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Sunday Bird Droppings

The bats awaken, the O's are maybe, kinda thinking about a trade for A.J. Burnett and Hunter Harvey liked the Futures Game.

Kick save and a beauty!
Kick save and a beauty!
Brian Bahr

Orioles vs. Athletics: Adam Jones has five RBI, Baltimore rebounds from walk-off loss - The Washington Post
"Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sparked the Orioles by driving in five runs — tying his career high — including a three-run homer off Jason Hammel just three batters into the game." The game started badly and just got worse for Jason Hammel. And that was perfectly fine. Just fine.

After breakthrough win vs. Athletics, Baltimore Orioles' Kevin Gausman set to face Oakland again -
"They were the best team in baseball when I faced them, and I think they still are," said Kevin Gausman, who will start Sunday’s series finale against Oakland. 'That was huge for me, huge for my confidence, just to know I can go seven innings. I can’t even describe how big that was. It kind of started me off on a pretty good streak.' " So, no pressure, just, you know, do it again, kid.

Report: Phillies, Orioles discussing A.J. Burnett trade -
"The Phillies signed A.J. Burnett to a one-year deal worth $16 million guaranteed in the spring. The contract includes a $15 million mutual option for 2015, though if the team declines their half, Burnett holds a $7.5 million player option for next year, which could complicate things." And that, ladies and gentlemen, is probably why A.J. Burnett will not become an Oriole.

Shorebirds notebook: Harvey shines in Futures Game
"It was awesome," Hunter Harvey said. "Getting to play at a big league field in front of all those fans and against those great players was a challenge. I tried to eliminate the negative and push myself. I enjoyed that whole weekend. We were being treated like big leaguers, so it just makes me hungry." Pretty sure Kevin Gausman has some powdered donuts he'd share.

Alas, Rill Talk at The Carroll County Times has settled into a summer hiatus.

Happy Birthday to former Orioles Alexi Casilla, Charles Johnson, and Mark Lee. On this date in Orioles history, in 1993, "Baltimore P Ben McDonald hurls a one-hit shutout to beat the Royals, 7 - 0. Gary Gaetti's single is the only hit." In 2001, "The train fire of two days ago forces another postponement of Anaheim's game at Baltimore."

Last night we said a great many things. You said I was to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I've done a lot of it since then, and it all adds up to one thing: you're getting on that Open Thread with Victor where you belong.