By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Freud once said the greatest works in literature involved parricide: “Oedipus,” “Hamlet” and “The Brothers Karamazov. " I'm not arguing that George R.R. Martin's “A Storm of Swords” should be placed in that canon. But I am arguing that when Tyrion kills Tywin in Sunday's “Game of Thrones” the show is invoking some major literary themes. Season 4 of HBO's “Game of Thrones” came to an end with a strong episode titled “The Children” that culminated with the murder of the Lannister family patriarch, who was killed (embarrassingly)
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
In less than decade, Caves Valley Partners has become one of the biggest players on the local real estate scene, with ambitious plans to reshape Towson and now South Baltimore. The principals of the Towson-based development firm, who have deep roots in the region, have drawn on those ties to build political and financial support for large-scale projects. Its latest proposal would plant a $250 million mix of offices, apartments and stores between Federal Hill and M&T Bank Stadium.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Major health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has asked the state to let it increase its rates in the individual marketplace by as much as 30 percent on average next year, but two competitors want to lower what they charge people who don't get coverage through an employer. The requests were released Friday by the Maryland Insurance Administration, whose officials emphasized that they could require modifications. The agency cut significantly the rate increase CareFirst had requested for this year.
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- Through the Orioles' ups and downs this season -- and there have been plenty already -- there has been one constant: Nelson Cruz. Boy, has that guy been tremendous. Cruz hit two more homers last night, and he now leads the major leagues with 19. He has 48 RBIs, the most in the American League and just one shy of the Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton for the major league lead. He's batting .306 -- 10th in the AL -- with a .376 on-base percentage and an awesome .663 slugging percentage.
By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
After a 3-3 week that saw them split a two-game series on the road with the Pittsburgh Pirates and a four-game series at Camden Yards with the Cleveland Indians, the Orioles have tumbled down national power rankings. The updated rankings, which came out before Monday's win over the Milwaukee Brewers, reflect a week in which Orioles pitching surrendered 34 runs in the six games. The club also traded for catcher Nick Hundley from the San Diego Padres on Saturday. -- Sports Illustrated dropped the Orioles from 11th to 14th , explaining that the fall “has more to do with the teams behind them getting hot than the Orioles doing anything in particular wrong,” but the ranking cited pitching as a major concern.
By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2014
Some pitchers struggle in their first appearance against their former team. But not Orioles right-hander Preston Guilmet. Forgotten in the Orioles' 13-inning loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night was Guilmet's performance, a perfect relief outing after he was called up from Triple-A Norfolk just hours before the game. Promoted to replace right-hander Tommy Hunter, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left groin, Guilmet tossed 2 1/3 hitless innings against the Indians.
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The drama of Thursday's night game had little to do with the Kansas City Royals' impressive hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura or another short but solid performance from the Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen. No, this one was mostly about who the Orioles would use to close out their 2-1 victory over the Royals. The answer was lefty Zach Britton, who had never had a save in his professional career - not in the minors nor the majors. And he handled it flawlessly, the way he has pitched this season.
By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
A pair of former major leaguers are heating up this month for Triple-A Norfolk, adding to a list of veteran position players who are vying for a call-up should the Orioles have a need. Outfielder Quintin Berry and infielder Alexi Casilla are both hitting well over .300 in the past 10 days, after each saw his average plummet below the Mendoza line in mid-April. Berry, the speedster who won a World Series ring as a reserve for the Boston Red Sox last season, is batting .333/.438/.407 with three stolen bases in the past 10 games to put his line at .270/.365/.351 on the year.
By Peter Schmuck and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
Fill-in catcher Caleb Joseph, who started two games against the Tampa Bay Rays last week after coming up to spell Wieters, said the fact that he is now, at least for the moment, a major league player is just starting to sink in. “It took a while, but better late than never," Joseph said. “Sunk in? Yes, no, maybe. I think the biggest thing is that I've been around these guys for a while, a couple of spring trainings, hanging around with a lot of them, coming up with some of them.
By Gerald W. Winegrad | May 8, 2014
The recent bad news on the serious decline in female blue crabs (" May 1) and the subsequent editorial ("Singing the blues," May 5 ) calling for much tighter harvest restrictions should be a wake-up call for all who care about the Chesapeake Bay. The winter dredge survey found one of the lowest crab levels in 25 years of sampling. The harvest in 2013 was the lowest in more than 20 years. At the root of this decline are two factors: overharvest and poor environmental conditions.
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