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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Despite his obvious power and previous success, Orioles infielder Chris Davis has been struggling so much this season that it has become business as usual when pitchers challenge him. So, in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, it was somewhat surprising that Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon chose to have rookie right-hander Kirby Yates (0-2) intentionally walk Davis with two outs and a runner on second base in a tied game. Shortstop J.J. Hardy made the move backfire, dumping a bloop single into right field to score Nelson Cruz from second base for the eventual game-winner in front of an announced 16,915 at Camden Yards.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced sweeping changes to the NFL personal-conduct policy Thursday, writing in a letter to NFL owners obtained by The Baltimore Sun that discipline for domestic violence incidents will increase significantly. The NFL will suspend first-time offenders for six games. A second violation would result in a lifetime ban, though players could file for reinstatement after one year. "Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline," Goodell wrote in the letter.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Just about every time the Tampa Bay Rays have been mentioned to Buck Showalter in the past month, he can't help but talk about Drew Smyly, the left-handed starter the Rays received from the Detroit Tigers in last month's blockbuster deal that included All-Star left-hander David Price. Showalter has gushed about Smyly for parts of three seasons. The Orioles had inquired about his availability periodically during that span, but they never could land him. Based on his performance in the Rays' 3-1 victory Wednesday at Camden Yards, the Orioles can't be happy about facing Smyly a whole lot over the next four-plus seasons.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
A 74-year-old man has been charged in a hit and run crash in Stevenson that left two bicyclists severely injured, Baltimore County police said. Police said Rufet Israfilbekov was driving a Toyota Corolla east in the 2000 block of Old Valley Road Friday morning, when he struck two bicyclists. Police said Israfilbekov veered into the westbound lanes, hitting the two men head on, before fleeing the scene. Both bicyclists Richard Frychel, 35, of Rodgers Forge, and Anthony Van Lierop, 40, of Stoneleigh, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles figured out a simple way Monday night to bust out of an offensive skid that cost them three games at Wrigley Field over the weekend. Get home -- and start homering. And keep homering, in consecutive at-bats, if possible, until you've beaten the opposition into submission and set a little franchise history. In a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, the Orioles had 14 hits -- including five home runs by five different players -- to snap their three-game losing streak.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles scored just four runs in their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. But the club's power was on display with its return to Camden Yards on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles have hit five home runs on their way to a 9-1 lead in the eighth inning. Trailing, 1-0, Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce hit back-to-back homers in the third inning. The Orioles then hit three consecutive home runs in their six-run fifth inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
CHICAGO -- Being swept out of the Windy City this weekend by a Chicago Cubs team already auditioning for 2015 roster spots didn't sit well with Orioles manager Buck Showalter. By the end of their 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, the Orioles had seen enough of historic Wrigley Field. Held hitless by former teammate Tsuyoshi Wada for six innings, they managed just one hit overall on the day. The Orioles (73-55) left Chicago having scored just one run -- Steve Pearce's seventh-inning solo home run, which broke up Wada's no-hit bid -- over 16 innings after play resumed Saturday following a three-hour, nine-minute rain delay.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | August 24, 2014
COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland star wide receiver Stefon Diggs scored two touchdowns during the Terps' final scrimmage of preseason practice Wednesday. One was on a catch in the back of the end zone. The other was on a short pass that Diggs turned into a touchdown of around 80 yards by making several defenders miss in the open field and then outrunning two defenders to the end zone. Here is a look at that touchdown . mzenitz@tribune.com twitter.com/mzenitz
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
As the former wide receivers coach at Maryland, first-year head coach Lee Hull is intent on adding a passing element to Morgan State's offense. But tailback Lamont Brown III hopes Hull won't overlook what has been the unit's traditional strength: running the football. “I look at myself and Herb [Walker Jr.] as two of the top running backs in the [Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference],” said Brown, a redshirt sophomore. “Whether [Hull] wants to run the ball or we have to get involved with the passing game, we're still going to be there, and he has two of the best running backs in the league and can't forget about us.” Brown, redshirt sophomore Walker and senior Tracy Martin make up a formidable partnership in the offensive backfield.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Two bicyclists suffered serious injuries after a hit-and-run crash in Stevenson early Friday morning, Baltimore County police said. About 6:30 a.m., police said a Toyota Corolla headed east in the 2000 block of Old Valley Road struck two bicyclists who were headed west. Police said the car struck the bicyclists head on and the driver left the scene. Both bicyclists suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and are identified as Richard Frychel, 35, of the 400 block of Dumbarton Road in Rodgers Forge and Anthony Van Lierop, 40, of the 600 block of Overbrook Road in Stoneleigh.
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