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Sunday Bird Droppings: Even Bundy has forsaken us

Dylan Bundy sinks deeper into the morass, and the ASG Break can’t come quick enough for this team.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles
Those socks, though...
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Tampa Bay hits four homers in 10-3 rout of Orioles (quotes added) - Steve Melewski
"Pitching on six day’s rest, Dylan Bundy allowed seven hits and five runs over four frames, as the Rays hammered the Orioles 10-3 at Camden Yards."

Zach Britton feels ready to rejoin the Orioles - Steve Melewski
“It was good,” Zach Britton said of the outing with Frederick. “It was 11 pitches. Felt good, threw breaking balls and I felt ready to go after that one. I felt I was ready to pitch in the big leagues. Ramon Martinez (special assignment pitching instructor) was there. We talked about it. Definitely sharp and ready to go, and he felt the same way."

Impending return of Zach Britton could have wide-ranging ripple effect on Orioles - Baltimore Sun
"The Orioles bullpen has navigated through the first half of the season without a player who was the best late-inning reliever in baseball last season, and that journey included its share of ups and downs. But at every turn, the Orioles looked toward this week as a time when one of their greatest strengths — their bullpen — could get back to its past form for the stretch run."

Orioles' Chris Davis: Will resume throwing Monday -
Chris Davis (oblique) is set to resume throwing Monday, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Orioles' J.J. Hardy: Tests reveal broken rib -
J.J. Hardy (wrist) underwent additional tests after feeling pain in his side that confirmed a broken rib, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

How many Orioles will make the All-Star team? - School of Roch
One. The answer is one. No matter what this article says, the answer is one.

Seaford legend Delino DeShields has big-league return in sight -
Delino DeShields has moved steadily up the managerial ladder, starting at rookie-level short-season Billings of the Pioneer League (2010) then going to advanced Class A Dayton of the Midwest League (2011-12), Double-A Southern League Pensacola (2013-14) and Louisville in 2015.

Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia hopes to find return path to the MLB with Boston Red Sox |
"Henry Urrutia believes he can play his way back to the MLB. And he views the Red Sox as a team willing to, perhaps one day, give him that shot."

Birthdays and History

Happy Birthday to former Oriole Pete Burnside, who pitched in a mere 6 games for the Birds in 1963. He shares today with famous people including "Brown v. Board of Ed." NAACP lawyer and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall 1908; Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers 1925; Wendy's founder Dave Thomas 1932; 7X NASCAR champion and the coolest man in sunglasses ever, "The King" Richard Petty 1937; writer and director Larry David 1947; figure skater and commentator Johnny Weir 1984; and actress Lindsay Lohan 1986. Yes, Lindsay Lohan is now 31 years old.

On this day in Baltimore baseball history (courtesy of

1901 - With Boston leading 5 - 2 over the Orioles in the 6th inning, the O's score two runs off starter George Cuppy, and he leaves with two runners on base. Reliever Ted Lewis allows the runs to score, and Baltimore goes on to win, 7 - 5. Lewis is charged with the loss under the existing rules.

2013 - The Orioles acquire P Scott Feldman from the Cubs in return for Ps Pedro Strop and Jake Arrieta in the first significant trade since the start of the season.

And the folks at REALLY want you to know that contrary to yesterday’s entry that Rube Waddell first appeared for Connie Mack’s A’s on July 1st, he pitched his first game for Connie Mack's Athletics in Baltimore a few days earlier (June 26, 1902). July 1st was his first home appearance and his first win for the team. Our apologies.

On this day in world history...

1776 - Richard Henry Lee’s resolution that the American colonies "are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States" was adopted by the Continental Congress.

1857 - New York City’s first elevated railroad officially opened for business.

1858 - Czar Alexander II freed the serfs working on imperial lands.

1890 - The U.S. Congress passed the Sherman Antitrust Act.

1926 - The U.S. Congress established the Army Air Corps.

1937 - American aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart disappeared in the Central Pacific during an attempt to fly around the world at the equator.

1947 - An object crashed near Roswell, NM. The U.S. Army Air Force insisted it was a weather balloon, but eyewitness accounts led to speculation that it might have been an alien spacecraft.

1962 - Wal-Mart Discount City opened in Rogers, Arkansas. It was the first Walmart store.

1964 - U.S. President Johnson signed the "Civil Rights Act of 1964" into law. The act made it illegal in the U.S. to discriminate against others because of their race.

1980 - U.S. President Jimmy Carter reinstated draft registration for males 18 years of age.

Consider this your discussion space for that 117-111 scorecard in favor of Jeff Horn in last night’s Manny Pacquiao - Jeff Horn fight.