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Wednesday Bird Droppings

Putting the O's division lead into perspective. Roster expansion. Injury updates. Catching up with Joe Altobelli. And more in today's edition of Bird Droppings!

Chris Davis contemplates the spherical object at his feet while an assault occurs just behind him
Chris Davis contemplates the spherical object at his feet while an assault occurs just behind him
Rob Carr

Orioles Buzz: Jon Shepherd: It will take history for the O's to lose the AL East
I still haven't fully wrapped my head around this notion.

Reliever Miller day to day after tweaking left leg | News
All of your Orioles injury updates in one place!

The Jonah Keri Podcast - ESPN
Roch chats with Jonah Keri in the latest Grantland Podcast

The August WAR Figures of Certain Deadline Acquisitions | FanGraphs Baseball
Nice job, Mr. Miller

Expanded Rosters Exacerbate Baseball’s Biggest Issue | FanGraphs Baseball
Too many pitchers allowing for too many matchups. But the game has become incredibly specialized, so good luck getting GMs & managers to willingly agree to make their jobs more difficult.

Steve Melewski: A few notes from the final day of the minor league season
I was lacking in my #want for attending minor league games this season, and now I miss the minor league season. Till we meet again...

On the Road: Rochester Red Wings' 'Mr. Baseball' | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball
Catch up with the last O's manager to win the World Series

Birthday wishes go out to former O's Troy Patton and Rene Gonzales. On this date in 1960 the O's shutout the Yankees for the 2nd straight game and claim 1st place in the American League. In 1979 the O's swept a double header from the Blue Jays. Mike Flanagan becomes the first pitcher to reach 20 wins with his victory in game 2. In 2002 the Rangers' Joaquin Benoit earns a 7 inning Save vs. the O's, the longest Save ever recorded. Heading into this date in 2012 the O's record stood at 74-59. In 1997 their record was 85-50.