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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | February 7, 1996
There was no imaginable reason the Orioles would want to keep Alan Mills for 1996, and every reason to believe they'd dump him. At least that's what Mills figured.The pitcher had a terrible season and underwent shoulder surgery, and teams rarely invite back damaged goods. As the December deadline for teams to tender contracts approached, Mills assumed he wouldn't hear from the Orioles. "I thought there was no way I'd be back," he said.But the third week of December, a fat envelope arrived in the mail -- a 1996 Orioles contract.
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By Zach Helfand, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
In the beginning, there was just a man, a ball and a tire on a rope. Really, Alan Mills, now the Aberdeen IronBirds' new pitching coach, probably thought it was the beginning of the end. By the end of the 1989 season, Mills had pitched for four seasons, primarily in the New York Yankees organization, and he hadn't climbed out of Single-A. One coach in the organization spelled it out for Mills: like so many minor-league pitchers, he simply wasn't throwing enough strikes to make anything of himself.
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By Buster Olney | September 24, 1996
On the field: Mike Mussina fell short in his third attempt to win 20 games. He'll have one more chance, against Toronto on Friday. Mussina never has won more than 19.In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson could be short-handed against the Red Sox tonight. Left-hander Jesse Orosco asked out of yesterday's game because of a stiff arm; Alan Mills (sore groin) pitched to three hitters yesterday, and the Orioles are trying to limit his appearances; and Terry Mathews pitched an inning, his third outing in the last six games.
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By Dan Connolly | January 12, 2012
One popular former Orioles pitcher will be replacing another as a minor league coach at short-season Single-A Aberdeen in a restructuring that is designed to give the club's pitching prospects a better foundation. Former Orioles reliever Alan Mills will be the new pitching coach at Aberdeen, replacing Orioles World Series winner Scott McGregor. McGregor, who spent time in September as the Orioles' interim bullpen coach and coached at Aberdeen for four years, will now work out of Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., dealing with both injury-rehabbing pitchers and pitchers who are selected in the June draft.
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April 18, 1992
BaseballBaltimore Orioles -- Placed P Mark Williamson (3 innings, 4 hits, no earned runs) on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Thursday. Recalled P Alan Mills (0-1, 5.40 ERA, 1 save) from Triple-A Rochester.Florida Marlins -- Signed P Don Lemon, P Deron Sample, P Mike Anderson, C George Baker, C Mike Taylor, IF Tim North, OF Pablo Delgado and OF Greg James.Minnesota Twins -- Fired vice president of marketing Dave Moore, assistant to the president Jamie Lowe, novelty operations manager Tony Kriha and salesman Scott Erickson.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | December 15, 1995
Orioles manager Davey Johnson had talked about the idea of using a bullpen by committee, a system he had run successfully in Cincinnati. But in the end, club officials convinced Johnson he simply would not have the bullpen depth with the Orioles that he had enjoyed in Cincinnati.In Cincinnati, he had solid pitchers such as Jeff Brantley, Mike Jackson and Hector Carrasco; here he had only Jesse Orosco and a lot of question marks.So, the Orioles decided to sign an established closer -- Randy Myers, who agreed to a two-year, $6.3 million deal yesterday.
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By Steven Kivinski and Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer | June 19, 1994
Like most of the sportswriters who cover the Orioles, Ashanti Woods arrives at Camden Yards roughly two hours before game time.Like many of his colleagues, Woods heads directly to the clubhouse -- pen, notebook and tape recorder in hand -- where he conducts pre-game interviews.Woods' collection of facts, quotes and commentary can found within the pages of Outside Pitch, an independent, twice-monthly publication sold at newsstands and by vendors outside Oriole Park.Not a bad gig for a 14-year-old who will enter ninth grade at Poly in the fall.
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By JOE STRAUSS | April 12, 1998
Doug Drabek -- EVEN -- A strong spring and an encouraging first start elevated him to the No. 4 starter, but he struggled in Friday's loss at Detroit. Mike Mussina was bumped back a day to prevent him from pitching with nine days' rest.Joe Carter -- UP -- OK, the right fielder/designated hitter hasn't gone deep yet and, yeah, he has committed two errors. But his five RBIs in Kansas City accounted for the difference in both wins.Schedule guy -- DOWN -- Two off days within a span of four days thanks to a day off in Kansas City.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | February 13, 2006
During the last road trip of another disappointing season, Alan Mills had a pre-game encounter with B.J. Surhoff in the visiting clubhouse in Toronto. A small group of reporters was standing around, waiting for interviews or to speak with the manager, when Surhoff walked behind a teammate who was playing cards with Mills and made some sort of playful remark. It seemed innocent enough, until Mills got in Surhoff's face, the smile making it difficult to tell just how angry he had become. At one point, Mills shoved Surhoff into a locker, never letting go of his jersey, as Surhoff tried to remind him that the media were watching and this wasn't exactly the right time or place.
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By Buster Olney | February 20, 1996
Alan MillsProjected role for the Orioles: Mills is coming off shoulder surgery and, whenever he's healthy, he'll compete for one of three spots open in the bullpen. Mills has been throwing off a mound and appears to be making progress, although he hasn't attempted to throw any breaking pitches.Number crunching: Mills walked 18 in 23 innings last year, and was hit hard -- six doubles and four homers, for 25 RBIs.Where he has been this off-season: He spent a couple of months in Baltimore, rehabilitating his shoulder, and the rest of the time in Florida.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | February 13, 2006
During the last road trip of another disappointing season, Alan Mills had a pre-game encounter with B.J. Surhoff in the visiting clubhouse in Toronto. A small group of reporters was standing around, waiting for interviews or to speak with the manager, when Surhoff walked behind a teammate who was playing cards with Mills and made some sort of playful remark. It seemed innocent enough, until Mills got in Surhoff's face, the smile making it difficult to tell just how angry he had become. At one point, Mills shoved Surhoff into a locker, never letting go of his jersey, as Surhoff tried to remind him that the media were watching and this wasn't exactly the right time or place.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | July 22, 2001
This season was always meant as a mid-term test more than an exit exam for these Orioles. Last night the questions grew more difficult during a wrenching 6-5, 10-inning loss to the Anaheim Angels before a sellout crowd of 47,234 at Camden Yards. Trapped by their deepest swoon of an increasingly grinding schedule, the Orioles at least received partial credit. Granted permission by the Baltimore City Fire Department to resume their schedule after a two-day hiatus, the Orioles could not end what has grown to be a five-game losing streak despite nearly completing their most stirring comeback of the season.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 21, 2001
Rating the players **** Brook Fordyce: Slams a ball off the scoreboard in right field after a run-scoring single in his first at-bat. Also shows he won't be such an easy mark behind the plate this year. Runners beware. Chris Richard: Just another typical afternoon for Richard, who looks poised for a breakthrough season. *** Brian Roberts: Enters the game just in time to make a huge impact. If Ed Rogers is the next A-Rod, who's this guy? * Sidney Ponson: Doesn't come close to building on his last appearance, when he limited Montreal to one unearned run and two hits in five innings.
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By Capsules by Joe Strauss | February 14, 2001
Pitchers John Bale, LHP: Acquired in December from Toronto Blue Jays for former first-round pick Jayson Werth, he brings major-league experience and an outside shot to camp. Leslie Brea, RHP: Whatever his age, Brea carries what Syd Thrift describes as a young arm. He's part of a crowded bullpen mix but must exhibit better command. Sean Douglass, RHP: Led Bowie in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts last season. Second-round pick in '97 draft appearing in first major-league camp. Scott Erickson, RHP: Still rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, the innings monster isn't expected to contribute until 2002.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2000
DETROIT - With Alan Mills still unable to throw, the Orioles' relief pitcher is expected to go on the disabled list today. Mills will see team orthopedist Michael Jacobs today in Baltimore, while the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Royals in Kansas City. Mills, who was reacquired by the Orioles on June 13, had to stop playing catch after five minutes Wednesday when he began experiencing pain again in a spot behind his right shoulder. He hasn't pitched since Friday in Tampa Bay when he allowed a three-run homer to Greg Vaughn in the eighth inning that began the Devil Rays' comeback from a 9-4 deficit.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 17, 2000
The Orioles tried to play National League ball yesterday, tried to steal bases and stretch singles into doubles and dispense with the station-to-station approach that has come to define them. Why bother? A club that's not built for speed has no business in the fast lane. Better to hang with the monster trucks than the sprint cars. Running into outs four times in the first five innings, the Orioles resorted to the form that suits them best, using two home runs and a tie-breaking double among 16 hits to dispatch the Florida Marlins, 9-5, before 42,444 at Camden Yards.
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By JOE STRAUSS | June 18, 2000
Matt Riley -- DOWN -- The Orioles' prodigal son is in Bowie, in the bullpen and in a season-long funk. Is he paying the price for too many innings last season or too few this spring? Alan Mills -- UP -- He was too expensive after the '98 season at $6.5 million for three years. Now that the Dodgers will pay one-third of his $5.25 million the next two seasons, Mills again fits a bullpen that hadn't been right since his departure. The Rapper -- EVEN -- No. 4 starter Pat Rapp is struggling on the mound, but he nailed inconsistent local scorekeeping Wednesday night.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | September 15, 1998
For all who unfairly compare the Orioles' frustrating season to death and taxes, last night reminded them of one important difference: If it were tax time, the Orioles could file for an extension.Last night's 1-0 win over the Texas Rangers ran the Orioles' win streak to six, subtracted another game from their deficit with the collapsing Boston Red Sox and teased them with hope that is actually a prayer.Before an announced crowd of 41,032, three pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout before a Camden Yards audience whipped into a frenzy both by Eric Davis' heroics and the appearance of a new, flabby cult hero atop the visitors' dugout.
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