The Schmuck Stops Here

The Schmuck Stops Here Peter Schmuck's musings on the local and national sports scene
Schmuck: Just over a week away from trade deadline, Orioles still in buy/sell limbo

If it looks like the Orioles are stuck in some kind of trade deadline twilight zone, well, that appearance is not deceiving.

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Orioles' Chris Tillman on quick hook: 'You've got to earn it'

Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman was cruising along with a 4-1 lead Saturday night until Josh Reddick doubled to center field with one out in the sixth inning and Yuli Gurriel lofted an opposite-field home run that barely cleared the out-of-town scoreboard in right field.

Still, he seemed a bit surprised when manager Buck Showalter came out to get him.

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Caleb Joseph, tied for Orioles' batting lead with Trey Mancini, ponders his lofty perch

Here's a question for you: On March 15, what do you think the odds were against Caleb Joseph and Trey Mancini being tied for the Orioles' batting lead in late July?

Of course, it would have been considered a prohibitive long shot, but Joseph and Mancini are batting .304 going into Saturday night's rain-threatened game against the Houston Astros.

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Adam Jones leads Orioles to third win over Rangers, says they're not 'going to give up'

Adam Jones doesn't spend a lot of time publicly analyzing his batting stroke, so when he was asked why each of his three hits Wednesday night against the Texas Rangers went to the opposite field, he went with the short answer.

"I was late,'' he said.

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Bleier's ERA continues to drop, but Orioles' Showalter casts doubt on move to starter

Left-hander Richard Bleier probably will remain in a middle relief role.

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Cubs' Jake Arrieta plans to enjoy his first trip back to Camden Yards since '13 trade

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta always has maintained that he harbors no grudge against the Orioles for trading him back in 2013, and he didn't change his tune when he arrived at Camden Yards on Thursday for the first time since.

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