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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles are STILL undefeated

Six games into the season, the Orioles are still undefeated and that's still awesome. Today in the links: Why the O's are undefeated, and pitching roster decisions they'll soon have to make.

Hello, friends.

The Orioles remain undefeated in the 2016 campaign after defeating the Boston Red Sox in a crazy contest in Fenway yesterday, 9-7. If you missed the game, or just want to experience it all over again, make sure to check out my recap.

Is there anyone out there among us who believed that this outcome would happen? The Orioles have never had a 6-0 start before in the entirety of the franchise. Not even great, World Series-winning Orioles teams ever started out a season better than 5-0. We are in uncharted territory here - boldly going where no one has gone before. Maybe they'll even be able to keep it up for another day. The Red Sox await again tonight.

Not to get too ahead of ourselves or anything, but the Orioles have actually now won 11 straight games going back to last season. Don't forget they won the last five of the season last year. The franchise record is 14 games in a row, which has been accomplished twice, most recently in 1973. I can't imagine that happening, but then again, I couldn't have imagined this 6-0 start, so what do I know?

Let's get into some undefeated links.

Around the blogO'sphere

Steve Melewski: Machado on the pitchers: "If they lock in ... the sky is the limit for us"
And sometimes even when they don't lock in, the sky is still the limit. But he's right, of course. If Orioles pitchers pitch well, the sky's the limit for the team.

The Orioles are the first visiting team to deal with Boston’s smokeless tobacco ban – HardballTalk
It's really unfortunate for the long term, later in life health of some Orioles players - and MLBers in general - that this is an issue at all.

Five reasons the Orioles are MLB’s only undefeated team - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
I find these reasons wholly inadequate, but then, my lenses are solidly orange. It's possible, of course, that one reason for their start is that the Twins and Rays aren't very good. I hope that's not the case.

Orioles' Ryan Flaherty still waiting for chance to face former teammate David Price - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram
What, it's not enough that he gets to be teammates with his Vanderbilt roommate Pedro Alvarez? Who also didn't get to face Price, by the way.

With pitching staff shining, Orioles have decisions looming and no easy answers - Baltimore Sun
The headline was written before Monday's game, obviously. I also dispute that there are easy answers. Option T.J. McFarland for Brian Matusz and Tyler Wilson for Kevin Gausman. There, now you're done making roster moves.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Today is Brad Brach's birthday. Happy birthday, Brad! He turns 30 today. It's also the birthday of a couple of former Orioles: the late Charlie Lau (multiple stints from 1961-67) and 1956 four-gamer Mel Held, who's still kicking at age 87.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those current and former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: St. Peter's Basilica architect Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (1484), The Great Compromiser, Henry Clay (1777), Ramona Quimby author Beverly Cleary (1916), jazz pianist Herbie Hancock (1940), Orioles minority owner and author, the late Tom Clancy (1947), Homeland actress Claire Danes (1979), and Atonement actress Saoirse Ronan (1994).

Ms. Cleary is still with us and turning 100 today, so an extra happy birthday to her.

On this day in history...

In 1204, the Fourth Crusade breached the walls of Constantinople and sacked it. Their original goal was to invade Egypt and march up to Jerusalem. You uh, got a little lost, guys.

In 1861, the Civil War began as Confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina.

In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office and was succeeded by President Harry Truman.

In 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk's polio vaccine was declared safe and effective.

In 1961, Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet cosmonaut, became the first human in outer space as he took flight on Vostok 1.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on April 12 - at least, until something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday. Go O's!