Sunday Bird Droppings

Jonathan Schoop is making it hard to send him down. - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Suk-min Yoon impresses in his debut, Manny Machado's knee isn't cooperating, and Alexi Casilla just can't get healthy.

Yoon Shines in Debut as Orioles Beat Yankees 2-1 - ABC News
Suk-min Yoon made his debut with one scoreless inning. Chris Tillman threw 5 pretty good innings himself, and Chris Davis hit a home run, because that's what Chris Davis does.

Steve Melewski: Caleb Joseph talks about Suk-min Yoon's O's debut
"Caleb Joseph said Suk-min Yoon has several pitches to choose from. "He's got like five, I think. Fastball, curveball, cutter, changeup and a palm ball," Joseph said. "I've caught all of them in the bullpen and he's really consistent with all of them."

Manny Machado of Baltimore Orioles may not be ready for Opening Day - ESPN
Manny Machado hasn't run for the past 5 days, and Opening Day is looking like it might be an unrealistic target for his return to the Orioles roster.

Steve Melewski: Jonathan Schoop: Bigger, better and chasing an opening day roster spot
Jonathan Schoop is making it pretty hard to justify not being on the Opening Day roster for the O's, especially if Manny Machado isn't.

Orioles' Patton: 'It's self-inflicted. It's going to sting' | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"It’s too early in my career to be missing an Opening Day. It’s still that exciting, running down the orange carpet…It’s self-inflicted, so it’s going to sting." Troy Patton knows he screwed up.

Hometown boy fighting for backup catcher duty on Baltimore Orioles. | The Toronto Observer
Hometown Boy Makes Good alert!!!!

Alex Gonzalez making push for spot on Orioles' Opening Day roster as utility infielder - baltimoresun.com
Alex Gonzalez might just be the utility infielder if Manny Machado can't go, Ryan Flaherty is pressed into duty at 3B and Jonathan Schoop wins the 2B job. And there's a pretty good likelihood all three will happen.

Casilla scratched with hyper-extended left knee (other notes) - baltimoresun.com
Gotta be on the field to impress the brass, and Alexi Casilla just can't pull that off right now.

"Go Green" Day to Take Place on Monday for the Baltimore Orioles | Orioles 101
Oh, goody. The green and black hats are back for St. Patrick's Day.

Happy Birthday to Hobey Landrith, who played a grand total of two games for the Orioles in 1963, and Clint Courtney, who played for three non-consecutive seasons for the O's.

On this day in Orioles history, "in 1953 - American League owners turn down a bid made by Bill Veeck to move the St. Louis Browns to Baltimore, MD. Spearheaded by Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith, the vote is 6-2 against. Some observers speculate that the rejection is meant to force Veeck into selling his majority interest in the franchise. The next day, Veeck announces his willingness to sell the Browns for just under $2.5 million. The vote only delays the move by a year, however. In 1954 - The Baltimore Orioles purchase first baseman Eddie Waitkus from the Philadelphia Phillies." What a transforming move that was for the franchise.

Seventeen *days?* Hey man, I don't wanna rain on your Open Thread, but we're not gonna last seventeen *hours!*

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