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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where there is temporary relief from the Orioles losing

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A walkoff win edition of the Bird Droppings, featuring someone woken up by the walkoff, some slick Steve Pearce defense, and optimism of a sort about Miguel Gonzalez pitching again this season.

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Hello, friends.

Everything feels better after the Orioles win, doesn't it? The sun shines brighter. The birds take wing, songs filling the air, and they don't even crap on your shoulder as they fly overhead. All it took was a whole bunch of homers - which is a way they are good at winning baseball games. It's just that sometimes that seems like the only way. But man, when it works, it's so glorious.

Glorious like a Chris Davis bat flip after a walkoff home run measured at 458 feet. I swear I cackled for a minute straight after Davis hit that shot. I have never seen a ball fly that far in that direciton at Oriole Park. The 3-0 count, the pitch right down Broadway, the easy swing. Kaboom. There was no doubt about it, except maybe the guy who was sleeping through the dinger. Oops? My second favorite thing about that video: Rays second baseman is walking back to the dugout almost from the moment the ball leaves the bat.

Around the blogO'sphere

WATCH: Orioles' Steve Pearce robs Rays' Brandon Guyer of a homer -
It seems like every freaking outfielder turns into Willie Mays against the Orioles this season. Here's Steve Pearce getting a little revenge of his own, robbing a home run. The umpires must have felt bad about this robbery since they gave the Rays a home run later in the game. But, all ended well.

School of Roch: Wrapping up a 7-6, 11-inning win
One thing that the Orioles avoided by winning on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko notes, is what would have been the longest losing streak (seven games) since the 2011 season. It is indeed good to avoid anything that reminds you of that year.

Steve Melewski: Minor league notes on Reyes, Miranda, Berry and more, plus playoff updates
From the other half of the MASN duo, an update that Shorebirds third baseman Jomar Reyes suffered a concussion when he was hit in the face after a bad bounce on a ground ball in their game on Friday.

Miguel Gonzalez optimistic he'll pitch again this season, plus more Orioles notes - Baltimore Sun
When that's the headline being written about you, something has gone awry. With the way Gonzalez has pitched this year, the idea of him pitching again is not a cause for optimism, however.

Orioles are undecided on Saturday starter in Toronto | CSN Mid-Atlantic
In older times, people believed in sacrificing livestock, such as a fatted calf, to appease the gods. The Orioles must sacrifice a starter for Gonzalez's turn that would fall on Saturday's game. It may be Mike Wright.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are two living former Orioles who have birthdays today. Happy birthday to the invisible man, Troy Patton, who turns 30, and also to Rene Gonzalez, the Ryan Flaherty of his day (1987-90), turning 55 today.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those two former Orioles, you can count among your birthday buddies some who have since shuffled off the mortal coil, including: Ferdinand Porsche, founder of the car company that still bears his name (1875), Carl David Anderson (1905), who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1936 for discovering the positron, and Glen Bell, who appropriately enough founded Taco Bell (1923).

Among those still living, you've got mobster Whitey Bulger (1929), Charlie Sheen (1965), softballer Jennie Finch, who has a Darren O'Day pitch named after her (1980), and snowboarder Shaun White (1986).

On this day in history...

In 1189, Richard the Lionheart was crowned King of England. Over 800 years later, few rulers of any kind have surpassed the coolness of this nickname.

In 1260, the Mongol Empire was defeated by the Mamluks in Palestine at the Battle of Ain Jalut, which ended up marking the high water point of that empire.

In 1777, the flag of the United States was first flown in battle at the Battle of Cooch's Ridge in Newark. The Americans did not win the battle - but as we well know, they won the war. Which, by the way, ended on this day in 1783 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris.

In 1870, in the Franco-Prussian War, the Siege of Metz began. Philadelphia Phillies players suffered tremendous casualties as they attempted to storm the walls of CitiField with only rickety ladders to help them.

In 1935, Sir Malcolm Campbell became the first person to drive an automobile over 300 mph, reaching 304.331mph while driving on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.


And that's the way it is in Birdland on September 3 - at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Thursday. Go Orioles!