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By TOM DUNKEL and TOM DUNKEL,SUN REPORTER | April 3, 2006
No one is going to write a Broadway musical titled "Damn Ravens!" Something about the sport of baseball lends itself to song. Strains of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" were regularly echoing in parks as early as 1910. The up-down ritual of the seventh-inning stretch, an interlude seemingly tailor-made for sing-alongs, was cemented in fans' psyches by the Roaring Twenties. Today, in this era of Jumbotron and MTV, ballparks rock from batting practice till final out. Spectators abhor a vacuum - and silence.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
I'm taking the Coffee Companion, where I recap the day and weekend's sports headlines, on the road today. I'm in Charlottesville, Va,. for Maryland's NCAA super regional in accommodations that provide neither coffee nor complimentary shampoo, and yet I'm still willing to deliver this summary goodness for you all this morning. I'm a modern-day Karl Malone if you ask me. - Manny Machado drew the ire of the baseball world Sunday when he knocked Oakland catcher Derek Norris out of the game when he hit him with a couple bat swings, then lost his grip on his bat after a couple inside pitches.
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By James H. Bready | April 3, 1992
AL KERMISCH, gazing out across the baseball diamonds of long ago, has made a discovery. He's made it as he sits there staring into a microfilm screen at the Library of Congress. The discovery is like a beer vendor's making a sale at an Oriole home game: It keeps happening.But this one stands out. It's the worst slaughter ever.In the history of baseball, particularly as played professionally in Baltimore and Washington, Al Kermisch has been everywhere. He has inspected the box score of every game ever played by the teams, major league and minor, of both cities.
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By Elizabeth Heubeck | June 2, 2014
Parents of child athletes, take this quiz: Does your child receive lessons from a professional, paid coach in addition to a team coach? Do you routinely travel more than 30 minutes, one way, to your child's sporting events? Does your child's sport schedule conflict with other family commitments? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, chances are your family has also been ensnared in the sport-centric web that's now so much a part of childhood. I know mine has. It's tough to pinpoint how it happens or who is to blame.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | May 14, 1995
Many young athletes don't believe they have to stretch before playing baseball.Baseball doesn't require constant running like basketball or soccer. It doesn't include the physical play of such sports as football or lacrosse.Young players spend their time before their soccer and football games in a formal pre-game workout with teammates. Young players spend their time before baseball games mainly playing catch while chattering with a buddy.And besides the pitcher and catcher, the rest of the team spends its time waiting to catch a fly ball or sitting until a turn at the plate.
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August 20, 1992
The Hamburg Street bridge will remain closed during Oriole baseball games -- despite an appeal from the South Baltimore business community that the bridge be reopened in midgame.City transportation officials say a month-long traffic study determined that opening the bridge during games presented too great a hazard to pedestrians.Since Oriole Park at Camden Yards opened in April, the bridge stays closed from two hours before the game until traffic clears after the game to accommodate baseball fans walking to and from the stadium.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | April 19, 2003
For Navy football coach Paul Johnson, spring practice has been a welcome opportunity to tweak and tinker with an offense that last season - when it didn't turn the ball over - wasn't that bad. For defensive coordinator Buddy Green, retooling the defense this spring has been nothing short of a complete restoration project. "We aren't anywhere close to where we need to be," said Green earlier this week. "We are moving a lot of guys around, taking a look at a lot of young faces. We are hoping individuals get better at certain positions, whether we've moved them [somewhere]
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
Welcome back to the bar. Sorry we hadn't been open for a while, but I figured most of Baltimore needed a shot -- or 15 -- after Monday's 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Pull up a barstool and try not to weep into the peanuts. I'll pour you a stiff drink. I'd make it a double, but there might be someone on base. Yes, Monday was a particularly fist-pounding loss for the Orioles. And it was fairly typical these days. They knocked out 15 hits and chased one of baseball's best pitchers, David Price, after five innings.
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June 9, 1994
The person with the most difficult job in baseball might be Steve Palermo. The former American League umpire recently was appointed to lead a study to crack the mystery of why baseball games are getting longer. Palermo has gathered information for six weeks and expects to present his findings to baseball club owners. He spoke recently with The Sun's Mark Hyman.Q: One of baseball's main selling points has been that there's no game clock. Why the big concern about games that stretch on for three hours or longer?
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff Writer | June 16, 1994
Don't bother inviting Cal Abrams to a major-league baseball game. Even if he were to go, which is unlikely, he would probably grumble through the whole thing.The 1954 Oriole would be scrutinizing the players' every move, weighing their performances against their titanic salaries, viewing the spectacle from the perspective of a man who made $22,000 in his best year and harbors some ill feelings about his baseball experience.At 70, Abrams acknowledges "mixed feelings" about the game, in which he bounced among five teams in eight years, winding up in the minors at 32 with a wife, children, a mortgage and little hope of playing major-league ball again.
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By Cal Thomas | March 15, 2014
Every year we are subjected to lists. Forbe's magazine lists the world's wealthiest individuals. Time magazine lists the most "influential" people, though real influence is difficult to define or quantify. What I've never seen is a list of satisfied people, much less stories about how they attained satisfaction. Arianna Huffington is trying to fill that gap. One of the world's biggest Type A personalities, Huffington, who launched The Huffington Post in 2005 and whose picture appears alongside celebrities, politicians and business icons, is now asking a question popularized in an old song by the late Peggy Lee: "Is that all there is?"
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
After seeing starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez limp off the field with a right groin strain in the sixth inning Sunday afternoon, the Orioles were able to finally grind out a win fitting of a playoff contender with their 3-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.   The Orioles -- held without a hit after the fourth inning -- overcame several obstacles in front of an announced 22,331, receiving 3 2/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen and holding an early lead created by the game's only hit in 17 combined at-bats with runners in scoring position between the two teams.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
Welcome back to the bar. Sorry we hadn't been open for a while, but I figured most of Baltimore needed a shot -- or 15 -- after Monday's 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Pull up a barstool and try not to weep into the peanuts. I'll pour you a stiff drink. I'd make it a double, but there might be someone on base. Yes, Monday was a particularly fist-pounding loss for the Orioles. And it was fairly typical these days. They knocked out 15 hits and chased one of baseball's best pitchers, David Price, after five innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2013
PHOENIX -   The Orioles' night ended Monday with Arizona Diamondbacks left fielder Adam Eaton hitting a ball into the swimming pool in right-center at Chase Field then and running into a pile of teammates at home plate. On a night in which two teams chasing playoff spots traded five ties or lead changes in the final 2 ½ innings, the Orioles fell just short in a 7-6, walk-off series-opening loss in the desert. The Orioles, who made baseball history by going 29-9 in one-run games on their way to the playoffs last season, are 14-19 in contests decided by one-run this season, including 4-12 on the road.
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By Ryan Hood, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
Growing up, Terrence Turner-Blair wasn't like the other kids. While others wanted to be the next Kobe Bryant or Peyton Manning, he wanted to be the next Barry Bonds or Ken Griffey Jr. At this weekend's Big 26 Baseball Classic in Harrisburg, Pa., Turner-Blair again won't be like the other kids. Sure, the 52 high school baseball players from Maryland and Pennsylvania taking the field for the three-game series are all pursuing baseball careers. But Turner-Blair (Northwestern) is the only participant from Baltimore.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2013
The Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches held two games of the 2013 Junior Classic on Monday at Prince George's Stadium in Bowie. The South team defeated the East team, 8-0, in the first game, and the West team beat the North team, 10-0, in the second game. In the first game, Reservoir rising junior infielder Jack Barry was 2-for-2 with an RBI triple and a run scored for the South. Atholton rising senior outfielder Brady Acker had an RBI single for the South, while Howard rising senior infielder Brett Schaeffer had a single and a run scored.
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By HARRIS COOPER and FREDERICK MOSTELLER | January 28, 1993
If one team is leading Sunday's Super Bowl heavily by the end of the third quarter, as often occurs, should you turn off the television?This is a big concern. After all, Super Bowl parties are at stake. Someone who stops watching the game may even be forced to do chores around the house. How persuasively can the fan say to a wary spouse that the television must remain on in case the losing team makes a thrilling comeback, as the Buffalo Bills did in their playoff game against the Houston Oilers.
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By Phil Jackman | July 19, 1991
The TV repairman: Sometimes, you have to wonder about the folks calling the shots at the network. With virtually no advance publicity, they toss a couple of baseball games into the Sunday afternoon cauldron when they're stripped of exclusivity and going against local cable deals and some commercial telecasts coast to coast, then seem surprised when they get lousy ratings.* Pssst, the CBS Game of the Month tomorrow (1 p.m.) is the Dodgers vs. the Mets. Pass it on.* ABC moves in for the final two rounds of the British Open tomorrow (10 a.m.)
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2013
Another day, another inquiring mind wanting to know what it's like to be baseball's next big thing. Manny Machado is ushered into the large conference room at the Orioles' Ed Smith Stadium training complex, his attention quickly drawn to the portraits on the far wall. Brooks Robinson. Frank Robinson. Boog Powell. Cal Ripken. All in a row. "Someday," he says almost sheepishly, "I want to be up on that wall. " Someday, he probably will, but first things first. There is the small matter of living up to the advance billing and Machado instinctively knows that he won't be able to do that if he takes his eye off the ball.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
After 15 years of waiting for playoff baseball at Camden Yards, Orioles fans had to endure an extra 21/2 hours as chilly rain pushed back the start of Sunday's division series opener against the hated New York Yankees. A mighty roar shook the stadium when the grounds crew peeled away the protective tarp at 8 p.m., conveying just how badly Baltimore fans wanted their October moment. The crowd didn't grow quiet until the Yankees scored five runs in the ninth inning on their way to a 7-2 victory.
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