Friday Bird Droppings

Rob Carr

At least we'll have nighttime baseball back this evening, but the odd April scheduling continues with Monday's 11:35 AM Patriots' Day start up in Boston. If, for some reason, Orioles baseball isn't enough for you this weekend, NHL playoffs are underway and the NBA playoffs start tomorrow.

Report: Orioles' Manny Machado close to playing rehab games - CBSSports.com
"Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who's recovering from knee surgery, may begin a minor-league rehab assignment next week."

Series Preview: Orioles @ Boston 4/18 - 4/21 " Baltimore Sports and Life A look at this weekend's four game series in Boston.

Baltimore Orioles vs. Boston Red Sox: 'Timing is Everything' for O's (Rant Sports) A novel view on the Red Sox series.

Orioles Inbox: Is Zach Britton a rotation possibility? | orioles.com: News
I don't that I necessarily agree about Schoop, but time will tell.

Orioles: Britton becoming 'weapon' for Birds' bullpen - CapitalGazette.com: Orioles
More love for the former afterthought.

Replay system is a challenge to Adam Gladstone | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Get to know the O's replay guru.

On this day in 2004, Eric DuBose, B.J. Ryan and Buddy Groom held the Blue Jays to four hits in a 7-0 shutout. MIguel Tejada had four hits and the O's were a solid 4-9 with RISP. ONe of the eight glorious days they spent in first place during the 2004 season.

It's the birthday of speedy Pete Stanicek, Rich Bordi and Brian Dubois.

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