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Monday Bird Droppings: Heading home after a rough weekend

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The road trip to New York is over and it didn’t go well. Now the Orioles are coming home to play eight games in seven days.

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Happy Monday, Camden Chatters. I hope you didn’t let the past three days’ worth of terrible baseball by the Orioles ruin your weekend. They went into New York with hopes of climbing into that final playoff slot. Instead, they were swept in the four-game series by the Yankees, which all but put the final nail in the coffin for their playoff hopes. You can read about the most recent loss in Andrea’s game recap.

Now the Orioles head home their final homestand of the year. It will start with three games against the Braves, the first place team in the N.L. East. And it will end with five (yes, five) games against the Rays, the first place team in the A.L. East. So it should go great!

In good news, if you are a football fan of either the Baltimore Ravens or the Washington Football Team, both teams scored first-week victories of a division rival. And if you’re fan of autumn, that weather is finally getting here! I’m already looking forward to sitting around a fire pit on a crisp evening this coming weekend. Not to mention getting my first pumpkin spice latte!

Links

Hyde on Hays' pending return, Núñez's latest streak and more - School of Roch
One thing to look forward to with the Orioles is the return of Austin Hays in the next few days. It'll be interesting to see how the playing time shakes out among the four outfielders.

Means strong again, but O's fall 3-1 and are swept (updated) - Steve Melewski
The good news from yesterday's game was that, even in the loss, John Means looked good. You can say that about Saturday's game as well, just sub in Dean Kremer for Means. Melewski has quotes from players and the manager after yesterday's loss.

The Orioles traded away four veteran pitchers this season. How have they — and their replacements — fared? - Baltimore Sun
A look at the departed Orioles this year and how those who took their roles on the team have fared. Because it's better than reading about the series against Yankees.

The Iron Man’s golden memory - Times Union
It’s a little late based on the anniversary, but is it ever a bad time to read again about 2131 from Cal Ripken’s point of view?

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have two Orioles birthday buddies. Problematic human Delmon Young, who got the biggest hit in recent Orioles history, turns 35 today. And submarine pitcher Chad Bradford, who pitched for the Orioles in 2007-08, turns 46.

On this day in 1980, Eddie Murray hit three home runs in a game against the Blue Jays. It was one of three three-homer games in his career.

On this day in 1987, manager Cal Ripken Sr. pulled his son, Cal Jr., from a blowout game where the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 18-3. It’s not normally big news to pull a few starters during a game like that, but the move ended Cal Jr.’s record consecutive-innings streak of 8,264.