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Thursday Bird Droppings: Where the Orioles remain undefeated, for now

The Orioles remain undefeated. Cool! Today in the links, thoughts on the new slide rule, the new set-up of the starting rotation, and Adam Jones is not a fan of the people who booed Hyun Soo Kim.

Hello, friends.

The Orioles remain undefeated, now sporting a 2-0 record after beating the Minnesota Twins for a second straight game at the start of the 2016 season. Winning is fun! If you missed it or want to re-live it, check out Stacey's recap of the game, and make sure to vote in the MBP poll.

They are in fact the only undefeated team left in the division, which means they have sole possession of first place. Hey, that's fun! They'll be going for the sweep against the Twins tonight, with Ubaldo Jimenez getting his first start of the year. Phil Hughes goes for the Twins. I am incapable of imagining the Orioles beginning the season with a sweep, so they'll probably lose, but who knows.

How are you feeling about the O's now? Drop down to the comments if you've got some thoughts to share. We do actually talk about the Orioles on here from time to time. In the meantime, here are some links.

Around the blogO'sphere

New Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo has four-hit debut - Baltimore Orioles- ESPN
Some ESPN guy gets worked up about Trumbo's four hit debut. Cool your jets, man!

School of Roch: Quick hits from the clubhouse
The buried lede, as MASN is fond of doing, is that Chris Tillman will be starting Friday's game against the Rays. This does make some sense after his abbreviated Opening Day outing.

Squeezing more homers from the 2016 Orioles to set a new franchise record - Beyond the Box Score
Our friends over at Beyond the Box Score try to figure out what would have to happen for the O's to set a franchise record for home runs this year. I mean, other than the obvious, "Hit a lot of homers."

Steve Melewski: Hardy and Schoop talk about the new rules on slides
J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop are involved in many double plays at second base. In the wake of some big instances of that new slide rule being applied over the season's first few games, they share their thoughts.

Jones on some fans booing Kim on Opening Day: 'Very disrespectful and distasteful' - BaltimoreBaseball.com
"You might as well have just kicked him in the nuts," Jones said.

Why Baltimore opted not to build a waterfront stadium for the Orioles - Baltimore Sun
Baltimore is now looking to develop Port Covington. Back before Camden Yards was built, there was a proposal to build a stadium at that site. I'd say things have worked out OK.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are two former Orioles with birthdays today. They are Ricky Bones (1999 team) and Tom Phoebus (1966-70). Phoebus threw one of the no-hitters in franchise history. It's also Eduardo Rodriguez's birthday. Sorry.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Along with those former Orioles, your birthday buddies for today include: St. Francis Xavier, co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) (1506); poet William Wordsworth (1770), Kellogg Company founder Will Francis Kellogg (1860), very old-time Baltimore Oriole and Hall of Famer John McGraw (1873), Baltimore-raised jazz singer Billie Holliday (1915), Pentagon Papers person Daniel Ellsberg (1931), film dude Francis Ford Coppola (1939), and actor/martial artist Jackie Chan (1954).

On this day in history...

In 451, Attila the Hun sacked the town of Metz in Gaul, although the town of Yankeez was left untouched.

In 1805, Beethoven's Third Symphony - the Eroica symphony - was premiered in Vienna.

In 1862, the Battle of Shiloh in the Civil War concluded, with the Union Army under General Grant defeating a force of Confederates in Tennessee.

In 1967, Roger Ebert published the first of his film reviews for the Chicago Sun-Times.

In 1983, two astronauts on the maiden flight of the Challenger - Story Musgrave and Don Peterson - performed the first-ever space shuttle spacewalk.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on April 7 - or at least, until something happens later. Have a safe Thursday. Go Orioles!