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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are alone at the top

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It's Wednesday and the Orioles are in first place. I like that!

Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Ah, back in sole possession of first place. It’s pretty nice, right? I love watching Chris Tillman and Zach Britton combine to shut down the Red Sox. It's always pretty when David Ortiz strikes out three times. Be sure to check out Ryan's recap for all the details.

In draft news, the Google tells me that the Orioles have signed their 2nd round pick, Keegan Akin, to a $1.17M contract. The article states that after his physcial and officially signing on Monday, he'll head off to A-ball.

37th round pick, James Teague and 12th round pick, Max Knutson have also signed. Probably others have agreed to terms as well, but you don't tend to hear about the lower round picks unless a local boy does good story is written about them in their hometown.

MLB's Jim Callis on Orioles' Draft: They got three good arms - Press Box Online
Jim Callis breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of Cody Sedlock, Keegan Akin, and Matthias Dietz.

How often do the Orioles score nine runs and lose? - Roar From 34
64 times in team history! That's more than I would have expected.

J.J. Hardy talks about his first rehab game at Bowie - Steve Melewski
Hardy could be close to returning to the Orioles, which is good news indeed. He played six innings last night for the Baysox and spoke to Steve Melewski afterwards.

Forecasting Single-Game Attendance - Camden Depot
This model predicts attendance within 10,000 people for a night. I'm pretty sure I could do that just by looking at the team they're playing and the weather.

Hot Take Tuesday: Orioles Should Trade Mark Trumbo in July | Eutaw Street Report
This extremely hot take is that the Orioles should trade Trumbo for starting pitching. The problem is that you'd have to find a contending team that needs offense but has too much pitching. Is that a thing?

Henry Urrutia: I know I can play in the big leagues - Press Box Online
Well this just makes me sad.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! I'm sorry to say that you have zero Orioles birthday buddies. You do share a birthday with Neil Patrick Harris, and he’s no slouch.