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Monday Bird Droppings

Recaps of yesterday's loss can be found at orioles.combaltimoresun.comMASNsports (with post-game Juan Samuel video), and Toronto Sun.

Scott expected to return to lineup on Monday | News
Luke Scott has somehow endured his drive back from Florida, and will be in the lineup tonight. Expect Frank Mata to get the bus ticket to Norfolk.

Orioles Insider: Some facts, opinions after O’s swept by Jays
"I never, ever thought I’d say this but Luke Scott, right now, maybe the Orioles’ best defensive option in left field." Ladies and gentlemen, your 2010 Baltimore Orioles, where Luke Scott is a defensive replacement.

Rays' Wade Davis eager to face Orioles - Tampa Bay Online
"Wade Davis said he can't wait for tonight when he makes his first start of the second half against the Orioles in Baltimore, a city that has been very good to the rookie." Just in case your Monday didn't suck enough already.

Frank Who? - 2131 And Beyond
A little history lesson on the soon-to-be-demoted Frank Mata.

Demoting Matusz not an option -
"Interim manager Juan Samuel told reporters after today's game that he's not thinking about optioning left-hander Brian Matusz to the minors. "Not at this point. Not in my mind," he said." Sure Brad Bergesen gets demoted, Chris Tillman gets demoted, but Brian Matusz? No, 'cause he's a PROSPECT.

Kevin Cowherd: Without new skipper, Orioles managing to regress -
Remember two months ago when we all thought it couldn't get any worse? Yeah, about that. It's getting worse. 

All Nats All the Time: Rizzo doesn't like offers for Dunn -- so far
"A baseball source familiar with the Nationals situation doesn't think they will trade first baseman Adam Dunn before the non-waiver trade deadline. So far, according to the source, general manager Mike Rizzo doesn't like the offers for Dunn." Andy MacPhail, here' s your chance. And get that extension signed, too!


Prospect Britton making push to join O's |
"Orioles prospect Zach Britton continues to make a push for Baltimore, adding more competition to an already-crowded O's rotation that is expected get back veteran Kevin Millwood as soon as Wednesday." Because we haven't rushed enough young pitchers in the past two seasons.

Norfolk lost in a shut-out as they collected just two hits while giving up just one run in the loss.

Bowie was overpowered in a 4-2 loss as Richmond RHP Craig Westcott tossed a gem, holding Bowie to just three hits through 7.0 innings.

Frederick had the day off.

Delmarva lost 9-8 as Matt Hobgood was lit up for 6 ER (on just 4 hits) in just 3.2 IP.

Aberdeen won 4-0 as RHP Bruno Sanchez carried a perfect game into the sixth inning on Sunday afternoon.

Bluefield lost 5-4 in 13 innings despite Jeremy Shelby going 3-for-6 with a double and a stolen base.

and the GCL Orioles had the day off.