Sunday Bird Droppings

At least MIchael Morse is happy to be here. - Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The bats go silent, Michael Morse is happy to be here, and I'm running out of puns based on the name Rill.

Yankees beat Orioles behind Ivan Nova's three-hit shutout - USA Today
Ichrio Suzuki on his strange approach to Chris Davis' 9th inning fly ball: "I was just having fun. I'm a professional so it was good to get things excited," Suzuki said through a translator. "If the fans thought 'Oh, no,' then you make the play — I think humans want to come from a bad place to a good place." That's one weird dude.

Yankees vault over Orioles in wild card hunt | Concord Monitor
Fourth place with 87 wins kinda feels like this team's destiny right now.

Numbers game isn't in Orioles' favor - baltimoresun.com
"It doesn’t seem that long ago when the Orioles won the first four games after the all-start break – a three-game sweep in Texas included in that stretch – and were 2 ½ games out of first place in the division." Pretty much feels like an eternity, actually.

Morse excited to join Orioles' playoff chase | orioles.com: News
"I look at it as, 'I turn the page of what was going on over there,'" said Morse, acquired in a waiver-claim deal Friday from Seattle, "and I get to start fresh here and help this team get to the playoffs." Well, you would have had you gotten here three weeks ago. Tad bit late for that mission now, Mr. Morse.

Season Record for Doubles Is Secure for Another Year - NYTimes.com
"On July 6, in a loss to the Yankees, Manny Machado, the Baltimore Orioles’ phenom, hit a ball to left field in the third inning for his 39th double of the season. At the time, it seemed that Machado, 21, could be a serious challenger to Earl Webb, who has held the record for doubles in a season, with 67, since 1931. There was no way anyone could have known that would be the only double Machado would hit that month." Well, darn, when you put it THAT way, New York Times...

The Rundown: Roster expansion not always a hit with baseball people - KansasCity.com
Buck Showalter has a pretty good idea about roster expansion: "You can call up all 40, but you’ve got to designate 25 every night," Showalter said on MLB Network Radio. "You talk about tough managing when they’ve got about 38 guys over there, forget the matchup. "

Rill Talk with ... Danny Valencia - Carroll County Times: Baltimore Orioles
If Rill is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then 'Rill' is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain. This week's interview is Danny Valencia.

Orioles birthdays include Dean Stone. That's it. On this date in Orioles history, "In 2000: The Baltimore Orioles turn the season's fifth triple play and the first triple-killing in Jacobs Field history in the 2nd inning against the Cleveland Indians. On a pop-up to short, the infield fly rule is not called. With runners at first and second and no outs‚ O's SS Melvin Mora lets Sandy Alomar's pop fly drop‚ apparently intentionally‚ and throws to 2B Jerry Hairston who tags the runner at second as well as the runner coming from first. Alomar‚ believing the infield fly rule has been called‚ retreats to the dugout and is called out for leaving the basepath, resulting in a 6-4-3 triple play. Charlie Manuel doesn't agree and gets tossed. Cleveland overcomes the triple play to win‚ 5 - 2‚ behind Chuck Finley."

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