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Harvey and Giolito meet in matchup of O's, Nationals top pitching prospects

Harvey and Giolito meet in matchup of O's, Nationals top pitching prospects

SALISBURY -- Hunter Harvey, the Orioles 2013 first-round pick, and Washington Nationals top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito matched heat Wednesday night to start the first half of a frigid doubleheader at Perdue Stadium.

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Players to watch at the Masters Friday at Augusta National

Players to watch at the Masters Friday at Augusta National

Tiger Woods isn't playing in Augusta this week. So a clear-cut favorite may not really exist. But there are plenty of intriguing players in the hunt after Day 1 at The Masters -- including last year's champ, and the odds-on favorites entering...

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Doughnut Derby with Adam Jones [Video]

Doughnut Derby with Adam Jones [Video]

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Terrance West's NFL draft diary (April 6)

Terrance West's NFL draft diary (April 6)

Editor's note: Towson junior running back Terrance West declared early for the NFL draft after setting school records with 4,584 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Baltimore native is not enrolled at Towson this semester as he pursues the NFL and is sharing his draft experiences with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. At the NFL scouting combine, West, who’s on Twitter @TWest28, delivered a strong performance as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds with a 33.5-inch vertical leap and caught the football smoothly in drills. West had formal meetings with 13 NFL teams, including the Ravens and Cleveland Browns. This is the ninth in an occasional series leading up to the draft in May.

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Top tight ends in Ravens history

Top tight ends in Ravens history

Ben Coates, Dallas Clark and recently-signed Owen Daniels rank among the best tight ends of their eras. But, barring a comeback season from Daniels in 2014, they won't rank among the tops at the position in Ravens history. The Ravens have a history of signing capable veteran tight ends in the twilight of their careers, and the results have been mixed. With Thursday's signing of Daniels, they're hoping for the best result yet. While the Ravens have employed some of the best in history, they haven't found depth among their tight ends over the years. That's why, with a standout season, Daniels could eventually crack the franchise's top-5 at the position. In this week's Five for Friday, Sean Welsh looks at how the position stacks up after the 2013 season:   sjwelsh@baltsun.com twitter.com/seanjwelsh

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2014 Peep Bracket unveiled by Boys & Girls Club of Westminster

2014 Peep Bracket unveiled by Boys & Girls Club of Westminster

The Boys & Girls Club of Westminster got some national pub last year when its NCAA tournament bracket made of sweet, sugary Peeps made the rounds online and on TV.

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Terrance West NFL draft diary (April 1)

Terrance West NFL draft diary (April 1)

Editor's note: Towson junior running back Terrance West declared early for the NFL draft after setting school records with 4,584 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Baltimore native is not enrolled at Towson this semester as he pursues the NFL and is sharing his draft experiences with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. At the NFL scouting combine, West delivered a strong performance as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds with a 33.5-inch vertical leap and caught the football smoothly in drills. West had formal meetings with 13 NFL teams, including the Ravens and Cleveland Browns. This is the eighth in an occasional series leading up to the draft in May.

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Five for Friday: Orioles Opening Day games vs. the Boston Red Sox

Five for Friday: Orioles Opening Day games vs. the Boston Red Sox

After the orange carpet is rolled out and this year's team is introduced to the Camden Yards crowd on Monday, the Orioles will play the Boston Red Sox on Opening Day for the sixth time in club history. Perhaps the best news for hometown fans is that the Orioles are 4-1 in their previous home openers against the Red Sox, the earliest of which was in 1969. As you consider which orange duds to to wear for Monday's season opener, here's a quick look at those five games. All stats are via the folks at baseball-reference.com. -- Alexander Pyles

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Chris Moneymaker talks poker boom and current life before Hollywood Poker Open

Chris Moneymaker talks poker boom and current life before Hollywood Poker Open

Chris Moneymaker knows the type. The player whose eyes widen when the 2003 World Series of Poker champion brings his chips over to a table.

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ESPN's Eric Karabell breaks down which Orioles you should draft (and avoid) in fantasy baseball

ESPN's Eric Karabell breaks down which Orioles you should draft (and avoid) in fantasy baseball

The Orioles open their season Monday against the Boston Red Sox, so you're running out of time to draft your fantasy baseball team, if you haven't already.

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Previewing the Sweet 16

Previewing the Sweet 16

The first weekend of the NCAA tournament was full of close games and memorable moments. As the Sweet 16 tips off Thursday night, deputy sports editor David Selig gives one reason why each team remaining in the field has a chance to advance.

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Matt Vensel's 2014 NFL mock draft 2.0

Matt Vensel's 2014 NFL mock draft 2.0

The 2014 NFL draft is still several weeks away, but after a busy start to free agency, we have a better idea of what teams may look to do during the draft. This is the second NFL mock draft of the offseason from Baltimore Sun reporter Matt Vensel, who projects each of the 32 first-round picks based on team needs, drafting tendencies and media speculation from other cities. Last time, he had the Ravens taking a wide receiver at pick No. 17, but they go in a different direction this time around.

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Consistency will be key for new Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah

Consistency will be key for new Ravens center Jeremy Zuttah

The Ravens, at first glance, appear to have gotten better at center after trading Sunday for Jeremy Zuttah.

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Possible free-agent fits remaining for the Ravens

Possible free-agent fits remaining for the Ravens

After a busy first few days of free agency, the Ravens have been quiet in recent days. They aren't done shopping; they have just brought their cart to a halt in the middle of the store and are waiting for the players to come to them at the right price. The Ravens have gotten good players that way in the past, like middle linebacker Daryl Smith last season. In this week's Five for Friday, blogger Matt Vensel lists five remaining players who could be relatively-inexpensive free-agent fits for the Ravens.

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NFL draft diary Terrance West (March 21)

NFL draft diary Terrance West (March 21)

I had a great week. I'm on top of everything. Nothing has changed since being at IMG Academy. I'm eating good. I'm taking care of business. I'm working out and spending time with my family.

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Tight end Ed Dickson hasn't been a particularly hot commodity in free agency

Tight end Ed Dickson hasn't been a particularly hot commodity in free agency

As the Ravens cleaned out their lockers in January after an 8-8 season, several players spoke about how they expected to be back in Baltimore in 2014.

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Will the Ravens use their first-round pick on offense for the first time since 2009?

Will the Ravens use their first-round pick on offense for the first time since 2009?

Despite re-signing left tackle Eugene Monroe, tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receiver Jacoby Jones, adding veteran playmaker Steve Smith and hiring a new coordinator, the Ravens still have work left to do this offseason to improve an offense that plummeted to 29th in total yards and 25th in scoring in 2013.

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Ravens mock draft roundup (March 18)

Ravens mock draft roundup (March 18)

A week into free agency, all of the marquee players have been snatched up and few household names remain on the open market. Most teams, including the Ravens, have filled important needs, which could change their priorities when it comes to the NFL draft, which is still a couple months away.

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One young Panthers fan isn't pleased with Ravens adding Steve Smith

One young Panthers fan isn't pleased with Ravens adding Steve Smith

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NFL draft diary: Towson running back Terrance West

NFL draft diary: Towson running back Terrance West

Editor's note: Towson junior running back Terrance West declared early for the NFL draft after setting school records with 4,584 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Baltimore native is not enrolled at Towson this semester as he pursues the NFL and is sharing his draft experiences with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. At the NFL scouting combine, West delivered a strong performance as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds with a 33.5-inch vertical leap and caught the football smoothly in drills. West had formal meetings with 13 NFL teams, including the Ravens and Cleveland Browns. This is the sixth in an occasional series leading up to the draft in May:

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Best signings of the NFL's free agent period so far

Best signings of the NFL's free agent period so far

The thing that NFL fans have probably heard more than anything this week -- well, besides, "Adam Schefter is reporting..." -- is that Super Bowls aren't won in March and that the teams that spend big money in free agency aren't guaranteed a thing. But that's not to say that some of the big-money signings from the frenetic first few days of free agency pay big dividends. In this week's Five for Friday, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel looks at the five best signings of the bunch.

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Could Steve Smith be productive as a slot receiver with Ravens?

Could Steve Smith be productive as a slot receiver with Ravens?

The Ravens could soon address their wide receiver position with a player who a week ago didn't appear to be available.

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Arthur Jones on time with the Ravens: 'It was an awesome four years'

Arthur Jones on time with the Ravens: 'It was an awesome four years'

It has been a hectic 48 hours for former Ravens defensive tackle Arthur Jones, whose hard work during his four years in Baltimore was rewarded with a five-year, $33 million contract from the Indianapolis Colts shortly after free agency began Tuesday afternoon.

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Re-signing Eugene Monroe gives the Ravens stability on the offensive line

Re-signing Eugene Monroe gives the Ravens stability on the offensive line

When the Ravens made the surprising move to acquire left tackle Eugene Monroe in October -- it was the first midseason trade of general manager Ozzie Newsome’s tenure -- they weren’t just doing it to try to patch up an offensive line that was taking on water. The team saw it as a rare long-term opportunity.

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Ravens come out on top with Eugene Monroe deal

Ravens come out on top with Eugene Monroe deal

The Ravens did it again.

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If he leaves, Corey Graham might not be so easy for Ravens to replace

If he leaves, Corey Graham might not be so easy for Ravens to replace

Corey Graham exceeded the expectations of just about everyone beyond himself and the Ravens after he signed as a free agent two offseasons ago. He had been a special teams standout for the Chicago Bears before joining the Ravens, who promised him a chance to prove himself as a cornerback.

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Ravens' best free-agent signings over the past five years

Ravens' best free-agent signings over the past five years

Over the past five years -- and throughout their history -- general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens haven't been particularly active in handing out huge contracts to free agents. But that's not to say the Ravens haven't added important pieces through free agency. In this week's Five for Friday, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel lists the team's five best free agent signings in the past five years.

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Browsing the pool of slot receiver options for the Ravens

Browsing the pool of slot receiver options for the Ravens

When Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense caught fire during the 2012 postseason, a big spark was the play of a pair of pass-catchers over the middle. With the Ravens often going three-wide with tight end Dennis Pitta in the slot, Flacco had a lot of success targeting Pitta and burly slot receiver Anquan Boldin.

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Michael Phelps will play himself on 'Suits' episode Thursday night

Michael Phelps will play himself on 'Suits' episode Thursday night

Fans of the USA Network drama "Suits" will see one of their own on the show's Thursday night season premiere as Michael Phelps  pops in for a four-line appearance.

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Dennis Pitta keeping a close eye on a looming dispute over Jimmy Graham's position

Dennis Pitta keeping a close eye on a looming dispute over Jimmy Graham's position

Down in New Orleans, the debate rages on about whether tight end Jimmy Graham, who was designated by the New Orleans Saints as their franchise tag on Monday, should actually be classified as a tight end.

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Ravens mock draft roundup (March 4)

Ravens mock draft roundup (March 4)

National draft analysts have released a wave of new mock drafts after the NFL scouting combine wrapped up last week, but we continue to see many of the same names -- especially Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans and tight end Eric Ebron -- linked to the Ravens at pick No. 17 with few exceptions.

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Terrance West NFL draft diary (March 3)

Terrance West NFL draft diary (March 3)

Editor's note: Towson junior running back Terrance West declared early for the NFL draft after setting school records with 4,584 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Baltimore native is not enrolled at Towson this semester as he pursues the NFL and is sharing his draft experiences with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. At the NFL scouting combine, West delivered a strong performance as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds with a 33.5-inch vertical leap and caught the football smoothly in drills. West had formal meetings with 13 NFL teams, including the Ravens and Cleveland Browns. This is the fifth in an occasional series leading up to the draft in May:

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Ravens free-agent options that are probably too good to be true

Ravens free-agent options that are probably too good to be true

The Ravens enter free agency with a handful of needs, some bigger than others, should they feel inclined to open up their checkbook. Historically, they have been reluctant to dip into their bank account for free agents, but perhaps the right free agent could change their minds after they missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007. In this week's Five for Friday, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel lists five free-agent options that are probably too good to be true.

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