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Friday Bird Droppings

Greg Fiume

For those of you hoping to avoid a Red Sox vs. Cardinals World Series, things are looking grim. Koji helped the Sox to a win last night with the increasingly rare five out save. Boston and St. Louis each lead their respective series 3-2.

In Birdland, Cal continues his sort of public campaign for a big league job; the Warehouse starts its search for a pitching coach and Baby Birds toil away in remote corners of the hemisphere.

Dominican Winter League opens today.

School of Roch: A few notes on the Orioles' search for a pitching coach
Sorry to disappoint those of you hoping for a reunion with Rick Kranitz or a larger role in the organization for Jim Palmer. Former Phillies coach Rich Dubee looks set to interview Tuesday. Dubee also worked in the Expos org during the Duquette era.

Schoop's blast keys Sags' big inning | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
Jonathan Schoop hasn't been tearing it up out West, but got to play the hero yesterday.

Backed by dominant pitching, LG beats Doosan to even KBO playoff series | GlobalPost
Old friend Radhames Liz has had a good season in the KBO.

Steve Melewski: A look at some of the O's young talent in the club's Dominican program (updated)
In keeping with the Dominican theme... The Orioles' Ineffective Part-time Players
"Paul Folkemer examines 15 Orioles, including pitcher Zach Britton, who got a fair share of playing time in 2013, but didn't make the most of it."

Power Ranking the Orioles Biggest Needs Heading into Free Agency | Bleacher Report
NOT A SLIDESHOW! Shocking, right?

Camden Depot: Performance Scouting the Independent Leagues: Atlantic League Jon Shepherd takes a look at possible depth signings from the Indy leagues.

There was a great little baseball thing on "Parks and Recreation" last night | HardballTalk Also, a fun little sop to SABRnerds, in case you missed it.

It's the birthday of Skeeter Newsome (managed in the O's system in the 50s). Current coach, former reliever and perpetual bad ass Alan Mills celebrates a birthday today as does former reliever Terry Clark.