Wednesday Bird Droppings

Another runner stranded - David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The O's lose on a night when all of their rivals for the postseason win.

That seems a rather cruel way to watch the O's lose, if perchance you were one of the souls brave enough to stick with the game up to and through the 9th. I turned it off after the 7th. And turns out that was probably the better move.

A particularly devastating night for the Birds playoff hopes, as not only do they lose with their best pitcher on the mound, but the Yankees, Rays, Red Sox, and Kansas City (still lurking in the periphery) each win. The O's are now back in 4th place in the AL East, with a 1/2 game lead on the Tribe and are 1.5 games up on the Royals.

Special congratulations to the Pirates for notching their 81st victory last night, ending their long streak of losing seasons.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Cleveland Indians - Recap - September 03, 2013 - ESPN
1-9 with runners in scoring position. Here we go again...

Orioles offense goes from dormant to dominant | Roar From 34
...and then right back to dormant for 8 innings before awakening, briefly albeit, in the 9th.

Orioles move Gonzalez to Thursday | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
Rearranging deck chairs...

Pirates, Cabrera, Davis, Kershaw, Rivera among top 10 September storylines | The Strike Zone - SI.com

Are any of us still remotely concerned with Davis reaching Maris' 61 mark?

2013′s Top Batteries at Preventing the Running Game | FanGraphs Baseball

Long, in-depth research article, but there are O's all over it.

Steve Melewski: Jason Hammel: "I'd say I'm ready"

Good for him. Go sit in the bullpen.

Former major leaguer Eric Byrnes knows of a Hall of Famer who used PEDs | HardballTalk

Pud Glavin?

Bottom 9, World Series Game 7. Who's Your Guy? | Baltimore Sports and LifeBaltimore Sports and Life

All depends on who is pitching.

Adam Dunn Considering Retirement: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com
Playing with the O's could be fun, Adam...just sayin'.

On this date in 1969, the O's go into the 9th inning trailing 4-1. The game is tied via back-to-back-to-back HRs from Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, and Brooks Robinson. The O's go on to win via a double, sac fly, and infield hit. 1982, a 36 year old Jim Palmer one hits the Twins in a 3-0 victory.  Last season, the O's experienced a rain delay in Rogers Centre when the roof gets stuck and fails to close fully. Happy birthday, Doyle Alexander (part of the trade that brought Rick Dempsey, Tippy Martinez, and Scott McGregor to the O's).

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