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By Vito Stellino * BENGALS: Paul Brown, famed for fashioning the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati into winners, was remembered at his funeral as a man who got his greatest joy from coaching high school players in his hometown of Massillon, Ohio. Some 200 people attended the service in tiny St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in the town where Brown said his career truly began. Another 200, many wearing the black and orange of both the Massillon High School Tigers and the Cincinnati Bengals, gathered outside to watch Brown's casket being carried into the church. * PATRIOTS: Running back John Stephens, who has held out for two weeks, said he would rather play for another team and formally asked to be traded. The Patriots offered to up his $450,000 salary from a year ago to $750,000, but Stephens wants $1.1 million | August 8, 1991
Offensive guard Joe Jacoby suffered severe back spasms during the Washington Redskins' intrasquad scrimmage last night at Carlisle High School and will likely be sidelined about a week.That means he'll miss Saturday night's exhibition game against the New England Patriots. Mark Adickes and Russ Grimm will fill in for him at left guard.Quarterback Mark Rypien (stiff back) and running back Ricky Ervins (bruised thigh) were held out of the scrimmage, but are expected to play against the Patriots.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy left Monday's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins with lower-back spasms, but he hopes to be back in the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Camden Yards. Hardy left the game before the top of the eighth inning, and Ryan Flaherty replaced him. Even though Hardy missed five games in April with lower back spasms, he said this flareup isn't nearly as bad. “It didn't lock up or anything, it just tried to spasm,” Hardy said.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 3, 1999
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Orioles third baseman Cal Ripken returned to Baltimore yesterday because of back spasms, and the club has begun making contingency plans in case he is forced on the disabled list for the second time this season.Ripken, 38, will be examined today by the club orthopedist, Dr. Michael Jacobs. He also may visit Dr. Henry Bohlman, a professor of orthopedics at Case Western University who gave him a cortisone shot earlier this season when a similar condition forced the first trip to the DL in his 18-year major-league career.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
NEW YORK - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy is out of today's starting lineup again with back spasms, but he said he is feeling better after receiving his first round of treatment. “It's still a little bit tight, but it's definitely getting better,” Hardy said. “We'll see. I'm basically through my first round of treatments today. I'll probably do the same thing again and go from there.” Hardy said he didn't know whether he'd take batting practice or take grounders today and was uncertain whether he'd be able to play in the game Tuesday afternoon against the New York Yankees . “I don't know,” Hardy said.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1998
VIERA, Fla. -- Though manager Ray Miller isn't expected to make public his 25-man roster until after Sunday's exhibition game at Camden Yards, infielder Ozzie Guillen has been given every indication that he has made the club."
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | February 28, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A dark horse has emerged in the Orioles' starting rotation derby, and he's sneaking up on people with a new pitch. Rick Bauer, who played a key role in the bullpen the past two seasons, will have his innings stretched out this spring like a starter, Orioles pitching coach Mark Wiley said. And early in camp, Bauer has made team officials take notice with some impressive throwing sessions. Bauer, 27, was used mostly as a starter earlier in his professional career, but most Orioles officials felt he needed a third pitch to complement his sinker and slider combination in order to become an effective big league starter.
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September 26, 2006
Randy Johnson will miss his final regular-season turn in the New York Yankees' rotation because of back spasms. The left-hander had been scheduled to start Thursday night against the Orioles. The Yankees hope he will be ready for the postseason. Mike Mussina will be moved up one day to make that start. "It's been a progression thing," Johnson said last night. "Let's get it taken care of, and obviously the regular-season start doesn't mean much. So we'll get ready for the postseason game."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 23, 2001
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Though he is scheduled to pitch today against the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., Orioles left-hander Buddy Groom might not be available because of back spasms that kept him in the trainer's room for most of yesterday's pre-game workout. Groom had to leave the field after experiencing pain in his lower back while running sprints. He wore an elastic brace for support after receiving treatment and moved slowly through the clubhouse, taking short strides and being careful not to bend at the waist.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2000
ASHBURN, Va. - Back spasms kept the Washington Redskins' flashiest player, Deion Sanders, from practicing yesterday. But Sanders' absence did not take away the flare from a team practice that included two halfback passes, five wide receiver formations, safety blitzes and receivers posing as running backs. All that was in preparation for tonight's scrimmage against the Ravens at FedEx Field. The scrimmage is a sellout and will be followed by a concert. "One of the things you do in training camp, you want to see as many things as you can," Redskins coach Norv Turner said.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2003
SEATTLE - Baseball's All-Star selection Sunday came and went last weekend, and no one said a word about Orioles third baseman Tony Batista. One year after serving as the team's lone representative at the midsummer classic, Batista became somewhat of a forgotten man. When his name's not mentioned in trade rumor these days, it's hardly mentioned at all. And then, every once in a while, he has a game like last night's, when you wonder how the Orioles would...
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun and By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
DETROIT -   Bud Norris had to wait longer than last year to make his first of the regular season, but now that it is here, he couldn't be more psyched. "It's a little different, but we have such a good five-man rotation that as long as I get the ball every fifth day and help the team win, I'm OK with when I pitch," said Norris, who starts Saturday at Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers in his 2014 debut. "I'm just champing at the bit to help this team. " Norris was the Opening Day starter for the Houston Astros in 2013.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
DETROIT -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy has been dealing with "light back spasms" for the past two days and is being given Friday's game off. Hardy apparently felt the spasms most when jumping for a liner, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter did not want to take any chances with his All-Star shortstop, especially after the quick turnaround (they had to wait for their charter plane to come in Thursday night and didn't get into the team hotel in...
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Maryland junior forward Evan Smotrycz's availability is in question for Thursday's ACC tournament second-round game against Florida State because of lower back spasms, an athletic department spokesman said. Smotrycz warmed up a little prior to the game at the Greensboro Coliseum, but mostly stood on the sideline watching. Smotrycz is averaging 11 points and six rebounds and is coming off a game in which he scored 13 points -- all in the first half -- in Sunday's overtime win over then-No.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who left Saturday's workout with back spasms, will have his bullpen session scheduled for today pushed back as a precaution. Gonzalez said he began feeling the spasms while participating in a drill where pitchers run from the mound to cover first base on a grounder to first. “Basically it got tight and it was a little spasm and it got worse,” Gonzalez said. “Today it feels a lot better now, so I feel a little better about that.
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
J.J. Hardy's absence at shortstop for the Orioles on Saturday night was a noticeable one. He's been a fixture in the Orioles lineup all season, missing only one game when manager Buck Showalter gave him a day off. But Hardy was scratched from the starting lineup in the Orioles' 8-4 win over the Colorado Rockies after back spasms flared up as he got ready to take batting practice. “I feel like I probably could have played tonight,” Hardy said. “I don't think we wanted to risk anything to make it get worse.
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2013
The Orioles scratched shortstop J.J. Hardy from the starting lineup with back spasms a little less than 90 minutes before the start of Saturday night's game against the Colorado Rockies. Hardy is listed as day-to-day. "I feel like I probably could have played tonight," Hardy said. "I don't think we wanted to risk anything to make it get worse. I think it definitely got better with the treatment today. We'll see tomorrow. I think it'll be pretty good. "   Ryan Flaherty, who was slated to be the designated hitter, will start in Hardy's place and bat eighth.
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May 3, 1999
Athletics: Tony Phillips' walk in the second was his 1,262nd, tying him for 29th all-time with Jack Clark and Ken Singleton.Red Sox: The last time Tim Wakefield faced another knuckleballer was Aug. 16, 1996, against the Angels' Dennis Springer. First baseman Mike Stanley was scratched from the lineup because of back spasms.Pub Date: 5/03/99
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May 22, 1991
A strained shoulder and tendinitis forced Texas' Nolan Ryan onto the disabled list yesterday. Ryan, who also has been bothered by cracked skin and back spasms, rebutted the notion he's breaking down at age 44."I've been expected to do that for the last six or eight years," said Ryan. "It hasn't happened."
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By Edward Lee | August 4, 2012
On Friday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh didn't sound optimistic that Matt Birk would be available for Thursday night's preseason opener at the Atlanta Falcons. But the 36-year-old center said Saturday that he is holding out hope that he might be able to play Thursday. “I hope I don't” miss the game, Birk said after the team's practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday. “We talked today, and although you can't predict the future, I hope I don't. My goal is to be out there.” Birk confirmed Harbaugh's diagnosis that back spasms have shelved him for the past six days.
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