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There was a time not so long ago when the opening of Ravens training camp was a good excuse for local fans to turn the page halfway through another disappointing baseball season, b...(full article)

It has become fairly obvious that the team that makes the playoffs out of the American League East — and there probably will be only one — will be the team that best weathers w...(full article)

Every night, Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado holds a 33 ½-inch, 31 ½-ounce weapon. People bring baseball bats to fights because they are wildly effecti...(full article)

Before I started writing for Baseball Prospectus and Sports on Earth, I blogged about the Baltimore Orioles; before that, I was an Orioles fan. I note this here only so that the ...(full article)

Pitching and strikeouts are getting all the love right now, but while that's all going on, there is still plenty of power out there. The trio of Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Abreu and...(full article)

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