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MASN cameraman becomes first “American Ninja Warrior”

Before sitting down to write this article, I worked out a little bit, laboring through a run before realizing that it takes every ounce of my strength to do a single push-up. But anyway, moving on to talk about “American Ninja Warrior,” if you’re unfamiliar with the show’s premise, people compete in an extremely vigorous obstacle course that requires tons of strength, endurance and agility.

Domenic Vadala: Heading into the offseason

Every year at the end of the season (postseason or not), I feel as if a blindfold has been removed from my head. Make no mistake about the fact that baseball season is and always will be No. 1 in my heart. However, from the time when hope springs eternal in March until the end, that’s really all I’m able to see and hear. I

Matt Kremnitzer: O’s need to put right pieces around Machado

Going into next year and beyond, there’s a lot to be worried about when it comes to the Orioles. There are plenty of question marks: Which players will return? Who will leave for other teams? Will the farm system improve? Will the Orioles rectify their player development issues? How long do Dan Duquette and/or Buck Showalter stick around? At the same time, though, the Orioles

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays looking to wrap up AL East against Orioles

Manager: John Gibbons (8th season) Record: 90-65 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.299/.373/.578 with 41 HR, 122 RBIs), RF Jose Bautista (.259/.374/.539 with 39 HR, 110 RBIs), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (35 HR and 105 RBIs), LHP David Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA), RHP Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 9-6 Pitching probables: Sept. 28: RHP Marco Estrada vs.

Andrew Stetka: For Orioles, goals have changed in season’s final week

The Orioles face a daunting task as they enter their final week of 2015. No longer in the running to repeat as American League East champions, and barely hanging on as wild card contenders, the O’s are now simply trying to stack as many wins as possible heading into the offseason. A few weeks back, I looked at the team’s struggles in the same negative

Matthew Taylor: A surprising outcome from O’s sweep of Nationals

What could be more surprising from this week’s series with the Washington Nationals than the Orioles getting the sweep in D.C.? For me, it’s the fact that I came away with a greater appreciation and respect for Bryce Harper. The heated three-game set left me thinking less about rivalry and more about respect, starting first and foremost with the Nationals’ young superstar. Go figure. If

Opposite dugout: Red Sox are trying to stay out of last place in AL East

Manager: Torey Lovullo, interim manager (1st season) Record: 72-80 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: DH Davis Ortiz (36 HR, 101 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.322 with 79 RBIs), 2B Dustin Pedroia (.297 with 12 HR), CF Mookie Betts (.293 with 15 HR, 71 RBIs, 20 SB), LHP Robbie Ross Jr. (4.06 ERA, 5 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 5-11 Pitching probables: Sept. 25:

Zach Wilt: Jonathan Papelbon’s history with the Orioles

Jonathan Papelbon desperately wanted out of Philadelphia for a chance to pitch in October again. The veteran reliever spent seven seasons in Boston with the Red Sox and put together an impressive resume that included pitching in four postseasons and recording the final out of the 2007 World Series. How can anyone forget that riverdance celebration? Things went south in 2011 when the Sox entered

Domenic Valada: “Battle of the Beltways” an extra-special series

With the O’s in DC this week, we find ourselves watching National League games for the first time in a while. Some people like interleague play, and some don’t - either view point is fine with me. But I’m a fan of it. People might ask how I can call myself a purist and like interleague play. The answer is because, as I said, I’m

Matt Kremnitzer: O’s philosophies may have to change

As Andrew Stetka discussed yesterday, you know the Orioles are not going to re-sign all of their impending free agents. There’s a very real possibility that they decide to let all of them walk. The choice to not re-sign Nelson Cruz, and to a lesser extent Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller, hurt the 2015 team somewhat, but a lot of that collapse has come from

Andrew Stetka: Adam Jones’ heart is in the right place

When I read last week that Adam Jones wanted to meet with Peter Angelos, Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter during the offseason to discuss the team’s plans for re-signing players and making trades, I honestly thought it was an old link. It was the same story last offseason when Jones wanted to discuss the team’s mindset following an American League East crown. Now that the

Opposite dugout: Nats keeping playoff hopes alive behind Bryce Harper’s MVP-type season

Manager: Matt Williams (2nd season) Record: 78-71 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: RF Bryce Harper (.343/.470/.674 with 41 HR, 95 RBIs, 10.2 WAR), 3B Yunel Escobar (.324/.383/.429 with 53 RBIs), 2B Anthony Rendon (.278/.360/.380), SS Ian Desmond (18 HR, 60 RBIs), RHP Max Scherzer (12-11, 2.90 ERA), LHP Gio Gonzalez (11-7, 3.83 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 2-1 Pitching probables: Sept. 21: RHP

Matthew Taylor: Comparing the Orioles and Nationals seasons

Who has had it worse this season, Baltimore Orioles fans or Washington Nationals fans? The two teams will square off next week in a series that fans of each franchise had expected to be a tune-up for postseason play. Instead, it will be a match-up of drowning teams gasping desperately for a breath of playoff air. Neither of the teams playing near the Navy Yard

Opposite dugout: Rays trying to stay on right side of .500, out of last place

Manager: Kevin Cash (1st season) Record: 70-75 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: 2B Logan Forsythe (.283 with 16 HR, 60 RBIs), 3B Evan Longoria (19 HR, 68 RBIs), RHP Erasmo Ramirez (10-5, 3.75 ERA), RHP Jake Odorizzi (8-8, 3.26 ERA), RHP Brad Boxberger (3.81 ERA, 34 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 7-8 Pitching probables: Sept. 17: RHP Chris Tillman vs. LHP Matt Moore,

Zach Wilt: A year later, recalling Clinchmas morning

Waking up in Baltimore a year ago today felt very much like Christmas morning for Orioles fans. Instead of racing to the tree to see what Santa had left us the night before, we raced to our phones and computers to check the standings to see if what we witnessed the night before really did happen. Was that champagne celebration real? Did Adam Jones really

Orioles team up with Gov. Larry Hogan to fight pediatric cancer

Before Wednesday’s game against the Red Sox, the Orioles and the office of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a partnership, which is raising funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Ronald McDonald House Charities in the fight against pediatric cancer. The O’s fundraiser coincides with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Hogan is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment to fight non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Hogan, along with children fighting

Domenic Vadala: For resurgent O’s, strong finish can affect next season

Many people are simply accepting the presumption that the Orioles aren’t going to make the postseason in 2015. At this point, you have no choice but to admit that the season is certainly trending that way. However, one thing I try to convey in my columns each day is that until the team is mathematically eliminated, there’s still hope. People try to tell me that

Watch Chris Davis come through for Orioles with 13th-inning walk-off

Coming into Tuesday evening’s game against the Red Sox, the Orioles had eight walk-off victories on the season. Two of them had come a la Chris Davis walk-off homer. The first came exactly a month ago before last evening’s game, a huge home run to lift the O’s past the A’s with a 4-3 victory, giving the Birds their second straight walk-off win. Then, on

Matt Kremnitzer: Chris Davis excelling against lefties

It doesn’t take a baseball expert to notice Chris Davis’ rare power at the plate. He’s already surpassed the 40-homer mark for the second time in his career (42, most in the majors), he’s sixth in slugging percentage (.562), and he’s second in isolated power (.299). With a wRC+ of 148, Davis is still a ways away from his 168 wRC+ from 2013. But he’s

Opposite dugout: After 500th home run, Ortiz and Red Sox look to catch Orioles

Manager: John Farrell (3rd season) Record: 68-74 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: DH David Ortiz (.275/.361/.556 with 34 HR, 95 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.321/.352/.414 with 71 RBIs), CF Mookie Betts (.290/.336/.475 with 15 HR, 71 RBIs), RHP Joe Kelly (10-6, 106 Ks), LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (9-5, 4.05 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 4-9 Pitching probables: Sept. 14: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez vs. RHP

Andrew Stetka: Looking back and ahead for O’s

Orioles fans are going through a very strange period right now. After three straight seasons of competitive baseball, including two trips to the postseason, the O’s are on the outside looking in this year. At this point, the Birds are just battling to finish with a winning record and stay out of the basement of the American League East. As someone who blogs for Eutaw

About last night: Watch the Orioles’ eighth-inning slugfest

So ... about that eighth inning. The Orioles returned home from a 3-3 road trip to face a postseason-bound Royals team in a rematch of the 2014 ALCS. With his team trailing 6-4 mid-eighth, Jonathan Schoop led off the bottom of the frame with a double. Pinch-hitter Steve Clevenger reached on an error, and after a J.J. Hardy strikeout, Gerardo Parra singled to load the

Matthew Taylor: Another birthday to be celebrated at Camden Yards

Have you ever celebrated a birthday at the ballpark? I’ll be part of a celebration for my niece’s birthday this evening at Camden Yards. She’s turning 12 and decided that she wants to go to the baseball game with her family to mark the occasion. Smart girl. Happy birthday, Emily! My father surprised me with a birthday trip to the ballpark on the day I

Opposite dugout: Since last meeting, Royals and O’s have gone in different directions

Manager: Ned Yost (6th season) Record: 83-56 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: CF Lorenzo Cain (.312/.368/.487 with 14 HR, 65 RBIs, 27 SB), 1B Eric Hosmer (.309 with 14 HR, 81 RBIs), 3B Mike Moustakas (.281 with 16 HR, 60 RBIs), DH Kendrys Morales (.291 with 17 HR, 101 RBIs), RHP Wade Davis (0.94 ERA, 13 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 3-1 Pitching

Zach Wilt: Royals return to Baltimore

The harsh reality is that there isn’t much hope for the postseason making a return to Birdland this season. FanGraphs.com has the Orioles’ playoff chances down to 0.1 percent, and an October berth would require climbing over six teams in the American League wild card standings. Being back 7 1/2 games with only 23 remaining would make that an incredibly difficult task. As the attention

Domenic Vadala: Looking at O’s misfortunes going into offseason

Over the past month or so, I’ve gotten various comments and tweets on Birds Watcher to the extent of blaming various people for the Orioles’ misfortunes. And while I don’t think anyone’s going to say that the likes of Buck Showalter or Dan Duquette are in any danger of losing their jobs, it’s an interesting question. Who or what is to blame? I’ll start by

Watch Chris Davis hit tiebreaking home run against Yankees

We all know Chris Davis as Crush Davis, but last night, he earned the nickname of Clutch Davis. Much of Tuesday night’s game was dominated by pitching. Through the first eight innings, the only runs came from Ryan Flaherty and Alex Rodriguez’s solo home runs in the sixth inning. Then came Crush ... I mean Clutch Davis. Davis stepped to the plate to lead off

Andrew Stetka: Chris Davis could prove to be O’s most valuable free agent

As the Orioles continue to carry about a 1 percent chance to make the postseason this year, they also are approaching one of the more important offseasons in their recent history. There are plenty of big decisions to be made as the games start to dwindle. While the O’s won’t completely give up on the prospect of making the playoffs, reality will eventually set in

Opposite dugout: Yankees aiming for return to postseason, AL East crown still within reach

Manager: Joe Girardi (8th season) Record: 76-59 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: DH Alex Rodriguez (.257/.361/.491 with 28 HR, 76 RBIs), RF Carlos Beltran (.276/.338/.474 with 14 HR, 50 RBIs), 1B Mark Teixeira (.255/.357/.548 with 31 HR, 79 RBIs), C Brian McCann (.245 with 25 HR, 86 RBIs), RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-6, 3.73 ERA), LHP Andrew Miller (31 saves, 1.80 ERA) Season series

Opposite dugout: Trade deadline success has transformed surging Blue Jays

Manager: John Gibbons (8th season) Record: 76-57 Last 10 games: 8-2 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.304/.372/.589 with 36 homers, 111 RBIs), SS Troy Tulowitzki (4 HR, 13 RBIs), RF Jose Bautista (31 HR, 89 RBIs), 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion (30 HR, 92 RBIs), LHP David Price (13-5, 2.47 ERA), LHP Mark Buehrle (14-6, 3.53 ERA), RHP Roberto Osuna (1.99 ERA, 16 saves) Season series

Best of the BBQ: Adam Jones and Wayne Kirby face off against CareFirst Fan Challenge winner

“Work or Don’t Eat.” That phrase was scripted across the front of All-Star center fielder Adam Jones’ shirt as he and Wayne Kirby strolled down Eutaw Street to Boog’s BBQ stand. Trays of ribs in hand, the duo set to take on CareFirst Fan Challenge winner Thomas Turnbaugh in a good, old-fashioned BBQ battle. While Jones and Kirby prepared Greek-style ribs, throwing them on the

Zach Wilt: Chris Davis’ importance to the Orioles

It’s been a frustrating couple weeks in Birdland, you can feel the tension on the field. The Orioles have won just two of their last 10 games, went 11-18 in August and are 6 1/2 games back of the wild card, but at least they entered today’s off-day on a positive note before heading north to Toronto. The O’s avoided their longest losing streak in

Domenic Vadala: Cal Ripken Jr. belongs to fans of baseball

If you’re used to what I write on Birds Watcher and for that matter even here on MASN, a lot of what you read here today might come as a surprise. For the most part, I feel that writers should remain above the fray of the fan on the street when writing about the team. So most of what I try to put out there

MASN holds exclusive Chris Davis autograph signing for Twitter followers

Orioles fans who follow @masnOrioles on Twitter were able to take a long lunch break at Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant at Camden Yards on Monday, Aug. 31 to grab a burger, walk down Eutaw Street ... and meet Chris Davis! Before Monday’s event, MASN tweeted out an exclusive ticket for its Twitter followers, giving them access to an autograph signing with Davis. IT’S HERE:

Matt Kremnitzer: Despite O’s crumbling season, Adam Jones still raking

When it comes to the Orioles, there’s a lot to be negative about right now. They just lost yet again and they’ve dropped 12 of their last 14 games. They ended August with only 11 wins in 29 games. Hisashi Iwakuma fired a no-hitter against them in Seattle. The Twins took all four games in a crucial series at Camden Yards. They were also swept

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