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Monday Bird Droppings: The Orioles live to fight another day

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Orioles handle business against the Diamondbacks; thinking about Caleb Joseph's historical badness; Trey!

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With yesterday's win, the Orioles were able to pad their lead over Detroit for the second wild card spot. This week's series against the Blue Jays very well might be a preview next week's AL Wild Card game...of course, the Orioles have to keep their cool against the Jays and again versus the Yankees. The Blue Jays finish the season against the Red Sox. Just. Win. Baby.

A few notes on today's win and sweep of Arizona - Steve Melewski
"The Orioles finished with their most wins ever in interleague play, going 14-6 versus the National League in 2016." How 'bout them apples?

Camden Depot: Caleb Joseph Is Having One Of The Worst Offensive Seasons In Orioles' History You gotta feel for the guy.

Projecting Orioles Call-Up Trey Mancini | FanGraphs Baseball
So, this is a few days old and per fWAR and rWAR, Mancini is already worth .4 wins.

A camera man at Sunday's Yankees-Blue Jays game looked quite a bit like Cal Ripken Jr. | MLB.com
Great B-roll for future gif parties.

Good luck finding some pitching this offseason - Beyond the Box Score
Just count your lucky stars the O's have Wade Miley, Ubaldo and Yovani Gallardo under contract for next year!

On this day in 1953, Billy Hunter hit the last home run in St. Louis Browns history. Charlie Beamon shut out the Yankees 1-0 in his first major league start made this day in 1956. Dave McNally shut out the A's 3-0 in his first major league start this day in 1963. On this day in 1971, Jim Palmer tossed a shut out to become the fourth member of the Orioles staff to win 20 games. Johnny Oates was fired on September 26, 1994.

Dave Duncan is best known as something of a pitcher-whisperer, but was a pretty decent catcher, too. He donned the tools of ignorance for the '75-'76 Orioles and turns 71 today. Reliever Doug Sisk celebrates a birthday today, too.