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Friday Bird Droppings

Recaps of last night's ugly loss can be found at The Baltimore Sun, the San Jose Mercury News, and

Orioles Notebook: Bergesen unsure whether trips to minors have helped - Carroll County Times
I feel like James F could have written this headline. -zk

Mariners | Erik Bedard looks strong in start for Class AAA Tacoma | Seattle Times Newspaper
BUHDARD. No he's not an Oriole anymore, but you're curious, aren't you? He gave up 1 unearned run in 4-1/3 innings in his final rehab start, and will start against KC next Tuesday. He threw 88-90mph for most of the game, topping out at 92. -zk

D-Backs dismiss GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch - MLB -
The Diamondbacks clean house, firing their manager, AJ Hinch, and their GM, Josh Byrnes. Kirk Gibson takes over as the interim manager. Will Dempsey get an interview? -zk 

Pie remains likely to rejoin O's in Detroit |
He needs a few more games in left field and he'll be ready to go. -Stacey

Orioles interview managerial candidates |
Rick Dempsey has interviewed with the O's FOUR times. They're just not that into you, Uncle Rick! -Stacey

Orioles Insider: Orioles' defense is offensive, other notes
Jeff Zrebiec calls out the O's (specifically Patterson and Jones) on their lousy D. -Stacey

Apparently the Orioles didn't do a background check on Juan Samuel | Roar From 34
It's hard out there for a mascot. -Stacey

Buck Showalter May Be Man Best-Suited to Right Orioles' Ship - Across Enemy Lines -
NESN seems to think Buck Showalter is the man for the O's job. -duck

Pumping up the Orioles » Sports », North Andover, MA
"Joe Hogarty still has a soft spot in his heart for the Boston Red Sox, but not this weekend. As the strength and conditioning coach for the Baltimore Orioles, who open a three-game series in Fenway Park tonight, this is the one time the 32-year-old Andover High grad is definitely rooting against the Sox." That's right - remember who signs your checks, Mr. Hogarty. -duck

Orioles Insider: Random Oriole thoughts and opinions
Adam Jones takes fly balls every day, honest; The Phillies are scouting the Orioles; Jason Berken ain't making the All-Star Team, at least in the opinion of Jeff Zrebiec; Zach Britton throws a lot of groundball outs, and that's a good thing; and Josh Bell may not want to pack his things back to Norfolk just yet. -duck 

And in the minors...

Tides' Britton dazzles in Triple-A debut |
Zach Britton had a great debut for Norfolk, pitching six innings with 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, and 4 strike outs. And he did it all in 70 pitches. The Tides lost 7-5, though, thanks to a bullpen implosion. -Stacey

Runaway McBride Breaks Baysox Hearts | Bowie Baysox News
Starting pitcher Ryohei Tanaka gave up three home runs to Aeros' 1B Matt McBride as Bowie fell to Akron, 5-0.

Keys Harvest Second Straight Memorable Finish | Frederick Keys News
A bases loaded double by Ronnie Welty in the 9th inning finished the comeback as the Keys defeated the Salem Red Sox 6-4. -Stacey

Pope drives in four in Shorebirds’ 7-1 win | The Daily Times
Keiron Pope had four RBIs and a home run to lead the Shorebirds over the West Virginia Power, and Luis Noel pitched five shutout innings. -Stacey

Renegades Walk-Off Winners | The Dagger
After SS Auburn Donaldson made an error on a Burt Reynolds ground ball (what, I like saying his name) allowed the 9th inning to continue, Robby Price's RBI single gave the Hudson Valley Renegades the win over the IronBirds. -Stacey