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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- Thanks to a double switch that Orioles manager Buck Showalter made in the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday's victory over the San Diego Padres, right-handed reliever Darren O'Day was slated to bat eighth in the ninth inning. But when the Orioles scored three runs in the inning, O'Day suddenly found himself at the plate for his first major league at-bat. “That was definitely a surprise,” O'Day said. “When I came in, Buck told me, 'Hey, you are hitting eighth.' I was like, 'OK'.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
After his eighth-inning homer tied the game Wednesday night in the Orioles' eventual 5-2 win, Jonathan Schoop struggled to explain the magic that seems to be in his bat when he faces the New York Yankees. While Adam Jones' three-run blast -- the 12th of his 23th homers this season that has given the Orioles the lead -- was the difference in the game, Schoop's homer was monumental in the comeback. And in nine games against the Yankees this season, Schoop is hitting .380 (11-for-29)
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | September 24, 1995
MILWAUKEE -- Jeffrey Hammonds couldn't believe it when Orioles manager Phil Regan told him to pinch hit for Harold Baines on Friday night. More than two months had passed since Hammonds' previous at-bat, and he wasn't sure whether he would hit again in 1995.Regan told Hammonds that Baines would play every day, get every at-bat, until he hit his 300th homer. But in the sixth inning Friday, Baines hammered No. 300, and two innings later, Regan informed Hammonds that he would bat for Baines in the ninth.
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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 Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1995
DETROIT -- By Streak Week standards, the Tiger Stadium festivities for what could've been the final home appearances for second baseman Lou Whitaker, shortstop Alan Trammell and manager Sparky Anderson were negligible. No ceremonies, no presentations, no speeches.Whitaker and Trammell, who played together in more games than any teammates in history, wanted it that way. Trammell went to club officials last week and asked that the Tigers do nothing special, because Trammell and Whitaker are still playing, and there's a chance that one or both could return for next year.
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By John Eisenberg and Roch Kubatko and John Eisenberg and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 9, 1997
CLEVELAND -- National League batting leader Larry Walker's at-bat against Seattle left-hander Randy Johnson in the second inning turned into a virtual replay of John Kruk's famous at-bat against Johnson in the 1993 All-Star Game at Camden Yards.Johnson's first pitch sailed far over Walker's head and hit the backstop. Walker, a left-handed hitter who refused to play against the intimidating Johnson in an interleague game last month, turned his batting helmet around, stepped across the plate and took the next pitch right-handed.
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May 17, 1998
Padres: An MRI exam on Tony Gwynn's twisted right knee showed no cartilage damage, and he expects to return by Tuesday. Gwynn took himself out of Friday night's game after reaching on an error in his third at-bat. Team officials said Gwynn felt pain in his previous at-bat.Brewers: Marquis Grissom missed his third straight game because of a strained buttocks muscle. Milwaukee is 8-1 in Scott Karl's nine starts.Cubs: Mark Grace singled twice to pass Billy Herman and move into 10th place on the team's career list with 1,259.
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By Buster Olney | June 15, 1996
On the field: Catcher Chris Hoiles suffered a contusion to the top of his left foot when he was hit by a pitch from Royals pitcher Mark Gubicza. Hoiles limped through the game, and afterward got treatment. He may have X-rays today, but team officials believe he can play today or tomorrow.In the dugout: Kansas City manager Bob Boone started hot-hitting designated hitter Bob Hamelin despite Hamelin's awesome history of failure against Mike Mussina. Going into last night's game, Hamelin was 0-for-14 against Mussina.
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By Peter Schmuck | June 22, 1996
On the field: Rookie right-hander Rocky Coppinger was hit above the right ankle by a sharp come-backer off the bat of Jose Offerman in the fourth inning. Coppinger tried to remain in the game, but manager Davey Johnson played it safe by removing him after he fell behind the next batter 3-0.In the dugout: Johnson batted slumping catcher Chris Hoiles in the ninth spot, and Hoiles responded like a cleanup hitter. He homered in his first at-bat and singled his next time up after managing just three hits in his previous 25 at-bats.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | June 22, 1995
On the surface, it was a meaningless at-bat. Under normal circumstances, a two-out walk with first base open would be routine for Chris Hoiles.But the circumstances haven't been normal for Hoiles all season, so his plate appearance in the second inning Tuesday night was far from routine.In fact, it was one of his more impressive efforts recently. The night before, against Melido Perez, Hoiles missed a pitch he should've driven, then was frozen by a middle-of-the-plate fastball that said "hit me hard."
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
The Orioles' trade with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday that added left-handed reliever Andrew Miller to the bullpen was received with positive reviews in the clubhouse, both for what he does on the mound and what he won't be doing anymore. Miller, a tough setup man who can get both right-handed and left-handed hitters out, was 3-5 with a 2.34 ERA in 50 appearances for the Red Sox. The Orioles, however, don't need to see Miller's statistics to know how good he is, since he has retired them with regularity.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Struggling first baseman Chris Davis was out of the starting lineup Monday for the second time in eight games, dealing with a sagging batting average and lingering oblique soreness through which he has been playing. Before the game, he said he wasn't excited about losing at-bats, even if it was against one of the American League's toughest left-handed pitchers in the Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale. But Davis said he accepted the decision because he understood that maybe he wasn't one of the Orioles' best nine hitters right now. Well, apparently being the club's 10th best hitter was plenty good enough.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2014
MILWAUKEE - After Jonathan Schoop hit a fly ball to left field to end the top of the 10th inning of the Orioles' 7-6 victory Monday, he came back into the dugout and was angry. Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, part amused and part flabbergasted by what the 22-year-old rookie was thinking, asked Schoop what was going on. “He goes, 'I just missed that last one.' ” Hardy said Schoop told him. “I'm like, 'What are you talking about? You had a great game. You just relax.' ” One of the reasons the Orioles like the young second baseman is his competitiveness.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Manny Machado finally hit against live pitching, should sprint soon and may have sneaked in a couple dashes in Sarasota, Fla., when no one was looking Saturday. The Orioles All-Star third baseman, who had offseason surgery on his left knee in October, has been steadily doing his rehabilitation in Florida without a set timetable for his return. On Saturday, he took a step forward by hitting against live pitching, specifically left-hander Johan Santana, who his rehabbing from shoulder surgery.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2013
CLEVELAND - Wilson Betemit has struggled to regain his stroke since returning from a right knee injury that robbed him of most of the season, and as it appears now, his role as the Orioles' designated hitter against right-handed pitching has all but diminished. Betemit, who was the Orioles' top hitter against right-handed pitching last season with a .302 batting average, is hitless in nine at-bats since being activated from the disabled list Aug. 27. And while the Orioles hoped his return would bolster the lineup, his at-bats are disappearing.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- Thanks to a double switch that Orioles manager Buck Showalter made in the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday's victory over the San Diego Padres, right-handed reliever Darren O'Day was slated to bat eighth in the ninth inning. But when the Orioles scored three runs in the inning, O'Day suddenly found himself at the plate for his first major league at-bat. “That was definitely a surprise,” O'Day said. “When I came in, Buck told me, 'Hey, you are hitting eighth.' I was like, 'OK'.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,Sun Staff Writer | June 9, 1994
It is 10:16 on a mild Monday night in May and some 40,000 people at Camden Yards are poised at the threshold of a time warp. Stepping to the plate in the top of the eighth inning is Detroit Tiger Kirk Gibson, whose turn at bat will lend new meaning to the phrase "national pastime."Time passes, and passes. The at-bat goes nearly nine minutes, about four times the major-league average, a marathon even in this era of the three-hour game. Orioles play-by-play announcer Jon Miller later remarks on major-league batters' increasing tendency to step out of the box, saying: "Why should they be allowed to do that?
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1996
Football is the king of sports at Wilde Lake, winner of four state and 13 county football titles. Maybe that's why most people think only of football when Tony Jackson's name is mentioned.But Jackson also plays baseball. In fact, he may be a better baseball player than football player, even though the junior was a second-team All-Metro defensive back last fall.Through Wilde Lake's first four games, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound outfielder is 6-for-10 with three home runs, a triple and 10 RBIs. He has two stolen bases.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
After going 2-for-5 with an RBI single while not wearing batting gloves in the Orioles' 7-4 win Saturday, third baseman Manny Machado went back to wearing the gloves for his first two at-bats Sunday. But after going 0-for-2 with the gloves, Machado ditched them for his third at-bat and hit an RBI single in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers on Sunday. Machado said there's no specific reason why he hit without batting gloves Saturday. He had base hits in his first two at-bats, hitting a run-scoring single in the first and a one-out triple in the second as the Orioles scored the first seven runs of the game - all in the first three innings.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2013
With another swing of the bat, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continued his historic first half Saturday. In the second inning, Davis pushed a 3-2 offering from Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond into the left-center field seats next to the bullpen area. The homer, Davis' 36th of the year, cut the Blue Jays lead to 2-1. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run shot off Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel in the first inning to take an early lead. Davis' 36 home runs are the second-most before the All-Star break since Barry Bonds hit 39 before the break in 2001.
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