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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where today might be the day for a sweep

Some Orioles are good enough to be traded, David Hess has moved to the bullpen, and more in today’s Bird Droppings.

Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! Did you know that the Orioles have won three straight games? I know! This is only the second time they have won three in a row. The first came all the way back in the beginning of the season when they began the year by winning four in a row, two wins each against the Yankees and Blue Jays. They can tie that four in a row with a win today, and can also pick up their first sweep of the season!

Last Sunday the Orioles found themselves in the same position after they had won the first two games against the Indians. They were not able to complete the sweep that day. Maybe today is the day!

Yesterday the Orioles soundly defeated the Blue Jays by an 8-1 score. Andrew Cashner pitched a fantastic game for the Orioles. Paul Folkemer has all the details in his game recap.

Links

Trey Mancini Drawing Interest - MLB Trade Rumors
Per Ken Rosenthal, there is serious interest in Trey Mancini ahead of the trade deadline. That's good for the Orioles if they can get back some prospects, but also sad.

Will Cashner continue with Orioles? - School of Roch
Roch Kubatko ponders the future of the Orioles rotation if Andrew Cashner is traded. I don't want to think about that, even if it would be smart to do it. Aside from his good pitching this year, I always like how much Cashner celebrates from the dugout.

A’s lose pitcher Aaron Brooks on waivers to Orioles - SFChronicle.com
Will we see Aaron Brooks in the rotation soon? It sounds like the A's weren't excited to put him on waivers but didn't really have a choice.

Planning a trip to see some future Orioles? Here's information you need to know - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Rich Dubroff has all the facts you need for your minor league baseball road trip.

Going Deep: The Once and Future Bundy – Pitcher List
Going deep is right. This is an extraordinary look at Dylan Bundy's past, present, and possible future.

The Orioles Have Won Five Of Their Last Eight Games - Birds Watcher
I like this headline!

As David Hess returns to Orioles following relief transition, Hunter Harvey and Dillon Tate could take similar path - Baltimore Sun
So the guys we hoped would be starters for the Orioles are being moved to the bullpen. I think that means we're gonna need some more starters.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You share a birthday with just one former Oriole, Tim Nordbrook. Nordbrook started his major league career as a backup middle infielder for the 1974-76 Birds. He played six seasons altogether for the Orioles, Brewers, Blue Jays, Angels, and White Sox. Yeah, he moved around a lot. Today is Nordbrook’s 70th birthday

On this day in 1995, the Orioles traded for pitcher Scott Erickson. Erickson appeared in 200 regular season games for the Orioles from 1995-2002 with a 4.73 ERA. His best season was 1997 when he put up a 3.69 ERA for the AL East Winners. His most memorable postseason start for the Orioles was game one of the 1997 ALCS in which he pitched eight shutout innings in a 3-0 Orioles win.

On this day in 1998, Roberto Alomar was named the MVP of the All Star Game, held in Colorado. Alomar homered as part of his three-hit game and also reached base by walk. Also appearing in the game for the Orioles were Cal Ripken and Rafael Palmeiro. Ripken started the game and had one hit, an RBI double. Palmeiro made the team as a reserve and after replacing Jim Thome at first base, went 2-for-2 with an RBI. The AL team defeated the NL team 13-8.