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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are on TV!

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The Orioles are on MASN, Adley Rutschman is playing it cool, and more in today’s Bird Droppings.

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Adley Rutschman got an at bat yesterday! He struck out.
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Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! Today kicks off a string of 32 straight Sundays with Orioles baseball. That’s a lot of Sundays, many of which I’ll find myself at Camden Yards thanks to my Sunday game plan. That seems exciting now, but I imagine might start to feel like a slog in about July. No offense, Orioles!

Today is also the home opener at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. The Orioles are taking on the Red Sox at 1:05 and the game is being televised on MASN. So settle in and enjoy watching Chris Davis batting third!

Or go outside and enjoy the day. It’s supposed to be nearly 60 degrees in central Maryland today.

Link

Orioles open Grapefruit League exhibition schedule with 5-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves - Baltimore Sun
If you're just dying to know the details of yesterday's spring training game between the Orioles and Braves, Peter Schmuck has you covered.

Austin Hays' time to shine is now - Call to the Pen
I am looking forward to seeing if Austin Hays can prove that last year's late season surge wasn't a fluke. But really I think it's all of the players times to shine!

Top pick Rutschman not awed in 1st Orioles' big league camp - Yahoo Sports
Adley Rutschman is breezy! And one of the most hopeful things about this year's spring training.

Orioles lineup vs. Red Sox - School of Roch
Roch Kubatko has the lineup for today's game vs the Red Sox. It has a mix of regulars and newcomers. Get hyped!

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies. Bobby Bonilla, who spent part of 1995 and all of 1996 with the Orioles, turns 57 today! And John “T-Bone” Shelby, a player for the Orioles from 1981-86 and later a first base coach from 2008-2010, turns 62.

On this day in 2016, word got out that the Orioles were signing Dexter Fowler to a three-year contract. It was believed to be a done deal until Fowler showed up at Cubs spring training being all, “Surprise, I’m back!” The catfish worked out well for Fowler and the Cubs. He went on to put up the best fWAR of his career, 4.6, and the Cubs won their first World Series in over 100 years.

The Orioles in 2016 won 89 games and lost on the road in the Wild Card game. It’s not hard to imagine that Fowler could have been a big difference make on that team.