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Monday Bird Droppings

So, you STILL like our guys?

Mitchell Layton

After a disappointing series against the Rays, the Orioles will host the Rangers to start the week off. The Rangers have had a pretty awful June, but so had the Rays, so...yeah. The O's will travel so Boston for the holiday weekend.

More exciting World Cup today as soccer fans await a tantalizing, possible France-Germany semifinal match.

School of Roch: Showalter on Gonzalez and a 12-7 loss
Did the O's really just lose a three out of four to the Rays? Ugh.

At Halfway Point Of 2014, Orioles' Home Struggles Becoming A Trend
"The Orioles fell to 19-21 at home after a June 29 loss to the Rays, and many of the Birds' hitters have hit worse at Camden Yards than on the road."

Nelson Cruz likely won’t participate in the Home Run Derby | HardballTalk
"You likely won't be seeing Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz in the upcoming Home Run Derby. He's afraid the Derby will affect his swing." Wonder if Chris Davis put a bug in his ear.

Orioles haven't committed to Gausman's return | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore So tiresome...FREE THE GOOSE!

ON Mailbag: 6/23 - 6/29
A lot of good stuff about the Ironbirds here.

On this day in 1975, Dave Duncan doubled in his fourth consecutive at bat; in 1997, Cal Ripken hit his second grand slam of the season and Mike Mussina picked up career win 100 as the Orioles defeated the Red Sox 8-1; in 2009, the Orioles completed the greatest comeback in team history erasing a nine run deficit to come back and beat the Red Sox 11-10. Eddie Gamboa threw a seven inning no hitter for the Baysox on this day in 2013.

...also, Bo Jackson made his professional debut on this day in 1986.