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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles will finally play a game again

The Orioles haven't played since Saturday night and now we're getting twitchy on Tuesday. Today in the news: Mark Trumbo is honored, Matt Wieters is perhaps erroneously saluted, and the Orioles infield defense is good.

Hello, friends.

I don't know about you, but I'm starting to get twitchy without any Orioles baseball. This is April, for crying out loud. We're not supposed to go 72 hours or so without any baseball that matters. You can steel yourself for that during the All-Star Break, but now, it's not so easy. Yet that's what a rainout - when it maybe wasn't raining during game time - plus an off day will give us.

The good news is that the Orioles remain in first place in the AL East after the weekend's shenanigans, holding onto a 2.5 game advantage over their nearest competitors, the Red Sox, who blew the Patriot's Day game in hilarious fashion. The beneficiaries of that bullpen struggle were the Blue Jays, a less than perfect outcome for the O's, but, you know.

Those same Jays come to Camden Yards to start a three game series tonight. I have no excitement whatsoever over the prospect of Mike Wright running into this Jays lineup. Perhaps somewhat appropriately, tonight's game is the first this season where I will be in attendance. This may not go down among the great decisions of my life.

Now on to the links. A couple of minor news items to get out of the way before the usual assortment.

Around the blogO'sphere

Phillies acquire outfielder Alfredo Marte from Orioles | Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
Alfredo Marte was one of those spring training All-Stars for the Orioles, except he isn't a Rule 5 pick so he was guaranteed nothing. Now, with Norfolk having a billion outfielders, Marte gets shipped to the Phillies, whose left fielders are batting a combined .075/.098/.150, which is, uh... how does that even happen?

Report: Orioles have made an offer to Kyle Lohse – HardballTalk
I wrote about their rumored interest in Lohse last week, and it seems like the O's are the only team who's made Lohse an offer as of now. Probably it's a minor league deal, because there's no harm in adding him to the Norfolk rotation and seeing what happens.

Orioles' Mark Trumbo named co-AL Player of the Week - Baltimore Sun
This is the first time in Trumbo's career that he has been so honored. Let's hope it's not the last time he gets the award this season.

Upstart Orioles -- Whose hot (or cold) starts are real? - MLB (ESPN - Insider required)
At ESPN, Tony Blengino is feeling sunny about J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop, but not so sunny about Matt Wieters and Joey Rickard.

Surgically repaired Matt Wieters looks just like the old Matt Wieters - Baltimore Sun
One must wonder when was the last time that the headline writer saw Matt Wieters. Though there are some good things here - including the excitement over a 1.77 pop time - Wieters still hasn't caught consecutive games on consecutive days, and there is this sentence to grapple with: "He's ... doing more than his .233/.324/.300 line tells." Is he, though?

The rise and fall of Rafael Palmeiro (Fox Sports)
Palmeiro thinks he could hit .270 and slug 25 home runs this season if somebody had asked him to do so. He also hasn't been back to Baltimore since his career ended. OK then. This is an interesting article, by the way. If you only click on one link today, make it this one.

School of Roch: Orioles' infield defense has been golden
Based on a small sample size viewed through orange colored lenses, I'd say just go ahead and give them all Gold Gloves right now.

Steve Melewski: A look at the O's minor league pitcher that started his career with 32 2/3 scoreless innings
Buried lede: His name is Christian Turnipseed. Other buried lede: He's 23 and pitching in Low-A. But he should be proud of the success he's had so far in his professional career nonetheless.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are three former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: Flat Brim himself George Sherrill, 1998-99 short-timer Willie Otanez, and 1997-99 pitching presence Scott Kamieniecki.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: law man Eliot Ness (1903), auto racing magnate Jack Roush (1942), Clue (and others) actor Tim Curry (1946), actress/Kentucky fan Ashley Judd (1968), actress Kate Hudson (1979), and career Grand Slam-winning tennis star Maria Sharapova (1987).

On this day in history...

This was a significant day in many periods of American history, mostly for ill.

In 1775, the first battle of the Revolutionary War took place at Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts - the American colonists were victorious at Concord.

In 1861, in what's regarded as the first blood shed during the Civil War, a mob of Confederate sympathizers attacked Union troops marching between train lines in Baltimore. Four Union soldiers and twelve of the sympathizers were killed in the skirmish.

In 1865, the funeral service for President Lincoln was held in the East Room of the White House.

In 1993, the Waco siege ended when the building caught fire. A total of 82 people were killed in the building, 76 in the fire at the end, as well as four ATF agents who were killed while executing a search warrant at the beginning of the siege.

In 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed, killing 168 people. This remains the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history.

In 2013, Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in an early morning shootout with police; brother and fellow bomber Dzokhar was captured later in the day after being found in a boat in somebody's back yard in Watertown, Massachusetts.


And that's the way it is on April 19 - at least, until something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday. Go O's!