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Hale leaves Os to become Blue Jays' bench coach

Hale leaves Os to become Blue Jays' bench coach

DeMarlo Hale is leaving the Baltimore Orioles to become bench coach for new Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons.

Hale spent one year with Baltimore after six seasons with the Boston Red Sox, where he served as third base coach from 2006-09 followed by two years as bench coach. He was Texas' first base and outfielder coach from 2002-05.

Toronto also said Monday that Pete Walker will move from bullpen coach to pitching coach, Chad Mottola will shift from Triple-A hitting coach to the big league hitting coach, Dwayne Murphy will move from hitting coach to first base and outfielder coach and Luis Rivera will move from coaching assistant to third base coach.

Bullpen coach remains open.

Gibbons, Toronto's manager from 2004-08, was rehired last week.

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Camden Yards earns top spot in top 100 stadium experiences

Camden Yards earns top spot in top 100 stadium experiences

Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md. grabbed the top spot in a list of the top 100 stadium experiences of 2016. 

There are very few stadiums in sports that you could even argue offer a backdrop that's as aesthetically pleasing or as unique as Camden Yards. The long brick train warehouse in right field along with the view of the Baltimore skyline in center field, gives Camden Yards as cozy of a feeling that you can get while at a sporting event. Add in the fact that O's fans are always into the games and have many gameday traditions, Camden Yards' number one ranking is perfectly justified. Just writing this makes me long for some crab fries and a cold beverage while watching the Orioles on a Saturday afternoon in the summer. 

Checking in at number 14 on the list is the stadium that's right next door to Camden Yards, and that's M&T Bank Stadium, the home of the Baltimore Ravens. This stadium was ranked the best stadium experience in the NFL, beating out Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and Lambeau Field for the top spot. 

Navy Marine Corp Memorial Stadium, home of the Naval Academy's football team, entered the rankings at number 49 on the list. Go to a game at Navy Marine Corp Memorial Stadium and you'll see some good football in a place that is full of history and patriotism. 

The final mid-atlantic area stadium that made the list was Verizon Wireless Arena at the Stuart C. Siegal Center in Richmond. Home of the VCU basketball team, the Siegal Center has developed into a really tough place for teams to play. Since the Rams run to the Final Four in 2011 and the development of the basketball program under former coach Shaka Smart, VCU has turned into a perrenially good college basketball team. Couple a good team with a loud, intimate 7,500 seat stadium and you've got yourself a really cool venue to watch college basketball.  

Related: Top 25 college football uniforms 

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Orioles reach agreements with Machado, two other stars

Orioles reach agreements with Machado, two other stars

On arbitration deadline day, the Baltimore Orioles reached agreements with three of their top stars, starting with third-baseman Manny Machado.

The Orioles also reached an agreement with starting pitcher Chris Tillman, who led the team in wins in 2016.

The Orioles also reached an agreement with closer Zach Britton. 

That means the Orioles didn't reach agreements with four players -- right-handed pitchers Brad Brach and Kevin Gausman, catcher Caleb Joseph and second baseman Jonathan Schoop -- and now all face arbitration hearings.

Stay tuned for more!