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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Watching the Orioles for the past two weeks has to be especially frustrating for fans because the team's starting rotation, which had struggled with consistency over the season's first two months, is now pitching extremely well. But the Orioles still aren't winning. The quality start can sometimes be an overrated statistic, but over the past 11 games, the Orioles have recorded 10 quality starts, including eight straight games following the club's 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Watching the Orioles for the past two weeks has to be especially frustrating for fans because the team's starting rotation, which had struggled with consistency over the season's first two months, is now pitching extremely well. But the Orioles still aren't winning. The quality start can sometimes be an overrated statistic, but over the past 11 games, the Orioles have recorded 10 quality starts, including eight straight games following the club's 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- In today's Baltimore Sun, I gave a projected Orioles Opening Day lineup now that the club has added designated hitter/outfielder Nelson Cruz as a middle-of-the order bat. Here was my batting order, as it ran in the paper today: Nick Markakis RF: The favorite to assume leadoff position after hitting .335 in that spot in 2012 Manny Machado 3B: Lineup shifts if Machado has not recovered from knee surgery by Opening Day ...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
HOUSTON - Coming off offseason left knee surgery that cost him spring training and the first month of the season, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado knew it would take him some time to feel like he was back to normal.  But one month and more than 100 plate appearances later, Machado is still searching the form that made him one of the game's top young stars. He entered Saturday's 4-1 win over Houston with just one hit in his previous 18 at bats before recording two infield singles in the victory.
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By Roch Kubatko | February 19, 1998
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Orioles manager Ray Miller has a strong idea of what his Opening Day roster will be, but he is wrestling with the look of his batting order. Miller plans to keep Brady Anderson at leadoff and is leaning toward Roberto Alomar at No. 2.Miller said he is uncertain who will bat cleanup. Rafael Palmeiro will not be the everyday cleanup hitter, but rather one of several who may rotate in the spot. Joe Carter and Eric Davis are possibilities.Pub Date: 2/19/98
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | September 4, 1992
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If it ain't broke, don't fix it.That seems to be the approach Johnny Oates is taking in regard to his recently revised lineup, even though he admits he has thought about tinkering with the batting order again.It was 12 games ago that Mike Devereaux, Randy Milligan and Cal Ripken shuffled their positions in the lineup. The changes haven't had any effect on the Orioles' run production, but the overall results have produced eight wins, seven of them in the last eight games.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | August 16, 2006
NEW YORK -- It likely won't happen the next couple of days here, but it appears that it is only a matter of time before rookie Nick Markakis finds a different home in the Orioles' batting order. Despite taking a major league-best .402 average since June 28 into last night's series opener with the New York Yankees, Markakis has been batting almost exclusively in the Nos. 8 or 9 hole. However, manager Sam Perlozzo said that he has discussed pushing him up in the order with Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan and vice president Jim Duquette, and a move could be made shortly.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Buster Olney and Roch Eric Kubatko and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | March 2, 1997
VIERA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Davey Johnson would like to plug a right-handed hitter into the No. 2 spot in the batting order, behind Brady Anderson and ahead of Roberto Alomar and Rafael Palmeiro. It's a role Todd Zeile often filled last season before signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent."You try not to make it real easy for opposing managers to go to their bullpen," Johnson said. "You want to make them think a little bit about it."Johnson isn't thinking about batting Eric Davis second, since the preference is for a good contact hitter.
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May 3, 2007
Melvin Mora, Orioles third baseman Do you have to change your approach when you move from second to fifth in the batting order? Of course I have to change it. Hitting second is not the same as hitting fifth. Hitting second, you need to sacrifice your at-bat and try to move the runner over. Second is not easy, especially for me. I like to drive in a lot of runs.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | June 11, 1994
When Johnny Oates shuffled five players in the Orioles batting order Wednesday, it took on the appearance of a mass overhaul. In reality, the move was made in an attempt to try to find one player, Mike Devereaux, a comfortable spot in the lineup.The switch, basically, was to flip-flop Devereaux with Mark McLemore in the Nos. 2 and 8 slots. However, to make it feasible required further realignment to avoid an open invitation for a left-handed reliever. A switch-hitter who is decidedly better from the left side (McLemore)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- In today's Baltimore Sun, I gave a projected Orioles Opening Day lineup now that the club has added designated hitter/outfielder Nelson Cruz as a middle-of-the order bat. Here was my batting order, as it ran in the paper today: Nick Markakis RF: The favorite to assume leadoff position after hitting .335 in that spot in 2012 Manny Machado 3B: Lineup shifts if Machado has not recovered from knee surgery by Opening Day ...
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2013
Manager Buck Showalter's new-look lineup for tonight's game against the Tampa Bay Rays features second baseman Brian Roberts batting lead-off for just the second time this year and right fielder Nick Markakis batting seventh for the first time since 2007. “It has a lot more to do with the team we're playing than the situation of the game,” Showalter said. Roberts hit first against Toronto on July 12 and went 0-for-4. With Rays left-hander David Price on the mound, Showalter wanted to space out the left-handed batters in the lineup.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2013
Playing interleague games in a National League park offers its share of obstacles, the main hurdle being pitchers suddenly forced to hit. Normally AL pitchers don't leave the dugout when their team is hitting. They sit on the bench, wrap their arm to keep it warm and concentrate on the next inning. Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen - who had shut out the Giants for five innings and allowed just one hit over that time in the Orioles' eventual 3-2 loss to San Francisco - was in the on-deck circle when the top of the sixth ended, then immediately went back to the mound and gave up three runs in the bottom half of the frame.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
Even though Chris Davis and Adam Jones have carried the majority of the offensive load in the Orioles lineup through the first 11 games, right fielder Nick Markakis has quietly had a solid start to the season. Markakis' go-ahead solo homer in the third inning of yesterday's 5-3 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium gave him hits in nine of the first 11 games. He's also homered in two of his past four games. "That's where I like to be,” Markakis said after Saturday's game. “I like to be under the radar.
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By Matt Vensel | April 1, 2013
The Orioles have released their batting order for their season opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, which will surely get people talking because it is Opening Day and all. But manager Buck Showalter scribbled down more than 100 different lineups last season, so we probably shouldn't make too much about Tuesday's order. Still, it will be pretty odd seeing Brian Roberts hitting from the nine hole instead of leading off like he has -- when healthy -- for most of his Orioles career. “I'm happy to be healthy and playing, and my job for the past 13 years had been to be the best leadoff man in the game I could be,” Roberts said Friday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who, when healthy, has been a staple atop the team's batting order for more than a decade, will bat in the No. 9 spot on Opening Day and beyond. Roberts said he wasn't sure how permanent the move would be, but said he'd be hitting ninth “moving forward.” Orioles manager Buck Showalter met with Roberts before Thursday night's game -- in which the Orioles were facing their Opening Day opponent, the Tampa Bay Rays, and ace David Price -- to tell him. “It could be 162 games for all I know,” Roberts said.
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By Peter Schmuck | May 21, 1997
On the field: Detroit pinch hitter Phil Nevin was ejected in the eighth inning after home plate umpire Greg Kosc called him out on strikes. The first called strike from Jesse Orosco appeared letter-high and strike three was a back-door curveball that Nevin obviously thought broke around the plate. Tigers manager Buddy Bell argued to no avail and had to put his pitcher in the batting order in the ensuing shuffle.In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson didn't have a whole lot to do. He finally is in a position to put his "A" starting lineup on the field and he was able to sit back and watch the club win its fourth straight game.
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July 10, 1993
THIS DEPARTMENT hereby appoints itself Manager for a Day of the Baltimore Orioles, a fitting move for the All-Star celebrations.Having vested ourselves with this new authority, we will address the problem of what to do about Cal Ripken, who, as everyone knows, is not having a career year.Johnny Oates, the titular manager of the Birds, has been playing the junior Ripken in third or fifth spot in the batting order.As an exercise in nostalgia and as tribute to one of the biggest salaries in baseball, this is in keeping with Mr. Oates' well-known diplomacy.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
Here are today's batting orders for the two three-inning intrasquad games that will be played this morning on the back fields of the Ed Smith Stadium Complex. Note that Nick Markakis and Nolan Reimold are not in the lineup today. According to manager Buck Showalter, Markakis was slated to miss Thursday and Friday while attending a funeral. Reimold is likely getting the day off as the team paces him back from neck surgery. These games will be played quickly, so don't blink. Players need to be at Lakewood Ranch Golf Club just after noon to participate in the team golf tournament.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
The Orioles will likely officially announce they've resigned outfielder Nate McLouth to a one-year deal today, assuming everything goes well with his physical. And now that McLouth is back in the fold, one major question is whether he would return to the leadoff spot where he flourished for the last month of the season after Nick Markakis went down with a broken left thumb. Needless to say, McLouth's production out of the leadoff spot played a pivotal role in getting the Orioles to the postseason, and once the O's made the playoffs, McLouth was arguably the team's best hitter.
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