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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | May 2, 2008
Orioles rookie right-hander Randor Bierd, who has been one of the club's most effective relievers, will be placed on the disabled list today with right shoulder discomfort. He is expected to go to the club's minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla., to strengthen the shoulder and said he probably won't pitch for two to three weeks. He hopes to be back with the Orioles within a "month and a half, a month and 10 days." "I don't want to leave. I want to be here," said Bierd, 24, a Detroit Tigers farmhand who hadn't reached above Double A before the Orioles selected him in the Rule 5 draft in December.
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By Dan Connolly | September 25, 2008
Double steal gone bad: : With one out and runners on first and third in the fifth inning, the Orioles tried a delayed double steal in a game in which they were leading by one run. Aubrey Huff, who was on first, took off, and when Rays catcher Dioner Navarro threw to second, Nick Markakis broke from third. But Akinori Iwamura's throw to the plate was perfect and Navarro tagged out Markakis. The Orioles didn't score in the inning. Bierd's tough inning: : Orioles reliever Randor Bierd entered in the eighth with two outs and the bases loaded and the Rays holding a one-run lead.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 29, 2008
For a Rule 5 pick who is brand new to the ways of a major league baseball team, Randor Bierd pulled off a veteran move Thursday night. Anticipating that he would make the Orioles' 25-man roster as part of the bullpen, Bierd went to a nearby clothing store and purchased a suit so he could abide by the club's dress-code policy as it boarded a charter flight for the trip to Baltimore last night. Manager Dave Trembley requires a suit or sports coat and slacks. No jeans, no shorts. Trembley summoned Bierd into his office yesterday morning and congratulated the former Detroit Tigers farmhand for making the team.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | July 20, 2008
The Orioles continue to make adjustments to their shortstop position, acquiring Juan Castro from the Colorado Rockies' organization yesterday for Triple-A infielder Mike McCoy and placing him on the 25-man roster. And they might not be finished. Castro, 36, would be the sixth player to start at shortstop for the Orioles this season. One of the others, Freddie Bynum, was sent outright to Norfolk and has 72 hours to accept his assignment or become a free agent. The trade was part of a busy day of roster shuffling for the Orioles, who also returned pitcher Randor Bierd from his injury rehabilitation assignment in the minors and activated him from the disabled list.
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By Dan Connolly | September 25, 2008
Double steal gone bad: : With one out and runners on first and third in the fifth inning, the Orioles tried a delayed double steal in a game in which they were leading by one run. Aubrey Huff, who was on first, took off, and when Rays catcher Dioner Navarro threw to second, Nick Markakis broke from third. But Akinori Iwamura's throw to the plate was perfect and Navarro tagged out Markakis. The Orioles didn't score in the inning. Bierd's tough inning: : Orioles reliever Randor Bierd entered in the eighth with two outs and the bases loaded and the Rays holding a one-run lead.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 19, 2008
Good and bad Matt Albers made his first start in four appearances, and the reviews were mixed. He threw only nine of 22 pitches for strikes in the first inning, walking two batters and allowing a run on a grounder from Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer. He was more efficient in the second inning, retiring the side in order and striking out Brian Buscher and Brendan Harris. Joe Mauer hit an opposite-field, two-run homer off Albers in the third to increase the Twins' lead to 3-0, and manager Dave Trembley went to the mound in the fourth after Albers allowed two singles and struck out Buscher.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 10, 2008
It's a mystery pitch that needs a catchy name. Too bad "Gyroball" is taken. The Orioles will have to come up with another way to describe what Rule 5 pick Randor Bierd is throwing. Bierd has a "swing-and-miss" pitch that's almost as difficult to describe as it is to hit. Manager Dave Trembley once called it a cross between a splitter and a changeup. He later referred to it as a combination changeup and forkball, a relative of the splitter. Maybe catcher Guillermo Quiroz can shed some light on the subject.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | July 20, 2008
The Orioles continue to make adjustments to their shortstop position, acquiring Juan Castro from the Colorado Rockies' organization yesterday for Triple-A infielder Mike McCoy and placing him on the 25-man roster. And they might not be finished. Castro, 36, would be the sixth player to start at shortstop for the Orioles this season. One of the others, Freddie Bynum, was sent outright to Norfolk and has 72 hours to accept his assignment or become a free agent. The trade was part of a busy day of roster shuffling for the Orioles, who also returned pitcher Randor Bierd from his injury rehabilitation assignment in the minors and activated him from the disabled list.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | February 26, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Injured reliever Chris Ray has expanded his throwing program to include 25 tosses from 60 feet to go along with 25 tosses from 45 feet. He is expected to leave major league camp Sunday to continue his rehabilitation from ligament-reconstruction surgery at the club's minor league facility in Sarasota. "I'm just sticking to the schedule," Ray said yesterday. "I'm not sure when the next jump is, but I'll probably be on this a few more times. I feel really good. I'm pleased how my elbow is feeling right now."
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | April 15, 2008
The young phenom was coming off the toughest game of his brief major league career: four strikeouts in four at-bats against Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon. Regardless, Adam Jones found his name in the starting lineup again last night. "I think I've got to put him right back in there, and I think that's the best thing to do," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "And not draw a whole lot of attention to it." The plan worked. Entering the game in a 0-for-10 skid, Jones had three singles in his first three at-bats -- his second career three-hit game -- raising his average from .211 to .268.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | May 2, 2008
Orioles rookie right-hander Randor Bierd, who has been one of the club's most effective relievers, will be placed on the disabled list today with right shoulder discomfort. He is expected to go to the club's minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla., to strengthen the shoulder and said he probably won't pitch for two to three weeks. He hopes to be back with the Orioles within a "month and a half, a month and 10 days." "I don't want to leave. I want to be here," said Bierd, 24, a Detroit Tigers farmhand who hadn't reached above Double A before the Orioles selected him in the Rule 5 draft in December.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | April 15, 2008
The young phenom was coming off the toughest game of his brief major league career: four strikeouts in four at-bats against Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon. Regardless, Adam Jones found his name in the starting lineup again last night. "I think I've got to put him right back in there, and I think that's the best thing to do," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "And not draw a whole lot of attention to it." The plan worked. Entering the game in a 0-for-10 skid, Jones had three singles in his first three at-bats -- his second career three-hit game -- raising his average from .211 to .268.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 29, 2008
For a Rule 5 pick who is brand new to the ways of a major league baseball team, Randor Bierd pulled off a veteran move Thursday night. Anticipating that he would make the Orioles' 25-man roster as part of the bullpen, Bierd went to a nearby clothing store and purchased a suit so he could abide by the club's dress-code policy as it boarded a charter flight for the trip to Baltimore last night. Manager Dave Trembley requires a suit or sports coat and slacks. No jeans, no shorts. Trembley summoned Bierd into his office yesterday morning and congratulated the former Detroit Tigers farmhand for making the team.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 19, 2008
Good and bad Matt Albers made his first start in four appearances, and the reviews were mixed. He threw only nine of 22 pitches for strikes in the first inning, walking two batters and allowing a run on a grounder from Minnesota's Michael Cuddyer. He was more efficient in the second inning, retiring the side in order and striking out Brian Buscher and Brendan Harris. Joe Mauer hit an opposite-field, two-run homer off Albers in the third to increase the Twins' lead to 3-0, and manager Dave Trembley went to the mound in the fourth after Albers allowed two singles and struck out Buscher.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 10, 2008
It's a mystery pitch that needs a catchy name. Too bad "Gyroball" is taken. The Orioles will have to come up with another way to describe what Rule 5 pick Randor Bierd is throwing. Bierd has a "swing-and-miss" pitch that's almost as difficult to describe as it is to hit. Manager Dave Trembley once called it a cross between a splitter and a changeup. He later referred to it as a combination changeup and forkball, a relative of the splitter. Maybe catcher Guillermo Quiroz can shed some light on the subject.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | February 26, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Injured reliever Chris Ray has expanded his throwing program to include 25 tosses from 60 feet to go along with 25 tosses from 45 feet. He is expected to leave major league camp Sunday to continue his rehabilitation from ligament-reconstruction surgery at the club's minor league facility in Sarasota. "I'm just sticking to the schedule," Ray said yesterday. "I'm not sure when the next jump is, but I'll probably be on this a few more times. I feel really good. I'm pleased how my elbow is feeling right now."
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