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Friday Bird Droppings

Patrick Smith

While there were some tense moments, it never really seemed in doubt to me that the Orioles were going to win the series against the Rays. Call it a hunch, call it what you will. The Twins are another story. The O's will face Cy Young candidate Phil Hughes (turn that over in your mind a few seconds) on Adams Jones Bobblehead Day (a national holiday, I'm told) as well as promising youngster Kyle Gibson and noted soft-tosser Ricky Nolasco. The last place Twins took the first series against the O's this year and split last year.

School of Roch: Call-ups, roster expansion, Rule 5 decisions and minor league award candidates
A notebook dump from the self-styled Professor of Posts.

Diamondbacks claim Nolan Reimold off waivers from Blue Jays | HardballTalk
Godspeed, Moldy. May the desert air do you well.

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Not just about the Red Sox and Yankees!

Pity the Pull Hitter (Grantland) Ben Lindbergh on beating the shift and such.

Camden Depot: Further Discussion of Manny Machado and the Patellofemoral Joint Stuart Wallace takes a closer look at Manny's kneww issues.

On this day in 1996, the O's got walked off by the Mariners and acquired Pete Incaviglia and Todd Zeile. In 1999, Albert Belle swatted four doubles as the O's won their last game at Tiger Stadium. In 2008, the Rays clinched their first winning season with Zobrist-powered win over the Birds. The O's sort of returned the favor in 2012.

It's the birthday of under-appreciated great, Doug DeCinces. It's also the birthday of Eddie "Ball in jersey" Rogers, Dave Nicholson and Frank Zupo.