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Iowa Baseball Opens Season with Win

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Redshirt sophomore Adam Mazur was dominant, pitching six strong innings and the Hawkeye offense had 15 hits to propel the University of Iowa baseball team to a 12-2 victory over Air Force in its season opener Friday at the Swig & Swine Classic.

The Best 1st Overall NFL Draft Pick from Every Decade

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Although holding the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft is usually the product of a terrible season, that selection is a beacon of hope. Sure, the previous year stunk. The right prospect, however, could be a franchise-changing piece. That's happened at various points through NFL history, considering dozens of first overall selections have become Pro Bowlers or All-Pro players.

‘It’s a holiday’: Orioles fans flock to Camden Yards for Opening Day, filled with cautious optimism

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Rougned Odor slides back into third base as Brewers Mike Brosseau catchers a wide throw and tries to tag out Odor who was safe on the play in the 6th inning. Baltimore Orioles play the Milwaukee Brewers on Opening Day as the Orioles celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun)

As Orioles enter season with another puny payroll, club hopes changes made ‘beneath the surface’ begin to show

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When Mike Elias first viewed the Orioles’ general manager opening in 2018, he saw a unique opportunity. He wouldn’t be just rebuilding the player pool in Baltimore, a group already gutted by a trade-deadline sell-off earlier that summer

Ryan Mountcastle and Ian Anderson Join Gregg Jefferies as the Only Players to Garner Rookie of the Year Support in Two Different Seasons

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I certainly felt like Mountcastle should’ve finished higher in the rookie vote but just by receiving support he joined an "exclusive club"

Saturday night Orioles

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Fresh off a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Tigers yesterday, the Orioles will look to make it two in a row with another win tonight. Detroit took the series opener on Thursday by a score of 6-2. The Birds will have to do a better job against future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera, who’s gone 5-for-6 with two home runs in the past two games.

Vikings Open Thread

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Phew! For a minute it looked like Cousins wouldn't have a viable group protecting him on the left side of the offensive line. Minnesota sought not only prospects to fit its zone-blocking scheme but also found more size. First-rounder Christian Darrisaw is now responsible for Cousins' blindside, and the Vikings can be confident that the rookie left tackle will fare well after allowing just three pressures and one sack on 264 pass blocks last season, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. But perhaps the biggest benefit will be the expected improvement of the Vikings' interior pass protection thanks to the drafting of guard Wyatt Davis in the third round. -- Courtney Cronin

New Fangraphs System Rankings

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Orioles place 12th in the new Fangraphs farm system rankings. They don't have a ton of prospects on "The Board", but a decent value per player for who is there.

Just moved to Silver Spring

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Mover saw i was an O's fan, and gave me like 20 of these. The bittersweet memories.