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May 22, 2013
Kevin Gausman met with reporters Wednesday afternoon in the Orioles clubhouse, hours after learning he was being called up to make his debut Thursday in Toronto.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Right-hander Bud Norris has talked this spring about showing Orioles fans what he can do when he is healthy and pitching at the level he demands from himself. He used the Grapefruit League to make his point, finishing a good spring with a solid effort Tuesday in a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. "Felt really strong. A little windy, so you really have to control your body out there," Norris said. "I felt I did a really good job of pounding the strike zone.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2012
One minute this week Manny Machado was the baron of Bowie, traveling with the Baysox to glamorous ports of call like Altoona. And the next -- he's in Baltimore, pulling on a pristine new Orioles uniform. No matter how cool he might have seemed on the field in his big-league debut Thursday, being plucked from the minors and dropped into the majors without warning could make a 20-year-old's head spin. He's among the youngest to ever play the game and brand new in the big city. The kid needs pointers.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Several questions remain as to when and how - or even if - two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana will help the Orioles, but the club believes signing him is worth the chance and could end up paying dividends down the stretch. The Orioles finalized a minor league deal Tuesday with Santana, who will turn 35 next week. The lefty would earn $3 million if the major league club purchases his contract, and the deal includes incentives for days on the major league roster and games started.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Zach Clark's professional baseball career has had its share of bumps and turns, just like those long bus trips through the minor leagues as he clutched the dream of one day breaking into the big leagues. "A lot of ups and downs," Clark, a UMBC product, said with smile Thursday. "More than you'd really think. It's been a journey. " After seven years toiling in the minors, the 29-year-old right-hander finally has the feeling that reaching the majors in within grasp.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2013
When right-hander Zach Clark was summoned to Orioles manager Buck Showalter's office two weeks ago and told he was being designated for assignment, the conversation suddenly veered off in a peculiar direction. Clark, who at that moment was still digesting the end of his brief four-day stint in the majors after parts of eight years in the minor, said Showalter abruptly began talking about reigning National League Cy Young Award winner and current Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey, who turned his career around after transitioning into a knuckleball pitcher.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2012
Orioles rookie outfielder L.J. Hoes earned a taste of the big leagues this past season, but the organization's minor league player of the year faces a tough fight this spring to make the 25-man roster out of camp. The Mitchellville native was a late-inning sub in two late-September games last season - he had just one at-bat, an eighth-inning ground out to short in the Sept. 26 game against Toronto - but he was able to experience the Orioles' push to the postseason firsthand. “It was tremendous,” Hoes told reporters Tuesday during the Orioles' annual holiday party.
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By Katherine Dunn and Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer | June 21, 1992
Milwaukee Brewers scout Ron Rizzi pulled no punches with the 63 big-league dreamers sitting in front of him."One of 10,000 kids gets a chance to play pro ball, and only about 10 percent of them get to the big leagues. I don't say that to discourage you. I just want to tell you how it really is."But that didn't drive a soul from Rizzi's Wednesday afternoon tryout camp.These high school and college players have dreamed of playing major-league baseball since they were old enough to pitch and catch.
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By Pat O'Malley | July 29, 1991
It wasn't what Denny Neagle had hoped, but still he's there in the big show.A 1986 graduate of Arundel High in Gambrills, Neagle's first appearance in the big leagues was shortened Saturday night by Candy Maldonado of the Milwaukee Brewers.Making his major league debut for the Minnesota Twins in front ofnearly 48,000 fans at the Metrodome, Neagle took a lined shot off Maldonado's bat at the start of the fourth inning; he was hit on the elbow of his left arm -- his pitching arm. Neagle had to leave the gamewith runners on first and second and the Twins leading, 2-1. He received a standing ovation from Twins fans as he departed.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff | November 1, 1990
A SMALL SIGN on a former lighting fixtures store might be an indication of big changes in Baltimore's television landscape."Future Home of Fox 45 News" reads the lettering in front of what was once the Baltimore Gas Light building. Sitting as it does at the foot of Television Hill, it cannot have escaped the notice of executives of WJZ-Channel 13 and WBAL-Channel 11 as they drive to work every morning.At a cost of more than $6 million, early next year WBFF-Channel 45 is going to begin moving its entire operation into the building, originally constructed in the late '40s as a Dr. Pepper bottling plant.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
- These days Zach Britton can speak confidently about some of the tough times he's been through over the past two years. The left-hander admits that there were times when he felt he lost the confidence of his Orioles teammates when he was on the mound. Simply put, the results weren't there. And that led his mind to become scrambled with a lot of questions and few answers. "I've been through some stuff the past two years," Britton said. "But I try not to even think about that stuff anymore and just focus on what I have to do to be successful here.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter raved about the power infielder Jonathan Schoop has showed in batting practice the past few days. Yesterday, he hit a home run that hit a car in the parking lot on a field where the wind traditionally blows in. Schoop said he put on eight to 10 pounds in the offseason working out with Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar in his native Curacao. “I lifted a lot to get stronger in my legs,” Schoop said. “If you want to play the whole season, you need to be strong and lifting is part of the game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
The Orioles have signed veteran Jack Cust to a minor league deal, an industry source confirmed Wednesday. The 35-year-old Cust will not receive an invitation to major league spring training, so he will report to the club's minor league camp at Twin Lakes Park. Cust had a tryout during the Orioles' minicamp in Sarasota, Fla., last month. At that time, Cust said he was looking for an opportunity to get back into the big leagues and was open to accepting an assignment in Triple-A.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2013
We will know soon enough whether Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette strikes gold with the signing of former San Francisco Giants prospect Francisco Peguero, but Duquette is definitely making it clear how highly he thinks of the 25-year-old outfielder. Speaking with local media Sunday night here at the Swan and Dolphin Resort at Walt Disney World, Duquette said Peguero, who has started just nine games in the major leagues over the past two seasons, can be an everyday ballplayer at the big league level.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2013
Often in the past 15 years, the Orioles have used September as a proving ground for the following season, experimenting with what they had in order to get a better idea of what they needed to fortify in the winter. The Orioles head into this year's offseason with obvious questions at second base and left field - where incumbents Brian Roberts and Nate McLouth are pending free agents - and backup catcher after designating Taylor Teagarden for assignment last week. With the expansion of rosters this month, the Orioles have promoted three 20-somethings who theoretically could be the answers at their respective positions: infielder Jonathan Schoop , outfielder Henry Urrutia and catcher Steve Clevenger . Yet none have started a game since being called up this month.
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By Jon Meoli and Baltimore Sun Media Group | July 9, 2013
In abandoning the traditional arsenal he honed for decades to start throwing a knuckleball this spring, Orioles minor leaguer Eddie Gamboa gave his career over to a fickle and foreign pitch that frustrates both hitters and the pitchers who throw it. Gamboa had been a reliable, strike-throwing right-hander who spent parts of four seasons in Double-A. On Wednesday night, he'll take his knuckleball to Triple-A, one step closer to becoming the latest in a line of major league pitchers including R.A. Dickey and Tim Wakefield to have that pitch breathe new life into his career.
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By John Steadman | July 31, 1992
When the Baltimore Orioles (International League vintage) invited Johnnie Wittig for a tryout, they let him warm up in street clothes and were impressed enough to offer a contract for $175 a month. It was the middle of the depression but his German-immigrant parents didn't want their son playing baseball."That boy has no time for games," said his mother. "Johnnie's got work to do." Then it was explained he was going to be paid and that gave it a different connotation. The Orioles -- three years later -- were to give him $500 as part of the purchase price when he was sold to the New York Giants in 1938.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | September 11, 2009
Based solely on win-loss record, the Orioles' minor league system took a tiny step backward this year. The organization's combined 367-390 mark for its seven primary affiliates was one game below its cumulative record in 2008. And, unlike last year, when the Double-A Bowie Baysox won their division, the Orioles had no affiliates make the playoffs this time. Only two of their farm teams, the Baysox (73-69) and the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Orioles (30-26), posted records above .500 in 2009.
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By Seth Boster and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
At a preseason news conference Thursday at Ripken Stadium, first-year Aberdeen IronBirds manager Matt Merullo said the time will come when fans become frustrated with him. And that's because a time will inevitably come when one of his players on the Orioles' short season Single-A squad will be struggling. And that will be the time Merullo lets him play. "I'm gonna give guys chances to pull themselves out of slumps and pull themselves out of tough times," said Merullo, a 48-year-old former big league catcher who rendered reporters solemn and observant in this instance.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
Just had a chance to talk briefly on the phone with Hunter Harvey, the Orioles top pick in the 2013 draft (22nd overall) . He's a 6-foot-3, 175 pounder out of Bandys High School in Catawba, North Carolina. He has a low 90s fastball that can scoot up to 97. His dad, Bryan Harvey, spent nine seasons in the big leagues. He was a two-time all star closer for the California Angels and Florida Marlins, leading the majors in games finished and saves in 1991 and finishing fifth in American League Cy Young voting that year.
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