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September 3, 2011
Sheila Dixon needs to eat some humble pie ("Rawlings-Blake and Dixon trade shots," Aug. 30). It was quite amazing to read her statement that Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is "an egotistic somebody who's very self-centered and very selfish. "  Ms. Dixon needs to know that whenever she points a finger at someone, there are three more pointing at her.   Jeanne Z. Kushner
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
All Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to do was watch the Kansas City Royals' comeback win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game last week to see how dangerous his team's AL Championship Series opponent can be on the base paths. The Royals erased a four-run, sixth-inning deficit by running circles around the Athletics, stealing a postseason-record seven bases in the game on their way to a 9-8 win in 12 innings. They've been successful on 12 of 13 stolen-base attempts in the postseason heading into the ALCS.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was somewhat astonished by the interest his third base coach vacancy drew. Candidates constantly emerged to replace DeMarlo Hale, who was hired as Toronto's bench coach last month. But when decision time to make a hire came, Showalter stayed within the organization and turned to one of his most trusted coaches. The Orioles announced Thursday they have hired Bobby Dickerson, who has been the organization's minor league infield coordinator for the past three seasons, as their new third base coach.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Offenbacher Aquatics Inc., a regional retailer of patio furniture, grills and fireplaces, has been acquired by a private equity buyout firm that plans to expand the chain and upgrade stores and the online presence. Antson Capital Partners LLC, based in Baltimore, said Wednesday it acquired the Lanham-based retailer's seven stores, in Maryland and Virginia. Financial terms were not disclosed. "Offenbacher's has strong name recognition and presents us with a substantial opportunity to increase market share in the region and expand our footprint," Andrew Cohen, an investor who was named chief executive officer of Offenbacher, said in the announcement.
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By Sports Digest | February 6, 2010
The Colorado Rockies on Friday finalized a one-year, $1.3 million contract with infielder Melvin Mora , 38, who spent the past 10 seasons with the Orioles. He will back up young slugger Ian Stewart at third base, a position where he played 809 games for the Orioles. The versatile Mora has played every infield and outfield position in his career. In 2003, he made the American League All-Star team as an outfielder. He won the AL Gold Glove award at third base the following year.
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By Matt Vensel | August 8, 2011
Orioles slugger Mark Reynolds has started the past three games at first base, something some fans called for in the season's first half when the third baseman was throwing balls away like he was a young Kyle Boller. Reynolds is second in the American League with 21 errors, all of them coming at the hot corner, but he has been solid there since the All-Star break. The move to first base was necessitated by the Derrek Lee trade to Pittsburgh and the sore shoulder of Chris Davis, who was acquired at the trade deadline in a different deal.
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December 28, 2010
I agree with the basic premises of Jay Hancock's article in the Dec. 26 edition of The Sun relative to the government's failure to plan ahead ( "This decade, let's focus on the future for a change" . He stresses the "...need to focus government and business alike on the next decade, not the next election or quarter" and indicates a "...need for the right government rules to make it work: property rights, courts, national defense (and)...
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
BOSTON - With Manny Machado still recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, Orioles rookie infielder Jonathan Schoop has filled in for him for much of the first three weeks of the season. Schoop had made 11 straight starts (out of 13 overall) at third base before Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. But Schoop competed for the second base job in spring training, and with Machado coming off a breakout season, Schoop's immediate future seems to be at second base.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
No one in Tracie Edmondson's immediate family is in the military, but they live on an Army base. At Aberdeen Proving Ground, that's far from unusual. Civilian federal workers and military retirees are living in 44 percent of the installation's occupied homes. Picerne Military Housing, which manages the residences, sees offering rental units to these new categories as a no-brainer: Fill some of the base's hundreds of empty homes, often with people who work on base, and bring in revenue to help cover renovation costs.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2013
Authorities are investigating the death of a spouse of a service member at Fort Meade. The woman was found dead Thursday afternoon in her home on the Army base in Anne Arundel County, according to a spokesman. Officials said they do not suspect foul play. The woman's name is being withheld for 24 hours to allow time to notify kin. Fort Meade emergency responders were called to the residence at about 2:15 p.m., base spokesman Chad Jones said. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:33 p.m. The Army Criminal Investigation Command, or CID, is leading the investigation.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
TORONTO - The Orioles arrived home from Canada on Sunday night and will get a day off before having workouts Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter will try to hold Wednesday's workout around the same time as Game 1 to get his players on the same clock. They're likely to be the early game with the other ALDS game being played on the West Coast, but if the Orioles play at 8 p.m. Thursday, the workout likely would be around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
For all that's gone wrong lately in sports, there's Sean Smith. The outfielder for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League has played in the minor leagues for 14 seasons. He's 32. He'll likely never play in the major leagues. But on Friday night he became an Internet sensation. Smith hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of the Revolution's playoff game against Sugar Land, but as he hit first base he slipped, tearing his right ACL, according to reports.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
TORONTO - Alexi Casilla woke up Friday morning expecting to fly home to his native Dominican Republic that night to prepare for the upcoming winter ball season. Instead, he was on a flight to Toronto to join the Orioles with an opportunity to make the team's postseason roster. Casilla is starting at third base and batting leadoff on Saturday, and is expected to do the same in the regular-season finale on Sunday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't pleased with his team's defense at third base of late - third basemen have committed five errors over the past eight games - so he is getting a look at Casilla.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
TORONTO -- Even though Orioles third basemen entered the final regular-season series having committed five errors over the past seven games, manager Buck Showalter isn't concerned about the position heading into the postseason. Defense has been one of the keys to the Orioles' success over the past three seasons. But since they lost American League Platinum Glove winner Manny Machado for the season following right-knee surgery in August, the club has struggled to find a steady replacement.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
Custom sports uniform provider Sports55 Inc. has reached a settlement with the state over allegations that it failed to fulfill youth team uniform orders or delivered them late, the Maryland Attorney General's office said. The state Consumer Protection Division reached the settlement with Sports55 and affiliated enterprises Teamuniforms123 LLC and Dyesubsports LLC, all based in Anne Arundel County, and two owners, Kelly Burke and John Eberl, the Attorney General's office said. "Dozens of adult and youth league teams were left in the lurch when this company failed to promptly deliver the uniforms they ordered and paid for," Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
A group of investors plans to buy commercial real estate services firm Cassidy Turley and combine it with DTZ, creating a global real estate network, Cassidy Turley said Monday. Terms of the deal, expected to close at the end of the year, were not disclosed. The combined firm, which will use the DTZ brand, represents some $2.9 billion in revenue and more than 28,200 total employees, Cassidy Turley said in a statement. The Cassidy Turley brand launched in 2010, roughly two years after four groups, including former Baltimore-based Colliers Pinkard, joined to create a larger real estate network.
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By Matt Vensel | April 24, 2013
Hardly a day goes by without Orioles manager Buck Showalter being reminded in some way just how young Manny Machado, his prodigious 20-year-old third baseman, is. And Showalter believes that it is a good thing. “I said something the other day about some musician or an ex-player that wasn't that removed [from today], and he had no idea what I was talking about,” Showalter said Wednesday morning. “And I went, 'Wow, OK.' ” Showalter later paused for a moment before asking a room full of reporters to remind him just how young Manny Machado is, as in which year he was born.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | August 26, 2012
One of the first rules of politics is to re-energize the base when in trouble. Rarely have we observed such adherence to the rule as in the case of President Barack Obama. Economic growth is anemic. The high expectations (and optimistic predictions) that followed passage of the economic stimulus are a distant memory. A stubbornly high unemployment rate brings monthly negative headlines. There are more Americans living in poverty than ever before. And $5 trillion in new debt has caused at least one Wall Street rating agency to lower the country's credit rating.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The Orioles didn't initially expect to add one of their top position player prospects, first baseman Christian Walker, to their expanded roster this month. But with American League East wrapped up -- and 11 games remaining in the regular season -- the Orioles are expected to purchase Walker's contract from Triple-A Norfolk, according to a club source. Walker has been working out in Sarasota, Fla., as part of a taxi squad the Orioles could pluck from in case they needed an extra player.
BUSINESS
By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz and The Chicago Tribune | September 16, 2014
Cover Girl has landed in the unflattering spotlight of the NFL domestic abuse scandal as activists pressuring sponsors to boycott the league circulate a doctored ad of a female football fan with a black eye. Hunt Valley-based Cover Girl, the official beauty sponsor of the NFL, is behind the "Get Your Game Face On" ad campaign featuring models wearing the jerseys and makeup colors of each of the league's 32 teams. That includes the Baltimore Ravens, where Ray Rice was a running back until his $35 million contract was terminated last week after a video surfaced that showed him knocking his fiancee unconscious in an elevator.
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