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Thursday Bird Droppings: A most satisfying Orioles sweep

The Blue Jays await, and the draft approaches, but for now we can bask in the Orioles sweeping the Royals. In today's links, more brawl roundup, Chris Davis gets a day off, and even more brawl roundup.

Hello, friends.

How 'bout 'dem O's, huh? The Orioles successfully fended off any devilish interference over the last three days and showed the Royals what happened when you don't hit every one in a hundred shot for an entire week running. Are the reeling Royals just bad or did the Orioles pull off something good here? I guess that's the question.

Make sure to check out Stacey's recap of last night's game and make your voice heard in the Most Birdland Player poll for the game.

With the Royals in the rear view mirror, the Orioles will now be heading north to take on the Blue Jays. Toronto has seemed to be a den of nightmares for the O's at times in recent and distant years. I am particularly not enthused about the idea of letting Mike Wright at the Jays lineup. It'll be a crucial four game test for the O's. If they can make it out with a split, that will be good for them.

The front office, meanwhile, will be focusing on the draft this weekend. It starts tonight. The Orioles won't be picking until #27 overall. Stay tuned to Camden Chat throughout the day for all kinds of content about the upcoming series and the approaching draft. For now, let's hit the links!

Around the blogO'sphere

Orioles notebook: Chris Davis out of lineup for first time this season - Baltimore Sun
Was it just a routine off day or was it something more? Maybe it was a little bit of both. Don't panic yet, but prepare your "in case of emergency" plan.

More from Showalter and Yost on Tuesday's brawl - School of Roch
One of these managers seems a whole lot more comfortable talking about the situation than the other one does. I think you already know which manager that is.

Remembering a pair of famous Orioles brawls - Baltimore Sun
Yes, we've still got brawling on the brain, so might as well think about famous brawls of Orioles seasons past. Both of these are from the 1990s, and if you were paying attention back then, you probably remember them.

MLB Should Throw the Book at Yordano Ventura | FanGraphs Baseball
Dave Cameron of Fangraphs has had about enough of Yordano Ventura's nonsense and he would like to see Ventura punished heavily for this latest incident. That would be nice, but I won't be holding my breath.

All Your Base Are Belong to Mark Trumbo | FanGraphs Baseball
Jeff Sullivan wrote this about the Orioles recently. Any day you can read Sullivan on the Orioles is a good day.

Orioles seeking pitching help in MLB Draft |
Dan Duquette says the Orioles will be looking for pitching help in the draft. Yeah, Dan, so maybe you should stop signing mediocre starters and dumping draft picks to get out from under extremely modest reliever contracts, if you want to get some pitching help in the draft? Maybe?

A look at Frederick's three All-Stars - Steve Melewski
The High-A Frederick Keys have three Carolina League All-Stars - and one of them might even matter as a prospect.

Birthdays and anniversaries

Of all of the players to ever play for the Orioles, not a single one has a birthday today - although former Orioles prospect Mike Fontenot, traded for Sammy Sosa, does turn 36 today.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: a pair of emperors, Leopold I of the Holy Roman Empire (1640) and Peter the Great of Russia (1672), guitar guru Les Paul (1915), noted PTPer Dick Vitale (1939), Back to the Future's Michael J. Fox (1961), and Star Wars prequel (and others) actress Natalie Portman (1981).

On this day in history...

In 721, Duke Odo of Aquitaine defeated a force of Moors in the Battle of Toulouse. Presumably, Quark was helping somewhere in the shadows.

In 1650, the Harvard Corporation was established. This was the first corporation of the Americas. These days, it's a person, legally speaking.

In 1934, Donald Duck made his debut in a cartoon called "The Wise Little Hen."

In 1973, Secretariat won the Triple Crown of horse racing.


And that's the way it is in Birdland on June 9, or at least, until something happens later. Have a safe Thursday. Go Orioles!