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Thursday Bird Droppings

Look at how far this play takes place from the bag.
Look at how far this play takes place from the bag.

Happy off day! Hopefully the Orioles are collecting themselves so that they'll be ready for a tough series against the Nationals this weekend. And then, thankfully, interleague play will be over.

School of Roch: Ripken's opinion on the 2012 Orioles
Cal Ripken refuses to say anything bad about the 2012 Orioles. He's like dan o'hare!

Matthew Leach: Orioles in solid shape despite recent slide | orioles.com
The worries are real, and they're mounting. But the opportunity is still real, and still present. The race between them figures to be interesting to watch.

Markakis to have right wrist reexamined Friday | orioles.com
He has some "lingering soreness."

Ex-Orioles player Eddie Murray is part of insider trading inquiry | Reuters
Hopefully the inquiry will clear Eddie.

As the IronBirds' new pitching coach, Alan Mills can relate to his pupils - baltimoresun.com
He no longer has the mustache, sadly.

The Lopsided Surprise Of The Offseason - Baseball Nation
I linked this in the comments of yesterday's open thread, but in case you missed it: Grant Brisbee's take on the Hammel-Guthrie trade.