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Tuesday Bird Droppings

Lining up the rotation. Off season speculation. Looking towards next season. And more! All in today's edition of Bird Droppings!

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O's Starters Jockeying for Position - Baltimore Sports and Life
How would your playoff rotation line up? Tillman, Chen, MiGo, Norris, with Gausman next up for me. I'm giddily imagining Gaus coming in from the 'pen and chucking 100 mph FBs up there an inning at a time.

Not Knowing What to Make of Chris Tillman | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
Some interesting info on Tillman finding success the 3rd time through an order.

School of Roch: Cruz named AL co-Player of the Week, plus Hardy out of lineup
This is Cruz's 2nd PotW honor this year, and the O's 3rd overall on the season.

Steve Melewski: Pondering Nelson Cruz's future as an Oriole
Just QO him. Save long term money for Manny, Wieters, Davis, or Tillman.

Poll: Orioles' Qualifying Offers -
Who do you think gets offered a QO this offseason?

AL MVP Watch: Mike Trout remains the favorite -
One O gets a mention on this list. A hot final 3 weeks could push him from 'on the periphery' to 'in the mix'.

Looking ahead: Next season's schedule revealed |
Check in on when the O's play where and start planning you summer of 2015 ballpark tour!

Baseball Prospectus | Monday Morning Ten Pack: September 8, 2014
Featuring a note on Matt Hobgood.

Happy birthday to former O's Todd Zeile, Rhyne Hughes, Kurt Ainsworth, and Jim Corsi. On this date in 1979 Rick Dempsey hits a Grand Slam in the O's 16-4 drubbing of the Red Sox. In 1999, Cal took over the all-time record for GIDPs with his 324th.