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Sunday Bird Droppings on a rainy day

The playoffs roll on, if you care about that sort of thing.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Hello Camden Chatters, and a happy Sunday to you. Did you keep up with the playoffs yesterday with only the National League teams in action? The Dodgers continued to look strong, taking a 2-0 lead over the Diamondbacks in their series. The Cubs tried to do the same, but a monster Bryce Harper home run ruined it.

Today has the potential to be a very good day indeed, as both the Yankees and Red Sox could be swept out of the playoffs by two teams that are clearly better than them. The Red Sox/Astros game is at 2:30 and the Yankees/Indians game is at 7:30.

If you’re so over baseball, you can also tune in to see the Ravens play the Raiders at 4. There are probably also some other sports going on. I bet there is golf.

Anyway, would you like a few links? I hope you don’t want more than a few.

Former Oriole Wieters is in a better place with the Nationals - Baltimore Sun
Yes, Matt Wieters is in the playoffs, and yes he has a much better starting rotation to work with in DC. But considering his absolutely abysmal season at the plate I wonder how much more satisfied he really is.

Orioles need to shore up defense after less-than-stellar season in the field - Baltimore Sun
Remember when Adam Jones said that they need better defensive players in the outfield and he got in return Mark Trumbo, Seth Smith, and Trey Mancini?

Can The Orioles Rely On Richard Bleier? - Camden Depot
I think we all know what is going to happen with Richard Bleier. The Orioles will put him in the bullpen next year, check that off their list, and consider it done. Then he will stink.

Taking the rotation for another spin - School of Roch
Finding good pitchers is hard, y'all.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have four Orioles birthday buddies, though they aren’t exactly names to write home about. Someone named Keith Reed had six plate appearances over six games for the 2005 Orioles. He turns 39 today.

Also born on this date are journeyman pitcher Mike Morgan, who spent one year of his 22-year career with the Birds; utility man Enos Campell played for the Orioles from 1972-74 in a total of 115 games; and Bob Mabe, who wrapped up his three-season career with the Orioles in 1960, appearing in two games out of the bullpen.

On this day in 2012, the Orioles won their first playoff game since 1997, defeating the Yankees in game two of the ALDS.