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Sun series: A week on the farm

About this series: Sun reporters Candus Thomson and Monica Lopossay visited the Orioles' six minor league teams in one week. Here are stories, videos and photos from the trip.

  • Baby Birds learn to fly in Bluefield

    The handshake, a quaint form of sealing a deal, has worked for the Baltimore Orioles and their Rookie-level team for half a century, an affiliation unmatched in organized baseball. "We've never had a contract," says Bluefield Orioles general manager George McGonagle. "When the team leaves town...

  • O, say, can you see Keys?

    In Frederick, anthem author lies nearby and majors aren't so far off

  • Shorebirds fans love them tender

    Only at a ballpark named for the first family of chicken could you have a left-field fowl pole. Or a stadium staff called "the flock." At Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, just a quick turn off U.S. 50 on the way to or from the beach, chicken made Single-A baseball possible, but fans make it special. There's...

  • At Bowie, zany promotions take fans' breath away

    Bad breath is welcome here. Dogs, too. In the minor league world, where you're only as good as your last promotion, the Bowie Baysox roll out the red carpet, even if it does, on occasion, resemble toilet paper. "We want to keep a smile on your face," says Ryan Roberts, team spokesman and one of...

  • A week on the farm

    Visiting six Orioles minor league teams in six days is a road trip with home cooking