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The Orioles have lost the series, but they can hopefully get a win this afternoon in Minnesota. Until then, let today's Bird Droppings entertain you.

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The Orioles are in a dreary place right now, no doubt about it. Hopefully they'll wrap up this series and then come home to Baltimore to beat up on the Nationals. Watching them beat the Nationals is one of my favorite things.

Baltimore Orioles: First Half Pitching Stats Ranking in A.L. | Baltimore Wire
I gotta tell you, none of these numbers looks all that impressive.

How marriage brought together an Orioles All-Star and a Redskins Pro Bowler | The Washington Post
Steve Damerelll dropped this link in the comments of BD yesterday, but in case you missed it, it's an excellent read.

School of Roch: Orioles option Kevin Gausman
As expected, Gausman was optioned after the game so that he can my stay on a regular pitching schedule and hopefully rejoin the team after the All-Star break.

The O’s Should Trade for Ben Zobrist & Jesse Chavez | Eutaw Street Report
This article suggests trading Miguel Gonzalez, Ryan Flaherty, and Josh Hart for Jesse Chavez and Ben Zobrist. What do you think?

Where Are The Orioles Weak? | Baltimore Sports and Life
The Orioles need to shore up their rotation, get a reliever who can shut down lefties, and add a bat in the OF/DH. Do you agree?

If today is your birthday, happy birthday! You share your special day with former Orioles Danny Ardoin, Jerome Walton, and John Powers. Not a very strong birthday buddy list, I gotta say. It's also my Granddad's 92nd birthday. He thinks Ryan Flaherty is better than Jonathan Schoop and doesn't have patience for all of these new fangled stats that they guys on TV are always throwing at you.

In Orioles history, it was on this day in 1982 that Rich Dauer fell for the old hidden ball trick in a game against the Mariners. That's embarrassing. On this day in 2011, the Orioles were beaten soundly by the Red Sox but David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg gave us something to talk about after Ortiz charged the mound.