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Friday Bird Droppings: Orioles sweeps are fun

Isn't it fun when the Orioles sweep? A tougher task awaits today as the Astros come to town. In today's links, Ryan Mountcastle on his recent promotion, Dylan Bundy on preparation, and more.

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...and just as the sell off talk heated up, the Orioles swept four games from the Rangers. What madness is this? Don't get too used to it, folks. The Astros are coming to town and they're no joke. I mean, maybe the O's can knick a game with Dallas Keuchel and Carlos Correa on the DL, but they're so deep and their bullpen is filthy. UBaldo Jimenez takes the bump in the opener. Feelin lucky, punk?

Zach Britton closes out O's win over Rangers |
Was it a perfect appearance? Ehhhh...

Mountcastle on his Double-A debut and move to third base - Steve Melewski
The Mountain moves!

Dylan Bundy on Preparing for a Start | FanGraphs Baseball
Perhaps not as interesting as his famous workout videos, but...different.

Camden Depot: Caleb Joseph Has Recovered Nicely Pretty solid season from the soon to be father of two.  Kids' gotta eat!

On this day in 1967, Sudlersville native and Hall of Famer Jimmie Fox passed away. Big Ben McDonald tossed a shutout in his major league debut on this day in 1990. The Orioles reacquired Eddir Murray for their stretch run on this day in 1996. They gave up on the much-maligned Kent Mercker.

John Hart celebrates a birthday today. He managed in the Orioles organization for several years before taking a job with Indians and building their 90s juggernaut. He's also held roles in the Braves and Rangers organizations. Moe Drabowsky would have turned 82 today. The Ozanna, Poland native was a mainstay of the late 60s Orioles bullpen. Mark Williamson, Willie Eyre,, Wei-Yin Chen and Orioles Hall of Famer Mike Bordick also celebrate birthdays today.