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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Chasing down the division

Another series win is in the books. Could a sweep be around the corner?

It's Wednesday, Camden Chatters. We're on the hump or whatever. Like many of you, I was hoping to wake up to a Red Sox loss, but I guess that was too much to hope for. Regardless, it's hard to feel too bad about a night when the Orioles not only win but move a game ahead of the Tigers in the wild card race and cut their deficit in the AL East to just one game. Not a bad day's work!

Be sure to check out Alex Conway's recap of last night's win to bask in Manny Machado's grand slam and to make your voice heard in the Most Birdland Player poll.

On to the links -

Updating Davis' hand and an 11-2 win - School of Roch
Quote roundup from last night's win, including about the sore left palm of Chris Davis. He's fine!

Why Is Chris Davis Struggling? - Camden Depot
The good folks over at the Depot have determined that Chris Davis should be better in the future. I hope so, given his contract.

Kevin Gausman Turning Into Baltimore's De Facto Ace - Today's Kuckleball
Our own Tyler Young broached this subject about a week ago, and it's a pretty exciting turn of events.

Starter surplus could be looming for Orioles when Tillman returns to rotation - Baltimore Sun
Ed Encina wonders if the Orioles should go to a six-man rotation when Chris Tillman returns (hopefully on Sunday). Buck Showalter hasn't been a fan in the past, though.

Jordan Zimmermann of Detroit Tigers off DL, to start Saturday vs Orioles - ESPN
It was never going to be easy against the Tigers this weekend, and now it's even harder. The Tigers will throw out Michael Fulmer, Zimmermann, and Justin Verlander this weekend.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your Orioles birthday buddies are plentiful, if unremarkable. They are: utility man extraordinaire David Newhan; Willie Morales, whose entire MLB career is made up of 3 games in 2000; Wade Rowdon, who hit to an impressive -43 OPS+ for the 1988 O's; Orlando Sanchez, who amassed eight plate appearances over four games in 1984; and Tommy Matchick, who finished his career with three games for the Orioles in 1972.