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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles have found their bats

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Gausman did well without his splitter, the Indians need an outfielder, and more in today’s edition of Bird Droppings

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters. If you haven’t been paying attention to the Orioles since the weekend started (and who could blame you), you have missed two very big offensive games. After scoring 15 runs against the Rays on Friday, they beat the Rays again last night, 11-2. Harrison Jozwiak recapped the offensive outburst, be sure to check it out and vote in the MBP poll!

I was at the game and it was a very lovely night at the ballpark. Good baseball, good weather, good times. While I was there I found myself wondering if it was the last time I would see Adam Jones in an Orioles uniform, and that made me a little sad.

I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but if the Orioles can win today they’ll have won three games in a row for just the second time this year. The first time was May 9-12 when they won four in a row. The final game of this four-game series with the Rays begins at 1:05 with Dylan Bundy on the mound vs. Yonny Chrinos.

Links

Orioles double their pleasure again in 11-2 win (with quotes) - School of Roch
Roch has your Buck Showalter quotes about last night's game.

Tyler Naquin placed on 10-day disabled list - MLB.com
Might that renew Cleveland's interest in Adam Jones?

Dan Duquette deserves the chance to continue rebuilding Orioles - Boston Globe
Does he, though? (Nick Cafardo alert)

Yankees should consider outfielder Adam Jones as their 'Plan B' - Yanks Go Yard
Nope. Nope nope nope nope.

Success without splitter another marker for Kevin Gausman's progress in Orioles' win over Rays - Baltimore Sun
Gausman's best pitch, his splitter, wasn't on last night. And he beat the Rays anyway.

Duquette elaborates on economics of rebuild, murky on future of homegrown players at 'State of the Orioles' - Baltimore Sun
A wrap up of yesterday's season ticket holder event. Dan Duquette is certainly saying the things to make us as confident as possible in a rebuild.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! I’m sorry to notify that you have zero Orioles birthday buddies. But you do share a birthday with Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, so that’s something.

On this day in 1988 the Orioles fleeced the Red Sox in a trade, sending veteran Mike Boddicker north in return for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling. In 1997 they acquired Maryland native Harold Baines for the second of three times in his career.

And on this day in 2010 the Orioles made an announcement that changed the course of Orioles baseball: they hired Buck Showalter. Regardless of what you think of Buck Showalter in 2018, you cannot deny this was a major factor in their revival.