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Thursday Open Thread

Those of you in the Baltimore-DC area mostly likely know that we had a huge storm this morning, and it happened to knock out the power in my house, so in addition to waking up late I had to get ready for work in the dark, making it impossible to put together Bird Droppings. Now I'm at work. I clipped these three items yesterday and they're pretty lame, but enjoy them anyway.

George Sherrill is an on-base machine | HardballTalk
Flat Breezy had his first career plate appearance yesterday. He walked. He's got skills.

Why Is Luke Scott Still in Baltimore? | FanGraphs Baseball
A very good question indeed.

Jay Gibbons, Greatest Dodger Ever - True Blue LA

Virtual Vensanity: Orioles make magic with Buck Showalter

Felix Pie Likes Felix Pie T-Shirt Day | Camden Crazies

Orioles' Wigginton on waivers - Scoop Du Jour - MLB  - Yahoo! Sports

EDIT BY DUCK: I swear, I go on vacation for ONE WEEK and the place falls down around me. Here ya go...

Recaps of yesterday's win can be found at The, and MASNsports (with post-game Buck).

Orioles notebook: 'Scuffling' rookie Josh Bell puts in extra work -
As long as Josh Bell is putting in his work, Buck Showalter will let him play: "You got to have some 'want to' there. He does."

The Schmuck Stops Here: It's official: O's out of the MLB cellar
The Pirates lost, so say it with me: We're #29!

Orioles Insider: They're protecting teammates now, too
These O's throw back.

Orioles Insider: Clubhouse comments after Bergesen's complete-game, two-hitter
Brad Bergesen: "To be honest, the wins, losses aren’t my main focus. My main focus is to go deep in games and keep our team in the ball game. To get that win is great, and I love it. but it’s not a main concern." It's almost like wins are a meaningless stat...

Orioles Insider: Erbe to have surgery to repair torn labrum
So, that's not good news.

Montanez, Johnson to rehab at Bowie | News
"Orioles outfielder Lou Montanez will report to Double-A Bowie and is expected to play in Wednesday night's game, with reliever Jim Johnson joining him on Thursday."

Roberts' back appears to be back | News
"You can see that everything he does right now, he's not thinking about [his back] anymore," Showalter said. "You have to get over mental hurdles about it -- especially when you have some back issues."

Rays notes: Rotation set for Orioles series
"James Shields will make his scheduled start Friday, Andy Sonnanstine will start in Niemann's spot Saturday, and Jeremy Hellickson, who has been sensational in his first two major-league starts, will move up a spot and start Sunday." So, the good news is, we miss David Price. I'm OK with that.

Castrovince: Buck, O's building relationship | News
Here's an article that takes WAAAAAAAY too long to get to the point. And there's a overwrought Seinfeld reference to blame. Gee, didn't see that coming. God, that show still annoys me.

Page 2 updates every MLB logo to more accurately portray each team (AL) - ESPN
Photoshop, in the wrong, is a dangerous thing. Boy, are these bad.


Orioles Insider: Minor league game recaps -- Aug. 11
Dean Jones Jr. made my life a lot easier today.