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Vavra learning on the fly in new position

Terrin Vavra is an infielder. His father was an infielder. His brother was an infielder. His other brother was an infielder. But when the Orioles approached him about adding center field to a resume that had previously listed only second base and shortstop, Vavra jumped at the opportunity. “It’s a new experience for me but something that I think I can attack and succeed with,”

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: A heaping helping of Birdland memories

Since it’s Thanksgiving, it’s only natural to take a moment to give thanks for the abundance we sometimes take for granted. Really, this should be a daily occurrence. But before you plate the turkey, dig into the sides and ponder the pumpkin pie for dessert, let’s take a moment to count our blessings. Since we’re a baseball site, we’ll start with the national pastime. For

Kubatko a finalist for Maryland Sportswriter of the Year

MASNsports.com Orioles beat writer Roch Kubatko has been nominated as a finalist for the Maryland Sportswriter of the Year award presented annually by the National Sports Media Association. Kubatko, who has been with MASN since 2008, is one of three finalists for the Maryland award, joining Peter Schmuck of The Baltimore Sun and Bill Wagner of The Capital in Annapolis. Voting will be conducted among

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Something old, something new

We’re heading toward a holiday season fraught with uncertainty as we continue to hunker down and try to ride out the pandemic that has turned our lives upside down and is surging again. Thanksgiving is a week from today and many of us are praying for mild weather so that we can, as a means of minimizing risk, re-enact the outdoor feast that the pilgrims

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: From 2,131 through 2020

As timelines go, this week’s “Orioles Classics,” if plotted on a chronological chart, would be a series of connecting lines that look like a toddler’s scribbles. Luckily, you merely have to watch. No cleanup involved. This week’s offerings date from 1995, when the numeral “2,131” entered into Baltimore’s sports lexicon, to the recently completed season, which included some strong debuts and the requisite comeback victories.

“Orioles Classics” #TBT: Comeback wins and marathon matches

With the strangest baseball season on record now in the books (congrats to the Dodgers), the offseason is now upon us. The Orioles have already made some roster moves, and more are almost certainly on the way. And with COVID cases climbing again, the O’s and the rest of Major League Baseball also will likely be figuring out contingencies in case spring training and/or the

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