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Friday Bird Droppings

Here comes the weekend...

James Jerry Hardyenko and the Baltimore Ballet
James Jerry Hardyenko and the Baltimore Ballet
Patrick Smith

Happy Friday, friends. If all the recent days off have been bringing you down, you're in luck. The Birds play the next 17 days against the cream of the league (Detroit, New York, Washington, Tampa and, uh, Toronto).

Big weekend series coming up. After winning six straight, the Rays come to town on the heels of two straight losses. Fernando Rodney's a wreck, David Price has been put on the DL and they've just called up young strikeout artist Alex Torres.

Anybody going to the Preakness?

School of Roch: Griffin on Wada Roch recounts a conversation with Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin on Tsuyoshi Wada's rehab start. PBR me ASAP! and yours truly followed along on MiLBtv yesterday afternoon and provided a little running commentary in yesterday's ATM. On a sort of related matter, Roch also pumped Griffin for info on the struggling Zach Britton.

It's time to finally believe in the Baltimore Orioles. | I'm sure more than a few Chatters will enjoy the opening shots at a certain analyst for the four letter network.

Five things gone wrong for Orioles | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore What's a little positivity in Birdland without a bucket of cold water close at hand?

PressBox: Orioles' Success May Lead To Costly Player Contracts Decisions, decisions...

Orioles' luxury suite sales still wait for playoff bump - Baltimore Business Journal Dear business community: please step up and back your Birds!

Let the good Tides roll! Team on dominating streak | | If you haven't been following along, you can be forgiven, but the Tides have been going bananas in the International League.

Robert Coello is throwing an ancient new pitch - Baseball Nation This kind of stuff is cool.

Video: Bo Jackson Throwing Out Mike Gallego in 1993 | NotGraphs Baseball's Bo Jackson. Do I need another reason?

Hey, the O's are DESTROYING the Yankees in ESPN's "Battle of the Unis". Get in there and make your voice heard!

It's the birthday of Hot Rod McDonald, Bill Hoeft, Jack Voigt and Todd Redmond.