Sunday Bird Droppings

When your DH is Ryan Flaherty, should you be surprised you only scored one run? - Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Tillman pitches a gem, the offense goes on vacation, and Jason Hammel is ready to throw from a mound.

Athletics Edge Orioles 2-1 - ABC News
"Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the ninth inning and Jarrod Parker earned his eighth straight win as the Oakland Athletics beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Saturday." Beaten by a guy named after a cereal. Not good.

Right-hander Chris Tillman was terrific in tough-luck Orioles loss - baltimoresun.com
"Chris Tillman was just what he’s been for us for most of the year," Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said. "We count on him every fifth day to go out there and give us the performances that he’s been. Nothing but praises for him right now, he’s been throwing the ball lights out. I told him after the game, I said ‘It sucks we couldn’t get you two runs’. But that’s how good Jarrod Parker was throwing." So, um, Adam, how about cleaning up some ish on the offense?

Gausman could be called up before September | orioles.com: News
"Top pitching prospect Kevin Gausman, who is expected to be one of the Orioles' September callups, could join the big league club earlier than that." Considering today is August 25, it won't be THAT much sooner.

Orioles' Jason Hammel to make minor league rehab start Thursday at Double-A Bowie - baltimoresun.com
"Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel is scheduled to make a minor league rehabilitation start Thursday for Double-A Bowie, which will be his first game action since a loss to the Boston Red Sox on July 28." Really, Jason, no need to rush this...

Orioles Analysis: Defense keeping on record pace - Carroll County Times
"The Baltimore Orioles have played better defense this season than any team in the Major Leagues. And by the end of the season, the Orioles may have had the best defensive season of any team in history." But really, CC Times - a paywall? Really?

Rising through the ranks | The Daily Times
Delmarva Shorebird Adrian Marin is livin' the dream...

Orioles Q&A: Rill Talk with ... Brian Roberts - Carroll County Times
I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being Rilly, Rilly, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is. This week's Q & A is with Brian Roberts.

Orioles birthdays today include Gary Matthews (forgot he played for us, didn't ya?), noted Halloween aficionado Albert Belle, and original Oriole Darrell Johnson. On this date in Orioles history, in 1961, "In the Orioles' 5 - 2 win over the Twins, Oriole Dave Philley sets a major-league record for pinch hits. His swinging bunt down the third base line is his 23rd hit, breaking the record set by the Giants' Sam Leslie in 1932. Phillips is 23 for 63 this season."

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