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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2013
Today is a deadline of sorts for the Orioles. It's the last day they can exclusively sign any of their own free agents. Beginning Tuesday, eligible free agents can agree to contracts with any club. That means, on Tuesday, the Orioles could ink one of their own free agents or other available players from around the league. It rarely happens that quickly, of course. Most free agents don't sign until early to mid-December. The Orioles have another deadline today, but it is more of a formality than anything.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
There's always some impatience by baseball fans shortly after the regular season ends and before free agency really gets going. And the Orioles' brass has been doing things -- most specifically, interviewing candidates for the club's vacant pitching coach position. But as for some of the other avenues to improve the team, nothing appears to be particularly hot. The Orioles have nine pending free agents -- Alexi Casilla, Scott Feldman, Jason Hammel, Nate McLouth, Michael Morse, Brian Roberts, Francisco Rodriguez, Chris Snyder and Tsuyoshi Wada -- and executive vice president Dan Duquette said: “We haven't moved on any of those free agents yet.” The Orioles will have a five-day exclusive period with their own free agents that begins as soon as the World Series ends, which will be either Wednesday or Thursday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
In talking to Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette on Thursday, I asked whether he had made any progress on the club's pending free agents,a group that includes pitchers Scott Feldman and Jason Hammel, infielder Brian Roberts and outfielder Nate McLouth. “No," Duquette answered. "We haven't had any discussions on those.” I'm sure some of you will find that alarming. I don't. First, Duquette's juggling other responsibilities, including the pitching coach search. Secondly, this is typical of Octobers.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
In talking to Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette on Thursday, I asked whether he had made any progress on the club's pending free agents,a group that includes pitchers Scott Feldman and Jason Hammel, infielder Brian Roberts and outfielder Nate McLouth. “No," Duquette answered. "We haven't had any discussions on those.” I'm sure some of you will find that alarming. I don't. First, Duquette's juggling other responsibilities, including the pitching coach search. Secondly, this is typical of Octobers.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2013
Despite not making the playoffs this season, the Orioles can say they got the best of the American League East champion Boston Red Sox. The Orioles' 6-5 comeback win over Boston clinched a season-series win over the Red Sox, 10-8, making them the only AL East team to have a winning record against Boston this season. They also clinched their first back-to-back season-series wins over the Red Sox since the 1991-1992 seasons. The Red Sox will still have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, while the Orioles still will empty their lockers after Sunday afternoon's regular-season finale and part ways for the offseason.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
While Brian Roberts could be playing his final games in an Orioles uniform this weekend, the veteran second baseman has made it clear that he wants to remain with the team in 2014. And as the season nears a close, Roberts is building a solid case to consider. Roberts hit his third homer in his past five games Saturday, a solo blast to left field off Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester that led off the third inning and gave the Orioles a 2-0 lead. Over his past 41 games, dating to Aug. 12, Roberts has a .265/.341/.429 slash line with six homers, 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts concedes that he's had passing thoughts over the past several weeks about whether these might be his final days in the only major league uniform he's ever worn. "Oh, sure, I think everybody thinks about their future at some point," Roberts said. "I've tried not to really dwell on it, but there are times when you definitely want to know what's next for you, when there's no assurance of anything you don't really know. You just kind of walk by faith.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
Last night, the two offensive heroes for the Orioles were Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop. Hmmm. Not a bad time for Flaherty to homer twice and drive in four runs. Not a bad time, either, for Jonathan Schoop to homer, single, walk and score three runs in his big league debut. These, ladies and gentlemen, are two of your primary candidates to start at second base for the 2014 Baltimore Orioles. There's one other primary candidate, though. You may have heard of him: Brian Roberts.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2013
It seems like everyone had been waiting for Jonathan Schoop's major league debut. Especially the 21-year-old Schoop, who had been with the Orioles since Sept. 3, but hadn't yet gotten into a game. The Orioles were trying to stay in the pennant race and they weren't going to replace veteran Brian Roberts at second base with Schoop, who is loaded with talent but also exceptionally raw. He hit .256 with nine homers and 34 RBIs in 70 games with Norfolk, impressive for someone his age and for someone who battled a serious back injury (stress fracture)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2013
When Manny Machado crumpled to the ground in the seventh inning at Tropicana Field on Monday,  I immediately thought of two other Orioles' scenes. The first was in old Yankee Stadium on Sept. 20, 2005. Second baseman Brian Roberts, a first time All-Star, the club's Most Valuable Oriole and one of the franchise's rare homegrown stars, was covering first base when he had an ugly, gruesome collision with the Yankees' Bubba Crosby. Roberts ended up in a heap on the infield - much like Machado on Monday when his left knee gave out - with a dislocated elbow, torn tendon and torn UCL. That was the cherry on top of what had to be the worst overall implosion in baseball history.
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