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Sunday Bird Droppings: Where the first two draft picks are signed

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The Orioles won, draft picks are signing, and more in today’s Bird Droppings.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Sunday, Camden Chatters! Did you catch that Orioles game last night? It was an 8-4 win in a game that saw them score seven runs early. Jorge López couldn’t complete five innings even with the big lead, but the bullpen shut it down over the second half of the game. Wins are fun! You can check out all of the details of the game in Tyler Young’s recap.

The series finale against the Orioles begins today at 2:10 with the chance for our Birds to win the series, but with Matt Harvey making the start I won’t be holding my breath. Maybe he’ll surprise me?

The big news over the past few days is that the Orioles signed their top two picks in the draft. On Friday they signed second round pick, Connor Norby, the 2nd round pick, signed on Friday for about 100K under his slot value. Then yesterday they announced the signing of first round pick Colton Cowser. His deal went for about $1.3M under slot value. Will the Orioles use all of that money further down in the draft? Keith Law is skeptical.

Links

Colton Cowser signed by Orioles - MLB.com
Welcome to Birdland, Colton! He signed for $4.9M, which is well under the slot value of just under $6.2M. Will the Orioles use the money to go over slot on other draft picks? We'll see.

Former Orioles announcer Gary Thorne returns to the broadcast booth as fill-in with Mets - Baltimore Sun
We miss you, Gary! And I think Gary misses us too, as he accidentally referred to the Mets as the Orioles once during the game.

For Orioles’ Ryan Mountcastle, the first half was not ‘all sunshine and rainbows.’ A productive second half could be on tap. - Baltimore Sun
I sure am rooting for this guy to have a strong second half.

Pitching prospects lined up at Norfolk, but how long do they stay? - School of Roch
Roch takes a look at the Norfolk shuttle.

Birthdays and History

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your lone Orioles birthday buddy is Rudy May. May, who turns 77 years old today, pitched for the Orioles in 61 games from 1976-77. His overall career spanned from 1965-1983 and he also pitched for the New York Yankees, California Angels, and Montreal Expos.

On this day in 2001, the Orioles lost game one of a doubleheader against the Rangers 6-4, then game two had to be postponed due a train derailment. The train, which derailed about a mile away from Camden Yards, caught fire and was transporting toxic chemicals.

In 2015, starting pitcher Chris Tillman gave up a leadoff single to Ian Kinsler, then did not allow another hit as he completed eight innings. Relief pitcher Zack Britton pitched a perfect ninth inning to close out the one hitter.