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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are bad but at least you have a four day week

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Today around the Orioles links, playoff hopes are dim (you think?), the starting rotation is bad, Adam Jones may have hurt his shoulder, and Caleb Joseph destroyed a bat, but not in a good way.

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Hello, friends.

If you're lucky, you had an exciting weekend full of activities that ensured you didn't pay even a lick of attention to the Orioles. If you're unlucky you sat around watching the Orioles the whole weekend, because really, dang. They weren't so good. It's actually kind of mind-blowing how bad they've been. What's the deal, huh? I feel like I'm watching a Dave Trembley or Sam Perlozzo team or something.

Not quite that bad. Neither of those guys ever had a Manny Machado, or Adam Jones the way he's grown, or a Chris Davis. But one thing that those managers did have is a really, really crappy starting rotation, which has been the Orioles of late. Good grief, they are bad. It's so bad! I can't take it any more, but I will be watching anyway.

Luckily that torment is twelve hours off as of the moment this article goes live. And in the meantime, some links.

Around the blogO'sphere

Window of opportunity closing as Orioles begin three-game series against Yankees - Baltimore Sun
This headline, from before yesterday's game, brings to mind a particular phrase, the standard rejoinder to which is, "Keep digging, Watson!"

School of Roch: Updating Adam Jones' injury and wrapping up an 8-6 loss
As if things weren't terrible enough, Jones tweaked something in his shoulder trying to double up a runner in Monday's game. Here is hoping he did not tweak it as bad as the situation from earlier in the year where Jose Bautista tried to throw out Delmon Young at first base on a grounder to right field because he's that kind of guy. Jones is not that kind of guy.

Steve Melewski: A look at the O's shaky rotation stats, plus Norfolk celebrates a division championship
How bad is it? The starting rotation is just so bad, you guys. But it's okay because Norfolk's collection of AAAA players won their division title, obviously.

Mets defeats Nationals, Yankees beat Orioles, BoSox top Blue Jays - MLB -
The people at Sports Illustrated took notice of the way that the Orioles got pasted on Labor Day. They also wrote about some other stuff, but who cares about any of that because it isn't about the Orioles.

WATCH: Baltimore Orioles' Caleb Joseph strikes out, destroys bat |
I did not realize that Caleb Joseph was strong enough to break his own bat, but it turns out that he is. Don't make him angry.

This next thing is not a link, but it was something that made me happy on Monday, and it still makes me happy today.

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this day in 1993, the Orioles closed the book on the failure that was Glenn Davis, releasing him.

Former Orioles with birthdays on this day: Nick Hundley turns 32, Al Pardo (50 games between 1985-86) turns 53, and Don Aase (1985-88 bullpen) turns 61.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, you also share this day with some historical figures including King Richard the Lionheart (1157), Saint Catherine of Bologna, patron of artists (1413), Ottoman sultan Mustafa (ooohhhh!) IV (1779), Joshua Chamberlain, the professor who saved the day at Little Round Top (1828), and also Dr. Strangelove star Peter Sellers (1925).

You have some still-living birthdays to, the assortment of which includes senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (1941), actor Martin Freeman (1971), singer-songwriter Pink (1979), and stoner icon Wiz Khalifa (1987).

On this day in history...

In 1504, Michelangelo's statue of David was first unveiled in Florence.

In 1781, the fledgling Americans battled a British force in the Battle of Eutaw Springs in South Carolina. I mention this fact mostly because it was named Eutaw. The battle ended with a narrow British tactical victory.

In 1935, Huey "Kingfish" Long was fatally shot in the Louisiana State Capitol building. A fictionalized version of Long's story is told in All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren, a very excellent book.

In 1966, the first Star Trek made its premiere on NBC.


And that's the way it is in Birdland on September 8 - at least, until something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday. Go Orioles!