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Saturday’s Bird Droppings: Where Alex Cobb has come to save the day

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The weekend is off to a poor start, but an impressive debut for the O’s new hurler could make everything OK.

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Welcome to the weekend, Camden Chat!

What’s the next move for Chris Tillman? For the third consecutive start to open the 2018 season, the Orioles former ace showed that he is incapable of competing at the major league level, and it cost his team a game against an AL East foe. Paul Folkemer’s recap of the O’s 7-3 loss to the Red Sox last night encompasses how a lot of fans are feeling this morning.

The day or reckoning is upon us. Alex Cobb will be in an Orioles uniform tonight, making his first start of the season. That would seem to mean that another Baltimore hurler will need to go; the most likely candidates being Tillman and Mike Wright Jr. Neither one can simply be optioned to Triple-A to work out the kinks, presenting the O’s with quite a quandary.

Links

Roster crunch leaves Orioles with no clear move to make for Alex Cobb (Baltimore Sun)
Eduardo Encina dives a little deeper into the question of what move will be made to make room for Cobb. He suggests optioning Engelb Vielma, but a possible injury to Jonathan Schoop could complicate that depending on the severity.

After unconventional preparation process, Alex Cobb ready to make his Orioles debut (Baltimore Sun)
Tons of quotes from Cobb in this one, which discusses if the O’s newest hurler will truly be ready after he was signed so late into Spring Training. I guess we will find out today.

Schoop’s exit from game and wrapping up a 7-3 loss (MASNsports.com)
Apparently, Tillman felt physically and mechanically better on Saturday than he had in his previous start. Yikes. But there are some good quotes from both Tillman and Buck Showalter in this one.

Richard Bleier Is The Orioles’ Other Groundball-Generating Machine (Camden Depot)
The O’s pitcher has quickly become one of their most-trusted arms. On a team with starters that struggle to go deep in games, it’s nice to have a guy like Bleier that can go multiple innings and fill the gap between the rotation and the end-of-game relievers.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy Birthday! Jeff Fiorentino and his one career home run will turn 35 years old today. Professional jerk, and nephew to Rick Dempsey, Gregg Zaun is 47. Lefty reliever Brad Pennington is 49 years old. He’s joined by fellow reliever Mike Trombley, who turns 51. And it would have been the 74th birthday for Frank Bertaina, who had a small role on both the 1966 and 1969 O’s teams, but he passed away back in 2010.

1865 - Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. The U.S. President died the following day.

1902 - J.C. Penney opens his first store.

1927 - Volvo debuts its first car.

1939 - John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is published.

1990 - Cal Ripken Jr. begins an MLB record of 95 consecutive errorless games and 431 straight errorless chances by a shortstop.