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Tuesday Bird Droppings

A quick announcement: Bird Droppings will start posting closer to 9 a.m. starting Monday. And Birds Up, O's Down will start publishing mid-day Monday as well. Now, on to the Orioles....

Recaps of last night's loss can be found at,, and

Where's the outrage? -
A pair of bad calls by the umpires last night sent Roch Kubatko bolting from his couch to yell at his TV. Roch, join us in acceptance. -duck

Felix Pie, Michael Gonzalez, Koji Uehara, Jim Johnson may return to Baltimore Orioles soon -
Felix Pie, Michael Gonzalez, Koji Uehara, Jim Johnson are due back by the end of June, but Brian Roberts has been basically shut down for the next month. -duck

Baltimore Orioles first baseman show less power than some pitching staffs -
Not only are the Orioles the only team in the league without a homer from a first baseman, but the Arizona Diamondbacks (.271), Milwaukee Brewers (.270) and Cincinnati Reds (.263) also all have higher cumulative slugging percentages from their pitching staffs than the Orioles are getting from first base. There's nothing I could possibly add to that sentence. -duck

Bobby Valentine says he met with manager-less Orioles - ESPN
"It's a big challenge," Valentine said. "I like big challenges, but I like to have some reward too, and the reward is in the standings and their standings don't look like they're going to turn around very quickly." -Stacey

Base Running: Which Teams Help (or Hurt) Themselves the Most? - Beyond the Box Score
Not that you need fancy stats to tell you that the O's are the worst base running team in baseball, but here they are anyway. -Stacey

Orioles Insider: Tillman's time in rotation nearing end?
Samuel immediately met with Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail in the clubhouse immediately following the game. That's usually a sign that a roster decision is pending. So, who takes the spot? -duck

Huff recalls stint with Orioles | News
"My last couple years, you really start getting so down about the losing and I was thinking I'd rather retire than go through another year like that. It's tough," Huff said Sunday of his time in Baltimore. "To come here, with the pitching staff we have here, you have a great chance to win every day."  Well, that's just great Aubrey. Just great. -duck 


Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps - June 14
Norfolk won, Bowie was off, Frederick was off, and Delmarva shut out the Intimidators. Apparently, they weren't so intimidating last night. -duck

Aberdeen's roster features plenty of 2010 draft picks -
Nine players drafted by the Orioels last week will be joining Aberdeen for the season. -duck

Orioles Insider: Orioles release two minor leaguers
Tony Butler was the only player of the five acquired for Erik Bedard who never appeared in a MLB game for the Orioles. Not than Kam Mickolio's done much for us, either. -duck