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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where all you need is one three run homer

The Orioles got back in the win column even if their offense didn't do much. Today in the links, Manny Machado's WBC plans, time to re-think Joey Rickard, and positive news on Jimmy Paredes.

Hello, friends.

The Orioles may not have solved their offensive woes just yet, but that doesn't mean they can't win any games. They pulled off a 3-1 victory over the Rays last night, holding on to their half game lead in the division. If you missed it, or just want to re-live it, make sure to check out my recap - and most importantly, vote in the MBP poll!

Next up for the Orioles is four games against the White Sox, who just so happen to have the best record in the American League. They're fresh off of sweeping the Blue Jays. Hey, thanks for that, guys! Actually, they're working on a six game winning streak. But it's time to start losing now. Seems like a split of the four games might be the best we could hope for.

Maybe the Orioles rotation can carry forward some of the momentum they got in the Rays games, where they really weren't too bad, all things considered - just the offense wasn't scoring runs. Of course, the Rays offense kind of stinks. The White Sox offense does not. So you know... basically, good luck, Orioles. You're gonna need it.

Around the blogO'sphere

Showalter, Tillman and Rickard wrap up a 3-1 win - School of Roch
Some quotes from the people who were there after last night's win - including why Buck Showalter isn't worried about Joey Rickard.

Orioles notebook: Early reports on Jimmy Paredes positive - Baltimore Sun
They couldn't possibly try to fit Jimmy Paredes onto this team, could they? Unless they decide to cut bait on Pedro Alvarez, which would surprise me, but not exactly be undeserved based on his performance. Speaking of cutting bait...

MLB -- It is time for these teams to cut bait on these players (ESPN Insider)
ESPN's Dan Szymborski is pretty sure Rickard is turning back into a pumpkin now, and thinks it's about time that the O's give Hyun Soo Kim some more real playing time to see what he'll be capable of doing at the MLB level.

Manny Machado of Baltimore Orioles to play for Dominican Republic at World Baseball Classic
I've got to be honest, I don't care too much about the WBC. But the players seem to care a lot about it, and Manny, due to some familial ties, will be playing for the Dominican team.

A look at the struggling offense and the thriving bullpen - Steve Melewski
The surest sign that the offense is struggling is that Steve Melewski has characterized it as a struggling offense.

Birthdays and anniversaries

On this day in 1988, the Orioles lost the last of their consecutive 21 games to begin that season. From that point on they went 54-86, which is, uh... still pretty bad.

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are 2008 short-timer Jim Miller, 2001-03 Rochester-Baltimore shuttle rider Sean Douglass, 1996 pitcher Jimmy Myers, 1991-93 pitcher Jim Poole, and, from back in the day, outfielder Jackie Brandt of the 1960-65 O's teams. Brandt turns 82 years old today.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: King Edward IV of England (1442), President James Monroe (1758), astronomer Jan Oort (1900), Lamborghini creator Ferrucio Lamborghini (1916), To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee (1926), Discworld author Terry Pratchett (1948), night time talk staple Jay Leno (1950), Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan (1960), baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin (1964), and 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins (1980).

Oort is the astronomer who discovered the existence of the Oort Cloud, from whence comets originate.

On this day in history...

In 224, Artabanus V was defeated by Ardashir I in the Battle of Hormozgdan, marking the end of the Parthian Empire (modern day Iran/Iraq) and the beginning of the Sassanid Empire.

In 1788, the state of Maryland became the seventh state to ratify the US Constitution.

In 1881, Billy the Kid escaped from jail in New Mexico.

In 1944, a practice D-Day invasion called Exercise Tiger took place on the southern coast of England. German ships infiltrated the ranks and sank landing craft, and there were friendly fire deaths as well, resulting in 946 American servicemen being killed. Survivors were sworn to secrecy.

In 1952, the American post-war occupation of Japan officially ended when the Treaty of San Francisco came into effect.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on April 28 - or at least, until something happens later. Have a safe Thursday. Go O's!