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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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Orioles in September 2014 [Pictures]

Orioles in September

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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Trade for Jon Lester shows Oakland A's are all in this season

Trade for Jon Lester shows Oakland A's are all in this season 

If reports are true that the Oakland Athletics have made their second blockbuster deal of the summer and sent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, then there’s really only one way to look at the situation:

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Ray Rice reception supportive, but not excessive

Ray Rice reception supportive, but not excessive 

Ravens fans showed support for running back Ray Rice when he took the field for Monday night’s open workout at M&T Bank Stadium, but they seemed to recognize that an outsized ovation would not be appropriate in the wake of the domestic assault incident that led to a two-game NFL suspension.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck (7/26)

Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck (7/26)

Baltimore Sun columnist Peter Schmuck offers his observations about the Orioles, including thoughts on Ubaldo Jimenez's recovery and Chris Davis' recent clutch hits.

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Two-game suspension is best case scenario for Ray Rice, Ravens

Two-game suspension is best case scenario for Ray Rice, Ravens 

The Ravens apparently will be without top running back Ray Rice for their season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals and their Thursday night game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2, but the reported two-game suspension Rice received from the NFL for his domestic assault incident is really a best-case scenario for him and the team.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for July 21, 2014

Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for July 21, 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 (July 19)

Peter Schmuck's Observation Deck (July 19)

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

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Can the Orioles beat the best of the American League West?

Can the Orioles beat the best of the American League West?

Clearly, the American League has been turned upside-down over the first half of the 2014 season. The AL West now features three of the five winningest teams in the league, and the AL East has not lived up to preseason expectations -- except in Baltimore, of course.

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Peter Schmuck's Observation Deck for July 12

Peter Schmuck's Observation Deck for July 12

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

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Former Oriole Brian Roberts makes himself at home at Camden Yards

Former Oriole Brian Roberts makes himself at home at Camden Yards

Former Oriole Brian Roberts didn't waste a moment Friday in punctuating his return to Camden Yards for the first time since signing with the New York Yankees.

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter throws away the book against Nationals

Orioles manager Buck Showalter throws away the book against Nationals

They call them the unwritten rules of baseball, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter obviously thinks even unwritten rules are made to be broken.

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Orioles may need to consider more than just innings when it comes to Kevin Gausman

Orioles may need to consider more than just innings when it comes to Kevin Gausman

If you're trying to make sense of how the Orioles front office is handling top pitching prospect Kevin Gausman -- who was sent back to the minor leagues after another strong start on Sunday -- you're not alone.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for July 5

Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for July 5

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

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for June 26

Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck for June 26

Each week of the 2014 baseball season, Peter Schmuck gives his take on four subjects involving the Orioles before clearing the bases with a final thought.

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Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for June 23, 2014

Peter Schmuck's Orioles grades for June 23, 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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Already getting nostalgic about J.J. Putz

Already getting nostalgic about J.J. Putz

When the Arizona Diamondbacks designated reliever J.J. Putz for assignment on Friday, it brought back all sorts of memories.

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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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