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Friday Bird Droppings: Orioles in the Bronx, Tillman nears return

The Orioles hit New York for weekend series starting tonight. In today's links, Cal Ripken's house isn't selling, Chris Tillman says he's ready, and a friend of the blog explains a couple of newer stats.

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The Orioles head to New York tonight for a weekend series pitting the top two teams in the AL East against each other...just like everyone expected at the start of the season.

Despite mixed results, Chris Tillman feels ready to rejoin O's - Steve Melewski
"Mixed" is being used charitably, here. Important things is, obviously, how Tillman's feeling, but sometimes it's better to look good than to feel good, as a fella once said.

Price for Cal Ripken's Baltimore County home drops to less than $10M - Carroll County Times Hard times out there, y'all.

The Orioles’ accidental slugger - Beyond the Box Score
What to make of the boy?

MLB remains only major pro sport in USA where players are shamed for playing better -
Why are MLB fans such haters? Shout out to Davey Johnson, here, too.

Stats All, Folks: What, in the holy name of Batman, is FIP and BABIP? - Puns? Stats? What's not to like?

It's the birthday of Tripper Johnson. After washing out of the system, Johnson went back to college and payed safety for the Washington Huskies and has since become an agent. Ryan Mountcastle is one of his clients Jim Miller and Sean Douglass also have birthdays today.