Saturday Bird Droppings

Rich Schultz

Last night was bad. Here's to today and tomorrow being wins.

For those of you still keeping track of such things, the Indians and Rays lost last night and the Red Sox and A's won. That puts the A's in the top wild card spot now.

Baltimore's blueprint for putting the O's back in October - MLB - Tom Verducci - SI.com
Verducci's opinion on what needs to happen for the Orioles to make the postseason.

A Closer’s Stumbles Are Outnumbered Only by His Saves - NYTimes.com
This just in: saves are dumb.

Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez struggles in New York - Baltimore Sun
It was ugly.

School of Roch: Hearing from Gonzalez and Markakis
Tough night for Miguel Gonzalez. Roch Kutbatko has their postgame quotes.

Camden Depot: Grading the Addition of the Mariners' Mike Morse
Jon Shepherd's official verdict: meh.

Today is the birthday of the great Frank Robinson. Joining him as birthday buddies are former Orioles Tim Raines, Jr. Armando Gabino, Mike Hartley, and Tom Dukes. It's also the birthday of current O's farmhand and possible September call up, Steve Johnson.

On this day in 2007 the Orioles traded Steve "The Trashman" Traschel to the Cubs for Scott Moore and Rocky Cherry. Neither player panned out for the Orioles but Rocky Cherry remains a top ten in the cool Orioles names category.

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