Sunday Bird Droppings

I'm kind of jealous of Nate McLouth's hair. - Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Davis goes deep, The Hero of Taiwan falters, and Jason Hammel isn't rushing back. Take your time, big guy. No hurry.

Orioles vs. Giants: Chris Davis hits 42nd home run, but Baltimore falls short - The Washington Post
"While Wei-Yin Chen held up his end for five innings — holding the defending World Series champion Giants scoreless and limiting them to one hit — the one-run lead his teammates gave him wasn’t enough." The offense has to be a tad more consistent if the O's are gonna pull this off.

Chris Davis crushes home run #42 of the season, 466 feet away | HardballTalk
"A day after carrying his Orioles to a ten-inning victory over the Giants, first baseman Chris Davis hit home run #42 of the season, a solo shot, in the eighth inning against reliever Santiago Casilla to bring his team within one run." That's really, really far.

Hardy joins rare company with 20th homer | News
"He's just a consistent human being, period," manager Buck Showalter said of J.J. Hardy's steadiness at the plate and on the field. "I feel confident knowing what you are going to get out of him." I'm sure that's exactly what he wants on his tombstone - "J.J. Hardy was just a consistent human being, period."

Cautious Hammel hopes to return down stretch | News
"Starter Jason Hammel, who had a cortisone injection Friday, remains optimistic he will pitch for the Orioles again this season, and the plan is for him to rest for a few days and try to play catch at some point next week." Seems a bit ambitious to me. Might want to just shut it down for the season, Jason. It's for the best.

O's soon entering crucial stretch - Carroll County Times
"The Orioles return home Friday for a nine-game homestand, and will have just 42 games remaining. Of those 42, 29 are against AL East teams." Seems to me you could argue any stretch of 42 games is gonna be pretty important to your season. 42 games is a lot of games.

Chris Tillman looking like the staff ace Orioles have long coveted -
"The only pitcher with more major league victories since Tillman was called up is Detroit's Max Scherzer, who is an amazing 17-1 right now and had nine victories in the second half of the 2012 season." Again with pitcher wins. Yeesh.

Blogs - - Ex-Pope reservist Zach Staniewicz notches first victory
"Former Pope Air Field reservist Zach Staniewicz won his first game of the season Saturday as the Orioles beat the Rays 8-4 in a Gulf Coast League rookie game in Florida. Staniewicz, who features a knuckleball and has worked with Hall of Fame pitcher Phil Niekro, didn’t allow an earned run in three innings as the second of five pitchers used by the Orioles." Didn't know he was a reservist and didn't know he was a knuckleballer.

24 ways you should see Oriole Park at Camden Yards - The Sun
Sure, it's just a photo essay of OPaCY, but these are some great photos.

Orioles Q&A: Rill Talk with ... Bud Norris - Carroll County Times: Baltimore Orioles
"The only Rill failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows." Buddha, I mean Jake Rill, talks with Bud Norris. And that quote isn't in the story, so don't look for it. It will simply lead to an unfulfilled quest, full of frustration and madness. No one wants that on a Sunday morning.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Kurt Birkins,  John Mitchell, and Dorn Taylor. Mitchell apparently started 17 games in 1990 and appeared in 7 more. I literally have no recollection of the guy.  Sorry, dude.

In this day in baseball history, in 2010, "Closer Francisco Rodriguez of the Mets is arrested at Citi Field after allegedly assaulting his father-in-law following tonight's 6 - 2 loss to the Colorado Rockies in which he did not pitch. He remains in police custody all night before a court appearance on August 12th and is placed on the restricted list by the Mets." And that's the highlight. Geez, Orioles, win today and do something cool, so this feature isn't so depressing next year on this date.

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