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Monday Bird Droppings

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Today is the season's final off day. Tomorrow, the O's begin one of two late bouts with the smoking hot Red Sox before heading to Tampa and home again to close things out against the Blue Jays and Sox again. Seems like you'd have been nuts to think the Birds could still have a chance after the deflating Yankees series, but here they are. Will they seize the opportunity? Maybe our Pittsburgh connection could broker a loan of a certain scrappy middle infielder.

X-rays negative after McLouth exits on HBP | News The O's can scarecely afford to lose McLouth at this point.

Wada may not be called up to Orioles | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Wada shame?

School of Roch: Scoping out Schoop's chances at second base Always with the puns, this guy...

Reeling Rangers, Rays inviting American League wild card race dramatics | The Strike Zone - #teamentropy

Who to root for? Ranking the contenders - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN Schoenfeld ranks the O's high, but...blech.

Castrovince: The future may hold the tools to halt the rate of arm injuries, which has plagued baseball for decades | News The debate rages on...this an interesting piece, though.

On this day in 1997, Jimmy Key broke an 0-7 streak at OPACY to help the O's beat the Tribe 7-2. On this day in 2012, the Orioles clinched their first winning season since 1997.

It's the birthday of momentary O Tim Raines as well as sabrmetric superhero Mickey Tettleton. Mark Parent, Chris George and Paul "Shubacca" Shuey also celebrate birthdays today.