Wednesday Bird Droppings

Frustration boils over - Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Guess what day it is!? Guess. What. Day. It. Is!

It's the first day of the O's being officially eliminated from playoff contention. I guess you could say they just couldn't quite manage to get over the hump. But, hey...it's not all gloom. As the links will inform the reader, Manny Machado got some (relative) good news. And that is what is really important here. So, scroll on and read all about it.

School of Roch: Updating Machado's injury (and more)
If you've been holding your breath awaiting the news, well...you are probably dead already and not reading this...but go ahead and exhale. Crisis (seemingly) averted.

Camden Depot: A Brief Overview of Manny Machado's Knee Injury
oooh! pictures and stuff. fancy.

Day after collision, Casilla remains light-headed | orioles.com: News

ugh, concussions.

PressBox: Orioles Officially Eliminated From Postseason Race

Mr. Folkemer with the postmortem on another come-from-ahead loss for the Birds.

Steve Melewski: Brian Roberts on his future and Manny Machado

BriBob doesn't sound like a man itching to come back for another season.

Manny Machado became a victim of sports' cruelty. | SportsonEarth.com : Will Leitch Article

Will Leitch meditates on the arbitrary nature of injuries to sports stars.

Manny Machado's season was one for the ages before unfortunate injury | The Strike Zone - SI.com

Jay Jaffe takes a look at the spectacular performance of Manny in 2013.

Unbalanced schedule unfair to AL East teams in wild-card race - MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN

Rosenthal brings the immense gravitas of his bowtie to bear on this criticism of the unbalanced schedule.

The absurdity that is MLB’s tiebreaker system | HardballTalk

Not that it matters for the O's, but here's a guide as to how to keep track of playoff seeding.

Baseball Prospectus | BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 293: Manny Machado's Historical Comps/Ranking Playoff Rotations

For your podcasting needs: the BP guys talk Manny for about 15 minutes or so.

Bird Talk - Episode 47 | Baltimore Sports and LifeBaltimore Sports and Life

More podcasting to put in your ears.

On this date in 1983 the O's clinched the A.L. East.

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