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Monday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are once again .500

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Sweeps are fun, as long as the Orioles are on the right end of them. In today's links, more praise for Beckham and Mancini, and checking in on the players the O's got when they traded their international bonus money.

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Despite being counted out many times (including by...uh...me), the Orioles somehow find themselves in the thick of the wild card hunt yet again with another chance at seizing a little more control of their destiny. After a disappointing series in Seattle where the Orioles lost by a a combined three runs, the Birds host the Mariners for three games at OPACY. If a sweep of the hated Red Sox doesn't get the lads fired up, I don't know what will.

Wrapping up a 2-1 win and a sweep - School of Roch
Buck and Adam Jones weigh in the playoff landscape post-sweep.

Time running out as Orioles host Mariners (Aug 28, 2017) | FOX Sports
A no doubt impartial look at the Mariners series.

Orioles' Tim Beckham, free of high expectations, finally hitting like a star | MLB | Sporting News Beckham's rightly earning praise for his performance since moving north.

Sunday Notes: Blue Jays Prospect Danny Jansen is Opening Eyes | FanGraphs Baseball
Lots of good stuff on Trey Mancini here with a special guest appearance from Buck.

Camden Depot: How the Orioles Spent Some of Their International Bonus Allotment Taking a look at a couple guys acquired with international bonus slots.

Baltimore native and would be Oriole Jay Witasick celebrates a birthday today as does former Oriole Lou PIniella.