Friday Bird Droppings

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Is it safe? Is Tommy Hunter's reign of terror over or is his closing career merely on hold? I have no answers, but just something to gnaw on. Chris Tillman faces old pal Jeremy Guthrie this evening at 8:10 PM.

It's also looking like lovely weather Saturday for the 139th running of the Preakness. California Chrome is the overwhelming fave.

Move To Bullpen Revitalizes Zach Britton's Orioles Career
Well, this is timely.

This former Orioles intern is back and killing it in sponsorship sales - Baltimore Business Journal
Yeah, O's...modernize that revenue stream!

Stock Watch: Coulter crushing for Rattlers | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
Contains video of Dariel Alvarez. Worth a look if you haven't had the pleasure of seeing him in person...Hell, even if you have!

Camden Depot: Tillman, Two Ways: The Cost of Velocity When he's good very, very good and when he's bad, it's because he's throwing meatballs...

Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: Recent History's Most Cringe-Worthy Pitch Counts No Orioles mentioned, but I think of Tillman's 49 pitch inning against Los Buccos.

On this day in 1965, Jim Palmer picked up his first career victory. It was over the Yankees and Palmer himself provided the margin of victory with two run homer off of Jim Bouton. Palmer was released by the Orioles on this day in 1984.

It's the birthday of Dave Philley (who actually played a few seasons in Philadelphia, but not for the Phillies), Nick Bierbrodt and Antillean infield prospect of yore, Ivanon Coffie.

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