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Monday Bird Droppings: the first cutter's the deepest

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The Orioles took a weekend series from the Yankees in dramatic fashion and hold onto first by the skin of their teeth. How sweet it is! Particularly nice to stick it to Dellin Betances and awful guy (with papers) Aroldis Chapman. Smell yah later, Yankees!

O's host the Royals to start the week with Mike Wright getting yet another shot at proving his mettle. This should go well.

O's rally vs. Chapman, Yanks after rain delay | orioles.com
I'm still bitter about a rain delayed game the Yankees won a number of years ago in which Derek Jeter hit a trademark Jeter single in a torrential downpour. This sort of thing kind of ameliorates that.

Tony Pena sees his youngest child, Francisco, return to the majors
Francisco Pena might not exactly be a revelation, but he's making the most of his latest shot at big league acion.

Dylan Bundy says decision to stop throwing slider/cutter for now was his - Steve Melewski
Did you REALLY think you'd heard the last of this?

Jonathan Schoop Worth Owning In All Standard Leagues - TKB
Schoop's a force in fantasy AND real life!

Are the Orioles in a no win situation with Trumbo? - Baltimore Sports and Life If the thought is that there's stress in the Warehouse over Trumbo, nothing has been learned from watching Dan Duquette these last few years.

On this day in 1993, a twisted knee in a game against the Mariners threatened Cal's consecutive game streak. In 2010, the Orioles got the first managerial win for Juan Samuel as they defeated the Red Sox in extra innings.

Merv Rettenmund, a stealth great O from the late 60s and early 70s, turns 73 today.