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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 19, 2008
The Orioles played a game before their game yesterday, using one of their back fields for a little simulated action that didn't lack for interesting -- and at times comical -- moments. Unable to arrange any split-squad games this spring, the Orioles set up a batting cage and had some of their pitchers, including Jeremy Guthrie and Garrett Olson, face a small group of hitters. Triple-A pitching coach Larry McCall and instructor Don Werner took turns serving as the plate umpire while standing behind the cage.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - At 10 minutes past noon yesterday, longtime Orioles bullpen coach Elrod Hendricks steered his golf cart into position at Fort Lauderdale Stadium and sounded the air horn. Within moments, the key components of a vastly improved Orioles infield were in place together for the first time, going through the first cadences of a long season. Orioles bench coach Sam Perlozzo took a knee behind the pitcher's mound and tossed grounders to $72 million shortstop Miguel Tejada, who quickly fed the balls to a rotating quartet of second basemen that included two friends fighting for the starting job: Jerry Hairston and Brian Roberts.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | May 24, 1992
When David Segui has a bad game, he doesn't take it home with him, he takes it to his office.In this case, that office can be found in the privacy of the Orioles' batting cage under the stands at Camden Yards.And there, Segui will hit, and hit, and hit some more, until he is satisfied he has solved his problem.It is the price Segui, 25, happily pays for his role with the Orioles. He is, after all, a role player -- part-time first baseman, part-time outfielder and full-time worker.It is not unusual, Segui says, for him to be working on his swing in the batting cage as late as 1 o'clock in the morning.
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By Brad Snyder | February 24, 1995
Sherman ObandoWhat he would be doing if there were no strike: Obando, who turned 25 last month, would be preparing for his second season with the Orioles after tearing up Triple-A pitching at Rochester last season (.330, 20 home runs, 69 RBIs). The Rule V draftee is one of the leading candidates to be the team's starting right fielder. Obando may platoon at that position with Jeffrey Hammonds or at the designated hitter's spot with Harold Baines.Where he is instead: Obando permanently moved from Maryland to a new home in Orlando, Fla.How he's filling his time: Obando is working his way back into shape after suffering a season-ending hairline fracture of his right shin last August and undergoing off-season knee surgery.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
Entering Sunday's series finale with Detroit, the Orioles bench had struggled throughout the year in contributing late in games, hitting just 1-for-18 in pinch-hit situations. But against the Tigers, the Orioles got their first pinch hit since May 20 when Danny Valencia knocked in the tying run on a single to right field off Tigers reliever Phil Coke in the seventh inning. “I knew he had good stuff,” Valencia said. “I actually saw both of his pitches. He threw me a fastball first pitch and a slider second pitch.
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By John Eisenberg | February 27, 1998
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- He steps into the batting cage at noon beneath a sunny sky, and the outline of what lies ahead for Eric Davis begins to form."
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | July 18, 2007
SEATTLE -- After taking ground balls for 20 minutes and then proceeding to the batting cage to work on his swing, injured Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada walked through the visiting clubhouse at Safeco Field and said to nobody in particular, "I've never felt so happy in my life." A night after taking his first swings since going on the disabled list June 22 with a fracture in his left wrist, Tejada did more extensive work and pronounced himself pain-free and a little more than a week away from his return to the lineup.
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By John Steadman | May 11, 1994
That Peter Angelos doesn't know a humpback liner from a delayed steal is no reflection on his lack of baseball knowledge. In this connection, it can be a prerequisite for making him the best franchise owner the Baltimore Orioles ever had. But, in truth, he doesn't have much to beat.Baltimore has, indeed, had its share of stiffs. It's amazing, in some ways, that the franchise is still standing.One previous owner, or rather the advertising whiz kids he employed, wanted to alter the dimensions of the field by enlarging the distance between first and third base.
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By Kent Baker | January 8, 1991
Outside, the seats were empty, with Opening Day still three months away. A snow blanket, getting thicker by the moment, covered the field at Memorial Stadium.But, under the right-field stands, Baltimore Orioles coach Elrod Hendricks was directing the first of thrice-weekly workouts that serve as a tuneup for spring training.Until the middle of February, the Orioles who live in the area will throw from indoor mounds and hit against a pitching machine in indoor cages."I was hoping for a good day so they [pitchers]
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | July 18, 2004
With less than a month to go before the opening ceremony, lots of folks are tweaking their performances and putting on their Games faces. Like, for example, Leilani Okuda. She's working out in the batting cage. Checking her form in a full-length mirror. Practicing martial arts and Zen meditation. And hoping to stay anonymous once she reaches Athens. Okuda, a Honolulu native, is one of 12 softball umpires - six men and six women - who will officiate the 32 games from Aug. 14-23. "If you do the job right, no one remembers your name," she says.
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