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Monday Bird Droppings: The "Go West, young Birds" edition

A fateful west coast road trip awaits the Orioles, beginning tonight. In today's links, Zach Britton and the future, Chris Tillman and the bullpen, and a milestone home run roundup.

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After close losses to the Tigers Thursday and Friday, the Orioles won the last two games of the series in very Orioles fashion on Saturday and Sunday. Winning on aggregate score isn't really a thing in baseball, but momentum in the series seemed to swing towards the O's. If they are truly angling towards a playoff berth, it would behoove them to take care of business on this upcoming road trip west as they need to pass both the Angels and the Mariners in the wild card standings. The O's will get another crack at each at home at the end of the month, but a good trip here would help out a bit.

Orioles hit five home runs in 12-3 romp over Tigers (with quotes) - School of Roch
"Not satisfied with reaching 10,000 home runs in club history, the Orioles seemed determined today to double the total."

Myriad O's Thoughts: Winning with a so-so Ubaldo; powering up; 5,000 homers in Baltimore - The collected thoughts of Dan Connolly.

Chris Tillman of Baltimore Orioles vows to use time in pen 'to get better'
Is there any "better" for Tillman this season? We'll see.

Camden Depot: The Future of Zach Britton The Orioles may not be willing to pay for a 12 or 13 million dollar closer next year, but they DO have a lot of money coming off the books.

On this day in 2016, Manny Machado homered in the first three innings of a 10-6 win over the White Sox.

It's the birthday of noted cheater Jason Grimsley. Geronimo Gil and Ryan Lavarnway also celebrate birthdays today. DOn Larsen turns 87. Larsen lost 21 games for the 1954 O's, but is best known for throwing a perfect game in the World Series as a member of the Yankees.