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Friday Bird Droppings: Where Manny Machado is the grandest of them all

Saying goodbye to Joe Durham; "Marquee" Manny Machado; Hunter Harvey: one more step closer to game action...

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The Orioles took the first game in a battle of two of the best teams in the AL from this April. Tyler Wilson looked solid in an abbreviated outing, the slugging O's hurt John Danks' self esteem and the bullpen's second tier guys secured things for the "w". Not a terrible formula for success. Mike Wright and Carlos Rodon face off at 7:05 tonight.

Showalter speaks after 10-2 win - School of Roch
Far less expansive than usual, Buck read from the Crash Davis manual on press interaction.

Joe Durham, first African-American player to homer for Orioles, dies at 84 - Capital Gazette Durham may not have been known well to many modern fans, but the beat writers and t.v. announcers sure seemed effusive in their praise of the Newport News, VA native.

Manny Machado returns to hard-hitting ways at home - Stats & Info- ESPN
The Orioles third baseman got back on track on Thursday. The numbers show he's doing a number of things better than he did last season.

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado opens up about mastering third base
"From the hot corner to the hot seat: Manny Machado, the AL's best young third baseman, opens up about A-Rod, married life and Baltimore's biggest Belieber." Manny on, Manny in ESPN magazine...I think the secret's out, guys.

Orioles hoping to see Hunter Harvey return soon | CSN Mid-Atlantic
The former first round pick worked a couple innings in an extended spring training game. Still has a ways to go, but that's something.

On this day in 1902, John McGraw was hit by a pitch five times without being allowed to take first base. McGraw sat down in the batter's box in protest. The commissioner's office handed McGraw a five game suspension. The Orioles broke their 21 game losing streak with a 9-0 shutout of the White Sox on this day in 1988 and played their fanless game against the White Sox, an 8-2 win, on this day in 2015. Lot of Orioles-White Sox history on April 29.

It's the birthday of Orioles (and White Sox) Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio. Other light hitting glovemen celebrating a birthday include Ron "Tell 'Em Wash" Washington and Rick Burleson.