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Friday Bird Droppings: Are the O's back to their (good) old habits?

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In today's links, Pedro Alvarez hasn't opted out just yet, Wade Miley talks about his outing, and different opinions on Manny Machado's contact problem.

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...by which I mean hitting copious amounts of home runs? Maybe. Eduardo Rodriguez is not exactly prone to allowing the long ball, though he has allowed four homers in a game one other time in his career. At any rate, if the phrase "the magic of Orioles baseball" has taken a distinctly dark meaning in your mind in recent weeks, then last night had to bring some form of relief. Will that hold tonight when Alec Asher and Rick Porcello square off? Time will tell.

Tired of beanball, Orioles play home run derby against Red Sox - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
Revenge is like serving cold cuts.

Trumbo and Schoop on the offense, Miley on his outing - Steve Melewski Steve-o on the beat with notes and quotes from the locker room.

Report: Orioles, Pedro Alvarez reach "temporary resolution" | HardballTalk
El Toro opts to not opt out.

Our theme of the day is Manny Machado's contact issues...

Machado’s Weird Contact | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Camden Depot: Does Manny Machado Have A Contact Problem?

On this day in 1958, Brooks Robinson hit into the first triple play of his career. He would go on to set the record for career triple plays.

Little known Birds, Jack O'Connor, Roger Freed and Bob Saverine celebrate birthdays today.