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Friday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles hit the road as winners

The legend of Joey Rickard grows yet again, the Orioles have some fun during batting practice, Manny Machado is awesome, and one of last year's draft picks goes under the knife.

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Taking a series against hated rivals is always particularly satisfying. Can the Orioles make it two in a row? You could say the Orioles were pretty lucky in this series, but you can't say this squad lacks for gumption or moxie or what have you. Chris Tillman gutting out a quality start after a horror show first inning? Joey Rickard with his second consecutive three hit game after seemingly falling back to earth? Who are these guys?

School of Roch: Showalter and Tillman on tonight's challenges and a 3-2 win
Buck might have been just a little frustrated by the ump in last night's game.

Orioles rookie scorched a single through the webbing of Josh Donaldson’s glove | For The Win
The legend of El Capitan grows.

Heavy-hitting Baltimore Orioles get wiffle-wacky during BP - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
"Orioles utility-man Ryan Flaherty goes public with one of the team's quirky batting-practice drills." SO quirky!

Prospect Gray Fenter Underwent Tommy John Surgery - TKB
Fenter was a 7th rounder in last year's draft and was projected to be quick riser through the system. Goodbye to all that.

Manny Machado Is Also Amazing | FanGraphs Baseball
Dave Cameron, not one to dole out spare compliments to the O's, compares Manny Machado to Miguel Cabrera with a glove. How bout THEM apples?

On this day in 1898, Jay Hughes pitched a no hitter against the Boston Bean Eaters. Heh. Bean Eaters. In 1914, Babe Ruth tossed a shutout in his first professional start as a member of the International League Orioles. He supposedly went on to big things.

It's the birthday of Jimmy Key, a great Blue Jay, but pretty good Oriole on the 1996 and 1997 teams. Dave Schmidt, who pitched for the O's and has held various positions in the organization since also celebrates a birthday today.