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  • Power rankings: No. 28 Pirates

    Power rankings: No. 28 Pirates
    No. 28 Pirates: 3rd in a series counting down to spring training. Next: Padres. While it may not be enough to soothe the pain of 19 consecutive losing seasons, Pirates fans at least have someone to blame. That would be Pedro Alvarez, or perhaps Greg...
  • Power rankings: No. 12 Reds

    Power rankings: No. 12 Reds
    No. 12 Reds: 19th in a series counting down to spring training. Next: Cardinals. Poor Zack Cozart. In the year of Barry Larkin, it falls to Cozart to do the near-impossible — replace him. Cozart, a broad-shoulder product from Ole Miss who has...
  • Cubs choose the best 'Who?' available

    Cubs choose the best 'Who?' available
    This was never going to be a “Wow!’’ hire. In fact, if the Cubs indeed sign Dale Sveum, then the hire is more “Who?’’ than “Wow!’’ The Cubs already made their “Wow!’’ hire. Theo...
  • Ramon Hernandez returns to face a changed Orioles squad

    Cincinnati Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez was peering at the Orioles lineup card posted in the visiting clubhouse before Friday's series opener, and he was reminded of just how much things have changed since the last time that he played at Camden Yards....
  • O's Q&A with Keith Law: 'Clearly the worst team' in AL East

    O's Q&A with Keith Law: 'Clearly the worst team' in AL East
    Keith Law, the lead baseball writer for ESPN's Scouts Inc., has been critical of the Orioles' offseason moves, so I thought my readers might want to see what he had to say about the additions of Vladimir Guerrero and J.J. Hardy, the Matt Wieters debate...
  • Losing to the Pirates shows how much better the Cubs pitching needs to be

    Losing to the Pirates shows how much better the Cubs pitching needs to be
    I didn’t expect the Cubs to win 90 games this season, but I sure didn’t expect them to blow a series to the pathetic Pirates, a team they should’ve swept when you think about it because you have to sweep bad teams if you’re going...
  • Your turn: What's your take on the proposed MLB realignment?

    Your turn: What's your take on the proposed MLB realignment?
    A proposal for realignment in Major League Baseball is reportedly gaining steam with the owners and the players, and though the structural changes might not be what some desperate Orioles fans are hoping for, the subtle switch being considered makes too...
  • Pirates might not jump ship

    Forget Paul Maholm's 3-7 record. He has compiled a 3.12 earned-run average over 89 innings, holding opponents to 70 hits. With limited options expected to become available on the trade market next month, Maholm is having the kind of season that could...
  • Orioles get good news on injury front

    Orioles get good news on injury front
    Perhaps it's just a small victory in a long season, but the Orioles left Nationals Park on Sunday without placing anyone on the disabled list. The Orioles lost two players to injury Saturday afternoon and their staff leader Thursday, but it looks like...
  • Is there an age limit for baseball managers?

    Is there an age limit  for baseball managers?
    New senior circuit Phil Rogers Chicago Tribune Jack McKeon didn't get a four-year contract when the Marlins hired him to be their interim manager, so why not do what they're doing? McKeon is clearly a bridge guy to Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Valentine or...
  • McCarthy shuts down Rays for second win

    GLENDALE — The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Brandon McCarthy (Glendale native) starting pitcher, Oakland Athletics: McCarthy rebounded from a rough outing against the Detroit Tigers on July 20 with one of his best...