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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS - There are no secrets as far as Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter is concerned. He figures he's been a good pitcher in the past - he went 13-4 with a 3.73 ERA for the Texas Rangers in 2010 - and he'll be a good pitcher in the future. So he's not even slightly surprised that he's currently a good pitcher - in fact he's arguably the Orioles' most effective one right now. He hasn't been scored on in his last nine appearances out of the bullpen, a span of 14 2/3 innings.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
For play callers like the Ravens' Gary Kubiak, achieving offensive balance is an elusive pursuit, a challenging and often frustrating endeavor that prompts sleepless nights and almost constant second-guessing. When Kubiak spoke to reporters on Thursday, the Ravens' 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts four days earlier was still fresh on his mind, and the questions about why his offense ran the ball just 15 times in the game seemed as pertinent as ever. "Last weekend, it's the least amount of plays we've run in a game, the least amount of time we've been on the field.
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By Mike Preston | August 30, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Ravens unveiled their team game plan for 2009, and they won't go far from the script if the team is to be successful. It's an upgrade over last season, but is it enough to get them back to the AFC championship game? We'll see. As far as the first teams are concerned, the Ravens played fairly well against the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night. On defense, they only allowed a field goal in the first half and just one big play, which came in the first quarter. The Panthers had 104 yards of total offense in the first half, and just 18 rushing yards.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
When the No. 1 McDonogh boys soccer team is playing rival St. Paul's and in desperate need of a goal, it knows who to turn to: junior defender Michael DeShields. With the game scoreless in the final minutes of the second overtime on Wednesday, DeShields made his way in front of the Crusaders' goal to find a corner kick sent in by Tunde Akinlosotu. DeShields got a little higher than No. 5 St. Paul's goalie Conor Brown, heading home the game-winner with 3:54 left for a 1-0 win. Sound familiar?
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2013
Due to the single-elimination nature of the NCAA men's soccer tournament, many teams find themselves playing a conservative style that may offer fewer rewards but also reduces the risk of going home prematurely. Case in point: five of Thursday's 16 first-round games went to penalty kick shootouts, and two more were decided in overtime. That could be a testament to the narrow gap in talent level between teams in the postseason, but UMBC coach Pete Caringi Jr. said he wants to make sure that timidity is not part of the game plan when the No. 16 seed Retrievers (16-1-2)
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
On Towson's first play from scrimmage last week against North Carolina Central, a 9-yard reception by fullback Dreon Johnson was nullified by an illegal block penalty on senior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins. Wilkins promptly got an earful from coach Rob Ambrose, but rather than take offense, the Ellicott City resident and Mount Hebron graduate found it reassuring. "Honestly, I would take more offense if the coaches weren't yelling at me, because I would feel like they don't care," Wilkins said after a practice this week.
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By MIKE PRESTON | March 15, 2006
What's the game plan for this franchise? Only a few days into free agency, that's the burning question for the Ravens. You can get excited about re-signing running back Jamal Lewis and adding defensive players like end Trevor Pryce and tackle Justin Bannan, but there are reasons for concern. The Ravens haven't upgraded. In fact, they haven't made one single addition to improve a team that finished 6-10 last season, the most disappointing season in franchise history. The offense is still the same, the one that was ranked No. 24 in the NFL. The defense has gotten worse, losing two starting linemen - end Tony Weaver and tackle Maake Kemoeatu - who were entering the primes of their careers.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | November 2, 1998
Ted Marchibroda left something to remember him by yesterday.Answering all the critics who complained about unimaginative game plans, the Ravens' coach put in some new wrinkles against the Jacksonville Jaguars."
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By Edward H. Shur | October 13, 1991
This is the big game: Carroll County vs. State of Maryland.Lining up for Carroll are Commissioners Donald Dell, Elmer Lippy and JuliaGouge, with their budget advisers on the sideline.For the State, Gov. William Donald Schaefer and the General Assembly, with Comptroller Louis Goldstein and Treasurer Lucille Maurer onthe sideline.The contest would appear to be a bit of a mismatch,to say the least. And it's a game the locals didn't want to play.On the field, a referee's whistle: Kick-off time.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,Sun Staff Correspondent | January 20, 1991
San Francisco There's an old saying in boxing that to beat the champion, you have to knock him out.It also may apply to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, who is just two victories away from becoming the first quarterback to win five Super Bowls.If the New York Giants are to deny Montana his bid for the fifth ring, they may have to score a TKO, if not a knockout, of Montana.There's no secret about the Giants' game plan in the National Football Conference title game today at Candlestick Park: They want to put a lot of pressure on Montana.
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By Mike Preston and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Baltimore Sun columnist Mike Preston answers readers' questions on the Ravens' loss to the Indianapolis Colts and other topics about the team. What happened to the offense against the Colts, especially the offensive line?  Why didn't the Ravens run the ball more? The way this team is playing, they may have problems on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. - Craig, Winchester, Va. Craig, I don't think anyone understood offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak's game plan.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
On Towson's first play from scrimmage last week against North Carolina Central, a 9-yard reception by fullback Dreon Johnson was nullified by an illegal block penalty on senior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins. Wilkins promptly got an earful from coach Rob Ambrose, but rather than take offense, the Ellicott City resident and Mount Hebron graduate found it reassuring. "Honestly, I would take more offense if the coaches weren't yelling at me, because I would feel like they don't care," Wilkins said after a practice this week.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has spent the majority of the first two games running fly patterns and operating as something of a glorified decoy. The former Maryland star has been targeted 10 times and has just four receptions for 60 yards and no touchdowns. He drew one defensive pass interference penalty against the Pittsburgh Steelers on cornerback Cortez Allen that led to an Owen Daniels touchdown. Smith said he's not concerned about his workload and expects to get his touches as the season goes on. "I'm playing my part, and I know the ball is going to come more than it has been," said Smith, who caught a career-high 65 passes for 1,128 yards and four touchdowns last season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
The last time Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco faced a Mike Pettine-led defense, he had arguably the worst game of his career . Pettine, a former Ravens assistant, was Buffalo's defensive coordinator last year, when his Bills defense had five interceptions in a 23-20 victory. Pettine, now the Browns head coach, said it wouldn't make sense to follow that day's game plan Sunday. “It's not applicable, just because it's a different [offensive] coordinator,” he said. “The system is completely different.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Orioles starter Chris Tillman dominated the Seattle Mariners lineup again Sunday, but he wants everyone to know that it's nothing personal. Of course, Tillman came over to the Orioles in the 2008 trade with the Mariners that also brought All-Star center fielder Adam Jones and three others for left-hander Erik Bedard - a move that is widely credited for being the watershed moment in the club's return to prominence after 14 consecutive losing seasons....
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Because manager Buck Showalter was in Texas on Saturday to witness his daughter's graduation from law school, bench coach John Russell took over the team for a day. Russell said he spoke with Showalter at length Friday night about the lineup and game plan, and he then talked to him on the phone Saturday afternoon after Showalter's plane landed in Texas. “It's not a whole lot different of a day for me, just preparing and making sure everything is ready,” said Russell, who has filled in for Showalter when he has been ejected or briefly suspended.
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By Gene Seymour | September 28, 2007
Why isn't Dwayne Johnson a big star by now? The camera loves him. He's funny, self-deprecating and takes the occasional quirky chance with an off-the-mainstream-reservation experiment like the someday-to-be-released Southland Tales. Maybe having to carry around "The Rock" as an alias or alter ego - or whatever it's supposed to be - weighs down his upward mobility. Maybe he's not stoic enough to be an action guy or too brawny to be taken seriously as a comic actor. It could be that he hasn't quite found the right vehicle to drive home his persona.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN GRAPHICSSun Staff Correspondent | January 21, 1992
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Washington Redskins team that arrived at Super Bowl XXVI last night knows little more about the Buffalo Bills than your average fan.They've only watched them on television.The Redskins not only haven't played the Bills this season, but they haven't even had a peek at the coach's game plan yet.When the Redskins had their final practice at Redskin Park yesterday before flying here where they'll train at the Minnesota Vikings' facilities, coach Joe Gibbs worked them on generic plays.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Chris Tillman's four-seam fastball was in the 87-to-91-mph range Friday night, certainly not what it can be or what it has been in the past. In some instances, it would be a cause for alarm. But he commanded it on both sides of the plate and also threw his curveball and changeup over for strikes. And that was really the difference Friday as he pitched the first shutout of his career. Tillman said afterward that he didn't have early command of the curveball, but catcher Steve Clevenger kept calling for it. Tillman found it, and he was practically unhittable.
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Peter Schmuck | March 31, 2014
It was special because it was Opening Day, but the Orioles' tense victory over the defending world champion Red Sox did not represent a dramatic departure from the way these two AL East rivals have been mixing it up since the end of the 2011 season. The Orioles played tight defense and emerged on top because of a dramatic seventh-inning home run off Boston ace Jon Lester. The Red Sox contested every pitch and made O's starter Chris Tillman use everything up in the first five innings.
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