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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2010
Reliever Jason Berken has been so good this season, but it was bound to happen with how much the Orioles have been relying on the converted starter in close games. "Well, he is human, you know," Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel said after Berken served up a go-ahead two-run homer to Jose Bautista in the eighth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays before an announced 28,518 at Camden Yards. What was less excusable to Samuel was his team's lack of execution in clutch spots, particularly in the eighth inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
The Orioles added another left-handed reliever to their bullpen Monday, selecting the contract of Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk before Monday's series opener in Toronto. Phillips was told before Sunday's Tides game that he was being recalled and arrived in Toronto on Sunday night. "I really didn't think about it," Phillips said. "If it was going to happen, it was going to happen. I can't control the outcome, but I'm just happy to be here. " To make room for Phillips, the Orioles designated Norfolk right-hander Jason Berken for assignment.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | May 27, 2009
Jason Berken, a 25-year-old pitcher the Orioles drafted in 2006, persevered through five innings to win his major league debut. Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold, two-thirds of the Orioles' outfield of the future, each slammed two-run home runs. And Orioles fans who stayed home and watched the game on television - and that was pretty much everyone - learned from president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail that they will have to wait only until Friday to witness the much-anticipated arrival of top-prospect catcher Matt Wieters.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
TORONTO -- The Orioles have purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk before this afternoon's series opener in Toronto. Phillips was told before Sunday's Tides game that he was being recalled and arrived in Toronto on Sunday night. Phillips will give the Orioles a third left-handed reliever for the September playoff push, joining Brian Matusz and Randy Wolf, both of whom have spent most of their careers as starters. Phillips has actually been better against right-handed hitters this season, holding them to a .237 mark, but his numbers against lefties have improved in the second half of the season.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | May 26, 2009
He might not have received an invitation to the Orioles' spring training camp, but Jason Berken's consolation prize is his first big league start tonight. Although the Orioles haven't officially announced it, Berken will slide into the rotation spot created by Adam Eaton's release. Outfielder Lou Montanez, who will have surgery Tuesday on his right thumb, will be placed on the disabled list. Berken, a 25-year-old right-hander, isn't considered one of the organization's top young pitchers - Baseball America lists him as the Orioles' 17th overall prospect and 11th-best pitcher - but he earned the promotion with a 1.05 ERA in five starts at Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | August 3, 2009
While pitching prospect Brian Matusz is expected to join the Orioles in Detroit and make his major league debut Tuesday, it appears that manager Dave Trembley will have another rotation spot to fill as rookie Jason Berken's struggles continued Sunday. Berken (1-9) allowed six earned runs in just 1 1/3 innings in the Orioles' 18-10 loss to the Boston Red Sox in the series finale Sunday at Camden Yards. His ERA stands at 6.93 after 13 starts, and he's now lost nine straight decisions after winning his major league debut.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | July 23, 2009
NEW YORK - -During batting practice before Monday's series opener at Yankee Stadium, Orioles manager Dave Trembley walked to the outfield to deliver a message to struggling starters Rich Hill and Jason Berken. He reminded them of the extended opportunities they've had, ones that probably would not have been afforded elsewhere. He told them to stop over-thinking things and get back to what had gotten them into the big leagues in the first place. There were no threats made, but the situation should have been perfectly clear: If Hill and Berken didn't start pitching better, changes would be made.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | September 16, 2009
His every move is no longer scrutinized as it was 3 1/2 months ago when Orioles catcher Matt Wieters made his much-anticipated big league debut before a packed house and enormous expectations. But there remains plenty of attention on Wieters, and there are a slew of questions that his rookie season has left unanswered. Wieters fueled a five-run comeback Tuesday with a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth, and he eliminated any lingering drama with a three-run homer in the eighth as the Orioles secured a 10-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of an announced 11,575 at Camden Yards.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | July 25, 2009
BOSTON -- It appears that Jason Berken and Rich Hill will get another chance to save their rotation spots after all. After a half-hour meeting with president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and pitching coach Rick Kranitz before Friday's series opener against the Boston Red Sox, Orioles manager Dave Trembley said that Berken will start Monday against the Kansas City Royals and Hill will likely follow him Tuesday or Wednesday. "I think they should get another shot, and we'll what happens from there," MacPhail said.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Kevin.vanvalkenburg@baltsun.com | August 29, 2009
With another difficult August coming to a close for the Orioles, and a daunting September schedule looming, there is a pertinent question that keeps popping up for the franchise as it winds down what will almost certainly be its 12th straight losing season: Just how much do these games really matter? They certainly matter to pitcher Jason Berken, a 25-year-old right-hander with a surplus of heart but not talent. Berken knows every time he takes the mound during these final months, he's trying to convince the team he's not the pitcher who went all of June and all of July without a victory.
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By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
All signs point to the Orioles' recalling left-hander Dana Eveland from Triple-A Norfolk to start Friday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. Eveland was removed from Monday's start for Triple-A Norfolk after throwing just 63 pitches against Louisville. He threw five shutout innings and allowed just four hits. Eveland is not listed among Tides starters for games this week. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said there were "multiple candidates" for Friday's start, a spot vacated by right-hander Tommy Hunter , who was optioned to Norfolk on Monday after struggling in his past two outings.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
Left-hander Zach Phillips, the last roster casualty in spring training, is in the Orioles clubhouse today. He said hello to manager Buck Showalter, then went to his locker. He doesn't know whether he'll be activated today. Part of that might have to do with the weather as well. It's still a consistent rain here at Camden Yards. “I got here, said, 'Hi,' to Buck, told him I was here and [he] said, 'We'll talk later.'” Phillips said. “And that was it.” If Phillips is activated, one possible move would be sending down righty Jason Berken to Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter, the starter in Sunday's marathon in Boston, has been demoted to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for reliever Jason Berken. The Orioles needed bullpen help after the 17-inning victory against the Red Sox on Sunday. Hunter lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight hits, one walk and five runs. “Physically, I'm fine, but mentally …,” Hunter said moments after being told he was being demoted. Hunter is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in six starts. He has allowed nine home runs in 36 innings pitched.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
A day after lasting just 4 1/3 innings in Sunday's marathon in Boston, right-handed starter Tommy Hunter was sent to Triple-A Norfolk, a move needed to bolster a bullpen that had to pitch 12 2/3 innings in one day. "I didn't throw well and they had to make a call," said Hunter, who is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in six starts. "Unfortunately, it's me, but I'm not mad at anybody. How can I be mad at anybody? If I had thrown better, we wouldn't have had to go 17 innings. " Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to bring in reinforcements for the bullpen, and so Hunter and catcher Ronny Paulino were sent to Norfolk, and the Orioles recalled Jason Berken and purchased the contract of fellow right-hander Stu Pomeranz . "It was obviously the byproduct of yesterday," Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2012
Right-hander Jason Berken is back with the Orioles, called up today when Robert Andino was placed on the paternity list. Berken, who had a hamstring injury that limited him for much of spring training, had a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings during three starts at Triple-A Norfolk. “It's good, I am excited. I suppose I pitched pretty well in Triple-A, and I am excited about doing the same here,” Berken said. “It's great to be back. I'm just excited to see all the guys. That's the big thing, I miss the teammates.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2012
Orioles closer Jim Johnson remained hospitalized Wednesday as doctors tried to determine what is causing flu symptoms and an infection that has dogged him for more than a week. "They want to identify it, and [with] bacteria, you're talking about some things you've got to be careful with," manager Buck Showalter said. "But he's in great hands … and at some point, he'll rejoin us and then we'll start talking about baseball. Right now, he's about getting the body healthy.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | June 7, 2009
OAKLAND, Calif. - -Just a week ago, the Orioles were feeling pretty good about themselves. They had won seven of eight games thanks to solid starting pitching, timely hitting and the contributions of several young players who injected enthusiasm and hope into a clubhouse in need of both. Now, after another blowout loss at the hands of the Oakland Athletics - this one by a 9-4 score Saturday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum - they appear to be a team in total disarray. Their starters have given up 15 earned runs and gotten just 12 outs over the past two nights, with Jason Berken becoming the latest to falter as he allowed nine earned runs and a franchise-record tying seven doubles in just 3 1/3 innings.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | August 3, 2009
Of all the things that happened in the Orioles' 18-10 loss to the Boston Red Sox Sunday in a game that seemed like it would never end, this sequence was the most deflating for the home team. The Orioles scored six times in the bottom of the third inning to get back within a run in a game that, just minutes earlier, they seemed hopelessly out of. When they came back to the plate for the bottom of the fourth, their deficit had suddenly ballooned to eight. "There's that song, 'Momma said there'd be days like this.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2012
- The Orioles thinned out their spring roster Monday, with eight players sent out of camp, including right-handers Brad Bergesen and Jason Berken and middle infielder Matt Antonelli, all of whom were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk. Two more players, second baseman Brian Roberts (concussion) and left-hander Zach Britton (shoulder), were placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Orioles re-assigned five non-roster players to minor league camp: pitchers Dontrelle Willis and Armando Galarraga, infielder Steve Tolleson, outfielder Scott Beerer and catcher John Hester.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2012
While dealing with a left hamstring injury this spring, Orioles right-hander Jason Berken maintained a throwing program to keep his arm in shape. That was evident Sunday afternoon, when Berken made his spring debut against the Philadelphia Phillies with a scoreless inning. He threw his slider and sinker effectively, consistently hitting 92 to 94 mph with his fastball. “The biggest thing for me is I was able to keep throwing while I was rehabbing my hamstring so my arm really never fell behind in terms of throwing,” said Berken, who was 1-2 with a 5.36 ERA in 40 relief appearances last year.
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