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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Manny Machado is really, really good y'all

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The Orioles are back in first place, which is all I need to wake up happy. In our links: Manny is valuable, Trumbo is Cruz-like, Reimold needs more playing time, and more.

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Happy Wednesday, Camden Chatters! The Orioles had a nice night last night, don't you think? If you missed the game or just want to re-live the win, check out Ryan's recap of the game. The Orioles survived their first JJ-less and Britton-less game, and hopefully won't be Birtton-less for much longer.

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado just got even more valuable - ESPN
As if Manny Machado weren't already doing enough, his value soars even higher by giving Baltimore a shortstop it can rely on while J.J. Hardy is out.

Yovani Gallardo's rehab going well - Baltimore Sun
Take all the time you need, Yovani.

Mark Trumbo looking like Nelson Cruz 2.0 for Baltimore Orioles - ESPN
He seems more boring than Nelson Cruz, but I'll definitely take the on-field results.

A Healthy Nolan Reimold Needs More Playing Time | Eutaw Street Report
Nolan Reimold and Hyun Soo Kim both need some more playing time. It's time to get over Joey Rickard, Birdland.

The Orioles' Manny Machado has Been One of The Most Valuable Position Players - Carroll County Times
This chart shows the span of WAR on each team. The only position player with a higher WAR in baseball than Manny is Dexter Fowler. Dammit.

Why Brad Brach Might Be Even Better | Camden Depot
Brach has been a major piece of the O's bullpen, and this year he's better than ever.

Baltimore's Dylan Bundy Conundrum | Baltimore Sports and Life
Brandon Warne has some pretty harsh words for Dylan Bundy's performance this year. I don't agree with him; yes I think Bundy has been far from outstanding so far this year, but I don't see this bleak future.

Tpday in Orioles History: Larry Sheets Delivers Orioles Magic
You might not think there was any magic in that awful 1988 season. You would be wrong.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your Orioles birthday is Joe Borowski, who started his career with the Orioles, pitching six games for them in 1995. He went on to a 12-year major league career as a reliever, pitching for seven different teams. I'm sorry I don't have a better birthday buddy for you.