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O's neither win nor lose! Jones steps onto the national stage. Cruz: trade chip? And more in today's edition of Bird Droppings.

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Orioles-Nats postponed; makeup game is Aug. 4 | orioles.com: News
Actually a nice little recuperative break for a taxed Orioles 'pen.

School of Roch: Jones will participate in Home Run Derby

Good for him. It seems pretty obvious that Adam wishes to be a 'star' on a more national level. This could be a great chance for him to achieve that.

The awful fortune of the first-place Orioles - SBNation.com

But I'm sure how bad things have been for the Rays, Yanks & Red Sox will get 100x more pub than this inconvenient truth.

Camden Depot: What the Orioles Could Receive for Nelson Cruz
Why in the hell would they trade Cruz? I'll tell you what the O's will get for Cruz: a draft pick tied to a qualifying offer. Or another year of him, but at roughly $16m instead in '15.

All-Stars, left-handed pitchers are Orioles' top trade chips in Double-A Bowie - baltimoresun.com

But I love them all!

Steve Melewski: Bundy, Harvey named to Baseball America's top 50 list (Bowie's All-Stars)

SteveO's rundown of the goings on in the nest.

A Brief History of Buck Showalter’s Master Trolling and Truth Purveying "Grantland.com

Buck is a master with a well placed verbal barb.

Baseball Prospectus | Pitcher Profile: Jake Arrieta

The evolution of the Cubs' new best starter. It's not the cutter...it's a 'slutter'!

On this date in 1991, Cal Jr. blasted an Earl Weaver Special in the All Star Game to help propel the AL to a 4-2 victory. Ripken takes home both the game's MVP award as well as the HR Derby crown the previous day.