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Chen, exceptional in second half, aims for sweep
Wei-Yin Chen, who will be on the mound for Baltimore in the series finale, has been exceptional in the second half. Chicago will turn to Hector Noesi as it tries to stave off the sweep.

Tillman twirls a gem for rolling O's
Chris Tillman continued an impressive stretch with an eight-inning gem that kept first-place Baltimore rolling to a 5-1 win -- and series victory -- over Chicago.

Ubaldo moved to bullpen; Gonzalez will start Sunday
The Orioles have moved the struggling Ubaldo Jimenez to the bullpen, Buck Showalter announced on Tuesday, and Miguel Gonzalez will return from the Minors to start on Sunday.

Markakis' jaw-dropping grab saves O's
It takes a lot to get Buck Showalter overly excited, but Nick Markakis' leaping grab over the fence on Monday did the trick. "Are you kidding me?" Showalter said.

Led by Markakis' bat and glove, O's top Sale
Led by a three-hit night and tremendous leaping catch from Nick Markakis, who blasted a two-run homer as part of a five-run eighth inning, the Orioles blew past the White Sox and their ace, Chris Sale, with an 8-2 series-opening victory.

Traffic: Crash cleared from MD 27 in Westminster
All lanes have been reopened on MD 27 in Westminster on Wednesday morning with the clearing of a two-vehicle collision at Stone Chapel Road, according to the state Department of Transportation.

New Goucher College president uses off-beat videos to welcome students
In one video, Jose Bowen claps chalkboard erasers, organizes books on a shelf in the library, sprays lines on the athletic field and enthusiastically pops out from behind a tree.

Cloudy skies, evening storm chances Wednesday | VIDEO
Mostly cloudy skies, temperatures in the 80s and evening storm chances are forecast Wednesday.

SUN INVESTIGATES Md. agency failed to monitor placement of foster children
Evidence of abuse or neglect found in more than a dozen cases

Some foster children were placed in the care of relatives with a history of alleged abuse or neglect because Maryland's social services agency did not properly monitor local agencies, according to a new audit.

2 adults, 2 children hurt in Aberdeen crash taken to trauma centers
Four people were taken to regional trauma centers after a crash at Old Philadelphia Road and Short Lane in Aberdeen on Tuesday evening, the Harford Fire & EMS Association reported.

Italian firm wins Maryland offshore wind leases
$8.7 million bid highest in federal auctions so far along Atlantic coast

$8.7 million bid highest in federal auctions so far along Atlantic coast.

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Perhaps the best part of blogging or the internet in general is the occasional discovery of something unexpected.Over on Baltimore Reporter and Conservative Thoughts is a great and thought provoking article by Robert Farrow.I hope you will follow this link and read this great post.

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Warren Buffet’s Keystone Bonanza
Filed under: — Robert Farrow @ 9:39 pm

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As most readers are aware, President Obama is doing everything he can to indirectly kill the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which was to bring millions of barrels of oil from Canada’s tar sands region into the United States, creating jobs and growing our North American energy supply. Canadian leaders are now talking up an alternative pipeline to their western ports to ship all that oil to China. That may not be so easy though, as such a pipeline would be very expensive, having to cross the Canadian Rockies, and it faces its own enormous environmental opposition.

However, there is a quick and easy, but not so cheap, solution at hand: railroads. Railroads are often called on to transport oil when pipeline capacity is maxed out. Much of the giant Bakken Field in the North Dakota is now being rail served while waiting for new pipelines to be built. Shipping oil by rail costs more than a pipeline, but is more flexible, allowing shipments to wherever oil is priced the highest, and can be started almost immediately, compared to a pipeline which can take years to permit and build.

BNSF Railway is the major oil player in North Dakota, and its extensive lines into Canada make it the logical choice to ship most of the Canadian oil when all the alternatives are ruled out. Railroads typically charge several thousand dollars just to ship one tank car from the Dakotas to the Gulf, which move in 100 car unit trains. Canada could potentially supply many dozens of these trains daily if it totally committed to rail shipments, providing many new billions of revenue for BNSF.

Oh, by the way, you may know the guy who just bought BNSF, Warren Buffet. Is it just luck, or smarts, or something else?


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Browns tab Hoyer, not Manziel, as starting quarterback for Week 1 (Shutdown Corner)
We have a decision: Brian Hoyer has beaten out Johnny Manziel as the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback. For now. Browns head coach Mike Pettine was underwhelmed by both quarterbacks' performances in the team's second preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Monday and had pondered delaying a decision he said he wanted made well in advance of the third preseason game. [ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football! ] But Pettine apparently feels that Hoyer was the safer option, at least to start the season, which led to him naming Hoyer his Week 1 starter on Wednesday morning. Pettine made it sound as if the much-scrutinized decision was a fairly easy one despite appearing to wrestle with it publicly. “He was the clear leader from the beginning,” Pettine said, per the Browns' official website. “We’ve maintained all along that if it was close, I would prefer to go with the more experienced player. Brian has done a great job in the meeting rooms and with his teammates on the practice field and in the locker room.” The Browns' opening trio of games could be quite tough — at the Pittsburgh Steelers, plus home games against the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints — and the prospect of starting a rookie against that slate had to be a bit frightening. The exciting Manziel has been fair in two preseason games and actually has put up bigger statistics than Hoyer and led the team to more first downs. But Manziel was erratic against the Redskins and hit a low point when he flipped the opposing bench the bird , which Pettine frowned on after the game and admitted could be factored into his decision. Hoyer has NFL starting experience, including three wins in three starts a year ago before suffering an ACL tear, and appears to be the steadier play. Although he fared poorly on Monday, his offensive line succumbed to a fierce rush and his receivers also let Hoyer down with dropped passes. Pettine said Hoyer's poise — also dealing with the distractions of Manziel Mania all spring and summer — and his game experience were big factors in him winning the job. “I think Brian’s been very poised,” Pettine said. “I think he’s handled the situation well. He’s had a lot of things going on.” Hoyer is now expected to receive all the first-team snaps in the Browns' third preseason game — typically the big tuneup for starters heading into the regular season — against the Rams this weekend. Manziel  will mop up after. How long will Hoyer's leash be? The Browns have a bye in Week 4, and a slow start by the team or the offense — which expects to be without star wideout Josh Gordon, a likely suspension candidate — could force Pettine to make an early call to the bullpen for Johnny Football. The problem, though, is that backups often do not get many reps through the course of the regular season, so rust could be a consideration for Manziel. We know who will start against Dick LeBeau and the Steelers' defense in Week 1, but the Browns' quarterback story appears to be far from over. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

Team Report - SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (The SportsXchange)
49ers outclassed in first two preseason games

Colts' defensive plan finally taking shape (The Associated Press)
Coach Chuck Pagano spent the past two seasons changing the Colts' defensive philosophy. We're getting closer.'' In about 2 1/2 quarters, the Colts have allowed just 91 total yards and no touchdowns. Indy (0-2) has figured out how to pressure quarterbacks despite playing without reigning NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis, who will miss the first four games of the regular season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. While the doubters rightfully point out the measuring stick so far has been two preseason games against teams that aren't exactly offensive juggernauts, Mathis, the longest-tenured Colts defender, likes what he's seen.

Eagles release linebacker Phillips (The Associated Press)
Linebacker Jason Phillips, one of the first players signed by the Philadelphia Eagles under coach Chip Kelly, was released Tuesday before he played in a regular-season game for the team. Phillips signed a two-year, $1.46 million contract as a free agent in 2013 with the Eagles, but tore the ACL in his right knee the first week of training camp in 2013 and spent the season on injured reserve. He came back healthy this year, but was released two days before the team's third preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Originally a fifth-round pick by the Baltimore Ravens out of TCU, Phillips enjoyed his most success as a special teams performer and backup linebacker with the Carolina Panthers.

The Shy-Away Top 40 (Rotoworld)
Evan Silva advises owners to Shy Away from these 40 players in fantasy drafts.

Team Report - DALLAS COWBOYS (The SportsXchange)
Cowboys' Romo re-emerges: near perfect performance

Cowboys LB McClain surprising the skeptics (The SportsXchange)
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain played so well Saturday against the Ravens that he will start getting first-team reps, coach Jason Garrett said Monday. It was McClain's first game action since 2012 after sitting out all of last season. He joined the Cowboys just before the start of training camp and needed time to get in football shape. Against Baltimore, he led the Cowboys with six tackles and had a forced fumble.

Cowboys facing uncertainty with shaky defense (The Associated Press)
Brandon Carr should make his preseason debut Saturday night in Miami after missing the first two weeks of training camp to be with his ailing mother before she died of breast cancer. Fellow Dallas cornerback Morris Claiborne's outlook is less certain because of a shoulder problem, and newcomers Henry Melton and Terrell McClain are unlikely to play at defensive tackle because of injuries. The Dallas defense was significantly better against Baltimore after a weak preseason debut in San Diego. Uncertainty, though, is making it difficult for the Cowboys to see what they really have coming off a dismal 2013 season.

Madden ratings guru has the players' attention (The Associated Press)
Donny Moore can be the most reviled man in NFL locker rooms. Still, NFL players - and millions of fans - can't wait to see what he has to say. Sometimes aging stars first recognize their careers are on the downslopes when the new Madden game arrives in August and their ratings have slipped.

Team Report - BALTIMORE RAVENS (The SportsXchange)
Rice OK, but Ravens hurting at CB

OC History: AFC North (Rotoworld)
Chet Gresham takes a look at the history of each team's offensive play caller to help predict this season's fantasy winners and losers.

Ravens' Smith coughing up blood after bruising chest (The SportsXchange)
The Baltimore Ravens emerged relatively unscathed as far as serious injuries from Saturday's 37-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. Starting cornerback Jimmy Smith suffered a bruised chest and was coughing up blood, but X-rays were negative. Meanwhile, star running back Ray Rice had his shoulder examined and X-rayed, but tests were negative. The Ravens can't afford to lose Smith, especially.
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