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RSR/ESR Senior Editor. Derek is originally from and a current resident of Pasadena, MD. He’s a graduate of UMBC and has been a lifelong Baltimore sports fan. In 2007 he founded B’More Birds’ Nest, where he wrote about the Ravens and Orioles before joining RSR in 2012. Derek tells anyone who asks that he has the best job in the world. Follow Derek on Twitter: @BMoreBirdsNest 

Friday’s O’s Links: Birds Miss Joey Rickard’s Bat vs. LHP

Joey Rickard swings in Spring Training.
Hopefully the day of rest – and expanded rosters – will help kickstart them? Here’s hoping. To the links… Hyun Soo Kim’s Debut Season Has Been a Success Chris Booze of Camden Chat breaks down Hyun Soo Kim’s rookie season, during which he has absolutely proven that he belongs in the Bigs – at the dish, anyway. His defense leaves more than a little bit to be desired, so perhaps a designated hitter role would be his best fit next season. Where the Orioles Miss Joey Rickard Speaking of Kim, […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Ubaldo Provides an Unexpected Boost

Ubaldo Jimenez sings during the O's 2014 playoff run.
Ubaldo Jimenez vs. Cy Young candidate J.A. Happ – let’s hear it for the reverse lock! The Birds used the long ball (what else), a very good start from Ubaldo and the ol’ Brach/Britton combo to even this critical series with Toronto. It sure would be nice to get the series tonight before hopefully getting some revenge against the Yankees this weekend. Let’s see what everybody is saying. Back in Orioles Rotation, Ubaldo Jimenez Coming Up Huge Man, wouldn’t it be great if Jimenez could be this good through September […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Hunter Happy to be Back in Baltimore

guy in stands at baseball game with multiple beers in hand
It was an ugly weekend in the Bronx, as for the second straight Friday an O’s starter was knocked out in the second inning, and for the second straight weekend the team gave up 10+ runs twice. Oof. Kevin Gausman stopped the bleeding, but now the division-leading Blue Jays come to town for three against some starting pitchers that don’t exactly give O’s fans the warm & fuzzies. Buckle up. Hunter Can’t Hide his Excitement About Return Tommy Hunter couldn’t be happier to be an Oriole again. Rich Dubroff of […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Hey Everybody – Stop Sleeping on the AL East

AL East Stats
Of course Ubaldo finally turns in a nice start and the O’s go up against Max Scherzer, which I believe roughly translates in German to “unhittable pitching machine.” Whatever, we got him when it really mattered, right? To the Friday links. An Interesting Conversation with My 2011 Self In his weekly MASN guest column, Roar from 34’s Matt Taylor goes back in time (because it’s Matt, where else would he go?) to talk baseball with his 2011 self. If I were to do the same, I’m not sure my 2011 […]

Get Your Manny Mash-ado Shirt Here

Manny Machado
Manny Machado is an amazing defender – we all know that. The 2013 Platinum Glove winner gets plenty of love for having one of the best gloves in baseball, and it seems like most t-shirts with Manny on them reflect this. While that’s great, Manny has developed quite a bat as well, slugging 35 home runs in 2015 and another 29 so far already here in 2016. On top of that, A few weeks ago in Chicago, Manny Machado joined Carl Reynolds (1930) as the only players in MLB history […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Tillman to the DL

orioles player sitting in dugout with towel around neck
Now that the Birds have finally strung a couple wins together, beating the Gnats in the final two games of the disappointing 3-5 homestand, of course we’d immediately have cold water thrown on us. Let’s get right to it. Tillman Headed to DL It seems like just yesterday we were wondering if Tilly could become the Birds’ first 20-game winner since Mike Boddicker in 1984. In August, though, he’s just 1-2 with a 6.60 ERA. Following a cortisone injection in the sore shoulder that caused his last start to be […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Should O’s Look to Deal Zach Britton?

Zach Britton looks into home plate.
Well, that sucked. The Birds usually beat up on the Gnats, so hopefully they can do some of that over the next few days, because it certainly feels like the season is slipping away, doesn’t it? Plenty can happen over the next 39 games, but at some point this team will need to start winning more than they lose, or you can stick a fork in them. Let’s hit the links. O’s Should Look to Deal Strength for Depth Man, look. I LOVE Zach Britton. I blare the AC/DC from […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Coolbaugh Frustrated with Long Ball Reliance

Orioles hitting coach with a microphone in front of his face.
Now that was a fun game. Unfortunately, the Birds have followed up their last two fun games (mashing in Chicago, comeback in San Fran) with a bunch of duds. Hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself and they can actually put this momentum to use. To the links. Home Runs Energize Orioles, but Scott Coolbaugh Isn’t Satisfied It’s become popular in the season’s second half to call for the head of O’s hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. However, Scott is just as frustrated with this team’s struggles lately as we are, as these […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Fight the Pink Hat Nation Invasion, Birdland!

rows of empty seats at camden yards with people sitting in seats off in distance
First, it looked like the O’s might get no-hit. Then, it appeared as if the Orioles Magic that was on full display Sunday was rearing its beautiful head once more. Then, those hopes were immediately dashed by the guy who has become public enemy number one in Baltimore, a fella whose name rhymes with “Dookie Debts.” Suddenly the Sux are tied with the O’s, each just a game back of Toronto. Annoying. Let’s get this win tonight, huh? To today’s links. OPACY: Still Gorgeous, Still a Red Sox Haven, Still […]

The “Full House” Themed O’s Video You Never Knew You Needed

The words "Full Birdhouse" over a sky view of Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The creativity of the internet never ceases to amaze me, and some of the folks using that creativity to put together awesome “Fanimal Crackers” such as these for Birdland are absolutely killing it. BMoreCenter comes to mind immediately, but there are plenty of others doing great work. One such youngster is Ryan Stickel: kudos to you, sir. The Orioles aren't playing tonight. You can watch this instead. pic.twitter.com/vBQtKkBtSr — Ryan Stickel (@RStickel24) August 16, 2016

Get Your Dealin’ Dylan Bundy Shirt Here

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Touted as the most complete pitching prospect in a generation coming out of high school, drafted fourth overall by the Orioles in 2011, making his MLB debut in September of 2012, but then unfortunately shelved for three seasons due to injuries, Dylan Bundy looks to have finally arrived. And not only has he arrived, but he has wasted no time in announcing himself as one of the elite young talents in baseball. Still only 23-years-old, Bundy has O’s fans dusting off those visions of the Ace he could become, visions […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Take it Easy, Manny

Manny macahdo slams his shoulder into Jonathan Schoop in celebration.
Now that the Birds’ third and final West Coast swing is in the books – and ended with a bang – they’ll need to continue playing lights-out at home over the final six weeks or so of the season. They find themselves a half-game out of first place, but with a bit more of a favorable schedule – at least as far as home/away goes – than their main competition. The AL East Home-Road differentials remaining: #RedSox -14, #BlueJays -6, #Orioles +5. Sox/Jays are both good, but should be concerned. […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Britton Sets Another Record, Sluggers Busting Out?

Zach Britton and Matt Wieters high five.
The bats finally woke up yesterday, but unfortunately the A’s bats did the same late in the game and we were forced to sweat out a game that we once led 7-0. So that was a little annoying, but all’s well that ends well, and the brutal set in Oakland ended well. The Birds had a “getaway day” on a day where they weren’t even switching hotels, as they now head across the (other) Bay Bridge for a three-game series with San Francisco. The Giants are straight up reeling, having […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Where’s the Lumber?

Zach Britton throws in spring training.
3-2 and 2-1 losses to the start the series, against the hapless A’s. Man, I hate the west coast. Since scoring 10 runs in the first three innings on Sunday, the O’s have pushed just three runs across the plate in 24 innings – two solo home runs and a foul pop-out. The slumbering lumber has wasted two good pitching outings from Kevin Gausman and Wade Miley, and blew a chance to pick up a game on Toronto last night. Now they need to win the next two just to […]

Michael Phelps Cracks Up at “O!” During Olympic National Anthem

Michael Phelps in an Orioles hat and sunglasses.
On Tuesday night, just as the Birds were about to begin their game in Oakland against the A’s, Baltimore’s Michael Phelps won his 20th Olympic gold medal, this time in the 200 butterfly in Rio. Just moments prior, Bethesda’s Katie Ledecky won Gold as well. Ledecky was on the medal podium as the Star Spangled banner played, and I wondered… Phelps gotta yell O! during this, right? — Eutaw St. Report (@EutawStReport) August 10, 2016 As it turned out, my prediction was a tad premature. While it wasn’t Phelps who […]

Monday’s O’s Links: Is Steve Pearce Headed to the DL?

pearce after batting with confused look on face
After taking two of three in the Windy City, the Birds head out west for the THIRD time this season for seven games in Oakland and San Francisco. The A’s are pretty hapless, while the Giants, who looked like world beaters not long ago at all, are just 6-15 since the All-Star break. What better time to finally rack up some more road wins? Let’s see what’s up in the Blog O’sphere. Pearce on his Injury, Bundy his Outing, and more Of course yesterday couldn’t just be a completely perfect […]

Friday’s O’s Links: Steve Pearce Labeled a “Best Buy”

Wade Miley of the Orioles prepares to pitch.
Let’s get right to it… O’s Face Old Pal Gonzalez on Friday Tonight in Chicago, it’ll be Yovani Gallardo, who the O’s gave $22 million AND lost a draft pick for, against former Oriole Miguel Gonzalez, who the team DFA’d in spring rather than pay him about $3.5 million this year. Miggy was awesome in July. Yovani was awesome…for a few innings here and there? Sigh. Dan Connolly of Baltimore Baseball has some thoughts on the Birds’ misjudging of their rotation. Wade Miley’s O’s Debut a Mixed Bag Speaking of […]

Crush Davis and Samson Press Conference

Chris Davis
On August 20, the first 25K fans 15 and over in attendance at Oriole Park at Camden Yards will receive this Chris “Crush” Davis bobblehead, complete with his canine superhero sidekick Samson. If you’re looking to go, our friends at Section 336 are having a Night at the Yard that night. In advance of the event, the Orioles had a press conference for Crush and Samson, which you can watch below. Birdland Superheroes Crush Davis and his English Bulldog Samson hold press conference at Oriole Park at Camden Yardshttps://t.co/ktsEzA5iGe — […]

Wednesday’s O’s Links: Pearce & Miley Not Splashy Moves, but Will Help

pearce after batting at home plate during orioles game
Dylan Bundy’s sparkling start set the tone, and the Birds’ power bats finally woke up on Tuesday night. Bundy out-dueled Texas’ Yu Darvish, and the Orioles won their second straight. Hopefully Kevin Gausman was paying attention and can bounce back from his disastrous outing in Toronto tonight. It won’t get any easier for the offense, as Cole Hamels toes the slab for Texas. Here’s to getting tonight’s game, sealing the series win, and having a chance to sweep in Wade Miley’s O’s debut Thursday. To the links. Answer to Orioles’ […]

Source: O’s Trade Jonah Heim for Steve Pearce

batter for orioles holding bat with interesting look on face
Hey, even a broken clock is right twice a day, right? Last week, I said that, now that Melvin Upton Jr. had been traded to Toronto, the O’s should turn their attention to old friend Steve Pearce. There weren’t any rumors that the Birds were even considering Pearce an option, then the 4 PM deadline came and went, and it looked like Wade Miley was to be the Orioles’ only acquisition. Then… Source #Orioles get Pearce from #Rays. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 1, 2016 And yes, I checked – […]
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