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Wednesday Bird Droppings: The second place blues

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It really stinks when you start the day tied for first place and end the day tied for second. If the Orioles don’t win tonight they’ll find themselves in third.

Hello Camden Chatters. How about last night’s game? Talk about a roller coaster of emotions. I was at the game and it was a draining experience, although I’m sure some of that had to do with the heat.

Technically right now the Blue Jays are ahead of both the Red Sox and the Orioles by one game but all three teams are tied in the loss column. Toronto has just played two more games than the O’s and Sox. The Orioles need to start playing better if they have a chance at re-taking the division. I know they have better baseball in them.

Burning Questions with Baltimore Orioles' reliever Zach Britton - ESPN
Zach Britton would like you to know that he's boring.

Baltimore Orioles' first-round pick Cody Sedlock talks professional debut, future - Hardball Scoop - Scout
An interview with top pick Cody Sedlock, if you'd like to get to know him a little better.

Orioles bump Chris Tillman from Wednesday's start with shoulder discomfort; Dylan Bundy to pitch instead - Baltimore Sun
This could be bad news....but hopefully the extra few days is all Tillman needs.

Orioles talk about the two pitches that cost them a game - Steve Melewski
Here are your quotes on what went wrong last night.

Cup of jO's: Zach Britton, Cy Young Award Winner? - Camden Depot
Jon Shepherd chimes in on the Britton for Cy discussion that has taken the world by storm.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have an excellent Orioles birthday buddy in Boog Powell. The big man turns 75 today. I saw Boog walking down Eutaw Street yesterday looking a little cranky. I’m guessing he was in search of some air condition after getting sweaty hanging out at his BBQ.

Other Orioles born today include Chris Waters, who will always have that one greaat start in 2008 for us to remember him by; John Buzhardt, who played in seven games for the ‘67 O’s; and Vern Bickford, whose last year in the big leagues was the first year for the Orioles, 1954.