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Saturday Bird Droppings (???) / Open Thread

The site was down for a while this morning, preventing us from posting and/or clipping articles. We'll see if we can get some stuff up here. 

In the meantime, talk amongst yourselves.....

I'll give you a topic: The professional baseball team known as the Baltimore Orioles are neither professional nor a baseball team.


UPDATE: Now the site's up, but my internet is going in and out. Here are a few quick things.

Recaps from The SunAP, and San Diego Tribune.

Orioles notebook: Jim Palmer approves of Markakis' comments -
Palmer thinks it's good that Nicky is speaking his mind. So there's something we can all agree on. -zk

Jim Johnson remains positive about return | Press & Sun-Bulletin
Details about Jim Johnson's rehab. He's supposed to throw off a mound on Monday. -zk

Auburn's Trent Mummey signs with Orioles |
The O's fourth-round pick signs for his slot value of $250k. -zk

Finding Tulo's replacement - ESPN
Buster Olney speculates as to who the Rockies might target to play shortstop in the absence of the injured Troy Tulowitski. - Esskay

Interview Thursday: BSR talks with O’s 2B Prospect L.J. Hoes | Baltimore Sports Report
A fun interview with local prospect L.J. Hoes. It's neat hearing an O's minor leaguer talk about being an Orioles fan as a kid. -Stacey

The Story of Scott Moore (or Why Can't These Guys Get At Bats?)
Dempsey's Army wonders the same thing as the rest of us: what in the name of all that is holy are Garrett Atkins and Julio Lugo doing on this team when we could be seeing if your minor leaguers have any chance? -Stacey

Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps -- June 18
Norfolk lost to Toledo, but Nolan Reimold went 4-for-5 
Bowie beat Harrisburg, overcoming a bad start by Chorye Spoone (I can't believe that guy is even still around).
Frederick beat Myrtle Beach, with multi hit games from Xavier Avery, Greg Miclat, and Buck Britton (who I've never heard of but that's a cool name). Billy Rowell was 0-for-5 with four Ks.
Delmarva beat Lexington, as starter Jesse Beal pitched six innings and allowed just one unearned run. 
Aberdeen beat Hudson Valley in its season opener. Justin Anderson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Kipp Schutz was 2-for-4 with a triple. -Stacey

Baseball-Reference Blog » Arthur Rhodes’ excellent season
BR takes a look at our old friend Arthur Rhodes, who at the age of 40 is having an amazing year in the bullpen for the Reds. -Stacey

And finally, happy 33rd birthday to Bruce Chen! I will always have a place in my heart for that crazy Chinese-Panamanian. He's having himself a decent season in Kansas City and his likability isn't lost on the guys at Royals Review.