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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | April 27, 1995
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A thought passed through the mind of Orioles third base coach Steve Boros as he watched Kansas City's Kevin Appier pitch in the early innings of yesterday's season opener.An ugly thought. Boros nearly committed a major faux pas by blurting it out. "I almost said, 'When Appier's on, he's got the kind of stuff to no-hit anybody,' " said Boros, a coach with the Royals before joining the Orioles this season.He might've drawn glares -- or, later on, congratulations -- for his prescience.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2002
ANAHEIM, Calif. - One loss from elimination, one loss from seeing the San Francisco Giants walk off with the championship trophy, the Anaheim Angels finally feel comfortable. After advancing through the first two rounds of the American League playoffs against the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins without facing an elimination game, the Angels will get that test tonight in Game 6 of the World Series. "I look at it as the pressure's on them," Angels right fielder Tim Salmon said. "They're trying to get one game.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | June 28, 1992
It took him awhile, but when Kevin Appier got around to beating the Orioles, he did it with style.The Kansas City right-hander stifled the Orioles on four hits over 8 1/3 innings last night before Jeff Montgomery clinched the hTC Royals' 2-0 win with his 20th save.Before last night, the Orioles were the only American League team Appier had not beaten. His track record in four previous starts (2.77 ERA), however, was enough to indicate the home club wasn't facing a patsy."I thought he threw the ball extremely well," said Orioles manager Johnny Oates.
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By Peter Schmuck and Joe Christensen and Peter Schmuck and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2002
ANAHEIM, Calif. - It hasn't been an easy offseason for Anaheim Angels starting pitcher Kevin Appier, but he has been given a chance to make it all better with a strong performance tonight in Game 6 of the 98th World Series at Edison International Field. Not that he was hoping for anything like the sudden-death challenge that faces him tonight. "We're backed into a corner now," Appier said. "Obviously, we were hoping to avoid that, but we still have two wins under our belts. Granted, our chances aren't as good as they were a couple of days ago, but we've won two games in a row a lot this year."
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 11, 2000
DALLAS - Another day, another contingency. After conceding their chase for free-agent pitcher Kevin Appier to be futile, the Orioles re-focused attention on New York Yankees discard David Cone. Vice president of baseball operations Syd Thrift said he conveyed the Orioles' interest in Cone to his agent, Steve Fehr, last week and yesterday insisted the former Cy Young Award winner represented both a financial fit and the intangibles desired within an otherwise formative rotation. "David is the kind of pitcher who can [help]
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | August 15, 1992
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rick Sutcliffe had kept it a secret all week, but he injured his shoulder in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Indians and wasn't even able to play catch between starts this week.So what? He pitched a strong 6 2/3 innings last night and got the decision in a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals at RoyalsStadium that kept the Orioles within two games of first place in the American League East.Sutcliffe slipped on the mound Sunday when a piece of clay gave way under his left foot.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1996
Kevin Appier yesterday stared into the face of an Orioles lineup filled with people who can drive the ball long . . . . then was beaten by a pair of pitching-wedge shots.Two bloopers to center field by Cal Ripken knocked in the first three Orioles runs in a 4-2 Opening Day victory and left the Kansas City ace wondering what else he could have done."They just flared in," Appier said of Ripken's two-run, first-inning single and run-scoring, third-inning single that provided all the attack necessary for Mike Mussina and his bullpen.
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By Peter Schmuck and Joe Christensen and Peter Schmuck and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2002
ANAHEIM, Calif. - It hasn't been an easy offseason for Anaheim Angels starting pitcher Kevin Appier, but he has been given a chance to make it all better with a strong performance tonight in Game 6 of the 98th World Series at Edison International Field. Not that he was hoping for anything like the sudden-death challenge that faces him tonight. "We're backed into a corner now," Appier said. "Obviously, we were hoping to avoid that, but we still have two wins under our belts. Granted, our chances aren't as good as they were a couple of days ago, but we've won two games in a row a lot this year."
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | October 26, 2002
ANAHEIM, Calif. - One loss from elimination, one loss from seeing the San Francisco Giants walk off with the championship trophy, the Anaheim Angels finally feel comfortable. After advancing through the first two rounds of the American League playoffs against the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins without facing an elimination game, the Angels will get that test tonight in Game 6 of the World Series. "I look at it as the pressure's on them," Angels right fielder Tim Salmon said. "They're trying to get one game.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2000
DALLAS - Baseball's winter meetings will open today without Syd Thrift. The Orioles' vice president of baseball operations can throw his voice from the warehouse. Thrift doesn't expect to arrive at the Anatole hotel until tomorrow, but the Orioles are expected to take what agent Jeff Borris calls their "best shot" at free-agent pitcher Kevin Appier today. It may be the Orioles' last grab to add a 15-game winner to what remains an amorphous starting rotation. Able to call his shot before enacting last summer's clubhouse purge, Thrift remains decidedly cautious when predicting the outcome of this weekend's meetings.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | October 21, 2002
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Kevin Appier didn't have much. Russ Ortiz had even less. A pair of pathetic pitching performances turned Game 2 of the World Series into a manager's nightmare. San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker went to his bullpen in the second inning. Anaheim Angels manager Mike Scioscia could only wait until the third. By that point the score was already 7-5. "You could tell it was going to be an offensive night the way the ball was carrying," Baker said. "And also by the way both teams were hitting."
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 11, 2000
DALLAS - Another day, another contingency. After conceding their chase for free-agent pitcher Kevin Appier to be futile, the Orioles re-focused attention on New York Yankees discard David Cone. Vice president of baseball operations Syd Thrift said he conveyed the Orioles' interest in Cone to his agent, Steve Fehr, last week and yesterday insisted the former Cy Young Award winner represented both a financial fit and the intangibles desired within an otherwise formative rotation. "David is the kind of pitcher who can [help]
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2000
DALLAS - Baseball's winter meetings will open today without Syd Thrift. The Orioles' vice president of baseball operations can throw his voice from the warehouse. Thrift doesn't expect to arrive at the Anatole hotel until tomorrow, but the Orioles are expected to take what agent Jeff Borris calls their "best shot" at free-agent pitcher Kevin Appier today. It may be the Orioles' last grab to add a 15-game winner to what remains an amorphous starting rotation. Able to call his shot before enacting last summer's clubhouse purge, Thrift remains decidedly cautious when predicting the outcome of this weekend's meetings.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | November 30, 2000
A path that took Mike Mussina through more than two years of sporadic contract negotiations with the Orioles will take him to the New York Yankees today as the free-agent pitcher is expected to formally accept a six-year, $87.5 million contract with his former team's fiercest rivals. Mussina, the third-winningest pitcher in Orioles history and one of a rebuilding club's few remaining connections to its only division championship since 1983, agreed in principle to the Yankees' offer yesterday, according to industry sources.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2000
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The New York Yankees backed into the postseason and backed themselves into a corner in the best-of-five Divisional Series against the upstart Oakland Athletics, but they proved last night that they are still the world champions until someone proves otherwise. They bounced back from a lackluster effort in Game 1 to defeat the A's, 4-0, behind a masterful performance by left-hander Andy Pettitte, and headed back to New York with a chance to gain the upper hand in Game 3 tomorrow at Yankee Stadium.
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By PETER SCHMUCK and PETER SCHMUCK,SUN STAFF | October 5, 2000
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The New York Yankees backed into the postseason and backed themselves into a corner in the best-of-five Di-vision Series against the up-start Oakland Athletics, but they proved last night that they are still the world cham-pions until someone proves otherwise. They bounced back from a lackluster effort in Game I to defeat the A's, 4-0, behind a masterful performance by left-bander Andy Pettitte, and headed back to New York with a chance to gain tile upper hand in the series t imorrow at Yankee Stadium.
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By Buster Olney | June 24, 1996
On the field: Royals right-hander Kevin Appier hit Brady Anderson in the sixth inning, the 10th time that Anderson's been hit by a pitch this season, tying a career high that he has matched the past three seasons.In the dugout: Appier hadn't allowed a hit in 5 2/3 innings and had retired seven straight hitters, striking out five, when Kansas City manager Bob Boone decided to replace him for the ninth inning. Boone said he relieved Appier because the right-hander is coming back from some recent arm soreness.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | April 27, 1995
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Don't pin this on the rookie managers. Donald Fehr removed Mike Mussina. Bud Selig yanked Kevin Appier.So much for a classic duel.So much for Appier's no-hitter.This is what you get after a shortened spring training. It will be weeks before things return to normal, and of course, it's all Fehr's and Selig's fault.Mussina left yesterday's season opener after throwing only 49 pitches in five innings, but that was nothing.Appier departed with a no-hitter through 6 2/3 ."It's one of the tragedies of the strike," Orioles pitching coach Mike Flanagan said.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 3, 1999
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Their third baseman was in Baltimore, their left fielder was at third base and the bench still wasn't at full capacity. They hadn't won in five days. And don't even mention the wild card.The Orioles were in desperate need of some good news last night, a diversion from the nasty intrusion of reality.They expected to find it in a logical place -- the right arm of Scott Erickson. But they no longer can depend on anything.Given an early lead, Erickson handed it back in the second inning and lost for the first time in two months, 7-1, to the Oakland Athletics before 10,178 at Network Associates Coliseum.
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July 12, 1998
Quote: "It makes you wonder where that stuff's been all year. It goes to show you it's there." -- Mariners manager Lou Piniella after watching pitcher Randy Johnson deliver 15-strikeout shutout effort vs. the Angels.It's a fact: The Devil Rays have faced Cy Young winners in 14 games this season for a 4-10 record.Who's hot: Mariners left-hander Randy Johnson has struck out 12 or more batters in five straight starts.Who's not: The Rangers' Juan Gonzalez, who had 101 RBIs at the All-Star break, is 2-for-11 in three games since the break with no RBIs.
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