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Monday Bird Droppings: Where the x-rays aren't all that are worrisome

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The Orioles aren't in first place any more, two key players are hurt, and around the globe, weird stuff is going on with the O's.

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After a bright start to the weekend, the Orioles lost two frustrating games to the White Sox to split the series and also lost two key pieces of the active roster in the process. We should know more about the status of Zach Britton and J.J. Hardy today. I trust the vaunted beat is on the case. The good news is that the much maligned O's finished the first month of the season with a 14-9 record that includes a 7-4 record in the division with the cellar dwelling Yankees coming into town.

Pressbox: Britton confident he can avoid DL "Just taking it one day at a time..."

Tim Lincecum's Showcase Set For Friday - MLB Trade Rumors O's appear to still be sniffing around the former Cy Young Award winner.

Adam Jones on O's injuries: "This is a true test of what a team is all about" - Steve Melewski
If the Orioles were pretentious enough to name a captain, it would probably be Adam Jones. I don't know that I'd call his particular brand of stick-to-it-iveness sugarcoating, but it's hard to keep a good man down, I suppose.

Hyun Soo Kim's improved play is winning over Buck Showalter | CSN Mid-Atlantic
Kim is forcing Buck's hand. Keep it up, man!

A Chicago sportscaster tweeted an unnecessary Freddie Gray 'joke' | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports
Supposedly, this guy isn't even working right now, so...not REALLY news, but what a fool.

A protestor in an Orioles jersey stormed the Iraqi Parliament building - Baltimore Sun I would have figured Moqtada Al Sadr for a Cardinals fan, but what do I know?

On this day in 2010, Ty Wigginton hit a double off of Jonathan Papelbon in the 10th as the O's walked it off against the Red Sox and completed their first home sweep of the Sox since 1998.

It's the birthday of Keith Moreland, a perfectly serviceable player from the 1980s whose mojo seemed to expire when he reached Baltimore in 1989. Brent Bowers, who allegedly played for the 1996 Orioles also celebrates a birthday today.