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The best Twitter pictures from the Orioles' AL East celebration

The best Twitter pictures from the Orioles' AL East celebration

The Orioles clinched their first division title since 1997 Tuesday night at Camden Yards, and instead of experiencing it live and as human beings, many of us who were lucky enough to be present soaked it all in through our cell phone screens. Here'...

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Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston recreates Orioles pie celebration

Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston recreates Orioles pie celebration 

It's a wonderful world where one of the first things featured in a five-minute long video on the MLB playoffs is an Orioles vignette, isn't it?

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NFL Power Rankings after Week 2 games [Pictures]

NFL Power Rankings after Week 2 games [Pictures] 

The only thing harder than handicapping the NFL after one week is doing so after two weeks. Nearly every result contradicts itself, and trying to connect the dots between each team's pair of games leaves a jumble of lines that sometimes...

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Chris Davis suspension prevents Make-A-Wish visit Friday

Chris Davis suspension prevents Make-A-Wish visit Friday

The baseball consequences of Orioles first baseman Chris Davis' 25-game suspension for a second positive test for a banned amphetamine have been much discussed, but his suspension also prevented a Make-A-Wish Foundation participant from meeting Davis on Friday afternoon.

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Five Ravens trends through the first two games of the season

Five Ravens trends through the first two games of the season 

With the benefit of a full two games, we're starting -- just starting -- to see what the Ravens could be this year. Last night's 26-6 win over Pittsburgh was likely just what fans wanted to see, but what made it so? And have any patterns emerged over the first two weeks of the season that might become staples of this team going forward? This week's Five for Friday points out five trends I've noticed during the Ravens' brief season so far. -- Jon Meoli

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Five Orioles questions with ESPN Sunday Night Baseball announcer Dan Shulman

Five Orioles questions with ESPN Sunday Night Baseball announcer Dan Shulman 

ESPN is bringing its Sunday Night Baseball crew to Baltimore this week to cover the final stop of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's farewell tour at Camden Yards and, oh yeah, to showcase the first-place Orioles, who entered Friday’s game 10 games up on the second-place Toronto Blue Jays and 4.5 games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the best record in baseball.

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Steve Smith: 'Think I can't play? You're going to find out in Week 4'

Steve Smith: 'Think I can't play? You're going to find out in Week 4' 

Steve Smith is not to be messed with.

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Horse named after Nick Markakis wins at Laurel Park

Horse named after Nick Markakis wins at Laurel Park 

Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis was hitless in the Orioles' 10-6 win Wednesday in Boston, but he's got something else to hang his hat on.

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Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of game Thursday vs. Steelers

Five Ravens stats that stand out ahead of game Thursday vs. Steelers 

Every Wednesday, I’ll serve up five stats you should know heading into that week’s Ravens game. This week’s stats, pertaining to Thursday’s primetime game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, will come under great fire because the CBS announcing crew will undoubtedly tell you to throw out the stats and the record books when these two teams get together.

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Unpacking the stats from the Ravens' loss to the Bengals

Unpacking the stats from the Ravens' loss to the Bengals 

Every Monday, I’ll unpack the stats behind the previous day’s Ravens game. If the day after the game is anything like yesterday was, I think we’ll opt for Tuesday. And if the team plays on Thursday, it will likely be Friday. But I swear that most weeks, it will be Monday. All stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

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Ray Rice to be removed from Madden video game, dropped by Nike

Ray Rice to be removed from Madden video game, dropped by Nike 

The whitewash of Ray Rice’s very existence continued Tuesday morning with news that the next Madden 15 video game update from EA Sports would wipe the former Ravens running back from the game.

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NFL Week 2 power rankings [Pictures]

NFL Week 2 power rankings [Pictures] 

You wouldn't know it by looking at the newspaper of record in Baltimore today, but there were a ton of football games played this weekend. So with the league 1/16 through the regular season, it's time to handicap everyone's progress. The following Power Rankings are subjective and only my opinion, yet somehow also objectively correct.

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Bird migration study claims orioles will flee Baltimore

Bird migration study claims orioles will flee Baltimore

I could see the headline as soon as I saw the tweet: NPR reports orioles leaving Baltimore.

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What they're saying about Ray Rice's release from Ravens

What they're saying about Ray Rice's release from Ravens 

The Ravens released running back Ray Rice Monday afternoon, hours after video surfaced of him assaulting his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator in February.

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Orioles hosted 10-year-old fan named Camden Yards at Thursday's game

Orioles hosted 10-year-old fan named Camden Yards at Thursday's game

The Orioles hosted a fan named after their ballpark last night, as 10-year-old Camden Yards took in the team's 9-7 win over Cincinnati.

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Has hot weather brought hot bats for the Orioles?

Has hot weather brought hot bats for the Orioles? 

After a mostly mild summer, the last week or so has left me pondering something of a chicken-and-egg question. Has the last week been so hot because the Orioles are, or are the Orioles bats so hot because the weather has been?

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Memorable Ravens season-openers

Memorable Ravens season-openers 

Last year's season-opening lost to Denver left a bad taste that lingered for the Ravens all season, but not all season openers are like that. The Ravens have had several noteworthy opening games in their history, including statements at the beginning of each of their championship seasons and huge offensive outputs before a home crowd. This week's Five for Friday recounts five memorable Ravens season openers on the eve of Sunday's Week 1 matchup with Cincinnati. -- Jon Meoli

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Gary Kubiak brings success against Bengals, AFC North to Ravens

Gary Kubiak brings success against Bengals, AFC North to Ravens 

Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said Thursday that he’s dealing with Week 1 nerves just like his players are, but if there was ever a team he wouldn’t mind breaking in his new offense against, the Cincinnati Bengals might be it.

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Former Raven Donte Stallworth to write about national security for Huffington Post

Former Raven Donte Stallworth to write about national security for Huffington Post

Former NFL wide receiver Donte Stallworth, who played for the Ravens in 2010 and spent the summer as a coaching intern with the team, joined the Huffington Post last night as a politics fellow covering national security, the site announced.

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Five stats that stand out before the Ravens take on the Cincinnati Bengals

Five stats that stand out before the Ravens take on the Cincinnati Bengals 

Each Wednesday, blogger Jon Meoli highlights five stats that really mean something for the Ravens.

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John Harbaugh pulls from Buck Showalter's quote book, says 'I like our guys'

John Harbaugh pulls from Buck Showalter's quote book, says 'I like our guys' 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh created some cross-town sports synergy Tuesday while discussing the team’s running back situation, and used a phrase made famous this year by the high-flying Orioles.

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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 team will also reach off the 40-man roster for some players, as manager Buck Showalter said recently. This week's Five for Friday gives you the skinny on five potential new faces who could be joining the Orioles to help down the stretch. None of the following players are on the 40-man, but with one spot on the 40 open and Manny Machado able to be put on the 60-day disabled list, these are some real possibilities to come up and make an impact.

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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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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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