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By Michael Haederle and Michael Haederle,Contributing Writer | October 5, 1993
Chances are, as you're reading this, you've got an itch. (And if you don't now, you soon will.) It could be anywhere. Your chin, your scalp, your left elbow. Without thinking much about it, you reach out and (ahhh!) scratch it.How fitting that one of life's most common irritants should be paired with one of its greatest satisfactions.But while itching is a universal experience, doctors know little about it. While that may not seem like a big deal, it has great significance for the thousands who suffer from intractable pruritus (the $50-office-visit term for itching)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Shortstop J.J. Hardy was scratched just before Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Camden Yards with a sprained left thumb, an injury he suffered Saturday while sliding into home plate. It is uncertain when Hardy will return to the starting lineup, but he said he believed he might be able to return for the Orioles' series opener against the New York Yankees on Monday. X-rays on Hardy's thumb were negative Sunday. “I have no idea,” Hardy said after Sunday's game.
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By Edward Lee | January 17, 2012
Prior to this season, Chris Carr had never been injured, playing in 96 consecutive games. But the Ravens cornerback sat out seven contests because of hamstring and back injuries. Carr endured another “first” as he was deactivated in the team's 20-13 victory over the Houston Texans in Sunday's AFC divisional playoff round despite being healthy for the first time in his career. Coach John Harbaugh said the decision to scratch Carr - who started all 16 games at cornerback last season - was based on the need to activate six defensive linemen against Houston running backs Arian Foster and Ben Tate.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman is scheduled to have an MRI down at Triple-A Norfolk on Friday and the club hopes to get more clarity about a mysterious injury that popped up Thursday.   Gausman woke up early Thursday morning with pain in his rib cage, something that was uncomfortable enough to interrupt his sleep at 4 a.m., according to player development director Brian Graham.  He was evaluated by the doctors at Norfolk, who initially believed the injury was an intercostal muscle strain.
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By Edward Lee | January 20, 2012
Chris Carr conceded that being a healthy scratch for Sunday's win against the Houston Texans for the first time in his seven-year career was a sobering moment. "Yeah, I was disappointed," he said. "But that's one of those things that at this point in my career and at this point in the season, it should be selfless. So I was upset, but I was like, 'OK, I have to gather my feelings and root for my team,' because the ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl, and that's what we want to do. So yeah, I was upset because I'm a competitor and I want to be out there, but you definitely have to realize that it's bigger than you, it's bigger than any one player.
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November 29, 2011
Despite the fact doctors and lawyers and a few other professionals have a disdain for cursive (decent) handwriting, it is still an essential tool to properly identify a signature especially on documents ("Crossing out cursive?" Nov. 27). Cursive avoidance is not new or recent experience - ask grandparents who receive a "thank you" from grandchildren for gifts that are always printed. Some now even emulate the harsh scribble of the professionals. Richard L. Lelonek, Baltimore
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Linda L. Esterson | November 27, 2012
Most new parents dream of their newborns with 10 fingers and 10 toes, and pretty, soft new baby skin. But as they grow, children can experience some very common skin conditions - some with an easy fix, and others a little more complex. Eleven-month-old Marilyn Katzen was diagnosed with eczema at a few months old. Like most babies, she could grow out of the condition. But she may not. “You want your little girl to look beautiful, and her skin is blotchy and red,” says her mom, Debby Katzen, who lives in Pikesville.
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By James H. Jackson and James H. Jackson,Staff Writer | April 5, 1992
Chris Cook won both the scratch and handicap singles titles in the Greater Baltimore Bowling Association championships held at Bowl America Glen Burnie last weeend. Cook rolled 749 to win the scratch and 782 to win the handicap.Other champions included: team--handicap, Miss Five, 3,674. scratch, Burkholders, 3,151; doubles--handicap, Dan Shaden and Chuck Tillman and Frank Daywalt and Bill Daywalt, 1,466; scratch, Larry Detwiler and Tillman, 1,424; all-events: Handicap,Bob Boone, 2,259. Scratch, Bruce Hollen Jr., 2,111.
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By Chris Korman | June 9, 2012
You heard some derivative of the phrase over and over yesterday: "I've been around horse racing a long time, and I've never seen something like this . " Or: "In all my years covering sports, I haven't had many days like this . " And, so, here are some of the best words used to describe the shocking scratch of I'll Have Anotherfrom the 144th Belmont Stakes, robbing him of a chance to become the 12th Triple Crown winner....
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | May 21, 1994
The latest turf duel between Lure and Paradise Creek was on the marquee for the $150,000 Early Times Dixie Stakes at Pimlico Race Course yesterday, but a late scratch commanded all the attention.When local trainer Dick Small pulled Dancing Douglas from the race several hours before post time, leaving a five-horse field, it meant that the $1 million bonus awarded to the horse with the highest point total in the three-race Early Times series had been negated.According to the rules, the bonus is awarded only if the three races draw at least six entries.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. --  Hoppertunity, the 6-1 second choice in the Kentucky Derby, was scratched from the race Thursday morning because of soreness in his left front foot. The injury was a blow to trainer Bob Baffert and to the quality of the Derby field. Hoppertunity had run well against Derby favorite California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, and that was without an aggressive push from jockey Mike Smith. Many observers believed he was peaking just in time for Kentucky. With the scratch, Pablo Del Monte joined the field of 20 for Saturday's race, and Churchill Downs handicapper Mike Battaglia bumped Wicked Strong to a 6-1 second choice . The odds also dropped for Candy Boy, Intense Holiday, Tapiture, Danza and Vicar's in Trouble.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
Vagner Rocha, who had been scheduled to fight Joe Ellenberger in his UFC debut, has been forced out of Saturday's UFC 172 event due to an injury suffered while training in Baltimore. The UFC 172 card will have 10 bouts. The  Danny Castillo  vs.  Charlie Brenneman  fight will move to the FOX Sports 1 prelim section of the event.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Right-hander Kevin Gausman was scratched from his scheduled start for Triple-A Norfolk tonight. With inclement weather expected Friday in Detroit, he could join the Orioles and be available to pitch in a possible doubleheader against the Tigers on Saturday. Gausman, one of the final cuts in spring training, was set to start the Tides' season opener in Norfolk, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter called Norfolk manager Ron Johnson this afternoon to tell him the club might need Gausman this weekend.
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By Quinn Kelley, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
After winning $100,000 from a scratch-off ticket, a Dundalk woman won $10,000 a week later, also from a scratch-off. Michelle Fowler, 39, said she stopped at the Wise Avenue BP gas station on March 22 to buy her husband Dean, 38, two $20 scratch-off books. She paid with a $50 bill, and because she had $10 left over, bought a "Winner's Luck" ticket for herself. "I'm so tight with money. Dean is the gambler," she said. "If I buy myself a ticket once every three months, it's a lot. " The first amount Fowler scratched off with her husband's lucky quarter was for $10,000.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis has been scratched from Saturday's exhibition with Triple-A Norfolk because of neck stiffness. Markakis said he had no discomfort early this morning, then dealt with neck stiffness while on the flight from Sarasota, Fla. “I was fine getting on the plane, but as soon as we took off, it stiffened up on me,” Markakis said.  Markakis dealt with a slightly herniated disk in his neck last March and he...
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles fans who will be in Dunedin today are getting a special treat: Adam Jones will be roving center field and batting fourth. One of the more difficult trips to navigate in the Grapefruit League, the trip to play the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., usually is without big names. Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't normally have established veterans -- besides the starting pitcher -- make that trip. But Jones has not played since last Sunday; he had been in Baltimore for the birth of his first child.
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By Kevin Cowherd | September 12, 1996
A FEW months ago, after the transmission on our '87 Subaru station wagon dropped out and scattered across the driveway like a bag of Skittles, my wife and I bought a new car.Originally we were looking at minivans, which, of course, you're required by law to buy if you have three kids.Instead we ended up buying a Ford station wagon that has all the sex appeal of a Big Wheel.The first time I got behind the wheel, I looked at myself in the rearview mirror and thought: My God, I've turned into Dagwood Bumstead.
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By Susan Reimer | August 26, 2001
Pardon me. I have this itch. I know it is rude to scratch like this, so furiously, but I can't help it. I am covered with hives. Runny noses and itchy eyes are the usual symptoms for this time of year. Ragweed is a friend to no one. But the pollen doesn't bother me. It's the tomatoes. By late August every summer, I have eaten perhaps 12,000 tomatoes and my system is awash in their acidity. Therefore, the hives. Right now, I could give blood and there would be little yellow seeds in it. I could cut a vein and make a heck of a Bloody Mary.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Infielder Alexi Casilla, who has been limited this spring to a right hamstring strain, was scratched from Friday's lineup with a hyper-extended left knee. The Orioles weren't immediately sure of the extent of the injury. Casilla, a non-roster invitee who is battling to regain his utility infield spot, has played in just three games and is hitless in five at-bats. Jonathan Schoop replaced Casilla at shortstop and will bat seventh. Quintin Berry and Michael Almanzar dropped to eighth and ninth in the lineup, respectively.
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