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July, 1st 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Summer in Baltimore doesn't get any better: A three-game sweep of the Yankees at Camden Yards heading into the Fourth of July. Bonus: With the three-game sweep, the second-place Orioles not only kept pace with Boston, they knocked the Yankees back into fourth in the American League East.

Stud of the Week for June 24-July 1:

Manny Machado

The line:

Machado continued his season-long hot hitting, including smacking his league-leading 38th double Sunday night. He's now batting .321 on the year, fourth-best in the American League.

Studliest moment:

The 20-year-old, who certainly won't have to pay for a drink in Baltimore after his birthday this Saturday, immediately announced the O's were looking to sweep New York with his first-inning home run yesterday.

The clincher:

Machado got the ball rolling offensively in each of the O's three wins against the Yankees, but the key sequence in the series came in Game 1. Facing C.C. Sabitha,...

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June, 28th 2013

Q&A with Rick Sutcliffe

Baltimore magazine

Former Orioles pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, who pitched the very first game in Camden Yards (a shutout, at that), will be on ESPN's Baseball Tonight, previewing Sunday night's Orioles game against the Yankees. We got a chance to talk to Sutcliffe about that first Opening Day, his fondness for Camden Yards, and why he picked the Orioles to win the AL East Division this year.

Does Camden Yards have a special feeling for you?
There’s no question. There will be an Opening Day every year, but there will never be the first Opening Day ever again. It truly ranks up there for me. I was blessed to throw first game at Wrigley when they turned on the lights. Those are probably the two most memorable moments of my career.

It was kind of interesting. I flew up to Baltimore in December [1991] as a favor to [manager] Johnny Oates, who was a great friend of mine. He said he wanted to sign me, but I wasn’t sure. My daughter was older and we wanted to stay closer to home. He walked me out on the mound at Camden Yards. He told me, "You’re the only one that knows, but I already have you slated for Opening Day." I hadn’t thought about becoming an Oriole before then, but I looked...

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June, 24th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Even though we didn't have the greatest series in Toronto, the Orioles continue to remain near the top of an extremely competitive AL East. And a huge reason for that is this superstar's home run binge.

Orioles Stud Of The Week

Stud of the Week for June 17-24:
Chris Davis

The line:
In his last six games, Davis has hit four home runs, drove in 10 runs, and batted .348. 

Studliest moment:
On Wednesday, in a 13-3 domination over the AL Central-leading Detriot Tigers, Davis hit two home runs (in the fourth and ninth innings) and a double, making it a five RBI day.

The clincher:
The slugger leads the MLB in home runs, giving him a good shot to start in this year's All Star Game. Davis would be the first Orioles first baseman to start in the game since Eddie Murray in 1985....

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June, 17th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

 

Such an embarrassment of riches. Who would be this week’s Stud?

Should we go with pitcher (and dad-to-be) Miguel Gonzalez, who has won 3 games in a row, including a win on Father's Day? (studly!)

Or should we choose Manny Machado, who could basically be penciled in as the Stud every week, but this week happened to hit .406 while extending his hit streak to 14 games, and playing his usual “did I just see that?” defense. (Mas studly!)

But both Manny and Miguel will have to wait. Because this week’s Stud is . . .


Stud of the Week for June 10-June 17:

Jim Johnson

The line:

As goes Jim Johnson, so go the Orioles. After a brief scuffle in May, the Orioles closer is back to his perfect ways, converting all four of his save opportunities this week.

Studliest moment:

In the June 14th game against the Red Sox, he notched his 24th save on just 7 pitches (!), while striking out one.

The clincher:
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June, 12th 2013

City Council Weighs Bag Fee for Baltimore

Baltimore magazine

Baltimore may soon follow in the steps of Montgomery County and Washington D.C. and enact legislation that would impose a fee on disposable plastic and paper bags handed out by retailers.

City Councilman Brandon Scott introduced legislation Monday that would require retailers, including grocery and convenience stores, to charge customers 10 cents for paper and plastic bags. In a statement introducing the legislation, Scott noted the impact similar legislation in D.C. has had on cleaning up the Anacostia River.

In a tweet, Scott said he hopes the bill will change consumer behavior, adding that getting Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and her administration "to agree to use it [revenue from the bill] for green initiatives is key" to legislation's success.

"We have to get out of this mindset that new and innovative stuff, that are great for people, and great for the environment don’t work here in Baltimore. In Baltimore we have this mindset of 'if it’s new we don’t want it,'" said Scott in a Patch.com story...

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June, 12th 2013

Former Calvert Hall/Towson Star Shoots Spurs Past Heat

Baltimore magazine

Undrafted out of Towson University in 2007, Gary Neal spent several seasons playing pro ball in Turkey, Spain and Italy before the San Antonio Spurs offered him a chance to play on their summer league team three years ago. From the Baltimore area, the 6-foot-4 guard starred at Aberdeen High before transferring to Calvert Hall.

Now 28, Neal was a major contributor to the Spurs this regular season, averaging 9.5 points per game, two rebounds and two assists. But never more so than Tuesday night when he got off to a fast start and dropped 24 points on the Miami Heat, staking the Spurs to a 2-1 lead on the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

Neal's hot shooting included hitting six of 10 attempts from behind the three-point arc.

“He's a professional,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters afterwards. “And he's a quality individual, and he made himself ready and he really helped us tonight, obviously.”

“I think to play this game of basketball, you have to believe that your abilities are just as good as other guys',” Neal said. “I mean, I...

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June, 10th 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Welcome to our third installment of Orioles Stud of the Week.

Stud of the Week for June 3-June 10:

J.J. Hardy

The line:

Over the past six games, the Oriole shortstop has 12 hits, including a double, home run, and five RBI while batting a blistering .444. After a typically slow start at the plate this season, Hardy is now batting .270 on the year. And his power numbers, especially for a middle infielder, are positively Cal-like: 14 doubles, 13 home runs, and 39 RBI.

Studliest moment:

After dropping two games to division-rival Tampa Bay, Hardy golfed a low, first-inning fastball off the centerfield wall Sunday, driving in Manny Machado to start a big offensive day for the O's.

The clincher:

Late last week Hardy took a lead over Elvis Andrus (Texas Rangers) in...

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June, 9th 2013

Orb Takes Third At Belmont

Baltimore magazine

If you put a sentimental $2 bet in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes on the strapping colt owned by Baltimore’s Stuart Janney III, you weren’t alone, because Orb went off as the 2-1 favorite.  But you should hope you bet him to show because he finished a strong third behind the winner, Palace Malice, and Preakness winner Oxbow.  Orb, winner of the Kentucky Derby, was held off down the stretch by the two tiring leaders.  Your $2 show bet paid $3.90.  Not much solace if you bet Orb to win or were rooting for his Baltimore connections, but that’s why it’s called a horse race.

-Dick Basoco

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June, 3rd 2013

Hopkins Lacrosse Joins Big Ten

Baltimore magazine

For 130 years, the Johns Hopkins men's lacrosse team has competed independently of any league affiliation.

That will change in two years, Hopkins announced today, when the Blue Jays join the new Big Ten men's lacrosse league, set to include current Big Ten schools Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan, plus long-time rival Maryland and Rutgers—both of which will become full Big Ten members next year.

Hopkins went 9-5 in 2013 season and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1972. Maryland, Penn State and Ohio State all qualified for the NCAA tournament this past season. Overall, Hopkins has won 44 national champhionships in lacrosse. Maryland has won 11.

Rutgers and Penn State, in particular, have been playing lacrosse for some time, with the Scarlett Knights' program dating back to 1887 and the Nittany Lions' program dating back to 1913. Ohio State launched its program in 1953; Michigan started a men’s lacrosse program just two years ago.

The Hopkins women's lacrosse program will compete as an indepedent Division I squad and all other sports at the school will...

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June, 3rd 2013

Orioles Stud of the Week

Baltimore magazine

Welcome to our second installment of Orioles Stud of the Week. Admittedly, some of these choices will be easier than others, and this week was a no-brainer. Orioles Stud Of The Week

Stud of the Week for May 28-June 3:
Chris Davis

The line:
Davis's home run yesterday against Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello made the first baseman the first Major Leaguer to reach 20 home runs in 2013. He also now has the highest batting average in the Orioles clubhouse at .357.

Studliest moment:
On Wednesday night against the Nationals, Davis went 4-for-4 with two home runs on his Crush Davis T-Shirt night.

The clincher:
During the post-game on-field interview, Davis knew that Adam Jones and his shaving cream pie were coming. So, instead of resisting the tradition, he leaned into it, quite literally.

Honorable Mention:
Chris...

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