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Thursday Bird Droppings: The hangover after the Orioles got no-hit

Is it a good thing the Orioles have an off day after getting no-hit? I don't know, but it's a no-hitter hangover edition of Bird Droppings today, which features some Yankee bashing because there's nothing good to say about the O's.

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Hello, friends.

Well, that sucked. There's not a whole lot else to say about it, although since we're not exactly flush with other things to talk about, we're probably locked in on the no-hitter hangover on this Orioles off day. Really they just lost in style, but any other kind of loss would have been equally injurious to their diminishing hopes of turning this ship around and steaming towards the postseason.

Do you have any hope alive? Have you given up on the playoffs for this season already? You can pretty much forget about the division at this point. Slim chances remain for the wild card, although it looks like slim's already booked his ticket out of town.

Around the blogO'sphere

World Cup hero Carli Lloyd throws out first pitch at Orioles-Mariners game | For The Win
It turns out that the reason why the Orioles lost Tuesday's game is because World Cup champion Carli Lloyd threw out the first pitch. You can't fight that kind of good karma. No idea about that no-hitter, though.

School of Roch: Tyler Wilson placed on minor league disabled list
Hey, remember how we were all thinking if a starting pitcher faltered or if there was need for a long reliever, we'd have a decent option for the rest of the year in Tyler Wilson? Nope! He's now on the minor league DL with an oblique strain.

Camden Depot: How The Diamondbacks' And Cardinals' Media Deals Compare To The Orioles'/Nationals'
Among the tidbits in this Depot article is a graph that shows very starkly just how much the Nationals are engaged in an effort to try and completely and totally screw MASN and the Orioles.

The Bear and the Afternoon Fair - Lookout Landing
My Lookout Landing counterpart, Nathan Bishop, was in attendance with his 7-year-old son for the Hisashi Iwakuma no-no. Forget for a minute that it took the Orioles sucking for this article to be written and give it a shot. It's good.

Some of Nick Swisher's Cleveland Indians teammates weren't sad to see him go - Let's Go Tribe
As you probably know, it is the ongoing editorial position of Camden Chat that all Yankees are douchebags by virtue of being on the Yankees. Nick Swisher, as a former Yankee, has not yet shed the stench - so this article from our Indians blog about how people didn't like him is mana from the gods.

40 bad New Era Yankees caps you can buy right now - Pinstripe Alley
Speaking of dumb things and the Yankees, our friends over at the Yankees blog have come up with this list of absolutely hideous Yankees hats you can buy. Are there hideous Orioles hats just like these? I have no idea, honestly - I don't really do hats.

Birthdays and anniversaries

We've got several former Orioles with birthdays today: Cory Doyne, one of the many totally unqualified sacrificial lamb pitchers in 2007; Corey Patterson; Will Ohman - once dumped at the trade deadline for the immortal Rick van den Hurk; 1989 hero Jeff Ballard, the pride of Billings, MT; and 1987-88 reliever Tom Niedenfuer. That's a lot of Orioles birthdays.

If today is your birthday, happy birthday! Some of your birthday buddies who have come and gone from the mortal coil already are: Annie Oakley, who could do anything you can do better (1860), The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock (1899), and US Army Sgt. First Class Randy Shughart (1958), a posthumous recipient of the first Medal of Honor given out after the Vietnam War. Shughart's medal was awarded in the action later turned into the film Black Hawk Down.

Among those still living, you share this birthday with Fidel Castro (1926), longtime Nintendo composer Koji Kondo (1960), Mad Men actor John Slattery (1962), former Seattle Mariner Jay Buhner, the bane of many an Orioles game of my childhood (1964), and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank (1972).

On this day in history...

In 1532, the duchy of Brittany was absorbed into the Kingdom of France. That's the part that sticks out in the northwest.

In 1624, King Louis XIII of France appointed Cardinal Richelieu as his prime minster. Richelieu is perhaps best known in the present day as the antagonist in The Three Musketeers (a great book, by the way).

In 1792, King Louis XVI of France was arrested and declared an enemy of the people.

In 1942, Bambi debuted in theaters.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on August 13 - or at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Thursday. Go O's!