Thursday Bird Droppings

Nelson Cruz has a lot to smile about these days. - Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

On to Houston!

Orioles Fizzle After Strong Opener Against Brewers | Press Box
Paul Folkemer wraps up the series in Milwaukee, if you can stomach it.

Camden Depot: Nick Markakis' Secret Platoon Issue
This article suggests a trade to help mitigate Nick's problem hitting lefties with any authority. Why not try platooning him with Steve Pearce, as suggested by our own Steve Damerell?

Machado to hold charity bowling tournament | orioles.com
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will host the inaugural Manny Machado Celebrity BaseBOWL Tournament on Thursday, June 26, at Mustang Alley from 4-7 p.m to benefit Baltimore City Recreation and Parks' Play Baseball summer program.

Orioles catcher Matt Wieters to do some light throwing Friday in Houston - baltimoresun.com
Wieters will continue to try to rehab, but could decide by July 1st if he'll have season ending surgery.

MLB Preview - Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros - May 29, 2014 - CBSSports.com
Houston has a five-game winning streak and the Orioles are reeling. If they go in and lose the series in Astros, this site could get ugly.

The Samardzija factor; Cubs scouting Delmarva; Duquette on young pitching - baltimoresun.com
The Cubs had scouts at Hunter Harvey's last start and the Orioles need major league pitching. What do you think?

Baltimore Orioles have plan to put Johan Santana in rotation - ESPN
Santana can opt out on Friday, but the Orioles hope he'll stick with them. He could be with the team by June 18th.

Today is the birthday of former Orioles Jerry Hairston, Eric Davis, Fred Holdsworth, and Dyar Miller.

On this day in 1965, Orioles president Joe Inglehart sold his share in the team to Jerry Hoffberger, president of National Brewing Company.

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