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Monday Bird Droppings: Where Zach Britton is STILL an Oriole

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Here we are at the day of the trade deadline. In today's links, grading the past Duquette trades, the continuing problem with dealing with the Nationals, and more.

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Thank goodness for the Rangers and Blue Jays this season. The Orioles have made light work of their recent wild card opponents, but struggled against almost everyone else. The Orioles start the week hosting the Royals, another playoff rival of the "Buckette" era. In addition to yesterday's re-acquisition of Melky Cabrera, the Royals have been engaged in constant bullpen tinkering this season as they look to wrest the division title from the Indians.

The Orioles are barely hanging on in the wild card race and it's debatable that they can make up enough ground for deadline purchases to be worthwhile. Today's non-waiver trade deadline will be a big story to follow all day.

Orioles Wells extends scoreless streak to 36 | MLB.com
If the words "scoreless streak" and "Orioles pitcher" look odd clustered together to you, don't worry. This is yet another quick hitter on Orioles farmhand Alex Wells who is...how do you say...on a bit of a run.

Nationals-Orioles history Zach Britton trade hurdle - Washington Times
I guess I'm not certain that the Lerner and Angelos families have a personal distaste for each other that would prevent a significant deal from getting done, but that's just the vibe I get...maybe it's what i want to believe.

Grading each of Duquette's 14 summer trades as EVP of the Orioles - dating back to June 2012 - BaltimoreBaseball.com Paul Folkemer takes on Dan Duquette's record as a wheeler-dealer.

These overshadowed rookies are still having impressive seasons. | Sports on Earth
Trey Mancini is being recognized more and more every day.

Lee May, 'Big Bopper from Birmingham,' dead at age 74 | AL.com May would have fit on on the current O's.

On this day in 1971, Pat Dobson won his 12th straight game by shutting out the Royals 4-0. Steve Stone had a 14 game winning streak snapped on this day in 1980. Eddie Murray hit his 299th and 300th homers on this day in 1987, a good year for people who love the long ball. In recent years, the Orioles have acquired Bud Norris, Gerardo Parra and Wade Miley on this day.

The fabulously named Rip Coleman would have been 85 today. Mike Figga, Joe Durham and Earl Stephenson also have July 31 birthdays.