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Five new faces the Orioles could call up after Sept. 1

Five new faces the Orioles could call up after Sept. 1 

When MLB team rosters expand over the 25-man limit on Monday, the Orioles will likely bring up several players who have been up over the season -- relievers Ryan Webb, Evan Meek, and Preston Guilmet, plus utility man Steve Lombardozzi. But the...

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Navy football to wear summer whites Saturday against Ohio State

Navy football to wear summer whites Saturday against Ohio State

Navy’s football team will be wearing its summer whites in Saturday’s season opener against Ohio State.

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Terrell Suggs trains 'Drunk History' creator Derek Waters

Terrell Suggs trains 'Drunk History' creator Derek Waters 

Derek Waters, a Lutherville native, is the mind behind Comedy Central's hit show "Drunk History," and presumably tapped into his own sports background to get ready for this week's Sports Heroes episode.

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Fantasy football projections for the Ravens' offensive stars

Fantasy football projections for the Ravens' offensive stars 

Fantasy draft season is well underway, so this may be a touch late. But with the Ravens' starters taking the week off and not playing in the fourth preseason game against New Orleans, why not keep them in the spotlight? The fantasy football experts have crunched their numbers and come up with projections for the offensive outputs for the Ravens' stars this year. They don't paint a full picture of how the team should fare, but at this point in the preseason, what more could we ask for?

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Seahawks waived-injured former Dunbar standout Horace Miller

Seahawks waived-injured former Dunbar standout Horace Miller 

Former Dunbar standout Horace Miller was waived-injured today by the Seattle Seahawks.

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ESPN poll rates John Harbaugh as NFL's ninth-best coach

ESPN poll rates John Harbaugh as NFL's ninth-best coach

An ESPN poll of NFL front office personnel and coordinators had good things to say about Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who checks in among the top quarter of NFL head coaches.

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Homer-happy Orioles have some precedent for postseason success

Homer-happy Orioles have some precedent for postseason success 

Monday night’s five-home-run outburst temporarily silenced concerns about the Orioles’ offense, and gave the team 168 home runs on the season, 18 more than the next-closest team in the majors.

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Former Bowie State, Steelers running back Isaac Redman retires due to spinal cord injury

Former Bowie State, Steelers running back Isaac Redman retires due to spinal cord injury

Former Bowie State and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman has retired from the NFL due to a spinal cord injury.

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Five former Orioles who would help during the pennant race

Five former Orioles who would help during the pennant race 

This weekend's trip to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs is reacquainting the Orioles with two former players enjoying fine seasons. Old friend Jake Arrieta is pitching Friday night, and person we kind of knew Tsuyoshi Wada is pitching Sunday. With that in mind, I went through some of the other major league rosters to find former Orioles doing well. This week's Five for Friday is five former Orioles having strong 2014 seasons who could have been helping the Orioles on their pennant run.

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Man who used wrestling, lifting to overcome cerebral palsy visits Ravens

Man who used wrestling, lifting to overcome cerebral palsy visits Ravens 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh is known for bringing in inspirational figures from the outside to fire up his team, and Thursday’s practice, the last before Saturday's regular-season dress rehearsal against Washington, was no exception.

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Ravens fans rated fifth-best in league by Forbes

Ravens fans rated fifth-best in league by Forbes 

It’s a big week over at Forbes, which has released both its NFL franchise value rankings and its fan base rankings.

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Six big pitching contracts that didn't exactly work out [Pictures]

Six big pitching contracts that didn't exactly work out [Pictures] 

Ubaldo Jimenez's move to the bullpen Tuesday ended what was a frustrating stretch for the Orioles and their fans, and doesn't exactly reflect well on the four year, $50 million contract Jimenez signed in the offseason. But what does this mean for him and the team going forward? For the sake of this exercise, we'll ignore the monster investments that might not pan out -- we're looking at you, C.C. Sabathia, Justin Verlander, and Matt Cain -- and the ones that are still too expensive to apply here (Sorry, Barry Zito). But here are some other starting pitching contracts that have looked horrible at one point or another, and how those deals ultimately panned out for the signing team. Some weren't as bad as you'd think, but most were.

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Former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard says Manziel middle finger set bad example for kids

Former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard says Manziel middle finger set bad example for kids

Pot, meet kettle.

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Orioles and White Sox both traded away closers, but only one worked out

Orioles and White Sox both traded away closers, but only one worked out 

The beating the Orioles put on the Chicago White Sox bullpen Monday night — five runs in the eighth inning off three relievers with ERAs over five — was born of the same offseason strategy that the Orioles took with their bullpen.

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Commercial star John Harbaugh compares his acting career to Jim Harbaugh's

Commercial star John Harbaugh compares his acting career to Jim Harbaugh's 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh and his brother, San Francisco 49ers coach John Harbaugh, avoided questions about how they were alike and how they were different during joint practices last week.

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Free agent cornerbacks the Ravens could sign

Free agent cornerbacks the Ravens could sign 

Depending on the severity of Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith's chest injury, the team's cornerback depth issues could be reaching critical levels. Seemingly minor injuries to Lardarius Webb (back) and Asa Jackson (ankle) have lingered for weeks, leaving Chykie Brown, Dominique Franks, and a cast of undrafted free agents to fill the temporary void. The rookies, like Tramain Jacobs, Deji Olatoye, and Sammy Seamster, can use the remainder of the preseason to gain valuable NFL experience, but here are some players the Ravens could sign who already have it and could help at the position right away.

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Five Ravens with something to prove Saturday in Dallas

Five Ravens with something to prove Saturday in Dallas 

The Ravens' final 53-man roster is starting to take shape, but there's still a lot to be gleaned from preseason games, including Saturday's against the Dallas Cowboys. It's an opportunity for players firmly on the roster to step up their games after slow starts to camp, and for those who are playing themselves onto the roster bubble to play themselves back into the mix to make the team. This week's Five for Friday features five Ravens with something to prove Saturday against the Cowboys.

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10 strong Orioles performances against Yankees

10 strong Orioles performances against Yankees

Jonathan Schoop raised his batting average against the New York Yankees this season to .379 when he hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning Wednesday night. The rookie second baseman has the highest batting average against the Yankees of any Oriole in 2014, despite hitting just .217 overall. Here's a look at 10 other strong season performances by Orioles hitters against Yankee pitching, going back to 2004.

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Former Ravens safety Ed Reed joins Showtime's 'Inside the NFL' as analyst

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed joins Showtime's 'Inside the NFL' as analyst 

Former Ravens safety Ed Reed had his moments with the media during his superlative career here, some good, some bad. But now, he’s joining their ranks.

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O.J. Brigance speaks out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

O.J. Brigance speaks out on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 

Former Raven O.J. Brigance has been the inspiration behind the team's participation in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral movement in which participants are challenged to either dump ice water on their heads or donate to ALS research.

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Cowboys-Raiders fight shows achievements of Ravens-49ers practices

Cowboys-Raiders fight shows achievements of Ravens-49ers practices 

You might have heard that the Harbaugh brothers had no time to discuss the potential for fights at the Ravens' and San Francisco 49ers' joint practices last weekend.

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Orioles affiliate to play Friday's game in gnome uniforms

Orioles affiliate to play Friday's game in gnome uniforms 

There's a typical minor league promotion, there's embracing a minor league promotion, and then there's this.

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Orioles, Ravens stars and coaches take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Orioles, Ravens stars and coaches take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has reached the highest levels of Baltimore sports, and we should all be glad for it.

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Steve Smith remarks on Baltimore's GPS coverage, BWI rental car rates

Steve Smith remarks on Baltimore's GPS coverage, BWI rental car rates

The last time he spoke to the media during training camp, Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith said it was going to be hard to stand before reporters every week and compare his time with the Ravens to his years with the Carolina Panthers.

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Cardinals' John Lackey called Caleb Joseph's home run a 'Baltimore home run'

Cardinals' John Lackey called Caleb Joseph's home run a 'Baltimore home run' 

John Lackey does not take losing to the Orioles well.

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Atlanta Falcons sign former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford

Atlanta Falcons sign former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford

Former Maryland linebacker Darin Drakeford signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night, the team announced.

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Five Ravens whose stock rose after the first preseason game

Five Ravens whose stock rose after the first preseason game 

The game might not have meant much, but playing well is playing well, and the Ravens had several players who did that in Thursday night's preseason opener. This week's Five for Friday hits on five players whose stock surely rose with the coaching staff after the 23-3 exhibition win over the San Francisco 49ers. --Jon Meoli

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Former Ravens quarterback Scott Mitchell to be on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser'

Former Ravens quarterback Scott Mitchell to be on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser'

Former NFL quarterback Scott Mitchell, who started a pair of games for the Ravens in 1999 and had a 12-year NFL career, will be featured on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” a show in which people try to lose weight under the supervision of personal trainers.

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Blue Jays fans taunt Chris Davis with 'Hunter Pence signs'

Blue Jays fans taunt Chris Davis with 'Hunter Pence signs'

A group of Blue Jays fans laid into Orioles slugger Chris Davis last night with faux-insulting signs, capitalizing on a new social media trend in a pretty outstanding way.

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With other hitters struggling, Orioles should lean on Delmon Young

With other hitters struggling, Orioles should lean on Delmon Young 

For a team that prides itself on the “next man up” always being ready, Orioles designated hitter Delmon Young seems to have had his turn skipped plenty this year.

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Kicker Justin Tucker is highest-rated Ravens player in Madden 15

Kicker Justin Tucker is highest-rated Ravens player in Madden 15

As if anyone needed a reminder of how last year's Ravens campaign went, EA Sports' Madden player ratings are out, and the top-rated player on the Ravens is none other than kicker Justin Tucker.

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Coffee Companion (8/4): Orioles win another tight one

Coffee Companion (8/4): Orioles win another tight one

Sorry this is a bit late, Scores Baltimore Hockey had a triple-header last night, and I'm proud to say we won them all. It made waking up for the Coffee Companion, where we recap the daily sports headlines, a bit harder to do, but is going to make the coffee even more necessary.

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Nationals game has technical difficulties, Nationals fans blame Peter Angelos

Nationals game has technical difficulties, Nationals fans blame Peter Angelos

MASN was trending nationwide Saturday night on Twitter. That's not significant in itself: It trailed, among other topics, "Good Deeds," an unremarkable 2012 film, and "The Devil Wears Prada," a more remarkable 2006 film, if only because it is a movie starring Adrien Grenier that doesn't reek.

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ABOUT THE BLOGGERS


Jon Meoli took over as Sports Blitz's lead blogger in April 2014. He joined the company as a reporter for the Towson Times in June 2011, after his graduation from Loyola University.

Other sports reporters and editors also occasionally contribute to The Blitz with their takes on the area sports scene.

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