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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are still fighting MASN court decisions.

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In other news: the O’s play two today, Givens is leading the bullpen and Rutschman looks like the pick.

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Good morning, Birdland!

The Orioles will be playing their third doubleheader of the season today. They have just one win and three losses in those two previous twin-billings (swept by the Twins on 4/20, split with the White Sox on 5/1).

Doubleheaders are pretty fun from the fan perspective. There is more baseball; always a good thing. But it can be rough on a pitching staff, especially at the start of a road trip.

The Orioles have been in New York for several days now, and they have yet to play an inning of baseball. By the end of the night, they will find themselves in Cleveland to take on the Indians for a 6:10 p.m. start on Thursday. The O’s website does not have a starter listed for that game, but whoever it is may already be headed to Ohio in case things get delayed (yet again) in the Bronx tonight.

Links & Notes

Yankees-Orioles game postponed — again - New York Post
Stadium roofs are ugly, but they should probably be mandatory on all newly constructed baseball venues. There are just far too many rainouts, especially early in the season.

Givens provides the bullpen innings and leadership - MASN Sports
It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. The Orioles bullpen is thin. Mychal Givens is, by far, the most accomplished member of said bullpen, and he has had a chance to spend many hours alongside veterans like Zack Britton, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach in his career. Seems that leadership ability has rubbed off on him a bit.

Mock Draft 2.0 - FanGraphs
The FanGraphs crew has the Orioles taking catcher Adley Rutschman first overall. No surprise there. But they also mention that there is a non-zero chance that they select first baseman Andrew Vaughn from Cal-Berkley instead, because he is likely to sign for less money. Then they can re-allocate those savings to players that may slide in the draft later on. Mike Elias was part of a similar plan when the Astros picked Carlos Correa instead of the unanimous number one pick that year, Byron Buxton. The logic makes sense, but Rutschman appears to be head and shoulders above the rest of the draft pool. Sure, he may want the most money too, but it’s because he’s the best. To me, that ‘s worth it.

MASN owes Nationals tens of millions, MLB panel rules - The Washington Post
There is a quote from the Nationals lawyers in here, where they claim that this MASN deal is hampering the Washington club because it limits their ability to sign players and pay for other baseball-related costs. Please! The Nationals still have a top 10 payroll and even made a big offer to Bryce Harper this past winter. I get it, they want their “fair share” of the MASN money, but they are not hampered in any real way due to this negotiation.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

Catcher Guillermo Rodríguez turns 41 years old. The backstop played just seven games for the 2009 Orioles to close out his brief MLB career.

Left-handed pitcher Eric DuBose is celebrating his 43rd birthday. The southpaw compiled a 5.21 ERA over 188.1 innings between 2002 and 2006.

2005 - The Orioles never trail as they beat the White Sox 6-2. This is the first time all season that the White Sox did not lead at any point in a game. Their 37-game streak is the longest to start a season in MLB history.