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Monday Bird Droppings: The O's are back to .500

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After a series win against St. Louis, the O's have made it back to .500. In today's links, Ubaldo's surprisingly good start, kind words for Trey Mancini, and on the farm, Aberdeen prepares to start their season.

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The Jonathan Schoop Show rolls on and Ubaldo Jimenez turned in a workmanlike performance to secure the win. Not a terrible Father's Day present. Now, though, the Orioles get to face Corey Kluber and the Arncarnarshun-powered Indians before returning to divisional play. Hold me.

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I could make all sorts of Cleveland jokes about what the Tribe's road record suggest, but I will abstain.

Myriad Orioles Thoughts: Ubaldo's unexpected heroics, an offensive power surge, and Hardy's injury - Have we seen J.J. Hardy's last game in an Orioles uniform. One hopes not, but recent vintage Hardy has always seemed one injury away from the links. His precipitous decline in performance this year doesn't help.

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Game respects game.

Camden Depot: O's Position Players Aren't Getting The Job Done Either I don't think anyone expected the pitching to be awesome this year, but of this team is going to compete, the bats need to pick it up. Maybe the Cardinals series is a harbinger of offensive success?

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It has to be sort of weird to be Ryan Ripken.

Butch Davis, a longtime coach and instructor in the system, celebrates a birthday today. Current reliever Logan Verrett turns 27, while birthday wishes also go out to former swingman Bruce Chen and would be closer Willis Roberts.