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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Infielder Alexi Casilla, who has been limited this spring to a right hamstring strain, was scratched from Friday's lineup with a hyper-extended left knee. The Orioles weren't immediately sure of the extent of the injury. Casilla, a non-roster invitee who is battling to regain his utility infield spot, has played in just three games and is hitless in five at-bats. Jonathan Schoop replaced Casilla at shortstop and will bat seventh. Quintin Berry and Michael Almanzar dropped to eighth and ninth in the lineup, respectively.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
TORONTO - The Orioles arrived home from Canada on Sunday night and will get a day off before having workouts Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter will try to hold Wednesday's workout around the same time as Game 1 to get his players on the same clock. They're likely to be the early game with the other ALDS game being played on the West Coast, but if the Orioles play at 8 p.m. Thursday, the workout likely would be around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Several Orioles players made a statement by filing into this morning's introductory news conference for Nelson Cruz . Eight of the Orioles' core players - Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, J.J. Hardy, Nick Markakis, Manny Machado, Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter - and hitting coach Jim Presley filed into the press conference just minutes before it started. "Just kind of giving him a little bit of support,” Hardy said. “We all know him from playing against him or playing with him. I played with him in Milwaukee, half of this clubhouse played with him in Texas.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
TORONTO - Much bigger goals lie ahead for the Orioles, and their final regular-season series here is less about winning games than about fine-tuning for the postseason. Still, the Orioles don't want to trudge to the postseason. Following their 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre on Saturday, the Orioles have lost three consecutive games for the first time since being swept at Wrigley Field five weeks ago, and for just the second time since the All-Star break. The loss also ensured that the Orioles will finish the regular season with just their third road series loss since the break.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
Alexi Casilla was held out of Saturday's game because he is still dealing with some swelling in his left knee. He had been scheduled to start Friday but was scratched with the injury, which occurred days ago when he was hit by a runner while turning a double play. Casilla said he expects he'll be ready to play Sunday. “I told the trainers that I could have played with it,” Casilla said. “They didn't let me today. Same thing. They just wanted the swelling to go down. I said, 'I can play.'" Casilla has played in just three games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles fans who will be in Dunedin today are getting a special treat: Adam Jones will be roving center field and batting fourth. One of the more difficult trips to navigate in the Grapefruit League, the trip to play the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., usually is without big names. Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't normally have established veterans -- besides the starting pitcher -- make that trip. But Jones has not played since last Sunday; he had been in Baltimore for the birth of his first child.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2013
Orioles second baseman Alexi Casilla will be absent from the starting lineup for a second straight game because of a finger injury suffered in the ninth inning of Sunday's win at Tampa Bay. Casilla said X-rays on his right index finger were negative, but he tore a ligament and is still waiting for the swelling to die down. He tried to throw Tuesday and still had difficulty. “I was trying today,” Casilla said. “I just threw one, and that's it.” Ryan Flaherty will start in Casilla's place again Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels and bat ninth.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
TORONTO - Alexi Casilla woke up Friday morning expecting to fly home to his native Dominican Republic that night to prepare for the upcoming winter ball season. Instead, he was on a flight to Toronto to join the Orioles with an opportunity to make the team's postseason roster. Casilla is starting at third base and batting leadoff on Saturday, and is expected to do the same in the regular-season finale on Sunday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't pleased with his team's defense at third base of late - third basemen have committed five errors over the past eight games - so he is getting a look at Casilla.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
In this space 24 hours ago, I wrote an update on the Orioles' nine free agents. One of those players -- second baseman Alexi Casilla -- had yet to sign with a team. But on Friday, the Orioles announced that they were re-signing Casilla, whose $3 million option was declined in October, to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Bringing back Casilla is an interesting move -- and it seems to be a good move for both the Orioles and Casilla. I think few will be surprised if he makes the team, despite the growing logjam of candidates at second base.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
A pair of former major leaguers are heating up this month for Triple-A Norfolk, adding to a list of veteran position players who are vying for a call-up should the Orioles have a need. Outfielder Quintin Berry and infielder Alexi Casilla are both hitting well over .300 in the past 10 days, after each saw his average plummet below the Mendoza line in mid-April. Berry, the speedster who won a World Series ring as a reserve for the Boston Red Sox last season, is batting .333/.438/.407 with three stolen bases in the past 10 games to put his line at .270/.365/.351 on the year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
TORONTO - Alexi Casilla woke up Friday morning expecting to fly home to his native Dominican Republic that night to prepare for the upcoming winter ball season. Instead, he was on a flight to Toronto to join the Orioles with an opportunity to make the team's postseason roster. Casilla is starting at third base and batting leadoff on Saturday, and is expected to do the same in the regular-season finale on Sunday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't pleased with his team's defense at third base of late - third basemen have committed five errors over the past eight games - so he is getting a look at Casilla.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
TORONTO - The starting lineup the Orioles fielded in Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre was missing 98 homers and 304 RBIs. Without Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones, Steve Pearce and J.J. Hardy, the Orioles were minus a significant amount of offensive punch. In Saturday's 4 p.m. game, expect to see Nick Markakis and Alejandro De Aza taking their day of rest. And expect Orioles manager Buck Showalter to begin using the bullpen en masse behind left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Orioles pitching prospect Mike Wright was one strike away from throwing a no-hitter for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday night in a 5-2 win over the Durham Bulls. Wright came as close as possible to tossing a no-hitter, allowing a two-out double to Mike Mahtook on a 1-2 count in the ninth inning. Earlier in the inning, shortstop Alexi Casilla committed a throwing error with two outs on a play that could have ended the game. After allowing the double to Mahtook - which also ended Wright's shutout bid - he was replaced by right-hander Brock Huntzinger.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
A pair of former major leaguers are heating up this month for Triple-A Norfolk, adding to a list of veteran position players who are vying for a call-up should the Orioles have a need. Outfielder Quintin Berry and infielder Alexi Casilla are both hitting well over .300 in the past 10 days, after each saw his average plummet below the Mendoza line in mid-April. Berry, the speedster who won a World Series ring as a reserve for the Boston Red Sox last season, is batting .333/.438/.407 with three stolen bases in the past 10 games to put his line at .270/.365/.351 on the year.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Ubaldo Jimenez's baseball career is well-documented. His ups and downs in the major leagues have been thoroughly dissected. A wunderkind who once was among baseball's best young pitchers, Jimenez's career trajectory plummeted dramatically in the past few seasons before he resuscitated it with a tremendous second half last year. And that led the Orioles to give the 30-year-old right-hander a four-year, $50 million deal, the most lucrative contract the club has ever handed out to a free-agent pitcher.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles fans who will be in Dunedin today are getting a special treat: Adam Jones will be roving center field and batting fourth. One of the more difficult trips to navigate in the Grapefruit League, the trip to play the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., usually is without big names. Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't normally have established veterans -- besides the starting pitcher -- make that trip. But Jones has not played since last Sunday; he had been in Baltimore for the birth of his first child.
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By Dan Connolly and Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
One day after a strong defensive and offensive performance by Alexi Casilla, the reserve second baseman's name wasn't in the Orioles' starting lineup Monday. It likely would have been, but Casilla jammed his right index finger in a ninth-inning steal attempt Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Although he was supposed to test the finger while playing catch before Monday's contest, Casilla said pre-game that he didn't think he would be able to start without dealing with some pain.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2012
When the Orioles grabbed 28-year-old infielder Alexi Casilla off waivers from the Minnesota Twins this offseason, the first thought was that it would be for one year, since Casilla was in his final year arbitration before free agency next winter. But now the Orioles can have the second baseman back in 2014 if they want. The sides avoided arbitration Friday when Casilla agreed to a one-year deal for 2013 that will pay him $1.7 million next season, an increase from the $1,382,500 he made in 2012.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2014
Alexi Casilla was held out of Saturday's game because he is still dealing with some swelling in his left knee. He had been scheduled to start Friday but was scratched with the injury, which occurred days ago when he was hit by a runner while turning a double play. Casilla said he expects he'll be ready to play Sunday. “I told the trainers that I could have played with it,” Casilla said. “They didn't let me today. Same thing. They just wanted the swelling to go down. I said, 'I can play.'" Casilla has played in just three games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
Infielder Alexi Casilla, who has been limited this spring to a right hamstring strain, was scratched from Friday's lineup with a hyper-extended left knee. The Orioles weren't immediately sure of the extent of the injury. Casilla, a non-roster invitee who is battling to regain his utility infield spot, has played in just three games and is hitless in five at-bats. Jonathan Schoop replaced Casilla at shortstop and will bat seventh. Quintin Berry and Michael Almanzar dropped to eighth and ninth in the lineup, respectively.
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