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Monday Bird Droppings: Where the season is coming to a close

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The home schedule is complete and just a week remains in the regular season.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Monday, Camden Chatters! This strange regular season is coming to an end as the Orioles have finished their home schedule and just six games remain in their season. After an off day today, they go on the road to play three games each against the Red Sox and the Blue Jays.

The good news from yesterday is that the Orioles finished up their home schedule with a win, defeating the Rays 2-1 behind a strong performance from John Means. Means has had a tough year, so seeing him bounce back these past few starts has been very encouraging. You can get all the details of yesterday’s win in Tyler Young’s game recap.

Links

Means strikes out 12 in 2-1 win - School of Roch
Roch Kubatko has your post game quotes from Brandon Hyde and John Means.

Austin Hays shows why we should remain optimistic - Call to the Pen
If Austin Hays can bounce back from his injuries and become the player like we saw at the end of 2019, that would be great. I wouldn't say I'm optimistic, though, but that's just my nature.

Orioles Acquire Victor Gonzalez From Mets, Release Chandler Shepherd - MLB Trade Rumors
MLBTR has the info on the the final return that the Orioles got in the Miguel Castro trade.

Sunday Notes: Three More Perspectives on Minor League Contraction | FanGraphs Baseball
David Lauria's Sunday notes include some quotes from hitting coach Don Long on the success of Jose Iglesias.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! You have just one Orioles birthday buddy, relief pitcher Zach Phillips. Phillips appeared in 16 games for the Orioles in 2011-12. Today he turns 34 years old.

On this day in Orioles history, per Baseball Reference:

In 1984, Jim Traber made his major league debut for the Orioles. Possibly even more impressive, he sang the national anthem before the game started.

In 2001, Jerry Hairston Jr. got an RBI single off of Mariano Rivera to give the Orioles a 6-5 win over the Yankees.

In 2012, Jim Johnson earned his 46th save of the year, giving him the all-time team record, previously held by Randy Myers.