I'd say that, because Boston is such an offensive-oriented club." Well, couldn't have convinced me over the past three games.

Steve Pearce comes off DL to rejoin Baltimore Orioles | MLB.com: News
"Steve Pearce was activated from the 15-day disabled list in time for Wednesday night's game against the Astros." And was the only orioles player to have as many as two hits last night.

The Baltimore Orioles place right-hander Jason Hammel on 15-day disabled list with right flexor mass tightness | MLB.com: News
"Buck Showalter also said Jason Hammel's injury "somewhat" impacted Baltimore's trade late Wednesday afternoon for Bud Norris, although the Astros righty had been on the team's radar for quite some time." Well, whatever it takes to get him out of the rotation.

Batting Practice Has Been A Menace During This Orioles-Astros Series - Deadspin.com
Seems as if players need to keep an eye on batted balls during batting practice as well as fans.

Adam Jones issues a call to arms as Orioles start facing weaker opponents - baltimoresun.com
"The Orioles have just begun a stretch of 11 straight games against four of the losingest teams in baseball, and center fielder Adam Jones isn’t afraid to call out himself and his teammates for the way they have failed to store up wins against the teams that a contending club is supposed to beat." And how many hits did you have last night, Adam? Oh, that's right, as many as I did.

Buck Showalter steamed at Yanks' possible A-Rod windfall - USA Today
"If Bud lets them get away with that, they're under the luxury tax," Buck Showalter told USA TODAY Sports. "If they can reset, they can spend again and I guarantee you in two years Matt Wieters is in New York." Glad to know I'm not the only one mad at the prospect of the NYY walking away from that horrible contract.

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