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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
Bud Norris has been in Baltimore for almost a year, but it appears he's kept a keen eye on the goings-on back in Houston. The Orioles right-hander took to Twitter Tuesday morning to tear into the contract extension the Astros signed prospect Jon Singleton to yesterday, and said the deal is "terrible. " Norris added Singleton should have listened to the players union, not his agent. Singleton, who was promoted to the majors Monday, signed a club-friendly extension without ever taking a swing in the big leagues.
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By David Driver, For The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Josh Hader was about 5 when he joined his Anne Arundel County youth baseball team on the field at Camden Yards in a pregame ceremony. A youth league standout, Hader went on to become a star pitcher at Old Mill High in Millersville and couldn't believe his good fortune when he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles after his senior year. He made his minor league debut in 2012 in the Gulf Coast League and with Aberdeen and began the 2013 season as the No. 13 prospect in the Baltimore farm system, according to Baseball America.
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April 28, 1991
The Houston Sports Association expanded its efforts yesterday to find a buyer for the Astros because no suitable local buyer had been found.HSA said in a statement that its shareholders decided to broaden "national marketing efforts to find an out-of-state buyer," and to meet with the ownership committee of Major League Baseball and National League owners to determine the best ways of selling the team.* ATHLETICS: Due to come of the disabled list today, Rickey Henderson remaineed in a wait-and-see mood after and extended workout yesterday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Orioles right-hander Bud Norris on Tuesday defended a tweet that gained national steam after it called the unprecedented extension signed by Houston Astros prospect Jonathan Singleton "terrible. " The 22-year-old Singleton, one of the top prospects in the game, was called up on Monday and signed a five-year extension with $10 million guaranteed. The deal could be worth up to $30 million over eight years if the Astros pick up three club options. The deal is the first ever long-term extension signed to a player before making his major league debut.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | April 11, 1994
It's over now, at least for the time being. The Orioles made their play for pitcher Pete Harnisch and came up one untouchable player short of a deal that would have righted an old wrong and further reinforced a vastly improved team.Harnisch, who left Baltimore three years ago in the long-regretted deal for first baseman Glenn Davis, would have been another perfect pickup in the Orioles' off-season push to overtake the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East.Assistant general manager Frank Robinson knew that.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
As today's 4 p.m. nonwaiver trade deadline approaches and the Orioles still appear interested in acquiring Houston right-hander Bud Norris, the big question is whether the Astros ace truly an upgrade to the O's rotation -- and at what cost? On the Astros, he's an ace. But on most teams -- Orioles included -- he's more of a middle-of-the-rotation starter. Norris is an innings eater, going at least six innings in 13 of his last 16 starts -- 12 of those quality starts -- including seven starts of seven or more innings in that span.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
Facing an ever-shifting cast of Houston starting pitchers over the past three days, it took the Orioles' bats a little time to warm up in taking two of three from the Astros. Against right-hander Lucas Harrell, left-hander Brett Oberholtzer and right-hander Jordan Lyles -- who had five years of experience combined entering this season -- the Orioles were shut out in the first three innings of each game and went a combined 4-for-31 with a walk over those nine innings. While the Orioles came back to win two of those games, they were befuddled by Harrell for the second time this year, baffled by Oberholtzer in his first career start, and stymied by Lyles early.
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By Roch Kubatko | June 13, 2005
At Oriole Park at Camden Yards Day Time TV Starters Tonight 7:05 CSN Brandon Backe (6-3, 4.31) vs. Hayden Penn (0-0, 3.52) Tomorrow 7:05 CSN Andy Pettitte (3-6, 3.43) vs. Bruce Chen (5-4, 3.61) Wednesday 7:05 CSN Wandy Rodriguez (2-2, 8.41) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (5-2, 4.52) Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) Astros update Houston has won five in a row after sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays. Scoring continues to be a problem for the Astros, who have totaled the fewest runs in the majors.
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December 29, 1994
The first trade since baseball owners imposed the salary cap was perhaps the biggest in 37 years, involving as many as 12 players.The Houston Astros yesterday dealt All-Star third baseman Ken Caminiti, ex-Orioles outfielder Steve Finley, pitcher Brian Williams, infielders Roberto Petagine and Andujar Cedeno and a minor-league player to be named or $50,000 to the San Diego Padres for outfielders Phil Plantier and Derek Bell, pitchers Pedro Martinez and...
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October 2, 1991
The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance yesterday in an attempt to block the Houston Astros' 26-game road trip next season caused by the Republican National Convention.The Houston Sports Association, which owns the Astrodome and the Astros, rented the stadium to the Republican National Committee for four weeks. HSA chairman John McMullen did not ask for permission from the National League before renting out the stadium.The Republican convention is scheduled for Aug. 17-20, but organizers say they needed additional time to set up facilities.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
Bud Norris has been in Baltimore for almost a year, but it appears he's kept a keen eye on the goings-on back in Houston. The Orioles right-hander took to Twitter Tuesday morning to tear into the contract extension the Astros signed prospect Jon Singleton to yesterday, and said the deal is "terrible. " Norris added Singleton should have listened to the players union, not his agent. Singleton, who was promoted to the majors Monday, signed a club-friendly extension without ever taking a swing in the big leagues.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
There's something special about weekend when you can get things done around the house and still enjoy yourself. This was one of those for me, but I'm still pretty beat. If you are as well, take a break from work with the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's local sports headline. - The Orioles enter today's off day on a high after yesterday's 9-4 win over Houston . The team was paced by Manny Machado's first grand slam, but the offensive outburst came without Nelson Cruz, who was hit with a pitch and suffered a bruised hand . - The obsession with Johan Santana continued Sunday , with news that the Orioles were trying to keep the same plan they announced last week for the injured lefty.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
HOUSTON -- As poorly as the first two games of their four-game series here at Minute Maid Park went, the Orioles can still salvage a split with a win this afternoon against the Astros. The Orioles will have to get through a familiar foe to get that win. Former Orioles right-hander Scott Feldman starts for the Astros this afternoon. The Orioles wanted to re-sign Feldman, who was acquired last July in a trade with the Chicago Cubs , but instead he signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Astros in the offseason.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
HOUSTON -- Lingering neck stiffness prompted Orioles manager Buck Showalter to place Nick Markakis in the team's designated hitter spot to get a day off from playing the outfield in Sunday's 9-4 series-ending win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Markakis complained of a stiff neck before Saturday's game in Houston, and Showalter said he was close to not playing before it loosened up during batting practice. Markakis said the stiffness is similar to what he dealt with before Opening Day, when his neck tightened up on the team's flight north from spring training.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
HOUSTON -- When Nelson Cruz hopped out of the batter's box and dropped to the ground, clutching his left hand in pain, Orioles manager Buck Showalter feared the worst. The Orioles have been wildly inconsistent over the first two months of the season, but Cruz has been the one constant. The slugging outfielder has carried the club's offense on his shoulders, so it was concerning when he left the game Sunday, shortly after being hit on his hand by a pitch from Astros right-hander Scott Feldman.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
HOUSTON -- Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz , who leads the major leagues in home runs and RBIs, left Sunday's game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park after he was hit by a pitch in the left hand. X-rays on Cruz's left hand performed at a local hospital during Sunday's game were negative, and the Orioles said he is day-to-day with a contusion. "I think he's all right," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He tried to grip the bat up the runway and had some point-tender pain right on the spot.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
HOUSTON - The Orioles' offense didn't exactly erupt against the Houston Astros on Saturday afternoon, but it was productive enough to finally scrape out a much-needed win three days into their trip to Texas. These Orioles have drawn their share of criticism for being overly aggressive at the plate, complaints only compounded by two frustrating games here in which they scored just one run each night. But this time, they allowed patience to guide them to victory. They received their third straight quality start and this time took advantage of a well-timed strong outing from struggling ace Chris Tillman in a 4-1 win over the Astros before an announced 29,609 at Minute Maid Park.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
HOUSTON - Buck Showalter rarely admits to having any frustration inside his clubhouse, but after the Orioles' offense went absent for a second straight night a 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday night, Showalter couldn't deny that his team is pressing.   On back-to-back nights, the Orioles have wasted strong starting pitching performances, plating just one run in each contest, compounding a May skid that has put them below .500 for the first time since April 22 and tied a season high with four straight losses.
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