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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where we're basking in that rare Orioles series win

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An off day for the Orioles, but not for the Bird Droppings. Today in the links, the Yankees bandwagon gets lighter, Adam Jones' shoulder gets better, ESPN gets dramatic, and Trey Mancini wins the Eastern League batting title.

Hello, friends.

Well, the Orioles finally did it. They won two games in a row, in the same series, on the road. It can be done. It's far, far too late to salvage anything resembling postseason hopes for this season, and people who are out there engaging in loser talk might even rather see them lose in order to secure a better, potentially QO-protected top 10 draft pick in next year's draft.

Forget all that noise. Win all the games. Don't send us into the offseason wondering if there's another 14 year streak of losing seasons coming around the corner. Just don't be losers. That's all that I want. Is that too much to ask? I guess it's too much to ask.

Around the blogO'sphere

Sabathia makes strong return but Yanks lose to Orioles 5-3 | Belleville News-Democrat
I have included this link (which appears to be the AP's game story) because, one, I think Belleville News-Democrat is an awesome paper name, and two, the article trumpets the fact that Wednesday's game was the smallest crowd in Yankee Stadium history. Is that bandwagon emptying out?

School of Roch: Adam Jones provides update on shoulder (with Yankees lineup)
"Time heals all wounds, man," said Adam Jones. More on this topic later in the day - check back on the front page at 11am.

Steve Melewski: Bowie playoff preview: Trey Mancini leads the Baysox against Altoona (updated)
If you missed it yesterday afternoon, Melewski broke down the Baysox playoff series, which began last night with a loss. It's a best of five series, so there's time to come back. There's also some stuff in here about Trey Mancini being great.

It's been a fade to oblivion for Baltimore Orioles (ESPN)
This is the kind of dramatic headline that I would write when I was feeling pessimistic and wanted to screw around by seeming even more pessimistic than I actually am. Everyone hates everyone, everything is terrible, blah blah blah.

Schmuck: Dan Duquette deserves chance to right his wrongs after Orioles' rough 2015 - Baltimore Sun
I'm not sure that I was aware this was a subject where there was so much disagreement that this article needed to be written, but hey, if you've still got Schmuck in your corner, it could be worse.

Banged-up Orioles CF Jones sits, treats 4 kids to souvenirs | The Telegraph
The headline of this story offers up a premise that the story itself does not deliver, I am sorry to say. But if I told you the twist it would ruin the surprise.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. One of these is Danys Baez, turning 38 years old today. The other is Matt Angle, who turns 30. Angle was last seen driving triumphantly west on I-70 with Kyle Hudson in the aftermath of destroying the 2011 Red Sox, a team whose remains are still entombed within Camden Yards.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Some birthday buddies you share today include a few who aren't among us any longer: Marie Laveau (1794), the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans; former single-season home run king Roger Maris (1934), and Game Boy inventor Gunpei Yokoi (1941).

Others, still alive with us, include golfer/drink Arnold Palmer (1929), Guns, Germs, and Steel author Jared Diamond (1937), actor Colin Firth, who I'm told was in a Pride and Prejudice adaptation (1960), baseball Hall of Famer Randy Johnson (1963), and ballet dancer Misty Copeland (1982).

On this date in history...

In 1419, John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy, was assassinated at the hands of supporters of the future Charles VII of France. I guess maybe John should have had a little bit more fear.

In 1547, Edward VI's English forces defeated the Scottish at the Battle of Pinkie Cleugh in what turned out to be last large confrontation between those two nations.

In 1813, the US fleet defeated a British fleet in the Battle of Lake Erie, giving us the infamous line from Commodore Perry: "We have met the enemy and they are ours." How do enough ships get into Lake Erie to have a battle?

In 1946, on board a train en route to Darjeeling, India, Sister Teresa Bojaxhiu of the Loreto Sisters' Convent believed she heard a call from God "to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them." She later became known as Mother Teresa.


And that's the way it is in Birdland on September 10 - or at least, unless something happens later on this Orioles off day. Have a safe Thursday. Go Orioles!