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By Cynthia Tucker | March 22, 2004
ATLANTA - Marcus Dixon, 19, is unusual. He is black, but his (adoptive) parents are white. A star athlete in high school, he is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 265 pounds. And with a 3.96 GPA, he scored 1,200-plus on the SAT. Any one of those factors would make him a standout; the combination is rare, indeed. So it is no surprise that his 15-year prison sentence, which grew out of a prosecution for rape, has drawn national attention. Because of the charges, he was thrown out of high school just before he was expected to graduate.
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By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2012
Seton Keough has the luxury of being able to march out two pitchers in Robi Zimmerman and Hannah Tavik who routinely dominate the opposition. In Friday's Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland showdown with third-ranked Mercy, it was Tavik's turn to take the ball, and she responded with another stellar outing in the second-ranked Gators' 3-0 victory. Tavik allowed just two hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks, giving visiting Seton Keough sole possession of first place in the IAAM A Conference midway through the season with a 4-0 record (7-1 overall)
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May 12, 2002
The numbers Games missed by David Segui. .294 Marty Cordova's batting average with two strikes. 0.50 Errors per game by the Orioles. 2.42 Sidney Ponson's ERA in his past four starts. 31,499 Orioles' average home attendance through 18 dates.
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By CAL RIPKEN JR | September 30, 2007
DEAR CAL -- I have a question about a foul tip into the catcher's mitt. Is it always a strike? Even on the third strike? I've coached baseball, even American Legion baseball, but I feel stupid that I don't know this one. I thought it was a strike no matter what, but now I'm not so sure. Will Myatt, Magalia, Calif. DEAR WILL -- Your question is really pretty easy to answer. A foul tip that is caught by the catcher is always a strike. On a foul tip with two strikes, the catcher must hold onto the ball for the batter to be called out. On foul tips with fewer than two strikes, the batter is not out - even if the catcher holds on to the ball.
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August 16, 2007
Chad Bradford, Orioles reliever What's it like watching Erik Bedard these days? A lot of swings and misses. It's unbelievable watching him. When he gets two strikes, it's just a matter of time before he puts somebody away. They may foul a few off but nobody is getting good wood on him.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | April 19, 1997
It was cold and plenty windy yesterday afternoon at Westminster, where Owls senior first baseman Ashley Van Doren didn't want to play extra innings.So when visiting Thomas Johnson got a run across to tie thegame at 1 in the top of the sixth, Van Doren answered in the bottom of the inning with a three-run homer that propeled the No. 14 Owls to a 4-3 win.Thomas Johnson (6-3, 4-3 in the Central Maryland Conference) closed within one in the seventh and had a runner on third with two outs, but Westminster junior pitcher Carli Harris got Angie Sinsky to ground out to senior shortstop Katie Curtin to end the game.
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May 6, 2007
Hitting -- He's a guy that's somewhat generic. He is fairly easy to pitch to, but when he gets two strikes, he spreads out and gets the bat on [the] ball and gets a lot of bloop hits. You have to give him credit there. Weaknesses -- He doesn't like the breaking ball. He wants the fastball. He really doesn't have a position. He is like what a lot of clubs have. He's a six-inning guy and then you put the defense in. Future -- I would say [his ceiling] is pretty low. He's having a good run right now, but I think clubs will eventually figure him out. But he's had some success.
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August 20, 2006
A scout's take On Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins' 25-year-old 1st baseman Offense -- He's driving in runs now. He's much more aggressive at the plate. Before, he was always tentative with two strikes; he'd crawl into a shell and become a defensive hitter. He's willing to hit with two strikes now, and he's taking good swings. He's always had power to all fields, and now he is using it. Defense -- The more he hits, the better he looks defensively. He is just one of those types. He is OK. His defense doesn't help them, and it doesn't hurt them.
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By Dave Glassman and Dave Glassman,Special to The Evening Sun | March 4, 1991
The Fair Lanes PBA Open in Baltimore is fast acquiring a reputation for dramatic firsts. Last year Danny Wiseman won his first tournament in his hometown. And last week Pete Weber led all qualifiers by rolling 42 consecutive games over 200 -- a PBA record.But it was the last ball of the last frame of the tournament that stunned a full house at Fair Lanes Kings Point and a national TV audience Saturday.After Weber finished the championship game with five strikes and a 213 score, Del Ballard Jr. needed 27 pins in the 10th frame to win. Ballard got the toughest part -- the first two strikes -- and all he had to do was knock down seven more for the $30,000 first prize.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | July 22, 1993
Say "lightning" to Howard Redman and watch him cringe."They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place. Don't believe it," said Mr. Redman, who is chief of Carroll's Bureau of Emergency Operations Services.Lightning has hit the county's Emergency Operations Center at 1345 Washington Road five times in the past 10 years, including twice in the past month.Why is Mother Nature torturing "Buddy" Redman and his staff?He's trying to find out. He hired Equipment Protection Services Inc. of Glen Rock, Pa., to study the problem.
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August 16, 2007
Chad Bradford, Orioles reliever What's it like watching Erik Bedard these days? A lot of swings and misses. It's unbelievable watching him. When he gets two strikes, it's just a matter of time before he puts somebody away. They may foul a few off but nobody is getting good wood on him.
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May 6, 2007
Hitting -- He's a guy that's somewhat generic. He is fairly easy to pitch to, but when he gets two strikes, he spreads out and gets the bat on [the] ball and gets a lot of bloop hits. You have to give him credit there. Weaknesses -- He doesn't like the breaking ball. He wants the fastball. He really doesn't have a position. He is like what a lot of clubs have. He's a six-inning guy and then you put the defense in. Future -- I would say [his ceiling] is pretty low. He's having a good run right now, but I think clubs will eventually figure him out. But he's had some success.
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August 20, 2006
A scout's take On Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins' 25-year-old 1st baseman Offense -- He's driving in runs now. He's much more aggressive at the plate. Before, he was always tentative with two strikes; he'd crawl into a shell and become a defensive hitter. He's willing to hit with two strikes now, and he's taking good swings. He's always had power to all fields, and now he is using it. Defense -- The more he hits, the better he looks defensively. He is just one of those types. He is OK. His defense doesn't help them, and it doesn't hurt them.
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By Cynthia Tucker | March 22, 2004
ATLANTA - Marcus Dixon, 19, is unusual. He is black, but his (adoptive) parents are white. A star athlete in high school, he is 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 265 pounds. And with a 3.96 GPA, he scored 1,200-plus on the SAT. Any one of those factors would make him a standout; the combination is rare, indeed. So it is no surprise that his 15-year prison sentence, which grew out of a prosecution for rape, has drawn national attention. Because of the charges, he was thrown out of high school just before he was expected to graduate.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2003
MINNEAPOLIS - In their attempts to develop the perfect left-handed power hitter, the Orioles still consider Jay Gibbons a work in progress. He still has times where he looks silly at home plate, and they try not to sweat it because every once in a while, he'll have a game where everything seems to come together at once. Gibbons had one of those games last night at the Metrodome, as the Orioles defeated the Minnesota Twins, 7-5. It wasn't just the two-out, two-run homer he hit off left-hander Johan Santana in the first inning.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2003
For North County pitcher Beth Mullins, it was a welcome sight, the four runs the No. 2 Knights put up in the first inning against No. 4 Glen Burnie yesterday in Ferndale. Big early leads have not been the norm so far this season when the top teams get together in Anne Arundel County, where tight low-scoring games have long been a trademark. So the sophomore had a comfortable cushion and had fun with it, striking out 13 Glen Burnie batters and taking a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before settling on a two-hit 8-0 shutout.
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By CAL RIPKEN JR | September 30, 2007
DEAR CAL -- I have a question about a foul tip into the catcher's mitt. Is it always a strike? Even on the third strike? I've coached baseball, even American Legion baseball, but I feel stupid that I don't know this one. I thought it was a strike no matter what, but now I'm not so sure. Will Myatt, Magalia, Calif. DEAR WILL -- Your question is really pretty easy to answer. A foul tip that is caught by the catcher is always a strike. On a foul tip with two strikes, the catcher must hold onto the ball for the batter to be called out. On foul tips with fewer than two strikes, the batter is not out - even if the catcher holds on to the ball.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | June 14, 1992
DETROIT -- Chris Hoiles is crawling out of a monthlong batting slump, and he is experiencing a little bit of self-realization along the way.Four weeks ago, he was batting .330 with nine home runs and 21 RBI. Four days ago, he was wondering where his next hit would come from. In between, he batted .164 and managed just one home run and two RBI in what turned into a lengthy lesson in success-management.Hoiles isn't afraid to take an honest look at himself, especially after three home runs in a four-game span took some sting out of the struggle.
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May 12, 2002
The numbers Games missed by David Segui. .294 Marty Cordova's batting average with two strikes. 0.50 Errors per game by the Orioles. 2.42 Sidney Ponson's ERA in his past four starts. 31,499 Orioles' average home attendance through 18 dates.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1998
TORONTO -- Ray Miller had a trigger finger and wasn't afraid to use it. Moments after Roger Clemens strong-armed the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-1 win over his struggling Orioles atSkyDome, Miller conducted a private screening of plate umpire John Hirschbeck's strike zone."
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