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Wednesday’s Bird Droppings: Where the rain refuses to go away

In O’s news: they re-sign some minor leaguers, everyone is hurt, a new podcast and let’s play two!

Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Morning, Birdland!

It’s raining everywhere, including all around Baltimore. The Orioles aren’t in Baltimore. No, they are currently in Boston to wrap up their final road series of the season. But it is also raining in Boston. So much so, that the two teams had to postpone their Tuesday match-up and make today into a split double header. The O’s already-stretched-too-thin pitching staff should have absolutely no problem with that, I’m sure.


The Orioles are limping to the finish line - The Warehouse Podcast/Camden Depot
It is the final episode of the 2018 regular season, and we have big news! Starting next month, The Warehouse will be moving to Eutaw Street Report. If you are subscribed to the show via Google Podcasts or iTunes, nothing will change. It’s just a new landing page in hopes of exposing us to some new eyeballs.

Orioles re-sign Ryan Ripken, Chris Lee, six others to minor league deals - Baltimore Sun
Perhaps the most noteable name on this list of old-ish minor leaguers to re-signed is catcher Martin Cervenka. The 26-year-old spent all of 2018 with the Bowie Baysox and had a heck of a year, being named to the Eastern League All-Star team and earning Eastern League Player of the Month back in July. He has a shot at making it to Baltimore soon as part of the never-ending revolving door behind the dish.

Orioles find no structural damage upon exam of Hunter Harvey’s elbow - Baltimore Sun
Well, that’s good news! Despite his injury history, there are still a ton of fans of Harvey’s ability inside the Orioles organization. Here’s to hoping he just needs a little more rest and recovery.

Orioles’ Dillon Tate: Dealing with shoulder soreness - CBS Sports
Oh, baseball gods, why have you forsaken us so!?

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy Birthday!

Doug Sisk turns 61 today. He was a right-handed pitcher on the 1988 Orioles that appeared in 52 games and compiled a 105 ERA+, 3.72 ERA and 4.13 FIP while striking out just 26 batters in 94.1 innings of work. That is a 2.5 K/9 rate. Truly incredible.

Celebrating his 73rd birthday is Dave Duncan, a catcher for the O’s between ‘75 and ‘76. He batted a combined .205/.258/.310 across 189 games in those two seasons and then never played in the MLB again.

1956 - Charlie Beamon makes his first major league start for the Orioles and throws a 1-0 shutout to beat the New York Yankees.

1962 - Dave McNally makes his first major league start for the Orioles and throws a 3-0 shutout to beat the Oakland Athletics.

1971 - Jim Palmer does not make his first major league start. However, he does win his 20th game of the season in a 5-0 shutout of the Cleveland Indians. In doing so, he became the fourth member of the O’s pitching staff to win 20 games in a season. They are only the second team in history to achieve this feat (1920 White Sox).

1978 - Mike Flanagan loses a no-hitter with two outs in the ninth inning when Gary Alexander hits a home run. Don Stanhouse came on in relief to close out a 3-1 with for the Birds.

1994 - Johnny Oates is fired as Orioles manager.

2012 - The Orioles hit seven home runs to beat the Blue Jays 12-2. Chris Davis and Manny Machado both go deep twice. Nate McLouth, Jim Thome and Mark Reynolds add one homer each.