Orioles agree to terms with Cruz

461px-20090406-DSC_1571_Nelson_CruzThe Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with outfielder/DH Nelson Cruz, according to multiple news outlets.  Cruz will get a one-year deal worth $8 million plus incentives.  Cruz is a veteran player that will add stability to the DH position and is coming off a season where he hit 27 home runs.

The Orioles will have to give up their second-round pick for Cruz and will not have a pick in the first two rounds of the draft.  Losing a draft pick is not a bad thing because the Orioles could get a better pick next season if Cruz becomes a free agent again.
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Jimmy Smith and Marlon Brown to appear at football camp

Jimmy Smith and Marlon Brown are two up and coming Baltimore Ravens players and they are hosting a youth football camp at Towson University. The camp takes place from July 11th to July 14th and is run by www.footballcamps.com.

Jimmy Smith is coming off his best season as a professional football player in which he made 58 tackles and two interceptions. Smith has become a very solid corner back and held his own against Calvin Johnson when the Ravens played the Detroit Lions.
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Orioles agree to terms with Yoon: Updated

1014028_575340815888598_672235860_nThe Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon according to multiple sources.  The Orioles have been very quiet this off season but talks with Yoon heated up.  Yoon posted a pitcher of himself in an Orioles hat a few days ago which led to speculation that he would sign with the Orioles.

The deal is for three-years 5.75 million and is still pending a physical.  The Orioles have been tough when it comes to physicals this off season as Grant Balfour failed his earlier.

I do not know much about Yoon but I do know he was recovering from an injury last season and pitched out of the bullpen.  Yoon should at least provide some depth to the Orioles pitching staff.
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Only one election was close for Big Tom.

That first congressional election in the 4th district of Maryland was oh so close. It’s the 1986 battle between Republican Robert McNeal and rookie Democrat Charles Thomas McMillan. Certainly the tallest candidate was the Democrat. McMillan stood 6-foot-11. Yes, the big recruit of Maryland coach Lefty Driesell. He was one of the guys who put Maryland basketball on the map.

He came to College Park during the 1971-72 season and immediately found a home. That was the year we ran away and hid in the NIT. He easily led this 27-game winner with a 20.8 scoring average. He was nearly an 82 percent free throw shooter and was second to Lenny Elmore with his 9.6 rebounds a game.
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