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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The Orioles (52-42) may hold a four-game lead in the American League East and be a season-high 10 games over .500 entering the All-Star break, but recent history indicates that it's not safe to make postseason plans quite yet. Last year, the Orioles were also 10 games above .500 (53-43) at the Midsummer Classic. Despite that record, they were in third place in a strong AL East, behind the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. Following a lackluster second half (33-34), the Orioles finished 85-77, 12 games back of the eventual World Series champion Red Sox. At the All-Star break for the postseason-bound club in 2012, the Orioles were just five games above .500 (45-40)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
TORONTO - Even though he has only three hits in his past 39 at-bats, Orioles left fielder-designated hitter Nelson Cruz said he believes he's on the verge of breaking out of the slump. Cruz carried the Orioles offense for most of the first half of the season, leading the major leagues with 28 home runs and 74 RBIs at the All-Star break. But after going 1-for-4 on Thursday, he is hitting just .113 with one homer and three RBIs since making his third All-Star Game appearance last month.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who has spent most of this season at the team's spring training facility in Sarasota, Fla., rehabbing a right hamstring injury, visited with the club Friday and hopes he can complete his rehabilitation with the team. Roberts had surgery May 9 in Dallas and was given an estimated recovery time of at least six weeks. Roberts said he's been doing some light jogging, playing catch, hitting off a tee and has progressed to hitting off coaches over the past few days.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones wasn't worried at all that participating in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby would mess with his swing in the second half of the season. Jones said he seldom deviates from his swing-from-the-heels power stroke. And while he didn't win the Home Run Derby, he has put on quite a power display for the Orioles since returning for the start of the second half. In Monday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, Jones hit a pair of two-run homers off rookie right-hander Matt Shoemaker for his fifth career multihomer game, providing the Orioles with all the offense they needed in a 4-2 victory in front of an announced 39,028 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2011
The Orioles quietly packed their belongings late Sunday afternoon and dispersed to various parts of the country, carrying more baggage into the All-Star break than they could have possibly imagined. After an ejection-marred 8-6 loss to the Boston Red Sox, the Orioles' losing streak stands at seven games. They've won just six of their past 27 contests after a four-game winning streak had brought them within a game of .500 on June 10. They went just 1-9 on their first-half-ending road trip, their worst stretch away from Camden Yards in almost two years, and were outscored 75-33 in the process.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
First baseman Chris Davis' two-run homer in the third inning this afternoon, which gave the Orioles a 6-0 lead over Toronto, gave him 37 on the year, tying him with Reggie Jackson for most homers at the All-Star break in AL history, a record Jackson set in 1969. Davis blasted a 1-1 pitch from Josh Johnson the opposite way over the left-field fence. Davis has driven in four runs through his first two at-bats today to give him 93 RBIs this season, making him the sixth player in major league history since 1939 to record 93 or more RBIs before the All-Star break.
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By Bill Tanton | July 9, 1991
Baseball's All-Star Game has outlived its usefulness, callers were telling Stan Charles on his WCAO talk show the other night. The game means nothing, they said. It interrupts pennant races. The balloting is no more than a popularity contest. And in the television age it's not as if tonight's game in Toronto is the only chance we have to see the stars of both leagues."The game is an anachronism," said Dr. Arnold Davidov, a Roland Park pharmacist. "If the Orioles had a regular league game instead, I'd like it better than an All-Star Game."
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | July 10, 1995
As unlikely as it seemed at the time, Phil Regan almost got his wish.With his rotation wrecked by injuries and ineffectiveness and his offense defused by slumps, the Orioles manager said that he'd like to get within four or five games of the division-leading Boston Red Sox by the All-Star break. With the Orioles close to the bottom of the American League Eastern Division, that sounded like a dream.The Orioles fell short of Regan's goal, but, after the four-game sweep of the White Sox in Chicago, they may have accomplished something even more significant.
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July 14, 2003
Who's hot Guillermo Mota of the Dodgers has a scoreless streak of 18 2/3 innings, dropping his ERA to 1.57. Who's not Robin Ventura of the Yankees is in a 5-for-44 slump, which has lowered his average to .238. Line of the day Jason Standridge, Rays P IP R H BB SO 2/3 5 1 4 1 He said it "A lot of those balls we hit are trouble in Fenway, but we just picked the wrong park and the wrong day to hit them." Grady Little, Red Sox manager, after a 3-0 loss at spacious Comerica Park On deck The Rockies play 14 of their first 17 games after the All-Star break on the road.
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July 13, 1995
Jesse Orosco, Orioles relieverHis top five things to do during the All-Star break:1. Just do as much as I can possibly do with my family. That is probably all five things together.2. Taking a little break from baseball is real nice.3. Catching up on some rest from all of the travel we do.4. Watching the All-Star Game, although this year I didn't see the whole game because I was in the park with my kids. I try to get them to sit down and watch the game with me. I tell them they are watching the greatest players in the world, but they look at the TV for a few minutes and then take off.5.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | July 17, 2014
OAKLAND - The atmosphere at the O.co Coliseum during the Orioles' workout on Thursday evening was more like one that took place on the back fields of the team's spring training complex in February rather than the end of the All-Star break.  Orioles manager Buck Showalter held court near the pitcher's mound and instructed players on pickoff plays and bunt defense. Down the right-field line, pitchers took turns throwing bullpen sessions. The Orioles will begin the second half Friday here in Oakland, opening a three-city, 10-game West Coast trip against three teams that would be in the postseason if the season ended today - the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
The Orioles (52-42) may hold a four-game lead in the American League East and be a season-high 10 games over .500 entering the All-Star break, but recent history indicates that it's not safe to make postseason plans quite yet. Last year, the Orioles were also 10 games above .500 (53-43) at the Midsummer Classic. Despite that record, they were in third place in a strong AL East, behind the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. Following a lackluster second half (33-34), the Orioles finished 85-77, 12 games back of the eventual World Series champion Red Sox. At the All-Star break for the postseason-bound club in 2012, the Orioles were just five games above .500 (45-40)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
First the wind came, then the rain, and then the wait. While the Orioles waited through a 2-hour, 22-minute rain delay at Camden Yards, Sunday night turned into Monday morning. Inside the Orioles clubhouse, players kept watch of the clocks, ready to disperse across the country for the All-Star break after the game. “It was kind of crazy,” Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman said. “I made the joke, 'We're pretty much on the All-Star break. " Eleven minutes after midnight, the game officially was called, giving the Orioles a 3-1 victory over the division rival New York Yankees.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
With only Sunday's game against the New York Yankees remaining before the All-Star break, the Orioles are guaranteed to begin the second half of the season atop the American League East division. But Orioles manager Buck Showalter insists there is plenty left to fight for in the second half. “We may be in first place now, but we still feel like we're hunting something,” he said. Showalter said the biggest key to the second half, which begins with 26 consecutive games against teams that currently have a winning record, will be the team's pitching.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants right-hander Bud Norris to resume a standard pitching routine now that he's returned from the 15-day disabled list. So, because of the All-Star break next week, it means Norris' next start won't come in the big leagues. On Thursday afternoon, the club optioned Norris to Double-A Bowie. He could pitch there on regular rest Monday, then return July 20 during the Orioles' series against the Oakland Athletics upon fulfilling the required 10 days in the minor leagues.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Starting with today's series opener against the Texas Rangers, the Orioles will play 14 games in as many days until the All-Star break. And their biggest challenge might be how to assemble a roster that keeps them competitive on a nightly basis. The result of third baseman Manny Machado's suspension appeal still looms. He had his appeal hearing at the Warehouse on Wednesday, and the club is waiting to hear whether the five-game suspension will be reduced. An announcement is expected over the next 48 hours.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
Manny Machado won't be playing in front of a national audience this October, but it's clear the Orioles' star third baseman has made an imprint beyond Baltimore in his second big league season. Major League Baseball released its list of the most popular jerseys that have been sold since the All-Star break, and Machado ranks fourth behind only Mariano Rivera, Matt Harvey and Yasiel Puig. The list is based on Majestic Athletic sales at the MLB.com shop. Chris Davis is the only other Oriole in the top 20, coming in at 16th.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Matt Wieters' bat has sizzled coming out of the All-Star break, but the Orioles' catcher said he doesn't think the four days of rest over the break has anything to do with it. Since the break, Wieters was 10-for-21 with four extra-base hits (two homers and two doubles), six runs and four RBIs entering Thursday's series finale in Kansas City. He also carried four consecutive multi-hit games into the final game of the team's seven-game road trip. During the streak, which is the longest of his career, he has raised his batting average 16 points to .247.
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