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Monday Bird Droppings

The life and times of your first place Baltimore Orioles...

Greg Fiume

After a successful road trip, the O's return home for a day of r & r followed by an extended run of more of the league's better teams, with a brief jaunt down 95 to Washington and a three game quickie in Toronto in between.

A sidenote: with yesterday's game, Caleb Joseph equaled the tenure of Taylor Teagarden in terms of games played. Not only has Joseph's bat been better, but his defense has totally eclipsed Teagarden's. Fangraphs rates Teagaden as having been worth -.6 WAR in Baltimore while Joseph has been worth .7 WAR.

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On this day in 1990, Cal Ripken, Jr'.'s record for games at shortstop without an error ended at 95. In 1991, Dennis Martinez threw the 13th perfect game in MLB history (for the Expos). On this day in 2000, the O's traded Mike Bordick to the Mets for Melvin Mora, Mike Kinkade, Lesli Brea and Pat Gorman. Drungo Hazewood died in this day last yeat.

It's the birthday of Chad Paronto and Bob Milacki. The Mora quintuplets are also 13 today!