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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are looking to avoid the sweep

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Frank Robinson was remembered, Dan Straily is happy to be here, and more in today’s bird droppings.

New York Yankees v Baltimore Orioles
Trey Mancini has been on fire to start the season!
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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! Has the weekend treated you well? Did you get out and enjoy the spring weather? The weather last night was perfect for a baseball game, were any of you there? Sure the outcome wasn’t all that exciting, but this team has some fight to it. I like that. Unfortunately what they don’t have is a good bullpen.

If you missed last night’s game or just want to re-live the loss, check out Alex Church’s game recap. He has all the important details on the O’s 6-4 loss.

This afternoon at 1:05 the Orioles and Yankees will face off for the final game of the series. The Orioles are looking to avoid the sweep and fall below .500. I know it’s silly to point out where they stand in relation to .500 fewer than 10 games into the season. But this is the Orioles, soon there will be no need for that discussion so I’m taking it while I can get it.

David Hess will try to repeat his no-hit performance from last week today against a better lineup than the Blue Jays. For the Yankees, Domingo German will be on the mound.

Links

O's honor Frank Robinson with celebration of life - Orioles.com
The Orioles honored Frank Robinson last night before the game. You can see videos here of the tributes made by Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Boog Powell, and more.

Pitcher Dan Straily joins Orioles with opportunity to start, familiarity with coaching staff - Baltimore Sun
Are bearded, red-haired starting pitches the new market inefficiency?

Dylan Bundy Does It Again Against The Yankees - Birds Watcher
It's going to be an even longer season than expected if Dylan Bundy doesn't start completing at least four innings.

Tim Beckham, Adam Jones Continue Raging With New Teams - Slackie Brown
I'm really happy for Adam Jones's fast start this year. And I'm not sad about Tim Beckham not being an Oriole.

These four 'new' flamethrowers pitch today - MLB.com
David Hess has gained 2.1 mph on his fastball since last year!

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies. The first is Tom Phoebus, who was a starting pitcher for the Orioles from 1966-1970. He wasn’t bad, either! And he was a local Baltimore guy, which is always fun. Today he turns 77 years old.

It’s also the birthday of journeyman pitcher Rickey Bones, who pitched for seven different teams in his 11-year career. He spent 1999 with the Orioles, where he put up 5.98 ERA in 30 games, mostly out of the bullpen. Today is his 50th birthday.