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Independence Day Bird Droppings

Rob Carr

After completing a four game sans Darvish sweep of the Rangers, the fatigued O's will have to rally to overcome a 1:00 pm start at some rundown museum in Boston. The defending World Champions had Thursday off, but maybe needed it after a 12-16 June and an ignominious sweep by the lowly Cubs.

Riveting World Cup action today includes Brazil v. Colombia and France v. Germany (the USA won't be there to save you this time, mon amis). If you're really feeling your oats, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are squaring off against younger opponents in the Wimbledon semifinals for the right to meet in the finals.

Orioles Move Into First Place With Sweep Of Rangers
"The Orioles' July 3 victory against the Rangers, capped by a four-hit performance from Steve Pearce, completed a four-game sweep." Paul Folkemer's got the 411.

Orioles could be ready to take over AL East - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
Jerry Crasnick likes our guys.

C.J. Nitkowski: ‘Orioles, Blue Jays Teams To Beat In AL East’ " The John Feinstein Show – CBS Sports Radio
So does C.J. Nitkowski.

Urrutia begins minor league rehab next week | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore Remember Henry Urrutia?

Baseball Prospectus | Overthinking It: June in Catcher Framing Some love for Caleb Joseph.

Major League Players of the Month - June (Orioles Nation)
The O-N crew sings the praises of Adam Jones and Bud Norris.

On this day in 1944, Oriole Park (a.k.a. Terrapin Park) burned to the ground, ultimately spurring a move to what would become Memorial Stadium and setting the table for the return of major league baseball to Baltimore; in 1973, the Orioles executed their third straight come from behind win against the Brewers.

It's the birthday of former co-GM Jim Beattie. It's also the birthday of Babe Birrer.

...and, now, ladies and gents: Bill Pullman.