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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles win the election in our hearts

Hey, go vote today. In the Orioles corner of the Internet: The problem for the old cavalry, the current problem of Yovani Gallardo, and slowly but surely things get better for Hyun Soo Kim.

Hello, friends.

The Orioles reportedly played a game and lost yesterday, falling to 11-7 on the season. I say reportedly because for the second day in a row, I'm not sure anyone actually told the Orioles hitters that they were supposed to be playing a game. Even Pedro Alvarez got two hits, for crying out loud, but nobody else could do anything with that set up.

Check out Stacey's recap of last night's 2-0 loss, which includes visual evidence of just how hard last night's home plate umpire screwed Kevin Gausman in the crucial fifth inning of the game.

With two hits in three at-bats, Alvarez raised his average to a whopping .150. Yeah, about that... I tell you what, though, there are a number of other Orioles who are lucky that Alvarez is drawing all of the "He's not hitting!" fire. Things are not yet going so hot for any of Jonathan Schoop, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy, or Matt Wieters.

On one hand, this is kind of a positive, right? The Orioles have an 11-7 record despite their starting rotation being mostly crap and 5/9 of their lineup being kind of bad as well. The lineup should improve and now that Gausman is back, maybe the starting rotation will even improve too. Let's hit the links.

Around the blogO'sphere

Orioles option Ryan Flaherty - School of Roch
It was a bit of a head-scratcher when the O's optioned Flaherty to make room for Gausman. But then again, if someone gets hurt (like, say, Jones after another hard swing) they can call Flaherty right back. Maybe they won't even go through the trouble of flying him to Norfolk!

Hyun Soo Kim on his improvements at the plate (Trey Mancini to Triple-A) - Steve Melewski
Kim hasn't seen a whole lot of playing time, but he's made the most of it so far, and after that whole spring training saga with him, that's great to see.

Yovani Gallardo to DL a blessing in disguise for Baltimore Orioles - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
Tough to see this article being written by one of the regular trio of Orioles beat writers, but ESPN's Eddie Matz has the juice to write just how bad the Gallardo thing has gone so far for the O's.

10 Degrees: Free from O's purgatory, Jake Arrieta flourishing with Cubs - Yahoo Sports
Don't read this article if you are in a place where you can't yell bad words. There will probably be some more thoughts about this article later today on Camden Chat.

Chleborad moves up in the Orioles farm system | Sports | rapidcityjournal.com
You might not have ever thought too much about Tanner Chleborad, the 18th round pick from 2014, but he's made it up to Frederick and his hometown paper back in South Dakota is following him. Chleborad is sporting a 2.61 ERA so far in 2016.

Poll: Marylanders split on Joe Flacco's elite status, favor Orioles over Nationals - Baltimore Sun
I daresay any Marylander who responded that they favor the Nationals over the Orioles is not any true Marylander at all.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Of all of the players to ever appear in a game for the Orioles, only one has a birthday today, and that is Nate Smith, who played in five games for the 1962 Orioles. Mr. Smith turns 81 years old today.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your other birthday buddies for today include the following: Roman emperor/philosopher Marcus Aurelius (121), ornithologist John James Audubon (1785), Columbia visionary James Rouse (1914), Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor (1960), martial artist and actor Jet Li (1963), Magic Mike dude Channing Tatum (1980), and Iraq War POW Jessica Lynch (1983).

On this day in history...

In 1336, Italian poet Petrarch climbed Mont Ventoux in France - just to see what the view looked like from the top. This is apparently considered an event representing "the new spirit of the Renaissance." Stage 12 of this year's Tour de France will end on the Mont Ventoux summit.

In 1607, the English colonists who would go on to establish the Jamestown settlement made landfall in Cape Henry, Virginia.

In 1865, John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Lincoln, was shot and killed by Union cavalry troops in Virginia.

In 1986, an accident occurred in the reactor of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in present day Ukraine. This is still the world's worst nuclear disaster.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on April 26 - or at least, until something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday.

If you are a registered voter for one of the two major political parties in Maryland, go vote today! Go O's!