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Thursday Bird Droppings

Let the off day madness ensue. Or don't, I wouldn't mind.

Chris, I want to be like you when I grow up.
Chris, I want to be like you when I grow up.
Duane Burleson

The Orioles start today just 1.5 games out of first place. I like that, but I'll like it even more when they inevitably pass the Red Sox. Today is an off day, but we can spend some time scoreboard watching. The Red Sox start a four-game series with the Tigers, and hopefully the Tigers will do to the Sox what the Orioles just did to them. The third-place Yankees and fourth-place Rays also start a four-game series, and my fingers are crossed for a lot of extra inning games and worn out bullpens to make both teams even worse next week.

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Were you just wondering how Sebastian Vader, Hector Veloz, and Jimmy Yacabonis were doing? Well I've got the link for you!

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