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Sunday Bird Droppings

Recaps of yesterday's win can be found at, The Sun, Detroit Free Press, and MASNsports (w/post-game Buck).

School of Roch: Roberts likely done for 2010 (w/Tyler update)
"Manager Buck Showalter has been vague when pressed for details about Roberts' condition, suggesting that reporters talk to the second baseman or a team physician. Roberts declined to meet with reporters today, but apparently will do so (this) afternoon. The medical staff normally is prohibited from speaking to the media."

Steve Melewski: Luke Scott talks about his MVO award
"For me, it's a tremendous honor. It has been a year of a lot of adversity but it's been a year of a lot of victory for myself and us as a group."

Orioles Insider: Ernie Tyler diagnosed with a benign brain tumor
"Orioles long-time umpires attendant Ernie Tyler, who has worked 51 consecutive Opening Days in Baltimore, was rushed to the University of Maryland Medical Center this afternoon and later diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to his son, Jimmy Tyler. Jimmy Tyler said that doctors believe the tumor is benign and can be surgically removed."

Orioles owner Peter Angelos as busy as ever with baseball, law, politics and philanthropy -
"The only constant has been Peter and so his legacy, tragically and to some degree correctly, will reflect his stewardship of the team," says the club's former chief operating officer, Joe Foss. "It's what the public will remember about him, though it's only one facet of his life."

MacPhail enters offseason with to-do list | News
"One of the issues this franchise has had and continues to have is a lack of depth to absorb the inevitable departures that you are going to have over the course of the year due to injury," said MacPhail. "We need to do better at being able to plug people in there and not take such a hit."

Andy MacPhail bitterly disappointed with Orioles' 2010 season, focused on improving in offseason -
"I feel much better now than I did six, seven weeks ago, and I think the industry does, too," MacPhail said. "Even when we were struggling, when we were at our worst point, I had a lot of people in the game telling me, 'You're OK, you're going to be OK.' It's nice to see that before the end of the season. It's nice to see that manifest itself now."

Commentary: Hope returns for O's and their fans - Carroll County Times
"But maybe the most important thing (Buck Showalter) has done has been infusing some optimism into a group of players that had no reason for any not so long ago."

Steve Melewski: MacPhail on possibly dealing young pitching & O's attendance
"You evaluate each one on what you think makes sense for your franchise. Any trade has got to stand that individual scrutiny and it's not about the grand design. Are you better after you make that deal or not?"