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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles’ momentum sputtered in a hurry

The Orioles sparked some excitement by bringing Hunter Harvey to the majors, then played a game that was completely devoid of excitement.

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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

Just when you think the Orioles have managed to build some sort of momentum, coming off a thrilling series win in New York, they come home and scuffle through the kind of clunker that reminds you how frustrating the club can be.

In front of a cold, empty Camden Yards, the Orioles were an astounding 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Dylan Bundy went criminally unsupported in twirling another gem and is now 0-1 despite a 1.35 ERA. Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes gave up his second career grand slam despite having pitched only four major league games. Mark Brown’s recap has you covered on all this and more.

Perhaps the biggest Orioles news occurred before the game, when the club surprisingly called up top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, 23, who has never pitched above Low-A ball. Harvey was set to make his starting debut at Bowie on Monday before the Orioles called him up to be a warm body in the bullpen.

I’ll admit I’m excited to see Harvey pitch in the bigs (if he does before he’s sent back down), but I would’ve rather kept him on a regular routine in the minors. I can’t help but think of 2013-era Kevin Gausman and the constant yo-yo-ing that did his development no favors.

The Orioles, who may or may not still have Harvey on the roster by Tuesday night, will square off for game two against the Blue Jays at 7:05.


Bundy's effort wasted in 7-1 loss (with Showalter quotes) (School of Roch)
Buck Showalter weighs in on the various misfortunes in the Orioles' loss to the Blue Jays. He reminds us that it was cold out.

Surprise(sort of)! Hunter Harvey joins the Orioles (and notes on Cobb and Trumbo) (
The Orioles' call-up of Harvey, it seems, boils down to him being the only healthy, available pitcher on the 40-man roster who wasn't already in the majors. Not sure that's a great philosophy when dealing with your top prospect. In other news, Alex Cobb will most likely make his Orioles debut on Saturday at Fenway Park.

Rookie Anthony Santander rewards Orioles’ faith with first home run Sunday (Baltimore Sun)

Anthony Santander, who has to remain on the roster the first 44 days to fulfill his Rule 5 obligations, is making a case to stick around longer than that. He’s raw, but could turn out to be the Orioles’ best Rule 5 pick of the Dan Duquette era. It’s not a high bar to clear.

Orioles’ cartoon logo transformed into other birds through Florida graphic designer’s @SmilingBirdLogo (Baltimore Sun)

A Rays fan on Twitter has taken up the hobby of morphing the smiling Oriole logo into other types of birds. Because we, the public, demanded it!

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You are awash in Orioles birthday buddies. The most notable is outfielder Mike Devereaux, 1992 Most Valuable Oriole and perpetrator of one of the most famous home run robberies in club history. He turns 55. GIF enthusiast and 2013 outfielder Chris Dickerson, who was back in the Orioles’ organization last season, turns 36.

Elsewhere, Wes Stock, a member of the Orioles’ bullpen from 1959-1964, turns 84 today. Outfielder Lee Lacy, who finished his 16-year MLB career with three mediocre seasons in Baltimore from 1985-87, turns 70. And 1999-2000 reliever Al Reyes is 48.

On this day in 2015, Bud Norris and the Orioles were shellacked in their home opener by the Blue Jays, 12-4. It’s the only home opener Buck Showalter has lost in his eight seasons as O’s manager.