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Thursday Bird Droppings

Games that end after midnight make for mornings that get here much too quickly. But the O's won, so it's worth it. Almost.

Mitchell Layton

Smashing Success | Baltimore magazine
Another story about pies. It's worth reading for the Chris Davis photos, and also to have a chuckle at this line, "If one of his teammates gets the game-winning hit or throws a no-hitter, he’ll come out on the field during their postgame interview and surprise them with a pie in the face." Throws a no-hitter?

Nelson Cruz serves the fans pie | MASN Sports
And in a new twist on pies, Adam Jones handed Nelson Cruz his pie and walked away, and Nelson gave it to the fans. Don't eat food off of the dugout!

Scouting Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates prospects - ESPN
Keith Law's report on Hunter Harvey's start for Delmarva this week. It's an insider article, but I will tell you that not only does Law think Harvey should be promoted, he thinks he could be ready for AA.

Nelson Cruz's Grand Slam Rescues Orioles Against White Sox | Press Box Online
Nelson Cruz and the Orioles used late-inning magic June 25 to pull off their second walkoff win during a three-game span against the White Sox.

Norris to undergo MRI, Showalter on 5-4 12-inning win | MASN Sports
Bud Norris will definitely not be starting tomorrow, and will get an MRI on his groin today. He can be pushed back to July 1st before they have to use him or find someone else (or have someone start on short rest). I guess we'll just wait and see.

Decision pending on Reimold | MASN Sports
Nolan Reimold can only continue on his rehab assignment through the weekend, and it sounds like he's ready to leave if the Orioles can't find a place for him on the team. And I just can't see a place for him right now, honestly. And you know how much I irrationally love Nolan.

The Orioles Treading Water | Orioles Nation
Staff Writers Lance Rinker and Alex Conway discussed the Orioles season over this past weekend in a back and forth discussion

Orioles Could Use an Upgrade at Catcher, Should Consider Russell Martin | Camden Depot
Would you trade Eduardo Rodriguez, Branden Kline, and Adrian Marin for three months of Russell Martin?

Today is the birthday of former Orioles Gene Green, who played in seven major league seasons, but just had just one game for the Orioles in 1960. He went 1-for-4. It's also the birthday of Mike Griffin, who was a relief pitcher/spot starter for the Orioles in 1987. And happy birthday to Luis Hernandez, one of the many terrible shortstops we were subjected to between the tenures of Miguel Tejada and J.J. Hardy.