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Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck (Sept. 20)

Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck (Sept. 20) 

Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck offers a few observations on Darren O'Day's performance, the Most Valuable Oriole this season and the club's potential playoff opponents.

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologizes, and the league's wait begins

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell apologizes, and the league's wait begins 

For 45 minutes Friday afternoon, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell performed an act of contrition for his bungling of Ray Rice's domestic-violence incident and the league’s inadequate and inconsistent response to a long list of bad acts by NFL...

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It's a Mid-Atlantic Clinch-mas

It's a Mid-Atlantic Clinch-mas 

Just chalk it up as one more thing that nobody could have imagined when this baseball season started. The Orioles and the Washington Nationals clinched their respective East division titles almost simultaneously.

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RGIII can't catch a break as ankle injury takes him out

RGIII can't catch a break as ankle injury takes him out 

For a few tantalizing moments, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III looked like his old self again in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field. Then his star-crossed career came unraveled again.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for Sept. 14

Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for Sept. 14 

Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck offers his observations on Chris Davis' suspension, Derek Jeter's parting gift, the American League playoff race and more.

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Timing of Chris Davis' suspension is a blow for the Orioles and fans

Timing of Chris Davis' suspension is a blow for the Orioles and fans 

The way things have gone this week in Baltimore, it would not be a tremendous surprise if news broke tomorrow that Francis Scott Key plagiarized "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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Remembering Paul Blair a half century after O's debut

Remembering Paul Blair a half century after O's debut 

Paul Blair doesn’t have a statue behind center field at Camden Yards, and he wasn’t honored by the Orioles with a uniform patch this season after he passed away last December. But he does have a legion of fans in Baltimore who plan to honor him with signs and cheers when the Orioles and the New York Yankees play a doubleheader at Camden Yards on Friday.

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NFL investigation into Ray Rice video raises more questions

NFL investigation into Ray Rice video raises more questions 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to hire former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to conduct what is being called an independent investigation of the league’s handling of the Ray Rice situation is a decisive move aimed at restoring public confidence in the sport.

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It's hard to imagine Ray Rice not receiving further punishment after new video surfaces

It's hard to imagine Ray Rice not receiving further punishment after new video surfaces 

The release of a video that appears to show Ravens star Ray Rice delivering a vicious punch to his then-fiance Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City elevator doesn’t tell us anything we didn't think we already knew, but it makes the NFL look even worse for the way it handled the aftermath of the incident.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for Sept. 7

Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for Sept. 7 

Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck offers his observations on the Orioles' postseason preparation, the bullpen's late-season slump, Matt Wieters' health and more.

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Ray Lewis doesn't disappoint with 31-minute speech

Ray Lewis doesn't disappoint with 31-minute speech 

Not sure what the over-under line was on the length of Ray Lewis’s speech after the Ravens unveiled his statue on Thursday morning at M&T Bank Stadium, but no one was complaining after he talked for 31 minutes about his life, his family, his career and his teammates.

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Miguel Gonzalez is deceptive and so is his record

Miguel Gonzalez is deceptive and so is his record 

Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez improved to 8-7 with his shutout Wednesday night, but he’s clearly pitched better than an eight-game winner this year.

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Has the Orioles' bullpen sprung a leak?

Has the Orioles' bullpen sprung a leak? 

Maybe we've all gotten spoiled by the terrific relief that has been provided by the Orioles bullpen this year, but the past few days have been – to say the least – unsettling.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for Aug. 30

Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for Aug. 30 

Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck offers his observations about the Orioles, including thoughts on Chris Davis' power, Nelson Cruz's value in the future and whether the New York Yankees are a real threat in the American League East.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for Aug. 25, 2014

Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for Aug. 25, 2014 

Every Monday during the regular season, Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck grades the cumulative performance of the Orioles in six major areas during the previous week.

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Peter Schmuck's Observation Deck for Aug. 23

Peter Schmuck's Observation Deck for Aug. 23 

Each week of the 2014 baseball season, Peter Schmuck gives his take on subjects involving the Orioles.

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Is the July 31 trade deadline overrated?

Is the July 31 trade deadline overrated? 

Major league teams obsess throughout the month of July about the deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers, then some of them sacrifice their best young talent for the prospect of some instant postseason gratification.

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Peter Schmuck's Observation Deck for Aug. 16

Peter Schmuck's Observation Deck for Aug. 16 

Each week of the 2014 baseball season, Peter Schmuck gives his take on subjects involving the Orioles.

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Peter G. Angelos talks about new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred

Peter G. Angelos talks about new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred 

Orioles principal owner Peter G. Angelos was the first baseball executive to speak publicly about the election of Rob Manfred as Major League Baseball’s 10th commissioner Thursday evening at the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore.

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Baseball owners prepare to vote for Bud Selig's replacement this afternoon

Baseball owners prepare to vote for Bud Selig's replacement this afternoon 

Representatives of Major League Baseball’s 30 teams were back behind closed doors Thursday morning, first in a full meeting of all the owners and then in smaller discussion groups. They are expected to begin voting to select the next commissioner by early afternoon.

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Baseball owners on verge of vote for Bud Selig's replacement as commissioner

Baseball owners on verge of vote for Bud Selig's replacement as commissioner 

There is a clear favorite in the pending vote to determine who replaces longtime commissioner Bud Selig, but the coronation of Major League Baseball chief operating officer Rob Manfred is not a foregone conclusion.

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Third baseman Manny Machado speaks about his sprained knee Monday night

Third baseman Manny Machado speaks about his sprained knee Monday night 

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was able to walk without help after Monday night’s game against the New York Yankees, but he said he has no feel for what Tuesday’s MRI on his injured right knee might show.

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Manny Machado leaves game with right knee sprain, will be re-evaluated Tuesday

Manny Machado leaves game with right knee sprain, will be re-evaluated Tuesday 

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado took a big swing in the third inning of Monday night’s series opener against the New York Yankees at Camden Yards and crumpled to the ground.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for Aug. 11, 2014

Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for Aug. 11, 2014 

Every Monday during the regular season, Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck grades the cumulative performance of the Orioles in six major areas during the previous week.

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Buck Showalter ejected Sunday vs. Cardinals after arguing overturned call

Buck Showalter ejected Sunday vs. Cardinals after arguing overturned call 

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected from Sunday’s game after arguing an overturned call at second base in the top of the seventh inning. It was his first ejection of the season.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck (Aug. 10)

Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck (Aug. 10) 

Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck offers his Orioles observations, including thoughts on the franchise's 60th-anniversary celebration and the club's obvious toughness.

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During 60th-anniversary celebration, Orioles pick good time to put on a show

During 60th-anniversary celebration, Orioles pick good time to put on a show 

The Orioles have a decidedly better record on the road than at home, and they’ve been struggling to score runs at Camden Yards for the past month, but they blew a hole in their 30-day moving average in Friday night’s 12-2 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Orioles still feel at home on the road

Orioles still feel at home on the road 

If you think the Orioles look like a completely different team when they are on the road, that appearance is not deceiving. They've been road warriors all season, and the past two games continue to illustrate that they are more comfortable outside what should be their comfort zone.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for Aug. 4, 2014

Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for Aug. 4, 2014 

Every Monday during the regular season, Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck grades the cumulative performance of the Orioles in six major areas during the previous week.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for Aug. 2

Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for Aug. 2

Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck offers his observations about the Orioles, including thoughts on which team won the trade deadline, the potential return of Jim Johnson and Manny Machado's defensive resurgence.

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In Baltimore, waiting for Jim Johnson

In Baltimore, waiting for Jim Johnson 

The Oakland Athletics released former Orioles closer Jim Johnson on Friday, which means that any club will be able to sign him at just the prorated portion of the minimum major league salary soon.

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Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for decades. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer.

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