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January 14, 2012
It would help readers of The Baltimore Sun to have The Sun investigate more deeply the problems of Brian Roberts ("Roberts likely to miss FanFest," Jan 12). We all know there is something wrong here, but no one wants to talk about it. What are we hiding? What are we covering up? To continue to pass this problem off as a result of a concussion seems odd to some of us - I say this gingerly because I am a big fan of Brian - but I think that he may be hurting. To read in today's paper that he will not be able to attend FanFest because "doctors had advised him that the event could cause further stress" and have this followed by the comments of General Manager Dan Duquette just shows the confusion in discussing the Brian Roberts issue.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun and By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
We all know Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette loves taking low-risk, high-reward gambles. That's been his calling card since he arrived in Baltimore before the 2012 season. It's worked at times: Nate McLouth, Miguel Gonzalez and, to an extent, Nelson Cruz. And it hasn't worked at times: Dontrelle Willis, Heath Bell, Randy Wolf. Well, Duquette did it again Friday when he signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a minor league deal. All signs point to him trying it again in the next few days with former Orioles closer Jim Johnson.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2012
Let me begin by saying I am not in the land of sunshine and swaying palm trees, watching the Orioles work out in Sarasota, Fla. No, I'm here in sunny Baltimore, where I curse on the days I scrape ice off the car windshield and where I get most of my Orioles news from the outstanding reporting of The Sun's Eduardo A. Encina and my buddy Peter Schmuck. Still, like everyone who follows the O's, I am riveted by the Brian Roberts saga. Will he be able to play this season after suffering those horrible concussion symptoms?
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Few pitchers can shut down the Orioles' No. 3 through No. 6 hitters for an entire game. But on Saturday afternoon, Adam Jones, Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy combined to go 0-for-16 with 10 strikeouts. New York Yankees rookie Shane Greene tossed 7 1/3 scoreless innings in just his second major league start, and a trio of relievers followed to seal the Orioles' 3-0 defeat. “There's no substitute for getting in there in the box off of [a new pitcher],” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2012
Those searching for clarity - and answers - from Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts' presence at the club's first full-squad workout Friday were given few. Sidelined since May when a slide into first base triggered a second set of concussion symptoms, Roberts' baseball future remains uncertain . On Friday morning, Roberts took part in pre-workout activities with his teammates at the Ed Smith Stadium Complex, an act that was undecided until...
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2013
Brian Roberts, who has never appeared in a playoff game in his lengthy his career, did his part in the fourth inning Friday night to bring a playoff atmosphere to Camden Yards. Facing the Oakland A's, whom the Orioles trail by three games for the second AL wild-card berth, Roberts gave his team the lead in the fourth inning with the sixth grand slam of his career, a shot over the scoreboard in right field. The grand slam chased Oakland starter Dan Straily and gave the Orioles a 6-3 lead.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
Brian Roberts will begin his rehab assignment Wednesday night at Double-A Bowie against Richmond. The Orioles made the announcement a few minutes ago. Roberts (concussion symptoms) has not played since May 16, 2011, against the Boston Red Sox. He likely will play only a few innings Wednesday. He is expected to speak with reporters at 7 p.m. tonight.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2012
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts describes his new batting helmet as “function over looks.” Roberts, who played his first major league game in nearly 13 months Tuesday after battling multiple concussions, is wearing a helmet with double ear flaps to add protection at the plate and on the basepaths. “The double ear flap looks funny, doesn't it?” Roberts said before Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh. “I just decided, 'Why take a chance of getting hit on the side that doesn't have a flap.' It's their newest version.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2012
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is still considering his options after receiving a second opinion on his injured hip earlier this week, a club source said. Roberts was disagnosed with a right labral hip tear after returning to Baltimore from the west coast for an MRA. Roberts visited a hip specialist in Atlanta to seek a second opinion. Roberts is deciding whether he will opt for surgery, which would take at least two months of recovery time, or try to rehab the injury on his own. The 34-year-old Roberts made an emotional return from a 13-month absence from multiple concussions last month, but his return lasted just 17 games.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2012
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who has been remarkably elusive this spring camp, emerged from the indoor batting cages at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Tuesday afternoon. Roberts, who had just taken swings off a tee from both sides of the plate for about 15 minutes, declined to speak with the media until Friday but did say he has been swinging off a tee, playing catch and doing some light lifting. “Progression,” Roberts said with a slight smile. Roberts, who has been limited to 98 games over the past two years with concussion symptoms, has yet to take live batting practice or field ground balls.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
By definition, it was the New York Yankees who were in  pinstripes at Camden Yards for the Orioles' 3-2 win in 10 innings Friday night . Their fans, as always, were out in abundance, making up at least half of the sellout crowd. But these weren't the dominating, punch-you-in-the-gut Bronx Bombers of old. This Yankees club was making its 2014 debut in the city with no Mariano Rivera, no CC Sabathia and no Alex Rodriguez. Its centerpiece for so many seasons, shortstop Derek Jeter, is 40 and retiring at the end of this year.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
NEW YORK --  No real curveballs in the Orioles lineup in their first game at Yankee Stadium this series. The hot-hitting Steve Pearce is batting second and serving as the designated hitter. Manny Machado is batting seventh again. Nick Hundley gets a start at catcher. Pretty much all the news there. Brian Roberts gets the start against Ubaldo Jimenez. OK, I'm reaching like Jeffrey Maier here. The lineups: Orioles: Markakis RF Pearce DH Jones CF Davis 1B Cruz LF Hardy SS Machado 3B Flaherty 2B Hundley C Jimenez P Yankees: Gardner LF Jeter SS Ellsbury CF Teixeira 1B McCann C Beltran DH Suzuki RF Roberts 2B Solarte 3B Kuroda P
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
I realize that it is almost comical to be checking the American League East standings right now. It's mid-June. These teams, with the exception of the surprisingly bad Tampa Bay Rays, are bunched up. And they will play each other so many more times in the next three-plus months that they likely will be jockeying for position until late September. Still, the Orioles (34-31) entered Thursday chasing the first-place Toronto Blue Jays (39-29), with a four-game sweep putting the Orioles just a half-game back.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
When you play nine seasons with one club, and you are a career .293 hitter, eventually you are going to start moving up the organization's all-time lists. With a single in the first inning and a double in the seventh Thursday, right fielder Nick Markakis tied and then passed former teammate Brian Roberts for seventh on the Orioles' all-time hits list with 1,453. Next up for Markakis is sixth place and longtime right fielder Ken Singleton, who leads Markakis by two hits. The rest of the list is a "who's who" in Orioles' lore: Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is the organization's all-time leader with 3,184 hits.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
NEW YORK -- Much of the attention heading into the Orioles' series finale against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night shined squarely on Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka making his first start in pinstripes at Yankee Stadium, but the Orioles managed to steal the New York spotlight with a late-inning rally fitting of a Broadway crescendo. The Orioles broke open a tie game with two runs in the ninth inning off Yankees interim closer Shawn Kelley - a rally fueled by the bottom of the lineup - to propel themselves to a 5-4 win in front of an announced crowd of 39,412.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2014
TAMPA -- For the first time in his major league career, Brian Roberts faced the Orioles as an opponent on Tuesday night  Roberts, who spent 15 years in an Orioles uniform and was the face of the franchise for several of them, played his first game against his former team as a member of the New York Yankees. The 36-year-old Roberts signed a one-year, $2-million deal with the Yankees in the offseason. In the Orioles' exhibition game against the Yankees, Roberts started at second base and batting cleanup.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Longtime Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the rival New York Yankees, met with the New York media for the first time this spring on Monday in Tampa. Roberts spoke fondly of his days in Baltimore, saying he thought he'd play his entire career in an Orioles uniform. He said he's spoken to several former Orioles teammates since joining the Yankees. “I always envisioned myself being an Oriole for my career,” Roberts told Yankees reporters.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Now that longtime Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has departed to wear the pinstripes of the New York Yankees, Ryan Flaherty finally has the opportunity to become an everyday major league player. Several candidates could fill the vacancy at second base, including trade acquisition Jemile Weeks and top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop, but the 27-year-old Flaherty is undoubtedly the leading candidate for the role. Flaherty also could shift across the diamond to start the season if All-Star third baseman Manny Machado isn't back from left knee surgery in time for Opening Day. But ultimately Flaherty's future is at second base, and this season offers the utility player his first opportunity for regular playing time.
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