Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing" notwithstanding, prime-time television has never gone as far into the deep end of the political pool as it is about to do this year. At least four Washington-centric shows are in the works or set to premiere, including Maryland-based "VEEP" and "House of Cards."
Ray Lewis may retire if the Ravens win a Super Bowl this season. ... Joe Flacco is scheduled to play the first quarter of the Ravens' preseason opener at the Eagles on Thursday night, and rookie Tyrod Taylor will get most of the playing time after that. ... Domonique Foxworth, who is trying to make a comeback from a torn ACL, could miss the preseason opener. ... Cal Ripken Jr. acknowledged again Tuesday that he has an "itch to come back to the big league scene." ... Buck Showalter got ejected in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the White Sox on Monday night.
Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run off Jeremy Guthrie in the eighth inning Tuesday to power the Mariners to a 3-2 win over the Orioles. ... Kevin Gregg says he's not worried by his lofty walk totals, but manager Buck Showalter is concerned. ... With several key contributors out of the lineup, the Orioles desperately need the notoriously streaky Luke Scott to get hot at the plate. ... Full payment on Ravens season tickets is due Wednesday, a deadline the franchise feels is necessary to continue operating their business effectively. ... New coach Shawn Nadelen could be the Towson lacrosse program's "Captain America" -- whatever the heck that means.