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Wouldn't it be nice to watch Maryland's football team play an ACC opponent without having to purchase a ticket or leave the state?

If you needed a minor league shortstop for some bizarre fantasy team, the Orioles claimed Luis Hernandez off waivers from the Braves. Hernandez, 22, batted .268 with one homer and 29 RBIs in 380 at-bats with Double-A Mississippi of the Southern League.

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ESPN Classic's "Who's No. 1?" - my daily guilty pleasure - ranked the 1969 Orioles 12th on the list of best teams that never won a title. Hard to argue there, though the '71 team with its four 20-game winners also deserved mention.

The 1968 Colts were fifth. The 1980 Soviet hockey team was first.

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Another coaching possibility for the Orioles: Sammy Mejias, who worked with manager Sam Perlozzo in Seattle. Perlozzo had interest in him last year, and the name is being floated again.

The Padres released former Oriole Manny Alexander, proving once again that it's a cold, cruel business.

When reached for comment, Cal Ripken sat with his arms folded and stared straight ahead.

The Padres also released reliever Scott Williamson.

Think the Orioles will have any interest?

One more question: Are any of you running in the Baltimore Marathon?

I considered it, but I just got winded typing this sentence.

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