Friday Bird Droppings

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"Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. 'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That's just the way it is."

There are problems and solutions, critics and experts...a soul crushing sweep of the nature administered by the Arizona Diamondbacks brings them all out of the woodwork. One could easily say that a home series against a losing team that's awful on the road and can't handle the American League would be a tonic that could wash away any lingering bad vibes...one might even be right. Sounds like a trap.

Stay hungry? Tread lightly?

School of Roch: Orioles interested in Cuban outfielder Jose Abreu Could the Orioles add another Cuban to the system? Another Dariel, no less?

Orioles need to go on extended run | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Yes. Quite.

PressBox: Orioles Need Fantastic Fans To Provide Spark So, really...this is my fault? Actually, this is not a, "where are the fans?" column, but Stan the Fan thinks the lads could use some cheering up.

Camden Depot: What's Wrong With Jim Johnson? His mother was a hamster and his father smelled of elderberries?

Eye On Baseball - CBSSports.com Please stop: Chris Davis' big season is not 'evidence' of PED use I hesitate to even include this because I find the discussion tiresome, but Matt Snyder speaks sense.

Baltimore Orioles sell catcher Ronny Paulino's contract to Detroit Tigers for cash considerations | MLive.com Did you know Ronny Paulino was even back in the organization?

Heyman: The Yankees have signed Mark Reynolds | HardballTalk Once again, the Orioles declined to make an offer. I enjoyed part of his time in Baltimore, but I really can't wish the Wrapper good luck on this one.

On this day in 1969, Boog Powell legged out an inside the park home run as the O's made light work of the Seattle Pilots 15-3. In 1996, the O's swept a doubleheader against the A's as Raffy Palmeiro contributed six RBI to the 14-3 pile on in game 1 (the O's won the first game of the three game series by a score of 18-5). Palmeiro would also double in the go ahead run in the top of the top of the 10th, enabling Randy Myers to atone for his blown save.

It's the birthday of hulking reliever Gene Brabender and bemulleted utlityman Bret Barberie.

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