Sunday Bird Droppings

Hero of Taiwan! - Mitchell Layton

The O's keep hope alive, don't expect much playing time for call-ups, and Chris Dickerson travels light.

Wieters' single in the 10th leads Orioles over White Sox - USA Today
"Matt Wieters struck out when he had a chance to put Baltimore in front in the eighth inning. He made the most of his second opportunity." Hey, hey, hey, Matt? Remember when you won that game in extra innings? That was AWESOME.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter makes it clear September won't be a time for auditions - baltimoresun.com
"There may be some temptation to see what those inexperienced players can do, but not at the expense of at-bats for McLouth and Roberts and designated hitter Danny Valencia; not, anyway, with the postseason on the line." So the O's go with the starters every day until elimination, or Spring Training, whichever comes first. I like September not be an open casting call for next year.

School of Roch: What will the Orioles do with Wada?
"The Orioles are paying Wada $8.15 million and have nothing to show for it. They hold a $5 million option for 2014, but they won't pick it up. For now, he remains on the taxi squad in Sarasota - not to be confused with the instructional league. He's throwing, keeping loose, staying ready in case he gets the call." First confirmation I've seen the O's are definitely not picking up his option.

Chris Dickerson's wild ride back to the Orioles - baltimoresun.com
So how did he prepare for his first start with the O's after being called up? "I am not exaggerating. I literally put on my uniform, grabbed spikes and a pair of batting gloves that I left behind and went straight into left field. I jogged in place for a little bit. Hadn’t taken a swing, hadn’t thrown a ball in four days."

Steve Melewski: A look at some candidates for the Orioles top minor league awards
"The Orioles minor league award winners for 2013 will be announced on Sunday. The Player of the Year receives the Brooks Robinson award while the Pitcher of the Year earns the Jim Palmer award." The pitchers are the usual suspects in left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez and right-hander Mike Wright. Henry Urrutia's a good bet for the Player of the Year award,

Orioles Advocates Collecting Used Baseball Equipment Sunday | WBAL Radio 1090 AM
"The Orioles Advocates will be collecting used baseball equipment prior to the start of Sunday afternoon's game against the Chicago White Sox." So if you're going to today's game, bring some old gear and donate it.

Duking it out with Adam Jones | The Suffolk News-Herald
Remember that "Challenge Adam Jones" contest MASN had, where you could challenge Adam Jones to just about anything? Here's the story of the 7-year-old who won and their epic doughnut-eating contest. Aww....

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE PLANET

Eminem + Brent Musburger + Kirk Herbstreit = Comedy Gold | ZombieProphet
Marshall Mathers showed up on a college football broadcast last night. I have no idea how many drugs he was on except maybe ALL OF THEM.

Orioles with birthdays today include Al Pardo, Don Aase, George Werley and Lou Sleater.

Today in Orioles history: In 2012, "The Orioles defeat the Yankees, 5 - 4, to tie the Bronx Bombers for first place in the AL East once again, but the win is costly. RF Nick Markakis breaks his left thumb when hit by a CC Sabathia pitch in the 5th inning, putting him out for six weeks. Mark Reynolds, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy homer for the Orioles. Closer Jim Johnson almost blows a 5 - 3 lead when he loads the bases on three singles with none out in the 9th; Nick Swisher brings the Yankees within one on a forceout, before Mark Teixeira is declared out when sliding head-first into first base while vainly trying to avoid a game-ending double play. Teixeira and manager Joe Girardi blast umpire Jerry Meals for his call after the game."

Sadly, there was no edition of Rill Talk when Bird Droppings went to press. Jake Rill published a story last night at the Carroll County Times, so we can look forward to next week, hopefully.

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