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Happy Friday, everyone! I'm on Bird Droppings duty this morning since 2632 had the audacity to go on vacation. Isn't it wonderful waking up in a world where the Baltimore Orioles are in first place? If you didn't get enough recappy goodness with my post-game, feel free to check out what they're saying at the Detroit Free PressBless You BoysOrioles.com, and Orioles Hangout.

The O's at 5-1 | Baseball-Reference.com
I went ahead and looked up how many time the O's have started the season 5-1. 

The Best Right Fielders of the Past 5 Years: Suzuki Dominates; Rios, Markakis Surprise - Beyond the Box Score
Well done, Nick. 

Josh Rupe: No. 1 | Camden Depot
Josh Rupe lives and dies with his fastball.

Nostalgia Files: Orioles World Series Rings | The Loss Column 
Neal found some pictures of O's WS rings. So that's what they look like. 

Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie still has sights set on pitching Sunday - baltimoresun.com
Guthrie is going to try his best to sweet talk Buck into letting him start Sunday.

B-Rob on the 4-1 start: "There is a different feel in the city right now." | Steve Melewski
Brian is excited that we're excited. 

More on Hardy and 9-5 win | School of Roch
J.J. Hardy says his sore ribcage is no big thing, y'all. We'll see. 

Orioles/Rangers Scouting Report | I Hate JJ Redick
A look at the upcoming series.

Hey, did you hear that the minor league season started? Norfolk lost to the Charlotte Knights 4-3, with our old friend Mark Hendrickson taking the loss. Ryan Drese started, giving up two runs in six innings, and Nolan Reimold was 2-for-4 with a HR. Bowie also lost, falling to the Harrisburg Senators 5-0. Baysox batters struck out fifteen times and Baysox pitchers walked eight men. The Shorebirds won, though, thanks to a two-run triple by Manny Machado that put them ahead 2-1. Frederick starts their season tonight.