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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where you only have to watch the Orioles 11 more times

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There are just 11 more Orioles games remaining. The way they’re playing, that’s too many. In today’s links, Pedro makes his play, and the O’s org. mourns a minor leaguer.

Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Hello, friends.

Another day has dawned with the Orioles in fourth place in the American League East. They are now 13.5 games back of the division-leading Red Sox and with Monday’s loss were officially eliminated from possibly winning the division.

They will reach that point before long with the second wild card spot. After Monday’s loss, the Orioles remain 5.5 games behind the Twins. However, their elimination number - the number of O’s losses and Twins wins that will end even the minute hopes remaining - is down to just seven with eleven games to play. They can now be mathematically eliminated as early as Friday night.

If you didn’t stay up to see the end of Monday’s 10-8 loss to the Red Sox, you’re probably happier than those of us who did. You can check out my recap for the not-so-lovely totals. This team manages to be depressing even when they almost seem to be trying to be exciting. The starting rotation continues to be the MLB-worst by ERA.

There’s a knit cap in it for you if you make the trek to Oriole Park at Camden Yards tonight. Maybe you can pull it down over your eyes every time that Austin Hays isn’t batting. He was absolutely the best part of Monday’s loss. It’s a shame they spoiled a game that would have let us come away having good feelings about the team. Yeah, what else is new?

Around the blogO’sphere

Orioles run out of extra-innings magic in 10-8 loss (with quotes) - School of Roch
Transcribed Buck Showalter remarks on the unpleasant loss.

Boston scores two in the 11th to rally and beat O’s (with quotes) - Steve Melewski
And here’s Dylan Bundy and Miguel Castro - the two biggest culprits in the loss - with a couple of quotes on the game.

Pedro Alvarez seeing spike in playing time as he looks to re-establish major league value (Baltimore Sun)
A 3-3 night with a home run and two walks is a good way to re-establish that value... although there was also the part where he got thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.

Early notes on Jones, defense and Britton - School of Roch
Turns out the official reason for Adam Jones not playing in a couple of the games in New York is “general soreness,” which Roch suggests is much more specifically leg soreness.

Orioles' Miguel Gonzalez dies in car accident | MLB.com
A 21-year-old Orioles prospect, most recently with the Dominican Summer League team, was killed in a car accident over the weekend in the Dominican Republic. We are sorry for the loss.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: 2013 masher Danny Valencia, 2012 late-season arrival Nick Johnson, 1996-97 closer Randy Myers, and the late Bob Turley of the 1954 Orioles starting rotation.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: women’s suffrage activist Mabel Vernon (1883), Lord of the Flies author William Golding (1911), baseball Hall of Famer Duke Snider (1926), TV’s Batman Adam West (1928), baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan (1943), baseball media’s Ken Rosenthal (1962), sometimes funny man Jimmy Fallon (1974), and Canadian singer-songwriters Tegan and Sara Quin (1990).

On this day in history...

In 1356, the English led by Edward, the Black Prince defeated a French force in the Battle of Poitiers, in the process capturing France’s King, John II. The ransom was eventually set at 3 million crowns.

In 1796, George Washington’s Farewell Address was printed all over America.

In 1864, General Philip Sheridan’s Union troops defeated Confederates under Jubal Early in the Third Battle of Winchester. This victory is credited with helping ensure President Lincoln’s re-election.

In 1952, Charlie Chaplin was barred from re-entering the United States after taking a trip to England.

In 1982, Scott Fahlman is credited with posting the first two documented emoticons - a happy face, :-) and a frowny face, :-( - on the Carnegie Mellon University BBS.

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And that’s the way it is in Birdland on September 19 - or at least, until something happens later, which it surely will when the Orioles continue their series against the Red Sox. Have a safe Tuesday. Go O’s!