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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2012
The focus is going to be on Brian Matusz, who allowed a career-high 13 hits on Tuesday and lost his fourth consecutive decision. But the microscope has to be on the Orioles' offense. For the ninth time in their last 10 games they have scored three runs or fewer. In that span, they have scored just 20 runs on 55 hits, including a terrible 14 for extra bases, and they're 5-for-52 with runners in scoring position. That's a .096 average, folks. “We keep getting ourselves into position, we just need to hit,” says center fielder Adam Jones.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
With two passionate fist pumps Saturday evening, Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain punctuated an evening when he swung nearly every big moment in a tense 4-hour, 17-minute game in his team's direction. The first celebration came after his final running catch of the night kept the game tied. The second, two innings later, came after his fourth hit of the night helped ensure his Royals would head back to Kansas City with a 6-4 win and a two-game lead in the American League Championship Series.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
Davey Johnson says he won't shave until his team's bats heat up. This promises not to be a good look. He may want to re-think that decision. The Washington manager is 70 years old and the Nationals show no signs of coming out of their hitting slump after their 6-2 loss to the Orioles Monday. And old guys with heavy whiskers can end up looking like derelicts or nutty-professor types, which is not exactly what you want to see from the guy who...
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles are back at Camden Yards for an 11-game homestand. Chris Davis will bat seventh for the first one. After hitting fifth for the first two games at Wrigley Field and sixth on Sunday, Davis is down to seventh today at home. He is batting just .189 this season and .149 in 21 August games, as he continues to try and push through a season-long slump. This will be his seventh start batting seventh this year. Here is the Orioles' lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays and right-hander Jake Odorizzi: Nick Markakis, RF Steve Pearce, 1B Adam Jones, CF Nelson Cruz, DH Delmon Young LF J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis 3B Nick Hundley C Jonathan Schoop 2B Chris Tillman RHP
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
The Orioles apparently left their bats back in the visitors' clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. They enter tonight's game against the New York Yankees with just six runs in their past three games, which is obviously a pretty big reason why they are trailing the Yankees, 2-1, in the American League Divisional Series. But it's not just that they aren't having any success at the plate. It's which hitters haven't yet come through when they need to. Center fielder Adam Jones, catcher Matt Wieters and shortstop J.J. Hardy are a combined 4-for-38 with six strikeouts in this series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
There might be just one player who is swinging a hotter bat than Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds these days. And that's Rays center fielder B.J. Upton. Both are players who have received their share of criticism over their careers, but as the season winds down with both of their teams in the pennant race, Upton and Reynolds will both play huge roles in their teams' success. Upton was named American League Player of the Week on Monday after going 8-for-20 (.400) with one double, five homers, six RBIs, seven runs, three stolen bases in six games this past week.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
There is a built-in explanation for why the Orioles suffered consecutive shutouts on Monday and Tuesday for the first time since 2005. The New York Mets' pitching. The Orioles had to face knuckleball extraordinaire R.A. Dickey  on Monday and then former Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana on Tuesday. So, yeah, tough pitching, says Orioles manager Buck Showalter. “We've been swinging the bats OK,” Showalter said. “You're going to have some ups and downs, usually that correlates to a quality pitcher on the other side.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2012
Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter grasped for answers after his team's 8-1 loss to the White Sox on Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.   The Orioles' run of success on the road - filled with late-inning dramatics, plenty of home runs and clutch pitching - came to a crashing halt Wednesday evening on Chicago's South Side. The Orioles, who entered the night 4-1 midway through their three-city, 10-game road trip, suffered their worst defeat on the road this season. Hunter struggled in his second consecutive start, allowing eight earned runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.
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By The Washington Post | April 25, 2011
Michael Morse, who had struggled early in the season after winning the left-field job in spring training, went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the season, a three-run blast in the third inning, to lift the Washington Nationals to a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday and back to .500 for the season. The Nationals provided a break from their offensive stagnancy, piling up a season-high 15 hits and scoring more runs than they had in their three previous games combined.
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By Matt Vensel | June 8, 2011
In what is thought the be the first dual-Bundy interview in the history of modern civilization, brothers and fellow Orioles pitching prospects Dylan and Bobby Bundy were guests on “The Norris & Davis Show” on 105.7 The Fan on Wednesday morning. The Orioles selected the former with the fourth overall pick on Monday. By no fault of host Steve Davis, the interview might have made a few decaffeinated people fall asleep at the wheel on the way to work. That sort of thing can happen when you interview a senior in high school.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians send right-hander Danny Salazar to the mound Sunday as they attempt to sweep the American League East-leading Orioles in the three-game series. There was a little mixup on the media's part with the Orioles lineup Sunday, but this one is the real deal. It has Steve Pearce and Delmon Young starting against a right-hander. It also has Chris Davis, whose average has dipped to a season-low .191 (not including the first two games of the year), batting seventh and playing third base.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Chris Davis has a goofy, daily ritual when he walks by the magnetic lineup board outside of manager Buck Showalter's office at Camden Yards. The regular first baseman, who usually bats in the middle of the order, will put his name in the lineup at a random spot with a random position next to it. “Whether it's No. 9 or pitching, whether it's the two-hole, playing first, sometimes I'll play the outfield.” Davis said about his lineup game....
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
TORONTO - Catcher Caleb Joseph has raised his batting average 39 points over his last 10 games. And he also has given the club an unexpected power surge recently with a home run in each of his last three games. After hitting a solo home run in the Orioles' 9-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night, Joseph said he made some recent adjustments at the plate that have helped him square up on pitches. “I've just been working on some mechanical things, and they're slowly starting to show their head in terms of results,” Joseph said.
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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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Sports Digest | July 13, 2014
Memorabilia Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger failed to land a new home. The auction, held at the Sports Legends Museum a day after the 100-year anniversary of Ruth's first major league game, featured 200 items related to the Baltimore-born home run king. Ruth's bat was discovered in a stash of pre-World War I Red Sox bats found in a 150-year-old home outside Boston, according to Goldin Auctions of New Jersey, which handled the sale.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2011
For a few nights, Stepfanie Malone woke to soft fluttering noises in her third-floor Aberdeen apartment, but thought little of it. When she left the lights on one night, she discovered that a small brown bat was the source of the disturbances in the dark. Maintenance workers trapped the animal the next day. "It frightened me, but it didn't bite me," she said. That was the first and last bat encounter for Malone, and since she was not bitten or scratched, she was not in any danger of contracting rabies.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
Having been cleared to resume baseball activities Thursday, Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis said he's confident he will have enough time -- and at-bats -- to be ready for the regular season. Markakis hasn't played since March 1, when he was scratched from the starting lineup with neck stiffness. After an MRI, Markakis was diagnosed with a small disk herniation in his neck. On Friday, he will take swings off a tee and do some light throwing. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the progression, which is slated to take three to four days, will include soft-toss hitting, long-toss throwing and live batting practice thrown by coaches.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
BOSTON - Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez stifled the Red Sox for eight innings in the first game of a split doubleheader at Fenway Park, delivering arguably his best start of the season, but the Orioles still suffered a sobering, 3-2, walk-off loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Seemingly rested and recovered from their early-morning arrival in Boston on Friday after their scheduled afternoon game was postponed until Saturday because of rain, the Orioles received a boost from Gonzalez, but mustered just five hits on the afternoon.
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Peter Schmuck | June 24, 2014
It has become apparent during the first three months of this season that the Orioles are determined not to conform to anyone's expectations, regardless of whether those expectations are good, bad or somewhere in between. Take the past nine days, for instance. The Orioles suffered a fairly disheartening loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on June 16 and then proceeded to win the next two games at Tropicana Field. They one-upped themselves in the disheartening department Friday night with what appeared to be a devastating loss to the New York Yankees before winning the next two games and defeat the seemingly-unbeatable Masahiro Tanaka in a one-sided series finale Sunday in the Bronx.
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