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Tuesday Bird Droppings

O's win! Mid-season report cards are being written. How can the ALEast be won? Manny stands by a friend. And more in today's edition of Bird Droppings!

Greg Fiume

Lucky and good: Orioles will win AL East - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
Oh, well in that case let's just forego the formalities of the rest of the season and start the playoffs post-haste!

How each AL East team wins the division - MLB - ESPN
Paul Swydan looks into his crystal ball and envisions two different end-of-season scenarios for each AL East team.

Neyer's 'second-half' previews: The shockingly weak AL East | FOX Sports on MSN

Neyer devotes some token words to the O's & Blue Jays, a brief paragraph writing off the Rays, a paragraph for the Red Sox, and then about 750+ words to the Yankees. The Yankees, who sport a Run Differential of -30. Because, of course...

School of Roch: Showalter on Gausman, DePaula, Bundy, Pearce and more

Your daily roster move rundown.

Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones, Steve Pearce earn co-American League Players of the Week | orioles.com: News

This the 2nd PotW award for the O's this season. Nelson Cruz took the honor back in late May.

Camden Depot: Examining Steve Pearce's Fantastic, Unexpected First Half

Pearce has essentially provided the production that the O's were hoping/expecting to get out of either Chris Davis or Matt Wieters.

Orioles' Machado considers A-Rod a 'great friend' | FOX Sports on MSN

Keep putting up 5 for 6 nights and he can be best buds with anyone he wants for all I care.

Eutaw Street Report | Should Kevin Gausman Be Sent Down One Last Time?

If you care about service time considerations. I, for one, do not.

Dear new MLB Commissioner ... It's time to tweak the All-Star game | FOX Sports on MSN

Gabe Kapler offers the new MLB Commissioner a major change to the midsummer classic.

On this date in 1958 Memorial Stadium hosted the All-Star game, with the A.L. beating the N.L. 4-3. In 2011, Kevin Gregg did the only cool thing of his Orioles tenure.