Sunday Bird Droppings

Adam Jones had a single in the 7th. It was the Orioles first hit of the game. - Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Bud Norris pitched well, but not well enough, Dylan Bundy will pitch this week, and good news on the health of Brooks Robinson.

Duffy tosses gem as Royals blank Orioles 1-0 - USA Today
Stacey said it best last night - Bud Norris was good, Danny Duffy was better.

Dylan Bundy to pitch in extended spring training game and other Orioles notes - baltimoresun.com
"Dylan Bundy is expected to throw one inning in an extended spring training game Tuesday in Sarasota, Fla." Just savor the awesomeness that is that sentence.

Baltimore Orioles sign reliever Heath Bell to minor-league deal - ESPN
"Bell is a proven veteran pitcher with experience who has agreed to a 3a deal," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a text message, according to CSNBaltimore.com." So, not just a proven major leaguer, but a proven veteran pitcher! HBGM is starting to get more specific in his praise!

Russell skippers O's with Showalter on leave | orioles.com: News
"With manager Buck Showalter attending the law school graduation of daughter Allie, it was John Russell -- the Orioles' normal bench coach -- who ascended to the acting managerial role on Saturday. The night was all the more special for Russell because his father, Jack, lives in Kansas City." Too bad the offense stayed back at the team hotel.

After a trying few years, Orioles legend Brooks Robinson 'getting stronger every day' - York Dispatch
"I'm doing pretty good, getting stronger every day. I went through two or three different things, but I'm doing OK now and I'm looking good. It was [very discouraging], but by the grace of God, I'm here. That's the way I feel. I'm doing OK." Brooks Robinson is quite simply the nicest man I ever met. Glad he's doing better.

Analysis: Pitching decisions looming for Orioles - CapitalGazette.com: Orioles
"It’s a tough evaluation," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said earlier this week. "You’re always trying to take the best 25 as opposed to the right 25." Um, wouldn't they hopefully be the same 25 people?

No Rill Talk this week. I know, I'm as sad as you are about it.

Happy Birthday to Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson and to former Orioles Reggie Jackson (he was, you can look it up!)  and Gil Coan.

On this date in Orioles history, in 1957, Dick Williams of the Baltimore Orioles hits a 9th-inning, game-tying solo home run off Paul LaPalme of the Chicago White Sox seconds before 10:20 p.m., the curfew set so Chicago can catch a train out of Baltimore. If Williams had done anything else, the White Sox would have won. The game is later replayed from the beginning and Baltimore wins."

In 1983, "At Memorial Stadium, Rich Dotson of the Chicago White Sox pitches a one-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles, but loses, 1 - 0. Baltimore's lone hit is Dan Ford's 8th-inning home run. Storm Davis (7 1/3 innings) and Tippy Martinez (1 1/3 innings) combine in the four-hit shutout, with Martinez taking the win."

In 1990, "The Baltimore Orioles tie an American League record with eight consecutive singles in a seven-run 1st inning against Bobby Witt to beat the Texas Rangers, 13 - 1. The eight straight singles equal a record set by the Washington Senators against the Cleveland Indians in 1951 and matched by the Oakland Athletics against the Chicago White Sox in 1981."

And in 2011, "On a wild night for baseball, four other games go into extra innings, with one game ending in a wild 15th inning. TheOrioles and Yankees are tied, 1 - 1, when the Yanks score two runs off Mike Gonzalez, who is then ejected for beaningChris Dickerson, shattering his batting helmet and sending him to the hospital. Out of pitchers, the O's have to bring in the next day's scheduled starter, Jeremy Guthrie, to complete the inning. Hector Noesi throws 4 scoreless innings to earn the win in his major league debut; called up by the Yanks 16 days earlier, he had yet to pitch before the marathon game forces manager Joe Girardi's hand. Trailing 4 - 1 in the bottom of the 15th, The Orioles then put two runners on base, but Matt Wieters' ground ball headed for right field just nips the foot of baserunner Brandon Snyder, and he is called out for interference, snuffing the O's best chance to tie the game."

Now, just remember that this thing isn't as black as it appears. I have some Open Thread for you folks.

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