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Tuesday Bird Droppings

Your daily grab bag of Orioles related news, notes, analysis, and discussion

Bud channels his inner McNulty, asking the authority figure just what did he do?
Bud channels his inner McNulty, asking the authority figure just what did he do?
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School of Roch: About last night ...
In spite of the loss there seems to be quite a bit to be optimistic about with this club. Can #TeamSteve do an admirable enough job filling in for Wieters? Is Bud all of the sudden the O's co-#StaffAce? Nice way to introduce yourself to Birdland, Preston.

For now, Clevenger is the man behind the plate | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore

As long as he keeps hitting and framing pitches he'll be a fine fill in.

Nick Markakis' Strong Start " Baltimore Sports and Life

Well, I'd quibble with calling his start to the season 'strong', seeing as his OPS was solidly sub-.700 for the first three weeks. But he has rebounded to an expected level of late.

Orioles won't engage in any contract extension talks during season, Dan Duquette says -

No need to rush into anything with any of the players referenced. Hot starts subside, cold starts thaw, and there is and infinitesimally small chance Markakis' option for next season is getting picked up anyway. So see if he's healthy enough to handle a full season and produce at an acceptable level.

Free Agent Stock Watch: Nick Markakis – MLB Trade Rumors
The option isn't getting picked up. I think we can all agree on that. But if you were willing to offer an extension, what price in years and dollars are you willing to commit?

MLB Power Rankings - Top 30 MLB Baseball Teams - FOX Sports on MSN

Two loses to start this week aren't helping the O's make a case for their ranking here.

Poll: Best 3-4 combo in the majors - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN

While I do think Davis and Jones have the potential to be it, they aren't at the moment.

Baseball’s Most and Least Homerable Pitches | FanGraphs Baseball

I think we can all guess one name on one of these lists.

Baseball Prospectus | Minor League Update: Games of Monday, May 12
A certain Baby Bird earns Pitcher of the Night honors. Read more about that later on in Camden Chat's Orioles Minor League Rundown.

Happy Birthday wishes go out to David Hernandez! Get well soon, buddy!