Recent stories by Jeff Zrebiec
4:09 PM EDT, April 19, 2014
OXFORD, Ohio — With a blinding sun and a mostly empty Yager Stadium at his back, Ravens coach John Harbaugh peered into a crowd that contained so many people he wanted to thank.
12:09 AM EDT, April 19, 2014
OXFORD, OHIO -- As Kristen Visbal scanned the Internet looking for images of John Harbaugh, she kept encountering the Ravens' head coach in the same pose.
6:30 PM EDT, April 4, 2014
The Ravens' first official training camp practice is still well over three months away, but as head coach John Harbaugh thought on Friday about the latest addition to his team's passing game, he couldn't help but get excited.
9:37 AM EDT, March 15, 2014
On his way to Baltimore on Thursday night, Steve Smith got a phone call from New England head coach Bill Belichick who told the free agent wide receiver that he wanted him to play for the Patriots and catch passes from Tom Brady.
7:00 AM EDT, March 9, 2014
The NFL's annual free-agency spending spree officially gets underway Tuesday, with the Ravens in a slightly different position than in the recent past.
8:43 PM EDT, March 25, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it clear that despite a busy two weeks, the Ravens aren't done in free agency. They still have more work to do throughout their roster, including an offensive line that remains under construction.
6:44 PM EST, March 5, 2014
Now the owner of a five-year, $32 million contract, Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta didn't have any grand plans for his financial windfall. He did know that he wasn't prepared to let his best friend on the team, quarterback Joe Flacco, off the hook just yet.
10:54 PM EDT, March 24, 2014
A year ago at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti couldn't walk 10 feet without being congratulated for his team's victory in Super Bowl XLVII about a month and a half earlier.
8:19 PM EST, January 28, 2014
As the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos from 2000 to 2006, Larry Coyer went against Gary Kubiak's offense every day in practice. In the same role with the Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011, Coyer was forced to deal with Kubiak's Houston Texans' offenses twice a year in games.
4:16 PM EDT, March 16, 2014
After agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with the New York Giants last Thursday, Jameel McClain went to his Facebook page to say goodbye to the only NFL organization that he had ever known.
9:10 PM EDT, March 12, 2014
Several receiving options remain available on the free-agent market and one big name, the Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith, could become available soon. There are a number of veteran offensive linemen who are still unsigned, while the market at safety and middle linebacker — two positions of need for the Ravens — continues to thin out.
5:32 PM EST, December 31, 2013
Saying he feels a sense of urgency with his team missing the playoffs for the first time in his six-season tenure, Ravens coach John Harbaugh vowed to explore all avenues this offseason to fix a disappointing offense.
9:39 PM EDT, March 11, 2014
On an eventful first day of free agency that saw a ton of money change hands and a boatload of players change uniforms, the Ravens stuck to a familiar script.
2:31 AM EST, February 17, 2014
The NFL's annual offseason free agent spending spree won't officially get underway until March 11, but the Ravens will have a $6.7 million decision to make within the next couple of weeks.
8:51 PM EST, January 16, 2014
Head coach John Harbaugh and other Ravens officials have been mostly mum about the process of finding a replacement for offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, and the characteristics the organization is looking for in its next hire.
8:54 PM EST, December 29, 2013
The final group of Ravens started trickling out of the visiting locker room at Paul Brown Stadium Sunday evening, heading first to Baltimore and then into an offseason that started far earlier than it expected.
8:33 PM EST, January 8, 2014
The Ravens' top decision makers will meet later this week at owner Steve Bisciotti's Florida home and the team's struggling offense will surely dominate the conversation.
9:10 PM EST, December 30, 2013
His teammates were all around him, saying their goodbyes, exchanging phone numbers and emptying the contents of their lockers into industrial-size garbage bags. But Ravens running back Ray Rice couldn't get himself to do any of it.
9:00 PM EST, December 28, 2013
For the better part of an hour, general manager Ozzie Newsome answered questions about the Ravens' numerous offseason losses, their remaining roster holes and the challenge they would face trying to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
3:49 PM EST, December 28, 2013
8:44 PM EST, December 23, 2013
Some of the Ravens either didn't know or didn't care about all that needed to happen — at least not at that moment — for them to make the playoffs. A 34-point loss to one of your biggest rivals has a way of making everything else seem insignificant.
5:42 PM EST, December 20, 2013
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco made it through the final full practice of the week without further injuring his sprained left knee.
8:33 PM EST, December 19, 2013
As quarterback Joe Flacco yelled out commands to the Ravens' offense late Monday night, Matt Stover yelled at the television.
11:05 PM EST, December 18, 2013
The old Terrell Suggs would have pounced. He would have used the question as an opportunity to further his past platform that Tom Brady gets preferential treatment from the league, and as an opening to blast the New England Patriots quarterback who he once called the "pretty boy from the North."
9:06 PM EST, December 11, 2013
The Ravens were blown out in Denver, they self-destructed in Buffalo and they didn't make the key plays late in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago.
9:54 PM EST, December 17, 2013
Daryl Smith has been a Raven for a little more than six months, long enough for the veteran middle linebacker to get swept up in the late-season feeling that has seemingly overtaken the organization for a second straight year.
7:15 PM EST, December 15, 2013
Each time the ambulance hit a pothole, Dennis Pitta experienced a new level of agony.
9:46 PM EST, December 9, 2013
It was exactly how the Ravens envisioned their offense looking when the season began.
8:03 PM EST, December 2, 2013
It had been laid out for Ravens coach John Harbaugh long before he had the opportunity to get on his couch and spend a rare Sunday afternoon at home watching other NFL games on television.
11:01 PM EST, December 14, 2013
6:30 AM EST, December 8, 2013
For nearly an hour, Justin Tucker's right foot boomed footballs into the warm Texas air.
10:55 PM EST, November 30, 2013
There was activity everywhere, not that DeAngelo Tyson paid much attention to any of it.
7:29 PM EST, November 29, 2013
In a Ravens locker room flooded with a mixture of excitement, frustration and relief late Thursday night, running back Ray Rice sent a message to those who had already forecast his team's demise.
8:33 AM EST, December 6, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Though he's not posting gaudy numbers, quarterback Joe Flacco has strung together two consecutive solid games, completing 67 percent of his passes for 524 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His improved decision making, coupled by the return of the deep pass, has the Ravens optimistic that their offense is starting to get hot. The return of tight end Dennis Pitta, who is expected to make his 2013 regular debut Sunday, can only help matters.
8:57 PM EST, November 25, 2013
When the Ravens made the trip to Heinz Field five weeks ago, they were presented with an opportunity to all but bury the Pittsburgh Steelers.
7:52 PM EST, November 18, 2013
As an exhausted and deflated group of Ravens filed out of the visiting locker room at Soldier Field Sunday following a 23-20 overtime loss to the Chicago Bears, they could take solace in one thing..
9:26 PM EST, November 11, 2013
The excitement from the Ravens' winning their first game in over a month and getting back into the AFC North race was replaced Monday by the realization that their offense is regressing in the second half of the season and needs to be fixed in order to make a playoff run.
7:05 AM EST, November 24, 2013
They'll always be linked, not just by similar coaching pedigrees and shared experiences, but because of one January 2008 decision that helped shape two franchises for years to come.
9:53 PM EST, November 6, 2013
After a season in which he was often forced to play out of position because of the Ravens' defensive line woes, Haloti Ngata reported to the team's veteran minicamp in mid-June and sent a not-so subtle message to the coaching staff.
7:28 PM EST, November 4, 2013
What the Ravens will try to accomplish over the next eight weeks is neither unprecedented nor all that uncommon.
11:37 PM EDT, October 26, 2013
The crowd started gathering long before the guest of honor was due to arrive. They wore No. 82 jerseys, Super Bowl XLVII championship T-shirts and any other purple article of clothing they could find, turning Jimmy's Famous Seafood into a Ravens pep rally.
6:44 PM EST, November 13, 2013
It was his turn, so Ray Rice thrust himself off an adjacent table and landed right behind a microphone without spilling so much as a drop of his drink.
12:34 AM EST, November 10, 2013
Marvin Lewis was the Ravens' defensive coordinator in 1996 when the franchise set its foundation with the drafting of offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden and middle linebacker Ray Lewis.
7:59 PM EDT, October 22, 2013
As Ravens reserve safety Anthony Levine sprinted down the field, his eyes locked onto Pittsburgh Steelers return man Emmanuel Sanders.
9:45 PM EDT, October 21, 2013
A day after Terrell Suggs, Ravens coach John Harbaugh's most vocal leader and one of his top players, declared that the Ravens were in a "state of emergency," Harbaugh painted a little more optimistic picture of his struggling team.
10:46 PM EDT, November 2, 2013
The logic was sound.
8:26 PM EDT, October 28, 2013
Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't need to spend any time during the bye week studying the team's remaining schedule. To him, everything beyond Sunday's road game against the Cleveland Browns is irrelevant right now.
9:35 PM EDT, October 16, 2013
Ray Rice used to be the solution to whatever ailed the Ravens.
7:48 PM EDT, October 14, 2013
After a couple of poor first quarters earlier this season, the Ravens offense took to breaking the practice huddle by exclaiming, "start fast."
8:23 PM EDT, October 12, 2013
The mouth is a little quieter, but the body is leaner, the feet are quicker and the mind is sharper.
6:52 PM EDT, October 9, 2013
It didn't seem like it two weeks ago when the Ravens committed five turnovers and allowed more than 200 yards rushing in a loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Ravens didn't make an emphatic statement on Sunday either in a victory over the Miami Dolphins, blowing a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead in 1 minute, 35 seconds and surviving a last-minute field goal attempt.
8:59 PM EDT, October 19, 2013
A little more than three months after they exchanged a terse handshake near midfield at M&T Bank Stadium, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and his Pittsburgh Steelers counterpart, Mike Tomlin, were together again in an entirely different setting.
7:57 PM EDT, October 7, 2013
The contact came just after the ball left Joe Flacco's right hand. Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon, who beat left tackle Bryant McKinnie on an inside move, slammed into Flacco's left hip and then followed through, sending the Ravens' quarterback to the ground.
6:42 PM EDT, October 10, 2013
Just five days ago, the Ravens were left with only three healthy wide receivers for their game against the Miami Dolphins. When they put out their inactive list about 90 minutes before Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, they figure to have significantly tougher decisions to make.
4:23 PM EDT, October 4, 2013
Left tackle Eugene Monroe excused himself from dinner with head coach Harbaugh Thursday night because he wanted to go upstairs at the team facility and spent more time studying the Ravens' offense.
7:58 PM EDT, September 19, 2013
Ed Reed insisted that it won't be an emotional day for him. His return to the place where he played for 11 seasons to face an organization that he won a Super Bowl with seven months ago is just "another away game right now."
9:56 PM EDT, October 2, 2013
It should have been fairly obvious on Monday when Ravens coach John Harbaugh called the offensive line "disappointing," described the pass-blocking against the Buffalo Bills as "unacceptable" and talked about "working through" first-year starting center Gino Gradkowski's growing pains.
10:55 PM EDT, September 30, 2013
Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasn't willing to second guess the decision Sunday to abandon the run game nor was he in the mood to protect some of the team's under-performing players.
7:55 PM EDT, September 28, 2013
It was not anything Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith had heard or read. He mostly avoids watching the NFL on television and he ignores football commentary on the radio and Internet.
9:18 PM EDT, September 23, 2013
Ravens veteran safety James Ihedigbo knows the reality.
7:19 PM EDT, September 18, 2013
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith broached the topic with Joe Flacco late last week, and he was surprised with the assuredness of the quarterback's response.
11:34 PM EDT, September 14, 2013
The Ravens will commemorate their Super Bowl XLVII victory one final time before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns with a video tribute and the unveiling of world champion banners.
9:09 PM EDT, September 1, 2013
There is noise all around Elvis Dumervil.
7:13 PM EDT, September 11, 2013
Frantically trying to get his offense in the end zone last week, quarterback Joe Flacco looked down the field and saw Torrey Smith and three relatively unfamiliar faces.
6:10 PM EDT, September 6, 2013
Jimmy Smith called it a complete embarrassment. Michael Huff acknowledged that he needs to play way better. Corey Graham said it was probably one of the worst games that he's ever played in his life.
8:42 PM EDT, September 4, 2013
They are together all the time, sitting next to each other at their lockers, walking from meeting to meeting and relaxing in the cold tub after a long practice. When Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata walk out to the Ravens' practice field side by side — which they do at virtually the same time every day — the contrast remains striking.
8:21 PM EDT, August 31, 2013
Recent history is littered with cautionary tales of sequels gone bad, seasons sunk by high expectations, title defenses derailed by injuries and complacency.
9:27 PM EDT, September 9, 2013
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh didn't hear all the chatter on television or the countless complaints on local airwaves. He didn't see all the stories on the Internet and he certainly didn't scan the message boards to gauge the mood of Ravens' fans.
9:02 PM EDT, August 21, 2013
For the past couple of weeks, the Ravens' offensive starters have answered the question with little more than a dismissive shrug.
10:36 PM EDT, September 3, 2013
Terrell Davis remembers the feeling after tight end Shannon Sharpe left the Denver Broncos and joined the Ravens before the 2000 season. He vividly recalls the uncomfortable silence in the huddle and on the sideline, the blank looks exchanged between teammates, the lack of smiles and laughs that had been so commonplace even during trying times.
9:06 PM EDT, August 25, 2013
As the final round of the 2013 draft began in April and Matt Furstenburg agonized over where his NFL career would begin, the former Maryland tight end got a phone call that eased some of his anxiety.
9:30 PM EDT, August 17, 2013
For Ravens players, Harry Swayne's office is unavoidable.
4:58 PM EDT, August 14, 2013
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees puts the film on during defensive meetings and encourages his fellow coaches not to speak. As the footage rolls, he wants to hear only the voices of his players.
11:10 PM EDT, August 11, 2013
In a span of 24 hours this weekend, the Ravens added two players with a combined 24 years of NFL experience, 858 career catches and 89 touchdowns.
10:56 PM EDT, August 3, 2013
When he was drafted by the Ravens in 1996, Jonathan Ogden joined an organization without team colors or a logo.
8:46 PM EDT, August 13, 2013
Dallas Clark was busy taking care of his two young boys at home in Iowa last week. He was staying in shape just in case the right phone call came.
8:14 PM EDT, August 6, 2013
As soon as he saw the ball hit Dennis Pitta's hands, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw his arms up in the air anticipating a touchdown. Pitta had made similar plays so many times last season and there was nothing to suggest that Flacco's first throw during the Ravens' third full-team practice would result in anything different.
6:38 PM EDT, August 2, 2013
Throughout a 12-year career that culminates here this weekend when he officially joins the pantheon of the NFL's best, Jonathan Ogden never minded being left alone.
8:34 PM EDT, September 4, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: So much has changed since Joe Flacco went into Denver last January for an AFC divisional-round playoff game and engineered a 38-35 upset. He now has a Super Bowl ring and the richest contract in team history, but after a sluggish preseason, he faces questions about whether he can pick up where he left off. Without Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pitta, Flacco threw two touchdown passes and four interceptions in the preseason. Torrey Smith (Maryland), now the team's No.1 option, had two touchdowns in their last meeting, finishing with 98 yards.
6:56 PM EDT, July 31, 2013
SETTING THE SCENE: After taking a break Tuesday, the Ravens returned to the practice field Wednesday for a workout that started at 2:30 p.m. and ended just before 5 p.m. It was an overcast sky throughout the workout. Players were in full pads.
6:51 PM EDT, August 9, 2013
— Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco admits he's usually slow to remember the names of his new teammates, particularly the ones on defense. But there was something about the team's new veteran middle linebacker that stuck with Flacco almost immediately.
10:23 PM EDT, August 3, 2013
Ravens fan Robert Radawiec moved to Cleveland a decade ago, but he had never made the 45-minute drive to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
7:37 PM EDT, July 24, 2013
When Terrell Suggs learned that Elvis Dumervil planned to sign with the Ravens in late March, the normally verbose linebacker sent his new teammate a simple and direct text message.
8:44 PM EDT, July 30, 2013
The right hip fracture and dislocation Dennis Pitta suffered Saturday is an extremely rare injury for an NFL player and will force the standout Ravens tight end to miss the entire 2013-14 season.
7:48 PM EDT, July 22, 2013
Months before they would lift the Lombardi Trophy into the confetti-filled air, the Ravens' top decision makers started to have regular discussions about the future of the organization and the potentially wide-scale changes it would face following the 2012 season.
9:44 PM EDT, June 12, 2013
There were no quips or witty sound bites. He didn't throw out any of his favorite movie quotes or rap into the microphone. He didn't even publicly challenge Tom Brady or vow to inflict pain on opposing quarterbacks.
10:26 PM EDT, July 23, 2013
It was a simple mistake made in a passing drill by an undrafted rookie, but Joe Flacco wanted to make sure that it was corrected immediately.
8:49 PM EDT, June 10, 2013
Over the past four months, the Ravens have certainly enjoyed the spoils of victory.
6:35 PM EDT, August 26, 2013
Sunday's release of Tommy Streeter, Rashaad Carter and Gerrard Sheppard (Towson, McDonogh) leaves the Ravens with seven healthy wide receivers on their roster. It also narrows down what might be the most intriguing roster competition left before the regular season begins.
6:40 PM EDT, May 22, 2013
Joe Flacco is no longer barraged with questions about former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, finding consistency or even his capability to win the big game. Now the owner of one of the richest contracts in the history of the sport and two weeks away from receiving a sparkling Super Bowl ring, Flacco's status as the Ravens' franchise quarterback will probably never be this secure.
9:48 PM EDT, June 7, 2013
Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs had a pretty good idea about what was hidden on the table in front of him after he tried to move his seat and he was told that it wasn't a good idea.
7:24 PM EDT, May 31, 2013
The voices of Joe Flacco and Dean Pees were audible from a football field away — Flacco barking out line calls and Pees providing instruction and encouragement to his young defense.
8:25 PM EDT, April 20, 2013
Three months after winning their first Super Bowl in 1983, the Washington Redskins received another reward. With the 28th and final selection in the first round of the 1983 NFL draft, and one pick after the Miami Dolphins grabbed a strong-armed quarterback from Pittsburgh named Dan Marino, the Redskins settled on an undersized but lightning-quick cornerback out of Texas A&M-Kingsville.
10:12 PM EDT, March 16, 2013
A little more than a month since the Super Bowl XLVII victory parade, the party has officially ended for the Ravens.
7:23 PM EDT, May 20, 2013
Two guns and cash were stolen in a weekend burglary at the Reisterstown home of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Baltimore County police confirmed.
10:17 PM EDT, April 27, 2013
When the three-day NFL draft was finally nearing its end and the Ravens had made the last of their 10 selections, general manager Ozzie Newsome headed downstairs and ticked off all the things that the front office had just accomplished.
10:38 PM EDT, March 18, 2013
PHOENIX — It has been six weeks since Steve Bisciotti stood on a podium at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans and raised the Lombardi Trophy aloft, celebrating his team's 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII and his crowning achievement as the Ravens' owner.
11:41 PM EDT, April 26, 2013
Long before Isaiah 54:17 became a rallying cry during the Ravens' Super Bowl run and a fixture in Ray Lewis' speeches, an angry and withdrawn young boy heard the words and decided to put them over his bedroom door.
9:31 PM EDT, July 22, 2013
As he begins his sixth training camp as coach of the Ravens, John Harbaugh sees change everywhere around the Under Armour Performance Center. There are a couple of new members of his coaching staff, a revamped roster and a shiny new trophy at the team facility.
8:56 PM EDT, June 11, 2013
As his fellow defensive linemen worked through various in-game situations at Ravens' minicamp Tuesday, Haloti Ngata remained mostly on the sidelines. The mammoth defensive tackle ran some sprints and performed a variety of stretches but he spent most of the workout off to the side watching his teammates.
7:26 PM EDT, May 3, 2013
The stories started circulating long before John Simon first set foot on Ohio State's campus and became such a program favorite that his head coach talked about naming his next child after him.
8:52 PM EDT, April 22, 2013
Looking to upgrade their depth at inside linebacker, the Ravens were willing to give Rolando McClain a second chance in the NFL. However, the 2010 first-round pick wasted no time in putting his future with the team in question.
9:50 PM EDT, April 16, 2013
Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta was reading comments recently from former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson that he felt summed up his organization's drafting philosophy perfectly.
8:49 PM EDT, March 18, 2013
PHOENIX -- The Ravens were awarded four compensatory picks for next month's draft, bringing their total number of selections to 12.
6:12 PM EDT, April 23, 2013
If he had it his way, Kelechi Osemele wouldn't be moving anywhere. The Ravens would re-sign free agent left tackle Bryant McKinnie and the offensive line, minus the retired Matt Birk, would start the 2013 season like it ended last year.
7:59 PM EST, February 28, 2013
Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, two of the NFL's most outspoken advocates of gay marriage, have taken their fight to the highest court.
6:48 PM EST, February 23, 2013
A little more than two weeks before he hits the open market and is allowed to sign with another team, outside linebacker Paul Kruger's mindset remains the same as it was in the hours that followed the Ravens' 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
6:52 PM EST, February 7, 2013
The usual faces were present in the auditorium at the team's practice facility Thursday but there was a constant reminder that this wasn't the typical "State of the Ravens" address.
7:13 PM EST, February 7, 2013
Ravens officials said Thursday they won't extend an open invitation to fans again without first passing out free tickets, after this week's Super Bowl celebration at M&T Bank Stadium where larger-than-expected crowds amassed and an 11-year-old boy was trampled.
8:37 PM EDT, March 13, 2013
The Ravens' surprising decision Wednesday to cut Bernard Pollard, the hard-hitting and tough-talking safety who led the Super Bowl champions in tackles last season, opens up just $1 million of salary-cap room. So at least on the surface, the move appears to go beyond simple finances.
10:59 PM EST, February 4, 2013
He clutched the Lombardi Trophy again about 10 hours after he held it for the first time. He had watched his quarterback Joe Flacco receive a new car as the Super Bowl XLVII Most Valuable Player and he had done one more interview as a newly minted world champion.
9:17 PM EST, January 31, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
NEW ORLEANS — Twelve years ago, Steve Bisciotti arrived for Super Bowl XXXV as a minority owner of the Ravens, content to remain in the background and have fun with his friends.
9:37 PM EST, February 2, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
NEW ORLEANS -- The vision has consumed some of them for almost a decade. During their most painful moments as Ravens, they wondered if it would ever happen, if they would ever experience a moment that their leader has spoken of so many times.
9:48 PM EST, January 30, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
The question wasn't even fully out of the reporter's mouth when Ravens safety Ed Reed pounced on it like it was an errant throw.
6:02 PM EST, January 29, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
Dean Pees wanted to believe nothing needed to change. This was the Ravens' defense, after all, and it isn't easy to overhaul a group that has long been one of the league's best.
6:53 PM EST, February 1, 2013
NEW ORLEANS — Soaking up the Super Bowl experience, Ravens left guard Kelechi Osemele spent Tuesday's Media Day, joking around with current teammates and hanging out with former NFL offensive lineman and fellow Iowa State alum Keith Sims.
7:34 PM EST, January 31, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
Joe Flacco will play his last game under his rookie contract against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII, but owner Steve Bisciotti made clear that he intends to keep the quarterback in a Ravens uniform for a long time.
10:39 PM EST, January 28, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVI
Wearing a dark suit and a purple striped tie, an outfit that he said his wife picked out, Ravens coach John Harbaugh met the media for the first time here and set the tone for his team ahead of Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
10:29 PM EST, January 29, 2013
SUPER BOWL XLVII
— There are times where it seems like it was only a couple of years ago and he remembers everything, the way Baltimore fans rallied around his team, the Ravens' march to Super Bowl XXXV, even his pointed criticism of the national media about its treatment of his star linebacker, Ray Lewis.
8:04 PM EST, January 21, 2013
The Ravens arrived at their team facility in Owings Mills Monday morning, short on sleep but long on adrenaline and anticipation.
9:16 PM EST, January 25, 2013
A throng of reporters and cameramen waited in front of his locker this afternoon, anxiously anticipating a quote or quip that would liven up the Super Bowl rhetoric.
10:39 PM EST, January 27, 2013
The NFC-champion San Francisco 49ers arrived in town Sunday night a full week ahead of their Feb. 3 matchup with the Ravens, vowing to enjoy the experience but not get caught up in the Super Bowl XLVII hype.
8:11 PM EST, January 16, 2013
The knock on Ralph Friedgen's office door interrupted a major session of second guessing.
6:29 PM EST, January 23, 2013
The story of the Ravens' remarkable turnaround from losing four of five games to close the regular season to winning three straight to get to the Super Bowl will be told many times before Feb. 3. And the story will undoubtedly start when the team hit rock bottom.
5:54 PM EST, January 17, 2013
Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees was on Bill Belichick's staff for six seasons, so he had to deal with quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots offense on a daily basis. He seemed to be the perfect guy to ask how you make life uncomfortable for Brady.
8:33 AM EST, January 11, 2013
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Quarterback Joe Flacco gets an opportunity to avenge one of his worst performances of his season. He completed just 20-of-40 passes in a regular-season loss to the Broncos and threw a costly interception that was returned for a touchdown. Tight end Dennis Pitta was one of the few Ravens who played well in that game, making seven catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns. Look for Flacco to continue to roll out of the pocket and take downfield shots to Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin.
8:03 PM EST, January 14, 2013
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata watched Sunday's AFC divisional playoff game between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans closely, homing in on what each offense was doing and the battles in the trenches.
9:34 PM EST, January 19, 2013
Joe Flacco looked tired, or maybe he was just bored. It was hard to tell.
8:24 PM EST, January 4, 2013
The visiting locker room at Gillette Stadium following last year's AFC championship game was eerily silent when a sharply attired Chuck Pagano walked briskly toward the door, rolling a suitcase behind him. He stopped only briefly, embracing linebacker Jarret Johnson as the two whispered a few words.
8:20 PM EST, January 9, 2013
Courtney Upshaw once lived in a house with no electricity or running water. He slept some nights on a worn couch that barely contained his growing frame. He arrived at the University of Alabama with little more than the clothes he was wearing.
4:14 PM EST, December 29, 2012
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Quarterback Joe Flacco ended a troubling late-season slump by tearing up the New York Giants last week, throwing for 309 yards and two touchdowns to go along with a rushing score. Perhaps the best development for the Ravens was that Flacco didn't turn the ball over and wasn't sacked. Flacco has won four straight games against the Bengals, throwing five touchdowns during that span. The Ravens are 11 points away from setting a franchise record for most points in a season.
12:02 PM EST, January 11, 2013
They will probably lock eyes more than a few times Saturday, one of the best offensive players of his generation staring straight ahead at one of the era's best defenders.
7:26 PM EST, December 31, 2012
All season, the Ravens talked about peaking at the right time. They downplayed their 9-2 start, maintaining that a strong finish to the regular season was what was important. They didn't want to just make the playoffs. They wanted to enter them with momentum, their offense putting up points and their defense putting down quarterbacks.
7:50 PM EST, January 7, 2013
When the Ravens and Denver Broncos meet Saturday afternoon in an AFC divisional playoff game, the Broncos will be more than three months removed from their last loss.
1:08 PM EST, December 22, 2012
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Struggling Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco maintains he hasn't lost his confidence even as his late-season slump widens. He has completed more than 60 percent of his passes just once in four games, he hass thrown for under 200 yards in five of his last eight contests and he has committed six turnovers over the last three games. He has also been sacked 13 times over the past four weeks. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin was held without a catch last week for the first time in 107 games.
9:22 PM EST, January 13, 2013
To a man, the Ravens said that they didn't care who their opponent would be Sunday in the AFC championship game.
7:24 PM EST, December 20, 2012
Some form of the question is asked pretty much every time Ray Rice goes behind a microphone or faces reporters. After all, he has to crack at some point, doesn't he?
7:54 PM EST, December 17, 2012
The Ravens' first goal every season is to make it to the playoffs so in that sense, Sunday wasn't as big of a disaster as it once appeared. But the manner in which it happened leaves plenty of questions about whether the Ravens will be able to accomplish their other goals, which go far beyond just qualifying for the postseason.
3:33 PM EST, January 4, 2013
Ray Lewis and Ed Reed probably will always be linked, two longtime friends who have defined the Ravens' defensive dominance. But as Lewis prepares to play what could be the final home game of his 17-year career on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, Reed said he's not thinking about his own future.
12:12 AM EST, November 13, 2012
Like most, if not all, NFL teams, the Ravens cling tightly to the tenets of the 24-hour rule, allowing them only one day to celebrate victories while briefly pushing back the arduous task of preparing for the next challenge that lies ahead.
4:03 PM EST, November 8, 2012
Carson Palmer is a couple of years older and is no longer throwing to Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh in their prime. But as the Ravens prepare for Sunday's game against Palmer and the Oakland Raiders, the bad memories have come rushing back for some Ravens.
3:01 PM EST, December 15, 2012
RAVENS PASSING GAME: It will be interesting to see new offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell's influence on the play-calling and game plan. The expectation is that the Ravens will loosen the reins on quarterback Joe Flacco, who feels he's at his best in the no-huddle offense. Flacco threw three first-half touchdowns in last Sunday's loss to the Washington Redskins, but he turned the ball over twice. Wide receiver Torrey Smith has three catches or fewer in four of his past five games.
8:26 PM EST, November 24, 2012
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Quarterback Joe Flacco continues to be an enigma away from M&T Bank Stadium. In five road games, he's completed 54.2 percent of his passes for 883 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. In five games at home, his completion percentage is 66.5 to go along with 1,612 yards, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. In a loss to the Chargers last year, Flacco threw two interceptions and was sacked seven times. He's turned the ball over just once in his past three games.
7:40 PM EST, December 5, 2012
As Ray Lewis walked onto the practice field in uniform Wednesday for the first time in seven weeks, his long-time Ravens' teammate, Terrell Suggs, remained inside the team facility. Suggs was pondering when he'll be able to return to the field and how effective he'll be when he does.
2:20 PM EST, November 10, 2012
1:27 PM EST, November 17, 2012
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Much has been made of quarterback Joe Flacco's struggles on the road, but he's beaten the Steelers with late drives in his last regular season visit to Heinz Field. He's also coming off a four-touchdown (three passing, one rushing) performance against the Oakland Raiders where wide receiver Jacoby Jones and tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson returned to the game plan. The pressure will be on tackles Kelechi Osemele and Michael Oher to give Flacco time to throw downfield.
8:35 PM EST, December 4, 2012
One-by-one, Ravens players said Sunday night that their last-second 23-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers wouldn't define their season or deter them from their regular-season goals. However, the defeat, coupled by another significant injury to linebacker Terrell Suggs, has made their already daunting four-game stretch to end the regular season even more difficult.
7:54 PM EST, November 5, 2012
The Ravens' offense has fluctuated so wildly by quarter, never mind one game to the next, that it probably would be foolish to draw any concrete conclusions from one drive.
8:07 PM EST, November 22, 2012
The text messages started rolling in before Corey Graham even had a chance to settle in front of his locker late Sunday night following the finest game of his NFL career.
2:46 PM EST, December 8, 2012
He has thrown his hands up in the air after a dropped pass, angrily ripped off his helmet after a stalled possession and loudly chastised himself after an errant throw.
7:04 PM EST, November 7, 2012
The Ravens held out five starters from practice Wednesday, including two offensive linemen and Pro Bowl defensive players Haloti Ngata and Ed Reed.
7:46 PM EDT, October 22, 2012
A day after his team gave up the most points and suffered the largest margin of defeat in his five seasons as Ravens' head coach, John Harbaugh took accountability for Sunday's 44-13 loss to the Houston Texans and vowed to consider changes with his inconsistent offense.
5:16 PM EDT, October 31, 2012
Perhaps, Terrell Suggs will eventually find the time to deliver the "I told you so's." Perhaps, the Ravens' normally loquacious linebacker will eventually detail his remarkably quick recovery from a torn right Achilles tendon, and concede that he had doubts that he would be able to play meaningful football this season.
5:23 PM EDT, October 29, 2012
After spending the bye week meeting with coaches and reviewing every aspect of the Ravens' play through the first seven games, coach John Harbaugh said there are no plans to make "wholesale changes" before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, and acknowledged that there isn't a simple fix to the team's road woes.
6:50 PM EDT, October 17, 2012
Since the season began, Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs has kept a relatively low profile as he rehabbed his surgically-repaired right Achilles. He strolled through the locker room on occasion, saying very little and declining to update his status with reporters.
8:16 PM EDT, September 14, 2012
Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain has had a busy week, preparing for a Philadelphia Eagles offense led by quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy while getting ready to play a regular season NFL game in his hometown of Philadelphia for the first time in his career. Here are a couple of his thoughts heading into the game.
8:56 PM EDT, October 27, 2012
Torrey Smith was convinced that Anquan Boldin was still in the building. He didn't see him in the Ravens' locker room, but he heard his voice, first coming from the equipment area and then from the training room. But as Smith pulled on his uniform and prepared for a recent practice, Boldin's voice became more distant.
3:00 PM EDT, October 6, 2012
The numbers look odd and reversed — even after just four weeks, even with Terrell Suggs out and a new up-tempo offense in. These are the Ravens, after all, a franchise where a dominant defense and underwhelming offense have meshed successfully for years.
7:11 PM EDT, September 28, 2012
Right guard Marshal Yanda moved to the middle of the huddle early in training camp and broke practice by delivering a message that served as the Ravens' rallying cry during a brutal season-opening, four-game stretch.
9:56 PM EDT, September 15, 2012
RAVENS PASSING GAME: What will quarterback Joe Flacco do for an encore? A week after lighting up the Cincinnati Bengals in one of the best performances of his career, Flacco brings the Ravens' suddenly explosive offense to Lincoln Financial Field, a short drive from where he grew up. Eight players caught passes in the Ravens' opener, led by tight end Dennis Pitta. Flacco figures to get far less time to operate against a fast and aggressive Eagles defense.
8:46 PM EST, December 15, 2012
When Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning goes under center Sunday, starts barking out calls and then takes one final glance across the line of scrimmage, what he sees will bear very little resemblance to any Ravens defense he has ever faced.
6:49 PM EDT, October 19, 2012
Ravens running back Ray Rice has been an advocate for pro-kindness and anti-bullying efforts, held summer camps for kids in Baltimore and his hometown of New Rochelle, N.Y., and helped students in Baltimore get fit. Those are just several of the reasons why he received the third Tim Wheatley Award for Community Service Friday at the Under Armour Performance Center.
11:38 PM EST, November 17, 2012
Most of the characteristics that have defined what many consider the best rivalry in football remain unchanged. Make no mistake, the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers still don't like each other.
9:28 PM EDT, October 20, 2012
The Houston Texans lost their top tackler two weeks ago when middle linebacker Brian Cushing went down with a season-ending knee injury. A week later, they were embarrassed by the Green Bay Packers, 42-24, on their home field as Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes, the Texans couldn't run the football and their special teams faltered.
9:31 PM EDT, November 3, 2012
The Ravens may not have an explanation, but they have certainly ruled some things out.
6:32 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
Matt Birk's goals at first were simple. There was no thought of having a long and productive NFL career. He had no visions of making Pro Bowl teams or annually competing for championships.
3:10 PM EDT, October 22, 2012
To a man, the Ravens insist that they don't have an explanation for why the team's offense has played so well at home and so poorly on the road. And as second-year wide receiver Torrey Smith wisely pointed out, if the Ravens knew the cause of the maddening inconsistency, they'd have it fixed by now.
6:58 PM EDT, October 8, 2012
Four weeks ago, the Ravens introduced their new up-tempo offense to a Monday Night television audience with Joe Flacco throwing a 52-yard pass to Torrey Smith on the first play from scrimmage against the Cincinnati Bengals.
9:52 PM EDT, September 8, 2012
The Ravens were ready to break the team huddle to start practice recently when Joe Flacco took off his helmet and his teammates erupted in laughter.
5:50 PM EDT, September 6, 2012
Some of Ray Lewis' best memories with Art Modell came after the former Ravens' owner would pull him in close, and whisper in his ear. Sometimes, it was just to offer Lewis a piece of advice, wish him luck or ask about his family. Other times, Modell, known for his sharp sense of humor and quick wit, simply had a joke that he wanted to share.
5:48 PM EDT, October 18, 2012
Terrell Suggs' vow since tearing his right Achilles in late April was that he would run out of the tunnel and play meaningful football during the 2012 season.
1:45 AM EDT, September 23, 2012
The handwritten list is posted on his mirror at home, so it's the first thing Bernard Pollard sees when he wakes up in the morning and the last thing he views before he goes to bed. If he ever needs a reminder during the hours in between, another copy hangs in Pollard's locker, next to pictures of his wife and two kids.
9:09 PM EDT, October 13, 2012
Jason Garrett was the hot coaching candidate who had everything the Ravens were seeking. He was a former NFL quarterback, Ivy League-educated and groomed in a football family. He was young and bright, and in just a couple of seasons as an NFL assistant, he had carved out a reputation as one of the freshest offensive minds in football.
2:36 PM EDT, September 15, 2012
Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain has had a busy week preparing for a Philadelphia Eagles offense led by quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy. On top of that, McClain will also be getting ready to play a regular-season NFL game in his hometown of Philadelphia for the first time in his career. Here are some of his thoughts heading into the game.
6:52 PM EDT, October 1, 2012
There's not a whole lot that Matt Birk remembers about the Ravens' 30-7 playoff victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium during the 2010 season.
12:07 AM EDT, August 24, 2012
Joe Flacco faked a handoff, spotted Anquan Boldin alone in the back of the end zone and connected with hit him for the easy touchdown. He then ran to the sidelines, pumping his fist nearly the entire way.
1:53 PM EDT, September 22, 2012
9:36 PM EDT, September 24, 2012
The Ravens trailed the New England Patriots by nine points with 7:29 to go Sunday night when quarterback Joe Flacco initiated a drive that probably should serve as a blue print for the offense for the rest of the season.
4:45 PM EDT, October 23, 2012
The Cleveland Browns have a game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, so they won't turn their attention to preparing for the Nov. 4 matchup against the Ravens until early next week. When they do, Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain can already predict what they will be thinking.
2:25 AM EDT, September 23, 2012
The handwritten list is posted on his mirror at home, so it's the first thing Bernard Pollard sees when he wakes up in the morning and the last thing he views before he goes to bed. If he ever needs a reminder during the hours in between, another copy hangs in Pollard's locker, next to pictures of his wife and two kids.
8:37 PM EDT, September 17, 2012
In a near 15-minute news conference Monday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh wasn't asked one question that included the word rematch. The topics of revenge and redemption never came up either.
7:24 PM EDT, September 13, 2012
Wearing a sharp designer suit, Ravens running back Ray Rice exited M&T Bank Stadium late Monday night looking as fresh and content as he did at any point during his team record-breaking 2011 season.
3:25 PM EDT, September 26, 2012
RAVENS PASSING GAME: The Ravens weren't kidding when they talked about revving up their passing attack in quarterback Joe Flacco's fifth season. Flacco is currently second in the NFL in passing yards (913) and tied for fifth in touchdowns (six). Flacco has never lost to the Browns in eight tries and Thursday night he'll face a shaky secondary, looking to improve on a career 94.4 quarterback rating against Cleveland. Flacco used all of his weapons in a 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots last Sunday, completing passes to eight different guys. Mostly quiet this season, wide receiver Anquan Boldin has 300 yards receiving and three touchdowns in five career games versus the Browns. The Ravens' offensive line has exceeded early outside expectations, allowing five sacks in three games.
8:23 PM EDT, August 27, 2012
During his month-long competition with Billy Cundiff for a job that nobody expected him to win, Justin Tucker held firm to advice that Ravens coach John Harbaugh repeated throughout training camp.
7:48 PM EDT, September 11, 2012
In a 5-minute span during the Ravens' season-opening 44-13 rout of the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday, safety Ed Reed intercepted an errant pass from Andy Dalton and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown.
9:38 PM EDT, August 19, 2012
Dannell Ellerbe thought about the question for a moment and then respectfully requested a minute to think about an appropriate answer.
8:51 PM EDT, September 12, 2012
There was a somewhat unusual sight Monday night on the Ravens' sideline.
8:07 PM EDT, August 25, 2012
Ravens rookie offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele credits a complicated past with opening up his future
They gathered in the living room at their mother's Northwest Houston home the way they did so many times growing up. But for Kelechi Osemele, this April night was all about moving forward rather than looking back.
8:59 PM EDT, September 9, 2012
A football coach to the core, John Harbaugh loves motivational quotes and uplifting slogans.
12:23 AM EDT, August 31, 2012
Ravens undrafted rookie wide receiver Deonte Thompson was simply too tired to fret about the next 24 hours after catching a touchdown, six balls for 68 yards and returning three kicks for 94 yards.
7:06 PM EDT, August 22, 2012
Over the last two weeks, the Ravens' starters have remained in preseason form.
10:13 PM EDT, August 12, 2012
Cornerback Jimmy Smith and outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw are the Ravens' top picks in the past two drafts, but they have more in common than just that.
8:00 PM EDT, August 10, 2012
Even in the context of a teaching tool such as a preseason game, there was plenty that John Harbaugh would rather not have seen Thursday night.
12:11 AM EDT, August 10, 2012
By the end of the first quarter at the Georgia Dome on Thursday, the Ravens offense had no first downs and 9 total yards. Their starting defense had already allowed one touchdown and was on the verge of giving up another, and appeared powerless in trying to slow Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones who had a touchdown and more than 100 yards in less than 15 minutes.
1:23 AM EDT, August 10, 2012
ATLANTA -- Tight end Ed Dickson salvaged an otherwise disappointing night for the Ravens' first-team offense by going up high and snatching a Joe Flacco pass for a 9-yard touchdown early in the second quarter of the preseason opener Thursday.
4:31 PM EDT, August 4, 2012
The silence was probably what concerned Calvin Walker most.
8:07 PM EDT, August 15, 2012
He was nearly unrecognizable, not just from the guy who played for the organization seven years earlier but from the one who had just been in the building eight months ago.
9:37 PM EDT, June 12, 2012
Ray Lewis showed up Tuesday for the first day of the Ravens' mandatory minicamp, looking considerably leaner after an offseason in which he dedicated himself to adjusting to a quicker and pass-oriented NFL.
2:51 PM EDT, April 21, 2012
The physical gifts and athleticism have never been in question.
12:32 AM EDT, May 9, 2012
It was Ravens safety Bernard Pollard who first broke the news Tuesday on his Twitter account, announcing that a former teammate with the Houston Texans, wide receiver and kick returner Jacoby Jones, would join him and fullback Vonta Leach in Baltimore.
6:12 PM EDT, June 6, 2012
Jimmy Smith was standing less than 10 yards away and listening to his head coach field questions from reporters. So when John Harbaugh was asked about the Ravens' second-year cornerback, he flashed a quick smile toward Smith and then answered in a manner one might expect given his audience.
11:10 PM EDT, March 12, 2012
The Ravens' goal was to re-sign Pro Bowl left guard Ben Grubbs before he officially hits the open market with hundreds of other NFL free agents Tuesday at 4 p.m. Now almost out of time and with seemingly no indication that Grubbs is willing to eschew free agency, they say their focus hasn't changed.
5:30 PM EDT, May 1, 2012
Ravens coach John Harbaugh clarified comments he made on a local radio station Tuesday in which he said that Super Bowl championships won by the New England Patriots were "stained" and have "asterisks" because of the Spygate scandal in 2007.
9:57 PM EDT, August 4, 2012
Bryant McKinnie is confident that he'll get his left tackle job back. He feels healthy enough to play right now and he says that despite all the attention being paid to his conditioning, he's nearly 20 pounds lighter than he was when he was signed by the Ravens late in training camp last year.
3:43 PM EDT, April 19, 2012
Jah Reid has only been a professional football player for about a year now, but he knows that a lot could change in the NFL in the span of a couple of weeks.
10:01 PM EDT, March 26, 2012
Seated outside Monday afternoon at the posh Breakers hotel, the site of this week's NFL owners meetings, Steve Bisciotti, well-tanned and sharply-dressed, appeared as relaxed as ever.
12:22 AM EDT, August 18, 2012
The Ravens' offensive focus following last week's preseason opener was on sustaining drives. They'll spend this week talking about finishing them.
9:11 PM EDT, June 13, 2012
The word was out. There was no way you were blocking him with one guy. He was already one of the most disruptive defensive players in the NFL, and now he was emerging as a front-runner for the AFC Defensive Player of the Year .
6:08 PM EDT, May 30, 2012
Dean Pees has been through this before.
11:24 PM EDT, May 8, 2012
Ravens outside linebacker Terrell Suggs, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, underwent successful surgery on his torn Achilles tendon Tuesday afternoon, but his availability for the 2012 season remains a significant question mark.
1:50 PM EST, January 31, 2012
A little over 10 months ago, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti provided a timetable for negotiations with quarterback Joe Flacco on a long-term contract extension.
7:47 PM EDT, April 25, 2012
For an organization that considers the NFL draft its lifeblood — which is how Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta characterized it earlier this month — there is always a sense of urgency at this time of year.
8:31 PM EDT, May 23, 2012
Joe Flacco took a couple of steps to his right, spotted Ed Dickson about 10 yards down the field and lofted a pass between two defenders that the young tight end hauled in.
9:27 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
9:49 PM EST, February 26, 2012
Most of his offensive-line brethren would absolutely hate this.
10:20 PM EST, January 19, 2012
The two-a-day practices were always fun because there was so much for an 8-year-old to do. There were cones to set up, tackling dummies to wrestle with, footballs to gather and water bottles to squirt. Young Chuck Pagano did it all for his father, spending hours under the Colorado sun.
9:21 PM EDT, March 15, 2012
The Ravens were several hours into trying to recruit Ben Grubbs' potential replacement when they learned Thursday morning that their Pro Bowl left guard had reached a long-term agreementon with the New Orleans Saints.
7:49 PM EST, February 25, 2012
The question is seemingly asked every year at this time, as if there is a handbook on how you confront the loss of a 13-time Pro Bowl performer, one of the best ever at his position and a player that has served as one of the faces of the franchise since the day the NFL returned to Baltimore.
9:23 PM EDT, April 4, 2012
The first round of the 2012 NFL draft is three weeks away, and the Ravens have a similar list of needs as they did when free agency began four weeks ago.
7:25 PM EST, February 4, 2012
The award that Terrell Suggs really wanted will be handed out Sunday as the New York Giants and New England Patriots play for the Lombardi Trophy. The Ravens outside linebacker got a nice consolation prize Saturday night when he was named the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season.
9:19 PM EDT, March 14, 2012
The Ravens have long prided themselves on their organizational depth and their teamwide philosophy of "Next man up," believing no injury and no defection big enough to challenge their status as one of the league's elite teams.
11:02 PM EST, January 1, 2012
For the first time since 2007, Baltimore will host an NFL playoff game.
9:31 PM EST, January 9, 2012
Ravens defensive end Cory Redding had managed to stay calm and avoid an emotional attachment to the Denver Broncos-Pittsburgh Steelers Wild Card game Sunday. But when Broncos' wide receiver Demaryius Thomas caught Tim Tebow's pass on the first play of overtime and ran 80 yards for a touchdown, Redding admitted that he jumped off his couch.
7:52 PM EST, January 18, 2012
Bernard Pollard insists his NFL legacy will be more than being the man who toppled Tom Brady.
3:47 PM EDT, March 27, 2012
Three weeks into free agency, the Ravens have retained starting linebacker Jameel McClain, added to their defensive back depth and upgraded their special teams. But one of their glaring offseason needs remains virtually untouched.
6:45 PM EDT, March 23, 2012
Relatively quiet over the first 10 days of free agency, the Ravens dipped into the open market [Friday], signing four players in moves that will upgrade the team's linebacking and secondary depth and bolster special teams coverage units that struggled last season.
8:44 PM EST, December 17, 2011
There was a time Jameel McClain couldn't do this. He'd search for the right words, and they'd never come out. He'd worry about how his thoughts would be perceived and that it would sound like he was making a cry for help.
4:33 PM EST, February 19, 2012
Ravens officials watched, occasionally with jaws dropped, as Ray Rice danced and darted around opposing defenders in his first four NFL seasons. Now the time has come for the Ravens to wrap up Rice and make sure that the diminutive running back remains one of the focal points of their offense going forward.
9:15 PM EST, February 21, 2012
The football world's focus returns to Indianapolis this week, where more than 300 NFL hopefuls will participate in the annual scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
9:18 PM EST, February 1, 2012
Owner Steve Bisciotti made one thing clear at the annual State of the Ravens address Wednesday: The face of the Ravens' offense will not change this offseason.
8:30 PM EST, December 20, 2011
Ravens running back Ray Rice promised himself that he wasn't going to go to sleep before the final whistle had blown.
7:02 PM EST, January 16, 2012
By the end of last week, Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb was hearing teammate Ed Reed's voice in his sleep.
8:10 PM EST, November 30, 2011
Lee Evans, who made his first catch in more than two months in last week's 16-6 win over the San Francisco 49ers, says he is ready for whatever responsibilities the Ravens throw his way.
9:07 AM EST, January 27, 2012
On a day where Chuck Pagano was introduced as the new head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, the Ravens remained mum on the status of their own coaching staff Thursday.
9:01 PM EST, February 23, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS — The Ravens have drafted an interior offensive lineman in the first round just once in team history, taking Auburn left guard Ben Grubbs with the 29th pick in the 2007 draft.
8:18 PM EST, December 7, 2011
It was only about six hours after the team charter had touched down from Seattle when Tom Zbikowski, who still hadn't gotten any extended sleep, drove to the Ravens' complex in Owings Mills, and headed to the practice field.
10:17 AM EST, December 3, 2011
Restaurant owner Harry Sirinakis got a taste of summer in Westminster without the Ravens this year during the NFL lockout. When the team canceled its annual training camp at McDaniel College, fewer people visited Sirinakis' place on Main Street. He didn't hire the extra servers he had in summers past.
9:00 PM EDT, October 31, 2011
As he listened to his quarterback Joe Flacco speak to reporters and waited his turn at the podium following his team's 30-27 comeback victory over the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh stole a couple of quick glances at a corner television, which was tuned in to the Pittsburgh Steelers' eventual victory over the New England Patriots.
11:20 PM EST, January 16, 2012
As the Ravens arrived at their team complex in Owings Mills today, overjoyed that they still have more football to play, the euphoria surrounding their victory over the Houston Texans Sunday and a berth in the AFC Championship game had been replaced by a sobering reality.
9:59 PM EST, December 3, 2011
They sit next to each other in every defensive meeting and occupy back-to-back rows on team charter flights. But even when Bernard Pollard and Ed Reed go their separate ways for the day, the Ravens' two starting safeties likely haven't heard the last from each other.
11:15 PM EST, November 21, 2011
John Harbaugh celebrated his team's latest victory by returning to his office at the Ravens' headquarters in Owings Mills and watching game tape until very late into Sunday evening.
11:22 PM EST, November 19, 2011
Marvin Lewis and Mike Smith talk nearly every week, discussing football and family and continuing a friendship that started more than a decade ago in Baltimore while coaching a championship defense.
3:08 PM EST, December 31, 2011
Ravens linebacker and NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidate Terrell Suggs has 6 1/2 sacks against the Cincinnati Bengals, his third most against any NFL team. But only one of them has come against the man who will line up opposite Suggs on Sunday.
7:41 PM EDT, October 25, 2011
It took an abysmal 60 minutes of offense, and a performance that Ravens coach John Harbaugh admitted was about as "bad as you can play" for the familiar questions to return, and the doubt to seep in after what had been an encouraging start to the 2011 season.
6:57 PM EDT, October 27, 2011
Watching video, Terrence Cody's eyes gloss over the other members of the Ravens' defense until he homes in on a familiar figure.
2:29 PM EDT, September 24, 2011
RAVENS RUN OFFENSE VS. RAMS RUN DEFENSE: The Rams' rush defense is last in the NFL, having surrendered an average of 177.5 yards. St. Louis could be the ideal opponent for the Ravens to reestablish their running game, which was ineffective last week in the loss to the Tennessee Titans. To get Ray Rice going, the Ravens will have to account for Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, who made 14 tackles last week and led the Rams with 129 tackles last season. Veteran defensive tackle Fred Robbins' main responsibility is occupying blockers and keeping them off Laurinaitis. The return of guard Ben Grubbs would certainly be a nice boost for the Ravens. If he remains out with a toe injury, the Ravens could start Mark LeVoir, who got the call last week, or use Andre Gurode. The Ravens have averaged 107.5 yards on the ground, 12th in the NFL
9:35 PM EST, January 5, 2012
Joe Flacco and Dennis Pitta emerged from the tunnel at mostly empty Paul Brown Stadium about three hours before kickoff last Sunday and began what has become a game-day ritual.
7:44 PM EST, November 9, 2011
Ray Lewis' hit on Hines Ward on Sunday was costly not only to the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, but to the Ravens linebacker as well.
10:40 PM EDT, November 2, 2011
Terrell Suggs didn't wear an inflammatory T-shirt, as he is known to do before the Ravens' showdowns with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But Suggs stoked the rivalry just fine with his mouth: an eight-minute interview today with reporters added plenty of intrigue heading into Sunday night's showdown at Heinz Field.
9:38 PM EST, December 31, 2011
The banner stands about 70 feet high behind the far goal posts at the Ravens' indoor practice facility. Outlined in purple and black, a replica of the Lombardi Trophy looms overhead, serving as a daily reminder of what the Ravens are perennially after.
11:25 PM EST, November 12, 2011
For about 15 seconds last Sunday night, everything seemingly clicked.
10:30 PM EDT, October 17, 2011
Before he even had an opportunity to digest his team's fifth game of the season, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about the importance of getting home-field advantage in the playoffs.
6:12 PM EST, November 26, 2011
As the vice president of administration and finance at McDaniel College, Ethan Seidel negotiates a variety of contracts. He learned long ago that no matter how promising things look, there is always reason for a little angst until signatures have been put to paper.
9:20 PM EST, November 7, 2011
The 23-20 comeback victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night represented the defining moment of quarterback Joe Flacco's young career, and could mean much more to the Ravens as they enter the second half of their season.
8:03 PM EDT, October 15, 2011
Vonta Leach has played 37 games since he last got an opportunity to run the football in the NFL.
10:10 PM EDT, October 10, 2011
The Ravens were hoping that all of their injured players would return after the bye week ready to face a Houston Texans team that will likely be without arguably their top offensive (Andre Johnson) and defensive (Mario Williams) players.
9:00 PM EST, January 2, 2012
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was reminded again of the importance of getting a first-round bye late in the fourth quarter Sunday as player after player walked gingerly to the sidelines, unable to return to a game they knew that they needed to win.
5:32 PM EDT, October 14, 2011
The Ravens had hoped the bye week would allow them to get healthy, but they'll enter Sunday's game against the Houston Texans still without several key contributors.
9:45 PM EST, January 14, 2012
Joe Flacco says that he doesn't hear much of the criticism. He abstains from reading about the Ravens in the local papers. He mostly ignores watching all the NFL pundits on television and he certainly doesn't listen to talk radio, where his merits as a quarterback are tediously debated on an hourly basis.
8:20 PM EDT, October 23, 2011
Whenever Ray Lewis got the opportunity this past week, the Ravens' middle linebacker and vocal leader approached one of his younger teammates and delivered a message he learned long ago.
8:04 PM EDT, October 8, 2011
The day before he got the phone call that he had been anticipating for months, LaQuan Williams' patience, tried and tested throughout his football-playing life, had just about run out.
8:25 PM EDT, October 26, 2011
Running back Ray Rice said that he's not going to point any fingers, and linebacker Terrell Suggs wasn't sure what all the fuss was about.
2:10 PM EDT, September 24, 2011
Three things that NEED to go RIGHT …
3:57 PM EDT, November 3, 2011
When Chuck Pagano was promoted from secondary coach to defensive coordinator by the Ravens in January, he said that his defensive philosophy was, "Let's go out and wreak havoc."
12:30 AM EST, December 6, 2011
It was one of the few times all afternoon a Cleveland Browns player had the football with space and blockers in front of him.
9:46 PM EDT, October 21, 2011
When Jacksonville Jaguars rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert stands under center Monday, he'll be confronting one of the NFL's elite defenses and a trend that suggests that he's in for an extremely long night.
7:08 PM EDT, September 28, 2011
Cornerback Domonique Foxworth was placed on injured reserve, ending his season and leaving the Ravens with five healthy cornerbacks.
2:10 PM EDT, September 24, 2011
St. Louis Rams star running back Steven Jackson wasn't ruled out of Monday's game against the New York Giants until about two hours before kickoff, when his on-field workout didn't produce the necessary comfort level for the player or his team.
8:04 PM EDT, September 20, 2011
With little more than an hour remaining before the deadline to accomplish one of their top priorities, the Ravens on Tuesday reached agreement on a five-year, $61 million deal with Haloti Ngata, ensuring that one of the game's most dominant interior linemen will be a fixture on their defense for the foreseeable future.
October 2, 2011
Santonio Holmes had just one catch last Sunday and three the week before that, but if you are worried that the Ravens might overlook the New York Jets' speedy wide receiver Sunday night, you obviously have a selective memory.
4:18 PM EST, November 18, 2011
The Ravens are prepared to go into Sunday's AFC North showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals without their emotional leader and top tackler. However, they learned long ago that it would be foolish to rule out middle linebacker Ray Lewis too early.
8:10 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
The Ravens are in an enviable position as they head into their bye weekend. They are 3-1 and in first place of the AFC North. They have already beaten the two teams — Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets — that played for the conference championship last season, and they've done it by a combined 69-24 score. Up next are the Houston Texans in another potential playoff preview game.
8:57 PM EDT, September 18, 2011
The addition of wide receivers Lee Evans and Torrey Smith presented quarterback Joe Flacco with two more weapons, and was supposed to make the Ravens more dynamic on offense. But after two weeks and one discouraging loss, the Ravens are already facing familiar questions about their downfield passing attack.
8:01 PM EDT, October 3, 2011
After watching his New York Jets' offense get steam rolled in a 34-17 loss Sunday night, Rex Ryan paid the Ravens' defense the ultimate compliment, saying the group reminded him of the 2000 and 2006 units that he helped coach.
3:56 PM EDT, October 1, 2011
There have been more signs of revelry than a heated rivalry. Compliments have been shared, as have T-shirts, and the closest thing to trash talk between the two sides has centered on a meeting that never took place.
8:50 PM EDT, August 20, 2011
Jeremy Guthrie, the only Oriole who has managed to stay in the rotation from Opening Day until now, will throw a bullpen session Sunday and if all goes well, he'll face the Minnesota Twins on either Tuesday or Wednesday.
9:55 PM EDT, September 19, 2011
As far as Terrell Suggs was concerned, the Ravens' 26-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans at LP Field Sunday was neither humbling nor groundbreaking. In fact, the outspoken linebacker didn't feel that it revealed anything that shouldn't have already been obvious.
3:58 PM EDT, September 17, 2011
RAVENS RUN OFFENSE VS. TITANS RUN DEFENSE: The Titans worked out six defensive linemen Tuesday as injuries and ineffectiveness have taken a toll on a unit they hoped would be improved after several offseason additions. In their season-opening 16-14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Titans allowed 163 rushing yards. The Jaguars' game-opening 11-play touchdown drive featured nine runs totaling 49 yards. Defensive ends Derrick Morgan and Jason Jones, who both missed the opener with knee injuries, are back, so that could help stabilize a run defense that finished 20th in the NFL last season. But after rushing for 170 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Ravens feel that they can run the ball against anybody. An offensive line that didn't play together the entire preseason exceeded the most optimistic expectations last week, and the additions of left tackle Bryant McKinnie and fullback Vonta Leach paid immediate dividends in front ofRay Rice.
10:15 PM EDT, September 26, 2011
Maligned in past seasons for being too predictable and conservative, the Ravens offense was neither in Sunday's 37-7 rout of the winless St. Louis Rams.
10:59 PM EDT, September 4, 2011
Mark Reynolds is making the Orioles' pending decision this offseason on whether he'll play first or third base in 2012 an easy one.
5:09 PM EDT, September 16, 2011
From the second they walked off the field after their 35-7 dismantling of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Ravens have said all the right things.
6:52 PM EDT, September 12, 2011
Ravens rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith has officially been diagnosed with a high left ankle sprain and will be out a "few weeks," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday.
9:31 PM EDT, August 21, 2011
The Orioles had perhaps their worst defensive game of the season in a 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, and Matt Wieters' playing a new position had nothing to do with it.
7:50 PM EDT, September 21, 2011
Haloti Ngata, the mammoth All-Pro defensive tackle who draws extra attention every Sunday, found himself attracting similar treatment today in the Ravens locker room a day after signing a five-year, $61 million deal.
4:40 PM EDT, August 14, 2011
With the deadline to sign his 2011 draft class now down to hours rather than months or weeks, Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan remains resolute in the belief that the organization will sign top pick Dylan Bundy, a high school pitcher out of Oklahoma.
8:51 PM EDT, September 11, 2011
It was fitting that the Ravens' 35-7 victory today over their archrival ended with Terrell Suggs' arms wrapped around Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback on the M&T Bank Stadium turf.
5:31 PM EDT, September 3, 2011
Brian Matusz won't have to wait long to return to the Orioles' rotation.
8:36 PM EDT, August 21, 2011
Over 13-plus years of losing baseball, the Orioles have seemingly hit rock bottom so many times that it's impossible to recount.
12:11 AM EDT, September 3, 2011
None of it would have mattered -- not the six strong innings from resurgent rookie Zach Britton, not J.J. Hardy's latest clutch hit, not the Orioles' stirring comeback against a seemingly in-control David Price -- had first baseman Mark Reynolds not made the right decision on the game's final play Friday.
9:54 PM EDT, August 19, 2011
Experiencing discomfort in his right elbow, reliever Jason Berken will become the fourth Oriole within a 10-day span to see renowned orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum.
8:33 PM EDT, July 21, 2011
About two weeks after his 2010 season ended, Jim Johnson walked into a classroom at the State College of Florida-Bradenton campus, settled his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame behind a table, and put his right arm through an entirely different test.
11:55 PM EDT, June 28, 2011
Orioles prized left-hander Zach Britton won five of his first six starts, emerging as the team's biggest early-season success story and a legitimate American League Rookie of the Year candidate.
7:35 PM EDT, September 2, 2011
It is only about a 45-minute ride from Brian Roberts' house in Sarasota to Tropicana Field, but the trip represented yet another difficult hurdle in the veteran second baseman's return from a concussion.
August 26, 2011
Scott McGregor worried about his old Orioles teammate, Mike Flanagan.
11:58 PM EDT, August 10, 2011
The Orioles so badly needed to avoid the sting of another close loss that it wouldn't have mattered who got the game-winning hit. But it was particularly satisfying for them to gather around home plate in the 10th inning Wednesday night, awaiting Nolan Reimold's helmet-tossing arrival.
10:21 PM EDT, August 16, 2011
In the midst of what he called the "toughest stint" of his career, Orioles veteran second baseman Brian Roberts isn't sure whether he'll play baseball again this season, but he remains confident that he'll be a productive member of the team in the future.
8:11 PM EDT, August 17, 2011
Third baseman Josh Bell got his opportunity to start on a regular basis last season when Miguel Tejada was traded to the San Diego Padres.
8:42 PM EDT, August 17, 2011
The final, frantic moment of another discouraging and depressing afternoon of Orioles baseball featured pinch runner Blake Davis sprinting around third base and eyeing the Oakland Athletics' catcher and his former Cal State Fullerton teammate, Kurt Suzuki.
6:27 PM EDT, September 4, 2011
During another difficult season in which losses have piled up at a dizzying rate, Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie has managed to keep his composure, or at least hold off his frustration until he was well outside the camera's view.
6:05 PM EDT, August 7, 2011
Knowing that there was a possibility that Derrek Lee would be traded, Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds took it upon himself to order a first baseman's mitt late last month.
9:04 PM EDT, July 24, 2011
Orioles reliever Koji Uehara's English is still a work-in progress, but that doesn't mean that he's not aware of the ongoing speculation about his future in Baltimore.
7:32 PM EDT, August 9, 2011
Hall of Fame former Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. acknowledged again Tuesday having an "itch to come back to the big league scene" now that his son is closer to heading off to college.
7:28 PM EDT, September 14, 2011
Ravens cornerback Chris Carr saw a specialist in Texas this week to get another opinion on his injured left hamstring, an ailment that forced him out of Sunday's victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
7:50 PM EDT, August 6, 2011
First baseman Chris Davis and shortstop J.J. Hardy remained out of the Orioles' lineup for a second straight day, though early tests on each revealed no significant concerns.
7:41 PM EDT, July 27, 2011
TORONTO – Struggling left-hander Brian Matusz acknowledged Wednesday that he wasn't "mentally prepared" for the start of the season and that he lost confidence in himself after being asked to make mechanical changes that he wasn't comfortable making.
12:08 AM EDT, August 6, 2011
The Orioles' starter Friday night hadn't pitched in that capacity since October, when Tommy Hunter took the ball for the Texas Rangers in Game 4 of the World Series.
12:22 AM EDT, July 19, 2011
There was no on-field animosity that carried over from earlier this month, but that's not to say the Orioles didn't feel the effects of their ejection-marred previous series with the Boston Red Sox.
11:12 PM EDT, August 16, 2011
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who was going to get a chance to play every day over the final month and a half of the season, was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a right shoulder strain, an injury that could put the rest of his season in doubt.
1:14 AM EDT, July 2, 2011
This time, there was no flurry of missed opportunities to lament, no rash of runners left in scoring position or rally-killing double plays.
6:38 PM EDT, June 23, 2011
Derrek Lee, who had been an Oriole for all of 31/2 months, summoned his struggling teammates together and delivered a message that was a mix of encouragement, insight and advice.
7:14 PM EDT, August 13, 2011
Mike Bordick, who was part of an infield that included Rafael Palmeiro and Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and Cal Ripken Jr., was fine with being consistently overshadowed by his higher-profile teammates.
12:21 AM EDT, August 31, 2011
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail remains mum about his future with the club even as a report surfaced Tuesday night that he will leave the organization when his contract expires Oct. 31.
12:05 AM EDT, July 8, 2011
A change of venue and a stern post-game lecture from manager Buck Showalter about 18 hours earlier did nothing to curb the Orioles' losing ways -- or even hide the team's countless inadequacies for one night.
7:07 PM EDT, July 9, 2011
BOSTON — Zach Britton, who won five of his first six starts to emerge as an American League Rookie of the Year candidate, was demoted to Double-A Bowie Saturday, a move that not only could extend his season, but could gain the Orioles an extra year of the pitcher's service time.
11:21 PM EDT, August 5, 2011
The Orioles' beleaguered rotation lost another member Friday when struggling rookie Zach Britton was placed on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain.
10:36 PM EDT, July 26, 2011
TORONTO — For one night, the Orioles got real comfortable in what has been their own house of horrors, turning the series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays into a glorified round of batting practice.
10:12 PM EDT, July 3, 2011
Zach Britton returned to the dugout after the first home run by an Orioles pitcher in five seasons and found no one ready to celebrate.
1:06 AM EDT, August 16, 2011
The Orioles expected their negotiations with Dylan Bundy to go right down to Monday night's midnight deadline for signing 2011 draft picks.
8:31 PM EDT, July 28, 2011
Derrek Lee has been in this situation before, so he is probably the last guy who is going to be affected by hearing his name in trade rumors.
July 9, 2011
BOSTON —Luke Scott got positive news on the state of his right shoulder, as an MRA — an MRI with dye injected into the shoulder — showed no additional damage to his partially-torn labrum.
7:54 PM EDT, August 12, 2011
Orioles batting practice came to a standstill Friday afternoon when Detroit Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque was struck in the side of the head by a Robert Andino line drive.
8:49 PM EDT, July 19, 2011
With his right shoulder not improving as much as he would like, Orioles left fielder Luke Scott will be shut down for a couple of days, but he still hasn't abandoned hope of playing again this season.
10:42 PM EDT, August 15, 2011
Forty-seven days since he last faced a major league hitter, Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz will take the mound Tuesday night at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum with a lot more confidence in his health and his ability to get big league hitters out.
6:52 PM EDT, June 25, 2011
Cincinnati Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez was peering at the Orioles lineup card posted in the visiting clubhouse before Friday's series opener, and he was reminded of just how much things have changed since the last time that he played at Camden Yards.
7:30 PM EDT, June 22, 2011
With Blake Davis' decisive error in the fifth inning Wednesday, the Orioles had their defining play on a highly disappointing road trip and an easy scapegoat for another avoidable loss.
9:57 PM EDT, July 17, 2011
The reports were still coming Sunday in from Brian Matusz's Saturday night start for Triple-A Norfolk, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Rick Adair said they had heard only positives about the outing.
8:02 PM EDT, July 9, 2011
BOSTON — A day after four players were ejected in a benches-clearing incident that featured Kevin Gregg and David Ortiz throwing punches, the Orioles closer maintained that he had no regrets, while the Red Sox All-Star designated hitter apologized for his actions.
8:18 PM EDT, July 20, 2011
With fewer than four weeks remaining to sign his 2011 draft picks, Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan finds himself in a familiar position in late July.
7:52 PM EDT, June 21, 2011
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was not cleared Tuesday to begin baseball activities during his third appointment with concussion specialist Dr. Michael Collins, a development that pushes back his return to the team's lineup until late July at the earliest.
10:58 PM EDT, August 16, 2011
When Orioles director of amateur scouting Joe Jordan went to sleep Sunday night, less than 24 hours before the deadline to sign his 2011 draft picks, he had an idea of what would constitute a productive Monday.
7:28 PM EDT, July 17, 2011
When the Orioles broke spring training 31/2 months ago to heightened expectations and growing excitement, Robert Andino and Mark Hendrickson grappled with opposite emotions.
12:40 AM EDT, June 25, 2011
Derrek Lee hadn't hit a homer since May 8, but he certainly remembers what it feels like to make good contact with a pitch.
6:08 PM EDT, June 18, 2011
When he was demoted to the minor leagues May 28 for the fourth time in less than two full seasons, Brad Bergesen was given two specific things to work on: limiting his pitch count and improving his slider.
9:06 PM EDT, July 17, 2011
Continuing to tinker with their roster on a daily basis, the Orioles optioned starter Mitch Atkins to Triple-A Norfolk after Sunday's game and are planning to add right-handed reliever Mark Worrell and third baseman Josh Bell before Monday's series opener against the Boston Red Sox.
6:33 PM EDT, June 18, 2011
There was no consistent or significant spike in Brian Matusz's velocity, but for five innings Saturday afternoon, the young left-hander made enough quality pitches to provide encouragement for a team desperately in need of it.
7:55 PM EDT, July 7, 2011
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has spoken to his team on several occasions this season, but none of the speeches was as harsh or intense as the one he delivered late Wednesday night.
9:16 PM EDT, June 13, 2011
On his third team in as many seasons, J.J. Hardy said he would like to stay in one spot for a while. The Orioles have seen enough from the shortstop over the past couple of months to want to accommodate his wishes.
7:38 PM EDT, June 20, 2011
Knowing how little Jeremy Guthrie likes to come out of starts, the Orioles were concerned when the right-hander exited his last outing after five scoreless innings because of back discomfort. As it turns out, Guthrie won't even miss a start.
12:29 AM EDT, June 18, 2011
The Orioles got some rare good news on the injury front Friday as starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was diagnosed with a muscle strain in his back after an MRI and a consultation with team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens.
11:14 PM EDT, June 29, 2011
It has become a trend that these Orioles appear powerless to break: the starter puts the team in an early hole, the bullpen is called on far earlier than should be necessary and the offense squanders numerous opportunities to get back in the game.
8:19 PM EDT, June 12, 2011
Third baseman Mark Reynolds made two errors -- both leading to Tampa Bay Rays runs -- and center fielder Adam Jones played Evan Longoria's tailing liner into a two-run, inside-the-park home run.
8:02 PM EDT, May 20, 2011
With their bullpen taxed after another abbreviated outing by a starting pitcher, the Orioles have decided to activate right-hander Alfredo Simon from Major League Baseball's restricted list a day earlier.
7:20 PM EDT, July 10, 2011
The Orioles quietly packed their belongings late Sunday afternoon and dispersed to various parts of the country, carrying more baggage into the All-Star break than they could have possibly imagined.
11:19 PM EDT, July 2, 2011
The Orioles finally did tonight what recently looked like an impossibility for them when they took their first lead in 39 innings on Mark Reynolds' towering two-run homer over the center-field wall in the top of the fourth.
6:40 PM EDT, July 2, 2011
When the 2011 American League All-Star team is revealed Sunday afternoon, the Orioles expect one trend to continue.
1:13 AM EDT, June 18, 2011
There have been plenty of times this season when it would have been easy to sum up another Orioles loss by looking at just one play or one statistic. But not Friday night, not when there was so much bad baseball to choose from, not when the Orioles all but gift-wrapped the Nationals their seventh straight win and presented it to them with a tidy bow.
9:46 PM EDT, July 10, 2011
A contentious four-game series with the Boston Red Sox ended Sunday with four more ejections, Michael Gonzalez's not denying that he threw a purpose pitch behind David Ortiz, and Buck Showalter and Jeremy Guthrie criticizing the umpiring crew.
2:30 AM EDT, May 19, 2011
The Orioles could have been talking about another strong outing from rookie left-hander Zach Britton, another comeback off future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera and a string of successful relief outings that held the New York Yankees' offense to just one unearned run over the first 14 innings.
12:39 AM EDT, June 11, 2011
Nearly four hours before Friday night's game, struggling right fielder Nick Markakis, clad in shorts and a white T-shirt, stood in the batter's box and sprayed balls around the field at a mostly empty Camden Yards.
11:58 PM EDT, June 20, 2011
For weeks, they promised that an offensive outburst like this one was coming. Even as the scoring opportunities vanished amid ill-timed strikeouts and double-play balls, the Orioles maintained that they were a good offensive club and it was only a matter of time before they showed it.
11:31 PM EDT, May 27, 2011
Brian Matusz felt like he needed one more rehab start before rejoining the Orioles. Now, it's up to the Orioles to decide whether he was right.
7:54 PM EDT, June 21, 2011
Orioles pitching prospect Dan Klein has been diagnosed with a small SLAP tear in the labrum of his right shoulder, an injury that won't require surgery but could end his season.
8:01 PM EDT, April 15, 2011
A day after Kevin Gregg squandered a one-run lead in a loss to the New York Yankees, Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn't change his stance on the team's closer situation.
4:49 PM EDT, July 12, 2011
They entered the All-Star break last year with an interim manager, 27 games out of first place in the American League East and with a 29-59 record that had them on pace for a franchise-worst 109 losses.
6:20 PM EDT, June 11, 2011
When Michael Gonzalez signed a two-year, $12 million deal before the 2010 season, he envisioned entering the game in the ninth inning and closing out an Orioles' victory against a tough divisional foe.
6:04 PM EDT, June 22, 2011
Jake Arrieta's next start will be pushed back four days as the right-hander deals with inflammation related to the bone spur in his right elbow.
11:17 PM EDT, May 27, 2011
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters knows the San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey well.
9:56 PM EDT, April 4, 2011
Brian Roberts has played in eight home openers at Camden Yards, and none has felt quite like this one.
11:57 PM EDT, May 12, 2011
Orioles rookie Zach Britton kept waiting and waiting in the hope that one run would come and the finest start of his young career would turn into his sixth victory.
9:14 PM EDT, June 12, 2011
The Orioles' series finale with the Tampa Bay Rays had already included a series of unusual plays when Evan Longoria came up in the eighth inning and lined a Jeremy Accardo pitch to center field.
8:36 PM EDT, May 1, 2011
— Outfielder Felix Pie hadn't started a game since April 17, and he had just three at-bats in the Orioles' previous 11 games.
2:32 AM EDT, May 20, 2011
As it turns out, the Orioles not only blew a six-run lead on Monday against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, they lost the right side of their infield for what could be an extended period.
8:09 PM EDT, April 22, 2011
The Orioles series opener against the New York Yankees on Friday night was postponed because of rain, allowing the club to skip Chris Tillman's next start.
10:17 PM EDT, March 24, 2011
Right-hander Jake Arrieta turned in the longest big league outing this spring for an Orioles starter, fluctuating between unhittable and utterly shaky Thursday evening.
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