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Showalter Hired as Orioles Manager

By: Dan Levin The Orioles hired ESPN baseball analyst Buck Showalter as their new manager last Thursday, making him their third manager of the year as well as their fifth since 2005.  Showalter will be formerly introduced as the manager on Monday when the Birds return from a seven game road trip with stops in Toronto and Kansas City.  His first game as manager will come Tuesday against the Angels. Showalter comes in with an exceptional resume, a two-time AL manager of the year in New York and Texas; he also had a very successful stint as the first manager…

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Gonzalez’s Walk-Off Wonder

By: Bobby Lubaszewski I am still wondering how Carlos Gonzalez, centerfielder for the Colorado Rockies, did not make the NL All-Star team. The young slugger is currently hitting .321, which puts him in contention for the NL batting title – so Gonzalez is no stranger to big hits in pressure situations. Yet, nothing could have prepared him for the pressure he would feel on his final at bat of a 5-5 game with the Chicago Cubs. Gonzalez hit a single in the first inning, a triple off the wall in the third, and a double in the sixth. Carlos Gonzalez…

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Euro Soccer Gives Baltimore A Show As Inter Milan Beats Man City, 3-0

For the second straight year I’ve been lucky enough to be able to see good European Soccer in Baltimore. Last year I witnessed a great match between A.C. Milan and Chelsea, and this year a game between Inter Milan and Manchester City. Naturally, as an Italian, I was rooting for the reigning Champions League winner, Inter Milan, and they made up for the Italian loss last year. The game was not as exciting or star studded as last years game (Wesley Sneidjer, Maicon, Lucio, and Carlos Tevez all sat out as they were resting after the World Cup, and Samuel…

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Eric Berry: Raising the Bar

By: Bobby Lubaszewski In an offseason that has seen proven talent, such as Terrell Owens, struggle to find work, rookie safety Eric Berry manages to sign a blockbuster deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, making him the highest paid safety in the league. Berry’s contract is a reported 6-year, $60 million dollar deal, with $34 million guaranteed to the unproven 1st year player. In a league with so many talented safeties – Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu, Bob Sanders, Darren Sharper – what sets Eric Berry apart from the crowd? What makes him worth $60 million? Well, nothing – nothing except…

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Big Apple Gets Big Power

After the Yankees traded for outfielder Austin Kearns, they made an even bigger move to get switch-hitting bopper Lance Berkman from the Houston Astros. Berkman, who is hitting .245 with 13 homers this year has struggles a bit because he is just being pitched around, will serve as the Yankees designated hitter, and will likely be second in the lineup between Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira. With the addition of Berkman, from top to bottom, there will be no easy out for opposing pitchers. While Berkman does have an option to reject the trade, that is not likely to happen….

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