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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Norfolk outfielder L.J. Hoes highlights the list of Orioles farmhands that have been chosen to play in the 2012 Arizona Fall League, considered the top venue for young prospects. The others are all on Bowie's roster: left-handed pitchers Chris Petrini and Mike Belfiore, right-handers Mike Wright and Clay Schrader and infielder Jonathan Schoop. All will play for the Mesa Solar Sox. Catcher Brian Ward is on Mesa's taxi squad, meaning he will be eligible to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays only.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
The Arizona Fall League rosters were announced Tuesday, and seven Orioles minor leaguers will represent the organization with the Glendale Desert Dogs this season. Three right-handed pitchers -- Parker Bridwell, Zach Davies and Mychal Givens -- and one left-hander -- Ashur Tolliver -- will head from the Orioles organization to Glendale, as well as three position players -- outfielder Dariel Alvarez, catcher Michael Ohlman and infielder Jason Esposito. Triple-A Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin also will join Glendale as the co-pitching coach, and short-season Single-A Aberdeen's Chris Poole will serve as the team's athletic trainer.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
BOSTON -- The official rosters have been announced for the Arizona Fall League, where teams often send their top prospects for a few weeks each offseason. The Orioles will have eight prospects play for the Surprise Saguaros, including Cuban outfielders Dariel Alvarez and Henry Urrutia as well as their top position prospect, infielder Jonathan Schoop. Here is the list: LHP Tim Berry, LHP Jason Gurka, RHP Branden Kline, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, Schoop, Alvarez, Urrutia and catcher Michael Ohlman, who is on the taxi squad and will play only on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
TAMPA - A glance at the stat sheet shows that outfielder Henry Urrutia is enjoying a tremendous spring. The 27-year-old Cuban defector is hitting .300 in Grapefruit League play. He has hits in four of his last five game, hitting .400 (6-for-15) in that span. In the Orioles' 6-0 loss to the New York Yankees Thursday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field, Urrutia was 2-for-3 with a double. There's no doubt that Urrutia has made tremendous strides in all aspects of his game since his first professional season in the United States last year.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
The Arizona Fall League rosters were announced Tuesday, and seven Orioles minor leaguers will represent the organization with the Glendale Desert Dogs this season. Three right-handed pitchers -- Parker Bridwell, Zach Davies and Mychal Givens -- and one left-hander -- Ashur Tolliver -- will head from the Orioles organization to Glendale, as well as three position players -- outfielder Dariel Alvarez, catcher Michael Ohlman and infielder Jason Esposito. Triple-A Norfolk pitching coach Mike Griffin also will join Glendale as the co-pitching coach, and short-season Single-A Aberdeen's Chris Poole will serve as the team's athletic trainer.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
Orioles prospect Henry Urrutia had three singles in the Surprise Saguaros' 7-6 victory over the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League opener Tuesday. Urrutia, who batted .276 with two RBIs in 24 games for the Orioles this season, had an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to extend the Saguaros' lead to 2-0. The 26-year-old outfielder, who batted fifth and started in right field for Surprise, also singled in the third and seventh innings and grounded out to second base in the fifth.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2013
Several of the Orioles' top prospects - including Jonathan Schoop, Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Urrutia - will be playing this offseason in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play  Tuesday . The Orioles prospects will play for the Surprise Saguaros , who will be managed by Double-A Bowie manager Gary Kendall. The regular season runs through Nov. 14. Absent from the list is top pitching prospect Kevin Gausman. The Orioles considered sending Gausman to the Arizona Fall League for a couple starts to finish off his first full professional season, but he apparently isn't going.
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By Sports Digest | October 14, 2010
NFL Former Terp Merriman's run with Chargers to end on IR The San Diego Chargers put outside linebacker Shawne Merriman , once one of the most feared players in the NFL, on the injured reserve list with a calf injury and a "minor-injury designation," meaning the former Maryland standout must be released once he's healthy. Technically, the Chargers could re-sign the controversial player. That almost certainly won't happen, though, because general manager A.J. Smith hasn't been a fan of Merriman's celebrity-leaning lifestyle.
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By Sports on TV | November 9, 2010
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August 22, 1998
BaseballAngels: Activated IF Norberto Martin. Placed IF Craig Shipley (strained left hamstring) on 15-day DL, retroactive to Aug. 20.Braves: Recalled P Mark Wohlers from Triple-A Richmond and placed him on 15-day DL before returning him to Richmond for rehab stint. Activated P Russ Springer from 15-day DL. Optioned P Adam Butler to Richmond.Cardinals: Assigned 1B J. D. Drew to Peoria of Arizona Fall League. Recalled P Manny Aybar from Triple-A Memphis. Optioned P Rich Croushore to Memphis.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2014
One of the most intriguing players in Orioles major league camp this spring will be one of the youngest: catcher Michael Ohlman, who turned 23 in December. If you've been an Orioles fan for some years now, it's kind of stunning that Ohlman is just 23. Remember, this guy was drafted only two years after Matt Wieters. It seems like he's been in the system forever without advancing above Single-A. Like a chunk of the club's draftees from 2009, Ohlman was battling potential bust status, having signed for a well-above-slot $995,000 bonus as an 11th - round pick, but never showing more than glimpses of the promise the Orioles felt he had. He dealt with injuries, including a car crash in 2012 spring training that banged up his shoulder.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
The Orioles plan to scout highly touted Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, who had previously been one of Cuba's top players before recently defecting from that country, on Saturday in the Dominican Republic, according to an industry source. Castillo, 26, played in Cuba's top professional league, Serie Nacional, for the past five seasons, hitting .319/.383/.516 with 51 homers and 226 RBIs in 360 games over that span. During the 2010-2011 season, Castillo hit a career-high 22 homers and had 95 RBIs and 32 stolen bases in 104 games.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
Henry Urrutia stood at his locker Thursday at the Ed Smith Stadium complex and joked that one of the best parts of his day right now is when he walks down the hallway and steps on the scale. The lanky Orioles left fielder - a Cuban defector who was still trying to get into the United States from Haiti this time last year after visa issues - has put on nearly 20 pounds after an offseason dedicated to increasing muscle mass. Urrutia played at about 183 pounds last season, but he said Thursday that he weighed 201 pounds.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitching prospect Tim Berry's ascension from 50th-round pick to the organization's 40-man roster is a remarkable one. But when you hear the 22-year-old talk about his progress - and how realistic and mature he seems to be about his bright future - it doesn't seem so surprising. The left-hander is one of the Orioles organization's high risers. Following a year at high Class-A Frederick in which he went 11-7 with a 3.85 ERA on the season and won nine of his last 13 decisions, Berry was dominant in the Arizona Fall League, pitching to a 1.84 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
The Orioles believed they might get a steal when they drafted left-handed pitcher Tim Berry in the 50th round of the 2009 first-year player draft. And so far, it looks that way. Berry's draft stock dropped dramatically after he tore the ulnar collateral ligament as a high school senior and was bound for Tommy John surgery. But the Orioles took a chance on Berry, giving him a reported $125,000 signing bonus, and now the club's investment is paying off. The Orioles will likely add Berry, who is now 22, to the organization's 40-man roster today in order to protect him from being taken in next month's Rule 5 draft.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
The Orioles' signing of pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz on Monday was the latest addition to the club's growing group of left-handed relievers who could compete for bullpen spots in 2014. Last season, the Orioles carried three lefty relievers -- Brian Matusz, Troy Patton and T.J. McFarland -- all season long, which to some could already seem excessive. Earlier this month, the Orioles added Chris Jones -- the left-handed reliever who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the trade for Luis Ayala and pitched well at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this past year -- to their 40-man roster.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Rookie second baseman Jonathan Schoop came to Camden Yards on Saturday afternoon feeling sore in several areas, prompting team doctors to check him out. Schoop twisted his lower torso awkwardly in a rundown while playing second base Friday night. He remained in the game and was fine, but it was a different story Saturday morning, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Schoop missed several weeks this season because of a stress fracture in his back, and the Orioles want to make sure his soreness is not related to that injury.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After playing a strong World Baseball Classic with the Netherlands, Orioles top position prospect Jonathan Schoop is slated to return to major league camp on Tuesday, where manager Buck Showalter said he intends to get a few more looks at the 21-year-old before optioning him to the minors. “I'd like to get him some at bats here to take a little look at him,” Showalter said Thursday. “We've gotten very few peeks at him.” Schoop, who tied for the Netherlands team lead with 2 homers and 6 RBIs in eight WBC games, initially started at second base for the Netherlands, then moves to third when Jurickson Profar joined the team.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
The annual Silver Slugger Awards will be announced at 6 p.m. tonight on MLB Network, and the Orioles should be well represented. The awards are decided by a vote of major league managers and coaches, and lean heavily toward run-production numbers. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis might be an underdog for the American League Most Valuable Player Award, but it's safe to say he's a favorite to win a Silver Slugger at first base. He led the major leagues in 2013 in home runs (53)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
Orioles farmhands Eduardo Rodriguez and Tim Berry have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League “Fall Stars Game” on Saturday in Surprise, Ariz. The game, which will take place at 8 p.m. EST, will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com. Both Rodriguez and Berry are pitching for the Surprise Saguaros. Rodriguez, the Orioles third-best pitching prospect, has recorded a 4.63 ERA in four Fall League starts (11 2/3 IP) with 12 strikeouts and five walks. Berry, a 50th-round pick in 2009, is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in four appearances (11 innings)
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