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Friday Bird Droppings: Shipping up to Boston

After a day off, the Orioles are in Boston for their latest crucial series. In today's links, Trey Mancini gets a little help, pondering Miguel Castro's future, and another O's prospect who got away.

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The Orioles adequately took care of business against the A's, but now head to Boston for a weekend series against the red hot Red Sox. The Orioles remain in a state of living death with regards to the playoff race...the phrase "treading water" seems to be the most accurate characterization of their current status.

So. How YOU doin'?

Trey Mancini had help for his slump buster, plus other notes - Steve Melewski
Trey Mancini has shown a good ability to adjust this season.

Camden Depot: What's Next For Miguel Castro? Buck Showalter has teased the notion of Miguel Castro starting. What could go wrong?

Analyzing eight teams in the AL Wild Card race. | Sports on Earth
Is belief in oneself enough?

Nicky Delmonico Might Be Something | FanGraphs Baseball
Aw, nuts.

On this day in 2014, the Orioles hit back to back homers in the third and back to back to back homers in the fifth in a victory over the Rays.

Feared hitter and human being being Albert Belle celebrates a birthday today. Gary Matthews, Jr. turns 43 today. Little Sarge put up a 2.4 bWAR for the O's in 109 games in 2002.