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Tuesday Bird Droppings: Where we don't want the Orioles to get the flu in Boston

The Red Sox have had a problem with the flu and the Orioles are headed to play them next. In today's links, pondering Manny Machado's greatness, the rest of the league catches up to the Orioles, and more.

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Hello, friends.

The baseball season is a week old and somehow in that time the Orioles have had three off days. They will pay for it later. With the Yankees taking down the Rays, 8-1, on Monday, the O's enter today in sole possession of first place in the AL East. The Rays have already played eight games where the Orioles have only played five. Schedules are weird.

How did you spend the off day? I find myself wondering how the Orioles spent it up in Boston. The early narrative on the Red Sox is that the flu is wracking their clubhouse. They've even had it fumigated and disinfected. Sadly for civilization, this battle with the flu has not led to the Red Sox losing every game. They're 3-3 so far. So what I'm getting at is that I hope the Orioles don't pick up the flu in Boston. No fraternizing at first base.

It's Dylan Bundy tonight. Through five games, Bundy is the only Orioles starting pitcher who's given you any reason to be excited. Let's hope that survives his second start as well! The Red Sox and Fenway Park will present a different challenge for the Orioles starter. Are you prepared?

Around the blogO'sphere

Young fans inspire Orioles, crowd with passion | MLB.com
If you missed Sunday's game, there was a lot of discussion about a couple of young Orioles fans who have really excellent stories.

Orioles trade Gunkel to Dodgers - School of Roch
Camden Chat favorite The Gunk has been traded to Los Angeles, probably destined for a season spent in Albuquerque. Best of luck to him.

Talking player development: The O's team that did it well while losing - Steve Melewski
Steve Melewski is selling the idea that a lot of player development took place on the 2016 Bowie Baysox. Are you buying?

New Orioles minor league pitching coordinator has many approaches in his arsenal - Baltimore Sun
John Wasdin may be a familiar name to O's fans. Hopefully he can make a new name for himself in his post-playing career.

Myriad Orioles Thoughts: Miley's 'weird' day; thoughts of Steve Barber; Joseph's luck - BaltimoreBaseball.com
In general, the Orioles beat corps seems to be heavily invested in the idea that it's bad luck that has led to the RBI-less streak for Caleb Joseph. A more obvious explanation is there to those who can bring themselves to contemplate it.

Could Manny Machado be one of the all-time great third basemen? | FOX Sports
As if he's not there already! Although the actual thrust of the article is whether the Orioles will or should shift Machado to shortstop under the assumption that the team will not pick up J.J. Hardy's option for next season.

The League’s Continuing March Towards Three Outcome Baseball | FanGraphs Baseball
So it's not just the Orioles who are striking out a lot and also hitting more homers! Well, maybe they can start to work in the walks, too, as long as everybody else is.

Birthdays and anniversaries

There are a few former Orioles with birthdays today. They are: recent ex-Oriole Alejandro De Aza, 1992 reserve Steve Scarsone, 1981 four-gamer Willie Royster, and the late Art Quirk, who popped into seven games for the 1962 Orioles.

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your birthday buddies for today include: ... I'm honestly a little stumped. Wrestler Goldust (1969)? "call your own HBP" Red Sock Jason Varitek (1972)? One of Maryland's great historical traitors, Mark Teixeira (1980)? That's about it.

On this day in history...

In 1713, the Treaty of Utrecht resolved parts of the War of the Spanish Succession, mostly involving Great Britain and France, though the war would continue for another two years.

In 1814, the Treaty of Fontainebleau brought an end to the War of the Sixth Coalition, resulting in the Bourbon Restoration in France and the exile of Napoleon Bonaparte, at least for a little while.

In 1868, the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan was brought to an end when Tokugawa Yoshinobu surrendered Edo Castle to Imperial forces.

In 1951, President Truman relieved General of the Army (five-star) Douglas MacArthur of command of operations in the Korean War. This upholding of civilian control over the American military has been periodically reinforced in the decades since.

In 1970, Apollo 13 launched into space.

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And that's the way it is in Birdland on April 11 - or at least, until something happens later. Have a safe Tuesday. Go Orioles!