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Saturday Bird Droppings

The O's gain another game on the Red Sox, Wada goes down, and draft picks are a-signin'.

Chris Tillman gave up just 3 hits to go with 5 MILLION walks. OK, not quite 5 million. It just felt that way.
Chris Tillman gave up just 3 hits to go with 5 MILLION walks. OK, not quite 5 million. It just felt that way.
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School of Roch: Showalter speaks after 2-0 win
"I said it in the spring," Showalter said. "Chris (Tillman) came in fully aware that he was out of options, but he pitched like a guy who had three and didn't want to go to Norfolk." He's 7-2, you know. And you'd better, because pitcher wins are important!

Wada agrees to accept assignment to Norfolk | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
"With his 30-day rehab assignment at an end, Tsuyoshi Wada agreed to be optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday night." Credit Wada for making this a lot less messy than it could have been.

Orioles agree to terms with second-round pick Chance Sisco -
"The Orioles have agreed to terms with their second-round pick, catcher Chance Sisco, pending a physical, which is set for Monday, according to an industry source." And it doesn't seem as if Hunter Harvey will be a difficult sign, either...

Hunter Harvey, Orioles’ teen No. 1 draft pick, may be the worst contract negotiator ever | Prep Rally - Yahoo! Sports
"Roughly two weeks before the draft, on May 22, the Harveys gave a joint interview to in which they re-affirmed the aversion they both feel to higher education. In that interview, Bryan Harvey admitted that the family had never even considered sending Hunter to a four-year college, and that there was little doubt that his son would turn his back on junior colleges where he could play a year and then re-enter the draft." So, let's just go ahead and get that contract signed, young man, shall we?

School of Roch: Arrieta joining Orioles' bullpen
"The Orioles will recall Jake Arrieta from Triple-A Norfolk (Friday) afternoon to serve as an extra bullpen arm for (Friday's) game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards." And with Miguel Gonzalez due to leave for the impending birth of his child any minute now, don't be surprised if he gets a spot start.

Orioles Reliever: Fans ‘Don’t Care About Players’ " CBS Baltimore
"After giving up four runs in a 9-5 Orioles loss to the Los Angeles Angels Wednesday, Pedro Strop claims that the fans only care about the results and not the players themselves." Sure, we care about you, Petey, in as much as you do the job for which you are paid well above what 99% of the fans earn in a year. Get over yourself, young man. And throw strikes. But not down the middle of the plate. Got it?

There are no current or past Orioles with a birthday today. On this day 1976, "in a ten-player trade between the Orioles and Yankees, both teams exchange four pitchers and a catcher. Baltimore sends moundsmen Ken Holtzman, Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, and Grant Jackson along with backstop Elrod Hendricks to New York for hurlers Tippy Martinez, Rudy May, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan and catcher Rick Dempsey." And in 1999, "Orioles' first baseman Will Clark gets his 2,000th career hit in the 10-inning victory over the Royals, 6-5. The 'Thrill' will end his 15-year big league career next season with 2,176 hits."

Oh, and a certain blog overlord gets married today. Congrats, Stacey!