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Sounding off: Orioles take on hot topics

Looking through my reporter notes from this week, I noticed I had a bunch of interesting material from inside the Orioles' clubhouse that never made it to air. I wanted to share some players' thoughts with you on some of the big topics surrounding the team, straight from the editing room floor. Topic: J.J. Hardy took a pitch in the ribs Thursday. Luckily, X-Rays were

What should Rizzo do to strengthen playoff push? Major league scouts sound off

One of the most interesting things a baseball reporter can do is sit in the press box with a group of Major League Baseball scouts. You can't get better baseball knowledge anywhere else. Usually somewhere between the time when the clubhouse closes after pregame access and the game starts there's a whole swarm of them. They're easily spotted with their metal clipboards and lanyards around

Crystal ball time: Who makes the playoffs?

Let the second half begin. The Nationals enter Act Two four games ahead of the Braves in the NL East. The Orioles are seven games behind the Yankees in the AL East. It would be beyond exciting to see both teams make the playoffs for the first time since baseball returned to Washington in 2005. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening. Absent the luxury of

What's Rizzo's plan for the second half?

The Nationals are wrapping up their strongest first half since 2005, when they went into the All Star break 19 games above .500. That year, the Nats finished in last place in the National League East with a .500 record. Many believe the 2012 Nats are different. They appear built for the long haul and a big reason is their strong starting pitching. But there

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