The Schmuck Stops Here

The Schmuck Stops Here Peter Schmuck's musings on the local and national sports scene
Schmuck: It's been an emotional week, but Orioles and their fans should be ready to get on with rebuild

The Orioles played the past two games like a team in mourning, but they'll soon realize that a new day is coming.

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Schmuck: New Dodger Manny Machado makes it clear he already loves L.A.

New former Oriole Manny Machado wasted no time before playing to his new fan base.

The Los Angeles Dodgers introduced him at a news conference Friday in Milwaukee, where he’ll make his debut in Dodger Blue tonight against the Brewers — one of the teams that also made a strong attempt to acquire him from the Orioles.

Machado announced that he had chosen to wear No.

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Home Run Derby lacks star power, but Bryce Harper brings it stirring finish in home-park victory

The All-Star Home Run Derby used to capture the imagination of fans and All-Stars alike, but it appears that many of the game’s biggest boppers have cooled on the idea.

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Schmuck: Former Oriole Nick Markakis is a first-time All-Star, and he wouldn't want it any other way

First-time All-Star Nick Markakis has helped lead the Atlanta Braves back into playoff contention, and he couldn't be happier.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for the week of July 9-15

Every week of the regular season, columnist Peter Schmuck will grade the performance of the Orioles in five categories. The letter grades are not directly tied to any particular statistic, but are representative of a cumulative evaluation of everything — tangible or intangible — that falls under that particular category.

Click through the gallery above to see the grades in each category.

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Orioles closer Zach Britton is rolling again, which won't hurt his trade value

The Orioles are hoping to get maximum value in trade for closer Zach Britton, and his performance over the past two weeks should satisfy teams that have been wondering about his health.

It took him a while for the left-hander to get back in a groove after Achilles surgery and a nine-month layoff, but he has reeled off six consecutive scoreless outings dating to June 30.

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