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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
Before Monday's game, the Orioles purchased the contract of right-hander Josh Stinson from Triple-A Norfolk to bolster a bullpen that was depleted after right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez's short outing Sunday against the Oakland Athletics. To make room for Stinson, the club optioned right-hander Brad Brach to the Tides. Brach threw 58 pitches in two innings Sunday and has a 5.40 ERA in 10 games for the Orioles this season. The Orioles transferred left-hander Johan Santana, who tore his left Achilles tendon on Friday, to the 60-day disabled list to clear space for Stinson on the 40-man roster.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
National anthem: Citizen Cope, a Washington-based singer and musician once dubbed "Washington's most soulful export since Marvin Gaye" gives a slowful rendition. Unlike most anthem singles who join fans in Maryland for their "O" moment, Cope waits until they're done to finish. First pitch ceremony: Scott McGregor, whose shutout to clinch the 1983 World Series in five games over the Philadelphia Phillies marked the last time the Orioles won it all, certainly does better than Boog Powell did with similar duties before Game 1 on Friday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. -- Left-hander T.J. McFarland has been scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A Norfolk on Monday night, and he likely will join the Orioles for their series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, according to an industry source. Following Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed concern about the overuse of his bullpen, especially since Tuesday begins a span in which the Orioles play 13 straight days and 26 of their next 27 days.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter met the media prior to the Orioles' American League Division Series workout and he revealed little about what his plans are for his roster. Yes, he's settled on a starter for Friday, but hasn't announced it yet. Yes, he knows pretty much which way he is leaning for his roster, but he wanted to talk to some of his players during the workout first. He said he's still kicking around 10 or 11 pitchers. He wouldn't go into specifics, but in that scenario you have to figure Jimmy Paredes or Quintin Berry has made it. And if he takes 10 pitchers, then both have likely made it (Alexi Casilla and Steve Clevenger are here for the workout, but they remain long shots)
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Maybe we've all gotten spoiled by the terrific relief that has been provided by the Orioles bullpen this year, but the past few days have been - to say the least - unsettling. The Orioles won two of the past three games, but the bullpen has faltered in all three, and two of the top relievers in the league struggled in the last two games. It's probably fair to throw out Sunday's game, since it took a three-run meltdown in a tuneup appearance by Ubaldo Jimenez to make things interesting, but Brad Brach had a rare rocky outing that day, too. Monday's loss to the Twins featured an exciting three-run comeback by the O's, which was immediately followed by a defensive breakdown behind starter Kevin Gausman and two quick run-scoring hits off highly reliable left-hander Andrew Miller.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
I was waiting out a rain delay and enjoying the evening in Bowie while the Orioles played, so I'm one of the few who didn't catch the Orioles game. If you're part of that crew, the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous night's local sports headlines, is for you. - Chris Tillman, fresh off his first career shutout, couldn't make it out of the second inning in the Orioles 9-8 loss to Pittsburgh . Brad Brach pitched four shutout innings, but the bullpen is again spent, and the team will likely add a reliever today . Feel free to double back on my Norfolk bullpen update from Tuesday to see who's available.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Welcome back to the bar. Missed you. Really, I primarily missed your tips, but our lack of interaction created a void, too (a subtle plea for better tips). The Orioles received news on two of their injured players Tuesday. Third baseman Manny Machado underwent a MRI and was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right knee. There doesn't appear to be a tear, which is good news. The likelihood is that he ends up on the disabled list - that's “under consideration,” said Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette -- but that won't officially be determined until Wednesday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - Right-hander Brad Brach is here in Minnesota and will be available if needed Friday night. Brach arrived at Target Field around 3:40 p.m. local time. He didn't get the call that he was being promoted to the big leagues until about 2 a.m. in Norfolk, then had to go back to Harbor Park to pick up his equipment. He didn't get to sleep until 4 a.m. and had a cab to the airport scheduled for 7:30 a.m. But considering that some Orioles players and coached said they didn't get to bed until 6 a.m. local time, Brach wasn't going to complain about not getting enough sleep.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter met the media prior to the Orioles' American League Division Series workout and he revealed little about what his plans are for his roster. Yes, he's settled on a starter for Friday, but hasn't announced it yet. Yes, he knows pretty much which way he is leaning for his roster, but he wanted to talk to some of his players during the workout first. He said he's still kicking around 10 or 11 pitchers. He wouldn't go into specifics, but in that scenario you have to figure Jimmy Paredes or Quintin Berry has made it. And if he takes 10 pitchers, then both have likely made it (Alexi Casilla and Steve Clevenger are here for the workout, but they remain long shots)
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The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Seeking relief for their overworked bullpen, the Orioles have optioned Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk, a move that is not expected to keep the right-hander out of the club's rotation for long. Because the Orioles can add a "26th man" to their roster for day-night doubleheaders, they are likely to recall Gausman for Friday's games against the Tampa Bay Rays. Gausman is likely to then be sent down again after Friday. Normally, a player must stay in the minor leagues 10 days before returning.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | September 27, 2014
If there were such an academic discipline, Orioles manager Buck Showalter would have a Ph.D. in Roster Science. He has spent the past three years manipulating personnel at the major and minor league levels so deftly that the Orioles have averaged more than 90 victories and been in playoff contention for all but a couple of weeks last September, despite never being accused of having the best talent in the American League East. Clearly, he knows what he's doing, which should be comforting to Orioles fans who are waiting to see how he and executive vice president Dan Duquette configure the 25-man roster for the upcoming AL Division Series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
The Orioles' final homestand of the regular season was supposed to be one of celebration. With the opportunity to celebrate their first American League East title since 1997 among their hometown crowd at Camden Yards, Friday's day-night doubleheader against the New York Yankees offered a chance to take two sizable steps toward a postseason berth. But before they took the field for the first game of their seven-game stay in Baltimore, the atmosphere was subdued with news that Chris Davis had been handed a 25-game suspension, part of which will be served in the postseason should the Orioles get there, for a second failed drug test for an amphetamine.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.   - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been coy in recent days about the availability of his late-inning arms, but before Friday night's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, he disclosed that five of his relievers wouldn't be available. Later Friday, that would put the fate of a scoreless game in the hands of recently recalled relievers who joined the club when rosters expanded earlier this week. And the Orioles bullpen, devoid of many of the arms they would turn to in a tight game, allowed three runs in the eighth inning of an eventual 3-0 before an announced 14,632 at Tropicana Field.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Although they'd never say it publicly, the Orioles knew heading into last week just how important it was to flex their muscles in an 11-game homestand against three clubs with losing records. With Thursday's 9-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds before an announced 21,114 at Camden Yards, the Orioles posted their fourth sweep of three or more games this season. More impressive, the Orioles finished off their longest homestand of the year with a 9-2 record, outscoring the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Reds by a combined 67-38.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Maybe we've all gotten spoiled by the terrific relief that has been provided by the Orioles bullpen this year, but the past few days have been - to say the least - unsettling. The Orioles won two of the past three games, but the bullpen has faltered in all three, and two of the top relievers in the league struggled in the last two games. It's probably fair to throw out Sunday's game, since it took a three-run meltdown in a tuneup appearance by Ubaldo Jimenez to make things interesting, but Brad Brach had a rare rocky outing that day, too. Monday's loss to the Twins featured an exciting three-run comeback by the O's, which was immediately followed by a defensive breakdown behind starter Kevin Gausman and two quick run-scoring hits off highly reliable left-hander Andrew Miller.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
The Orioles' sweep by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field last weekend raised all kinds of red flags. But four days back home against the Tampa Bay Rays allowed the Orioles to get back to one of the things that has carried them to the top of the American League East -- a lights-out bullpen. Relief pitchers Brad Brach , Andrew Miller, and Zach Britton combined for three scoreless innings in Thursday's 5-4 win at Camden Yards, and the bullpen completed a four-game series against the Rays without allowing an earned run in 14 1/3 innings.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't want to rely on right-hander Brad Brach on Saturday, not a day after the reliever tossed two innings against the Tampa Bay Rays. When starter Wei-Yin Chen lasted just 3 1/3 innings, though, the manager knew Brach, and the rest of the bullpen, faced a significant workload. But there was no sign of fatigue from Brach, who delivered 1 2/3 perfect innings. Nor was there any letdown from four other relievers, who combined to finish the game without surrendering a run in the Orioles' 5-4 loss.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in his pregame news conference that he hasn't heard anything from the league office about Manny Machado's suspension appeal, so the club is just waiting. He said he doesn't think it's too difficult of a situation. “Not really -- he's prepared for it,” Showalter said. “The dynamic to this is Tuesday. We need a starting pitcher there, and that's why you are cautious to give up a relief pitcher for someone to replace Manny. Because we don't really have somebody on the roster that you feel like physically can go real deep if the team allows them to.” Basically, the Orioles are expecting to lose Machado for between three and five games, starting in the next day or two. They would like to replace him with an infielder, and Jemile Weeks has been summoned to Baltimore, if needed.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
CHICAGO - The first half of the Orioles' six-game, weeklong trip to Chicago was a success in more ways than one. They beat up on the floundering Chicago White Sox, sweeping the three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Fate shined down on the Orioles, but that seems to happen when you're playing as well as this team's playing. On Tuesday, while the Chicago Cubs waited through a four-hour rain delay at Wrigley Field, not a drop fell on the city's South Side, even though the ballparks are less than 10 miles apart.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Welcome back to the bar. Missed you. Really, I primarily missed your tips, but our lack of interaction created a void, too (a subtle plea for better tips). The Orioles received news on two of their injured players Tuesday. Third baseman Manny Machado underwent a MRI and was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right knee. There doesn't appear to be a tear, which is good news. The likelihood is that he ends up on the disabled list - that's “under consideration,” said Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette -- but that won't officially be determined until Wednesday.
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