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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
Ozzie Guillen is no stranger to controversy, and Bryce Harper has made some headlines of his own in a three-month-old career, though he tried to lay low in his battle with the Marlins manager this weekend. On Sunday, Guillen accused the Washington Nationals outfielder of using too much pine-tar on his bat. So to apologize and make amends, Harper sent Guillen an autographed bat. The catch is, he just signed the bat and had no idea who it was intended for . It's common for players to get autographs for each other.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
They call them the unwritten rules of baseball, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter obviously thinks even unwritten rules are made to be broken. He ordered an intentional walk to slumping Bryce Harper in the eighth inning Thursday night, even though the Washington Nationals left fielder represented the potential go-ahead run in a one-run ballgame. That's a classic no-no if you believe in old-school managerial strategy, but Showalter turned baseball convention on its ear, and did it with an opposing hitter who came to the plate with just one hit in his past 20 at-bats.
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The Sports Network | April 27, 2012
The future has arrived for the Nationals. In the midst of its best start since moving to Washington from Montreal, 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper will make his much-anticipated MLB debut for the Nationals on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Washington will place third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list to make room for him on the roster. "We thought that we needed to bring in an impactful left-handed bat," said Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo of Harper.
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By Alejandro Zuniga, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Darren O'Day has made 176 appearances in three seasons with the Orioles. He has never tossed as many pitches as he did Monday night. O'Day threw 34 pitches (22 strikes) through two innings in the Orioles' 8-2, extra-inning win over the Washington Nationals, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three. The performance lowered his ERA to 1.13, on track for the best output of his career. “Darren's done a real good job this year defending himself against left-handed hitters,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
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By Matt Vensel | June 8, 2011
In what is thought the be the first dual-Bundy interview in the history of modern civilization, brothers and fellow Orioles pitching prospects Dylan and Bobby Bundy were guests on “The Norris & Davis Show” on 105.7 The Fan on Wednesday morning. The Orioles selected the former with the fourth overall pick on Monday. By no fault of host Steve Davis, the interview might have made a few decaffeinated people fall asleep at the wheel on the way to work. That sort of thing can happen when you interview a senior in high school.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
The lineup has been announced for tonight's Home Run Derby at Citi Field. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is fifth, behind Pedro Alvarez and in front of Bryce Harper. Obviously, it is AL and NL switching spots with defending champion Prince Fielder going first and the captains going last. Here is the order: Prince Fielder, Michael Cuddyer, Yoenis Cespedes, Pedro Alvarez, Chris Davis, Bryce Harper, Robinson Cano, David Wright. We'll know more about tomorrow's batting order for the game within an hour or so. One other note: Davis is now the favorite to win the Derby, according to bovada.lv, an online betting site . Davis is now 11-4 odds to win with Fielder at 15-4.
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July 3, 2012
Regional hero: Freese Ron Fritz Baltimore Sun Why not an almost local hero? David Freese isn't from Kansas City, but he plays for the Cardinals and grew up outside of St. Louis, about a four-hour drive to Kansas City. He led the Cardinals to the title last year and he has more than helped fill in for the departure of Albert Pujols in the offseason. Freese's numbers are way better than Bryce Harper's and Chipper Jones'. They are slightly better than Michael Bourn's and Aaron Hill's.
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By Matt Vensel | June 9, 2011
I apologize for not blogging about Orioles prospect Dylan Bundy yet today, but I was out at a local MMA gym shooting this week’s Right Back @ You segment, which should be up on the blog sometime tonight. But I’m back, and ready to pass along a few new nuggets on the Orioles’ first-round pick in the 2011 draft. First things first, Bundy’s comment about how he would handle Bryce Harper -- which became national news after I blogged yesterday about his interview on 105.7 The Fan -- got around to the Harper clan, and we now have a full-fledged Bundy-Harper rivalry in the Beltway region.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2013
  Orioles manager Buck Showalter usually has an answer for most questions thrown his way, but he didn't have a quick response for one interesting inquiry this weekend in Anaheim. Before Saturday's game, Showalter was asked why he believed Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, the team's phenom 20-year-old third baseman, isn't mentioned in the same breath as fellow young phenoms like the Angels' Mike Trout and the Nationals' Bryce Harper. Showalter was stumped. He said he'd really have to think about it. The easy answer is that Machado didn't arrive in the big leagues until last August, and by that time, Trout and Harper had already established themselves as fixtures on contending teams.
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By Phil Rogers | June 26, 2011
Whispers It's no coincidence the two managers to resign in midseason, Jim Riggleman and Edwin Rodriguez, were the two lowest-paid in the majors. Riggleman, in his third season with the Nationals and 12th as a manager, was earning $600,000, according to sources. That's more than $200,000 less than Cubs hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo. Riggleman may wish he had handled his situation differently, but you can see why he said he never felt "respected. " … The group of pre-1980 players who were awarded pensions in a deal MLB and the players union announced April 21 still hasn't received any money.
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Sports Digest | July 1, 2014
US Lacrosse announced Monday that five Chesapeake Bayhawks will be on the final, 23-man roster representing the United States at the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship this month. Representing the Bayhawks on Team USA are attackman Brendan Mundorf (UMBC, Mount St. Joseph); midfielders Matt Abbott and Dan Burns (Maryland, Severna Park); and defensemen Michael Evans (Johns Hopkins, South River) and Jesse Bernhardt (Maryland). The Bayhawks' five players on the U.S. roster trail only the New York Lizards' six. Attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman)
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Sports Digest | January 27, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh was named one of two finalists for the third annual NFL Salute to Service Award, presented by the United Services Automobile Association. Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen was the other finalist announced Sunday night. The winner will be recognized at the 2014 NFL Honors awards show in New York on Saturday. Harbaugh has demonstrated a passion for supporting military initiatives by taking part in the annual NFL-United Service Organizations coaches' tour of the Middle East in 2009.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
Nate McLouth, who spent two months of the 2012 season and all of last year with the Orioles, signed a two-year deal last week with the Washington Nationals worth a guaranteed $10.75 million with an option for a third year. McLouth will make $5 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015, as well as a $6.5 million option with a $750,000 buyout for 2016. The 32-year-old McLouth was without a job in May 2012 when the Pittsburgh Pirates granted him his release. He hooked on with the Orioles as a minor leaguer, worked his way back to the major leagues and provided a spark for the club as it advanced to the 2012 playoffs.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson knows plenty about power hitters. He played with guys like Frank Robinson. He managed Brady Anderson in 1996 when Anderson set a still-standing Orioles franchise record with 50 homers. He now manages Bryce Harper, who, at 20, may have the highest power potential in the game. As a player, Johnson hit 136 career homers, including 43 in 1973 with the Atlanta Braves. So what does he see going on with the Orioles' Chris Davis, who has 37 homers heading into the start of the second half tonight?
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Peter Schmuck | July 16, 2013
Maybe it was the moment when ESPN showed Chris Davis with his hand wrapped in a towel on Monday night. Maybe it was a little later, when the temptation to switch over to the rose ceremony on "The Bachelorette" was almost too much to resist. Perhaps I'm just out of touch with the rest of the baseball world (which wouldn't be a major upset), but it didn't take me very long to remember why the annual All-Star Home Run Derby hasn't done it for me in quite some time. It must still be quite popular if so many fans were willing to pay hundreds of dollars on the aftermarket for tickets to watch some of the biggest sluggers in the game take batting practice at New York's Citi Field, but Monday kind of clinched it for me. Once Davis was no longer in play and Adam Jones had delivered a bunch of Nathan's hot dogs to the ESPN broadcast crew, the only thing I waited around to see was whether Bryce Harper or Yoenis Cespedes was going to break the windshield on one of those Chevy pickup trucks perched conspicuously behind the center field fence.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2013
NEW YORK -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who was dealing with a popped blister in the center of his right palm during the second round of Monday's Home Run Derby, said what really derailed him during the event was fatigue. “Yeah, your adrenaline gets you going for a little bit,” said Davis, who was knocked out in the second round , falling to Washington's Bryce Harper and the eventual champion, Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes . “But once that wears off, you realize how many swings you take and how tiring it really is.” "It's not just batting practice; the derby is much more difficult, he said.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
They call them the unwritten rules of baseball, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter obviously thinks even unwritten rules are made to be broken. He ordered an intentional walk to slumping Bryce Harper in the eighth inning Thursday night, even though the Washington Nationals left fielder represented the potential go-ahead run in a one-run ballgame. That's a classic no-no if you believe in old-school managerial strategy, but Showalter turned baseball convention on its ear, and did it with an opposing hitter who came to the plate with just one hit in his past 20 at-bats.
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June 8, 2011
Here at Baltimore Sports Blitz, it’s all Bundy, all the time. Well, at least for the rest of the week. But I’m sure you don’t mind me passing along more information on Orioles first-round draft pick Dylan Bundy, a high school pitcher out of Oklahoma that ESPN’s Buster Olney believes was the best prospect in the 2011 draft. “In the eyes of a lot of the scouting directors and general managers around baseball, the best player in the draft was Dylan Bundy,” Olney said in an appearance on “The Scott Van Pelt Show” on Wednesday . “I had one general manager actually say to me that Dylan Bundy, in his eyes, is the best pitching prospect that he has ever seen,” Olney said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
The lineup has been announced for tonight's Home Run Derby at Citi Field. Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is fifth, behind Pedro Alvarez and in front of Bryce Harper. Obviously, it is AL and NL switching spots with defending champion Prince Fielder going first and the captains going last. Here is the order: Prince Fielder, Michael Cuddyer, Yoenis Cespedes, Pedro Alvarez, Chris Davis, Bryce Harper, Robinson Cano, David Wright. We'll know more about tomorrow's batting order for the game within an hour or so. One other note: Davis is now the favorite to win the Derby, according to bovada.lv, an online betting site . Davis is now 11-4 odds to win with Fielder at 15-4.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
John Kruk, who will be part of ESPN's broadcast of the Home Run Derby, says Orioles first baseman Chris Davis is the favorite “without question” to win the event at Citi Field on Monday night. “When you watch his home runs, he doesn't swing hard,” Kruk, a former big league first baseman said during a conference call Wednesday. “As the later rounds come on if he keeps advancing, to me, he's going to be fresher than anyone else in this thing. To me, he's the leader in the clubhouse right now to win it, even though Prince did win it last year.” Fellow ESPN analyst Nomar Garciaparra said he expects the competition to come down to Davis and Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder.
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