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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where we've got the Orioles off day blues

An off day for the Orioles this Thursday. In the links, Chris Tillman's ankle is pushing him back farther, the team may be running out of patience with Travis Snider, and in territory that was once Maryland, a Chia Pet giveaway night didn't go so well.

Hello, friends.

There's not much that can be bad in a series where you walk away with a winning record and didn't suffer any major injuries in the process. The Orioles get the day off after dispatching Oakland in two out of three games. Next they head to Anaheim, where they'd better keep their eyes peeled so they don't accidentally end up in the periphery of True Detective Season 2. True Detective Season 3 should totally be Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop, by the way.

If you missed yesterday's game, or just want to read about it again, make sure to check out my recap here.

How are you feeling about the way things are going right now? It's been a tough road for the starters lately, and Chris Tillman's got a nagging ankle injury, as we will see. He's been the best one in the second half. Who knows? They're only a game behind the second wild card spot - trailing the Blue Jays at present. And as they play the Angels, they will have a chance to take games out of the team in the top wild card spot. In the unlikely event of an Orioles sweep, the O's would flip places with the Angels in the wild card standings.

Are you ready for the return of the Premier League on Saturday? I am not ready. It seems like it's fashionable to have some casual interest in that sport these days, but I don't have any time or mental space in baseball season. Who is the most Oriole-like team, do you think? I should adopt them out of solidarity.

Around the blogO'sphere

Tillman won’t start Friday " Britt's Bird Watch
Yeah, so about Tillman... he's not starting on Friday. But they're not calling up Tyler Wilson yet - it's going to be Kevin Gausman and then Ubaldo Jimenez. These are the luxuries you get when you have an off day. Wilson is set to start Sunday in Norfolk... that could turn into Anaheim in a hurry.

School of Roch: Taking the Orioles' rotation for another spin (O's win 7-3)
Roch has not traveled with the team to Oakland, but that has not deterred him from keeping tabs on them. Here was his roundup of the glorious grand slam and other things.

How long will Orioles wait on Snider? | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
When one of the beat writers starts to ask this question, you can kind of get the sense that the answer is, "Not much longer." The Orioles were reportedly set on sending Travis Snider to the great DFA in the sky when they axed Chris Parmelee instead. When there's two guys you could DFA without missing either one, that's a bad sign.

How many of these Orioles free agents will return? | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
I don't usually pick two from the same source in the same day, but hey, they're asking the interesting questions, or at least the ones that show up in a Google news search for "orioles". They're down to six pending free agents. How many do you want back? How many do you think will come back?

Manny Machado and Oakland's boo birds - Baltimore Sun
Turns out they still boo Manny Machado in Oakland over the whole Josh Donaldson incident. I respect it. Orioles fans still steadfastly boo Mark Teixeira for signing with the Yankees in 2009. No other team's fans even register Teixeira's presence to dislike him.

Mets' Matt Harvey responds to trash talk from Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth | NJ.com
Like any loyal Baltimorean, part of my beat includes "take Washington down a peg whenever possible" - which has brought me some interest in the Mets as they've surged up and over the Nationals, who got blown out, 11-4, on Jayson Werth Chia Pet Night.

Birthdays and anniversaries

One lone still-living former Oriole has a birthday today - that would be Victor Zambrano, now 40, who appeared in five games for the 2007 Orioles. He feels like someone who should have been in the 30-3 game, but he wasn't. It was also the birthday of the late Jim Hardin, who was around in Baltimore from 1967-1971.

If today is your birthday, happy birthday! Among your birthday buddies are some departed souls, including Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809), Edith Roosevelt, First Lady to Theodore (1861), Texas Instruments co-founder Cecil Howard Green (1900), I Love Lucy's Lucille Ball (1911), and painter/photographer Andy Warhol (1928).

OK, but what about still-living birthday buddies? Try these on for size - basketballer David Robinson (1965), ESPN yacker Mike Greenberg (1967), hack/genius movie guy M. Night Shyamalan (1970), and "Ginger Spice" Geri Halliwell (1972). That's not a bad list.

On this day in history...

In 1284, the Republic of Genoa defeated the Republic of Pisa in the Battle of Meloria. Pisa has been leaning ever since. Not really.

In 1806, the Holy Roman Empire was officially kaput after the abdication of Francis II.

In 1945, the United States of America dropped the A-Bomb on Hiroshima. I went to elementary and middle school with a kid whose grandfather was the only man on both nuclear bombing missions. Or so my dad always told me. I never asked the kid or met his grandpa - but it is the case that the man was from Baltimore.

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on August 6 - or at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Thursday. Go Orioles!