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The Schmuck Stops Here

The Schmuck Stops Here Peter Schmuck's musings on the local and national sports scene
Peter Schmuck’s Orioles grades for the week of July 18-24

Every week, Orioles 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 on the photos above to see the grades.

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Buck Showalter remembers Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. fondly...and not so fondly

Orioles manager Buck Showalter had nothing but nice things to say about Ken Griffey Jr. on the day of his induction into the Hall of Fame, though not all of the memories are pleasant ones.

"I see highlights of him early on...I was there at that game where he climbed up the wall and tore the hole in it. That was against us,'' Showalter said.

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Source: Chances of Orioles acquiring Melvin Upton Jr. from Padres as high as 45 percent

It might seem counterintuitive that the Orioles are interested in acquiring San Diego Padres outfielder Melvin Upton Jr., but it really isn’t.

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During 'State of the Orioles' Q&A session, Dan Duquette remains coy about trade speculation

The Orioles held their midsummer "State of the Orioles" Q&A session for season-ticket holders on a blistering Saturday afternoon, but baseball operations chief Dan Duquette still had enough energy to dance around a couple of trade questions.

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Orioles' Joey Rickard to miss four to six weeks with thumb ligament injury

Rookie outfielder Joey Rickard had hoped to avoid the disabled list after he banged into the fence at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.

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Slumbering Orioles offense has been tough to watch, but home is where the hits are

The Orioles are mired in another one of those mini-slumps during which they look like they'll never win another game, but they have been there before and they have always climbed right back out.

They've scored just two runs in three games at Yankee Stadium -- with the series finale coming up Thursday afternoon -- but even that stretch of offensive futility is not unprecedented.

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