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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are trying to win a series, again

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Lots of draft pick stories, life on the Norfolk shuttle, and more in today’s Bird Droppings

Baltimore Orioles v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters. The Orioles won yesterday, can you believe it? And it was a game that featured very few shenanigans. Just your run-of-the-mill win. We don’t see many of those this year so they’re nice when they happen. If you missed the game, you can check out my recap for the details and vote for the Most Birdland Player!

If the Orioles can win this afternoon they will capture their first series win since they took two out of three from the Chicago White Sox from April 22-24. That’s a long time. Since then they have had an opportunity to win a series in its last game six times without success. Maybe today will be the day! The Astros are sending Wade Miley to the mound who will probably throw a complete game shutout just to mess with us.

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It seems like today is the official day to write stories about local boys who were drafted by a major league baseball team! So after the first few links about the current Orioles, enjoy some feel good stories about possible future Orioles.

More on Phillips' latest promotion and Kline's exit - School of Roch
Branden Kline was the unlucky guy to get sent down because the Orioles needed a fresh arm, but he'll be back per Brandon Hyde. Hyde refers to Branden Kline as BK. I thought that meant Burger King.

Orioles’ Evan Phillips adjusting to back-and-forth saga from Triple-A - Baltimore Sun
Life on the Norfolk Express can be brutal. Phillips and Josh Lucas share an apartment in Baltimore but just take turns sleeping there when one of them is on the team.

Orioles could play No. 1 draft pick Adley Rutschman at positions other than catcher - CBSSports.com
Will Adley Rutschman play a position other than catcher? Mike Elias seems to have indicated that, but it sounds to me more like to give him a chance to work on his hitting.

Orioles draft former Scot standout Stambaugh | Mount Vernon News
If you don't recognize the name Dalton Stambaugh, it's because he was drafted all the way in the 30th round by the Orioles. That doesn't make it any less exciting for him.

Howland’s Lewis signs with Orioles | vindy.com
This Youngstown, OH newspaper is telling the story of young Craig Lewis, an outfielder from Seton Hall drafted by the Orioles in the 33rd round.

Former North Brunswick standout taking his baseball career to the next level - WWAY TV
Shelton Perkins, a pitcher at James Madison University, was drafted in the 16th round.

Dream Come True - Ben Pederson on being drafted by Baltimore - CBS 3 DULUTH
Duluth Marshall senior Ben Pederson was drafted by the Orioles in the 38th round, but it looks like he's probably going to college.

A dream come true for Kade Strowd | | DubVNation
Kade Strowd from West Virginia University, was drafted in the 12th round for the Orioles. Strowd is a right handed pitcher.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have just one Orioles birthday buddy, John Andreoli. You might remember Andreoli from last year when the Orioles decided to give him playing time instead of Adam Jones under the guise of letting the youngsters play. At age 28, Andreoli was not a youngster nor was he part of the future. He was put on waivers after the season and taken by the Mariners.

But none of that was his fault! Today is his 29th birthday. He is currently playing for the Tacoma Raniers, the triple-A team for the Mariners.