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Monday Bird Droppings

Pondering September, MVP debates and more...

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The Birds closed out interleague play for 2013 with a series win over the Colorado Rockies and a winning record overall, yet somehow, I wanted more. Oh, well. No time for what ifs. The Rays come to town to kick off a daunting home stretch run in which the Orioles play 29 of their remaining games against division opponents.

School of Roch: Expanded thoughts on the September roster Too soon? Roch would beg to differ.

PressBox: After Rough Start, Orioles Win Series Against Rockies As always, nice series recap from the estimable Mr. Folkemer.

Chris Davis keeps pace with Miguel Cabrera, hits 45th homer in Orioles win | HardballTalk THOR!

Stefon Diggs throws out first pitch at Orioles game The Terps' day at the park in tweets, gifs and pictires.

Does AL MVP race have an easy answer? - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN Christina Kahrl seems to think the answer is yes.

Cooperstown Confidential: Remembering Johnny Logan and Drungo Hazewood A nice little tribute to Hazewood (if you don't already include Bruce Markusen among your essential baseball reads and you like baseball history...repent!)

On this day in 1948, the Federalsburg Athletics of the Eastern Shore League were no hit for the second time in four days. Ed Santulli of Rehobeth Beach did the dirty work while Gene Kern of Cambridge no-hit Federalsburg on the 16th. Ed Black of the Salisbury Cardinals also threw a no hitter on the 16th.

Let's all wish J.J. Hardy a happy birthday in appropriate fashion. It's also the birthday of Luis DeLeon, Rocky Cherry, John Mariotti and Rochester Red Wings stalwart Crabby Crabtree.