"It's so much about the players," O's manager Buck Showalter says. "It's what I can do to make it better and easier."
"It's so much about the players," O's manager Buck Showalter says. "It's what I can do to make it better and easier." (Algerina Perna)

WEATHER: Sunny, with a high near 83. Friday night is expected to be mostly clear, with a low around 64.

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Baltimore agents lead national seizure of illegal drug sites: Federal agents in Baltimore helped lead an operation that seized and shut down nearly 700 U.S.-based websites linked to the sale of counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs.

For O's manager Showalter, success is a habit: Whether the Orioles' season ends with a World Series win or a loss in a wild-card playoff, manager Buck Showalter knows this memorable season will eventually end. He is uncomfortable with the thought.

Steep decline for Komen Maryland Race for the Cure: Komen Maryland counts on Race for the Cure, but as the date for the event approaches, the group is facing decreases in the number of people signed up and the amount of money raised.

Little Sisters of the Poor plan $25 million renovation: Sandbags lined the concrete atop the exterior basement stairs at St. Martin's Home in Catonsville, a symbol of the Little Sisters of the Poor's long — and losing — battle against summer heat and storms.

Romney seeks to leverage debate: Exultant Republicans celebrated Mitt Romney's strong debate performance Thursday as a badly needed turn of fortune, saying he had rescued his presidential campaign. President Obama attacked his rival, in essence, as a fraud.



ORIOLES: It's tempting to view the 2012 Orioles as the Hollywood-crafted Indians of Major League, sprung improbably to life. But the reality of building the team is more complicated.

Buck Showalter chose his instincts over statistical wisdom, selecting 31-year-old left-hander Joe Saunders to pitch Friday's wild-card playoff against the Rangers instead of rookie Steve Johnson.

TERPS: Twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison have snubbed Maryland, announcing Thursday that they will be playing for Kentucky next year instead of heading to College Park.


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