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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said his final visit to Camden Yards this week brought back memories of his first full season in pinstripes. That year, he played against the Orioles in the American League Championship Series and he was in awe of Cal Ripken, Jr., whom Jeter still regards as a role model. “I was sort of thrust right into it,” Jeter said before his final regular-season game at Camden Yards on Sunday night. “Baltimore had great teams. I remember coming here in 1996 in my first full season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Here are some quotes from a wild night at Camden Yards -- the Orioles' first division title since 1997. Manager Buck Showalter: "You get older, you want to get a good angle and a good seat and see good people get a return for what they put into it and what they're trying to achieve. And this is a huge step, to get a chance now. We've got to figure out a way to win 11 games. " Showalter on changing his seat in the dugout and ending up next to the plaque of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver in the dugout: “There are some great moments in your life.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The big news Monday night was that the Orioles won again and have reduced their magic number for clinching the American League East to one over the Toronto Blue Jays. The New York Yankees have been eliminated from the division title hunt. With the Orioles' next win, the champagne corks pop and the club secures its first AL East crown since 1997. The subplot from Monday was perhaps more intriguing. In the fifth inning, veteran infielder Jose Reyes came dashing home on a single and catcher Caleb Joseph attempted to tag him out. Fairly routine play.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh joined the flood of congratulatory text messages delivered to Orioles manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles clinched their first American League East division title since 1997 on Tuesday night with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Showalter visited Harbaugh at the Ravens' training complex last year and took part in a coin toss during a Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium in 2012, when the Orioles qualified for the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Ravens won the Super Bowl after that season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
When the Toronto Blue Jays overtook the New York Yankees for second place earlier this week and then won their game Wednesday night, the Blue Jays guaranteed that the Orioles couldn't capture the American League East crown until Monday at the earliest. That ruined a delicious scenario for the Orioles this weekend, potentially sweeping the Yankees at Camden Yards to clinch their first division title in 17 years. You would have needed a jumbo, battery-charged broom for that one. As it stands, the most the Orioles can do this weekend is eliminate the Yankees from the divisional race, which, for an organization that has been in the deep shadows of the Bronx Bombers for decades, is a solid consolation prize.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter fidgeted in his chair, admitting he was uncomfortable about the possibility of tying his mentor, Billy Martin, on the all-time managerial wins list. Monday night's 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays was the 1,253rd of Showalter's career, tying Martin for 36th place in baseball history. Showalter said he didn't know he was drawing close to Martin, who managed the New York Yankees when Showalter was an up-and-coming minor league manager in the Yankees system, until his daughter, Allie, informed him recently.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Right-hander Dylan Bundy came to Camden Yards on Tuesday to discuss his offseason plan with Brady Anderson, the Orioles' vice president of baseball operations, and “to make sure we were all together on what's going on with him between now and next spring,” manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday. Bundy is currently on the disabled list at High-A Frederick with a strained lat muscle, an injury Showalter said "has just about resolved itself. " “The goal and the hope now for him is to have a normal offseason of a healthy pitcher, which he is,” Showalter said.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2012
Buck Showalter not only has baseball talents, Baltimore -- he's also quite a believable prankster. The folks at Major League Baseball's Fan Cave just posted a really funny video where Showalter "punks" relief pitcher Darren O'Day. Here's the setup: O'Day thinks he's being interviewed by a Wall Street Journal reporter about his fondness for something called a "Solowheel," a unicycle-type thing that he's apparently getting paid to endorse. In the middle of demonstrating the device, Showalter storms up and asks him what the heck he thinks he's doing.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2012
Before the masses start thinking that there's a rift between Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds and manager Buck Showalter, let's squash that -- and tell you about what you don't see on television. What you did see Friday night in the Orioles' 13-inning 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park was Reynolds hit his first homer of the season, a booming shot over the Green Monster in the third inning that ended a personal 0-for-13 streak and a 76-at bat homerless drought going back to last season (Watch the video by clicking HERE )
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter basically confirmed everything that has been written about the decision to send rookie Kevin Gausman to Triple-A last night. Gausman will be back Friday as the allowed “26th man” to pitch one end of the split doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays. He'll then be sent back down to the minors Friday and will return to the majors the following week after spending four more days in the minors (to fulfill the 10-requirement after a demotion). In other words, Gausman is not expected to miss a start, just have one pushed back from Wednesday to Friday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Now that the Orioles have clinched the American League East title, the regular season is all over but the roster shuffling. The Orioles headed into Wednesday night trailing the Los Angeles Angels by three games for the top seed in the AL while leading the Detroit Tigers by seven games for the third seed. It puts the Orioles into a bit of a baseball limbo: Do they try to catch the Angels and not give their regulars as much rest over the next 11 games, or do they forget about trying to get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, be happy with the No. 2 seed and try to spell their regulars?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
It took 48 hours, but the disciplinary sanctions the Orioles were hoping for were passed down by Major League Baseball on Wednesday. Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was suspended six games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing at Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph's head in the sixth inning Monday. “Like I said the time, I had a lot of confidence MLB would look at it and do what needs to be done,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I have a lot of confidence that when something like that happens, and emotions of players get in the way of good decisions, that the league office will remind them that certain things aren't tolerated.” After Stroman's 92-mph fastball sailed past Joseph's head, the rookie right-hander and both dugouts were warned by home plate umpire Ted Barrett.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The big news Monday night was that the Orioles won again and have reduced their magic number for clinching the American League East to one over the Toronto Blue Jays. The New York Yankees have been eliminated from the division title hunt. With the Orioles' next win, the champagne corks pop and the club secures its first AL East crown since 1997. The subplot from Monday was perhaps more intriguing. In the fifth inning, veteran infielder Jose Reyes came dashing home on a single and catcher Caleb Joseph attempted to tag him out. Fairly routine play.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
Toronto Blue Jays rookie right-hander Marcus Stroman, who threw a head-high, 92-mph fastball behind Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph in the sixth inning Monday, said Tuesday that he meant no harm to Joseph and doesn't want to be known as a head hunter. The sense was that it was a purpose pitch because Joseph stepped on Jose Reyes' hand on a play at the plate in the previous inning. “Obviously, I've been thinking about it a lot,” Stroman said. “The last thing I would ever want to do is throw at somebody's head, that's not my intention at all. I'm sorry that the ball slipped out of my hand and got away from me in the head region.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter fidgeted in his chair, admitting he was uncomfortable about the possibility of tying his mentor, Billy Martin, on the all-time managerial wins list. Monday night's 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays was the 1,253rd of Showalter's career, tying Martin for 36th place in baseball history. Showalter said he didn't know he was drawing close to Martin, who managed the New York Yankees when Showalter was an up-and-coming minor league manager in the Yankees system, until his daughter, Allie, informed him recently.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said his final visit to Camden Yards this week brought back memories of his first full season in pinstripes. That year, he played against the Orioles in the American League Championship Series and he was in awe of Cal Ripken, Jr., whom Jeter still regards as a role model. “I was sort of thrust right into it,” Jeter said before his final regular-season game at Camden Yards on Sunday night. “Baltimore had great teams. I remember coming here in 1996 in my first full season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been shuffling his pitching staff all season. If he can find a way to get a starter some rest or bring an extra pitcher into the bullpen for a day or two, he'll do it. The obvious result is that his relievers, for the most part, have maintained their health while pitching effectively. Heading into Saturday's game against the New York Yankees, Orioles relievers had the fourth-best ERA in the American League and sixth-most innings pitched. Only closer Zach Britton was among the league's top 10 in appearances, with 66. Darren O'Day was tied for 25th, with 62, and neither pitched in Saturday's 3-2 loss.
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February 13, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter will have a lot of issues to deal with over the course of spring training - which officially begins today - but he doesn't seem the least bit worried about his starting rotation, even though he concedes that there are a few things he might have to worry about. “We're probably at 9, 10, 11 guys that we're looking at," he said Tuesday. “You've got to say 'What if?' If [Jason Hammel] has a knee issue or Miguel [Gonzalez] has some issue or [Wei-Yin] Chen or something, we'll be able to move in a lot of different directions.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez hasn't made a start in nearly a month - and he has made just two relief appearances since then - but he said he's ready for Tuesday's spot start against the Toronto Blue Jays. “The only thing I can do is think about that game and go out and do my job,” Jimenez said. “That's why I always have the same approach. I don't think about that I haven't pitched in a while or anything like that. I have to go out there and find a way, find a way to compete, find a way to do my job.” Jimenez last pitched Aug. 31 - when he allowed four of the five batters he faced to reach base in mop-up duty in a 12-8 win over the Minnesota Twins - but he said he has remained fresh by throwing bullpen sessions every two to three days, mostly after games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been shuffling his pitching staff all season. If he can find a way to get a starter some rest or bring an extra pitcher into the bullpen for a day or two, he'll do it. The obvious result is that his relievers, for the most part, have maintained their health while pitching effectively. Heading into Saturday's game against the New York Yankees, Orioles relievers had the fourth-best ERA in the American League and sixth-most innings pitched. Only closer Zach Britton was among the league's top 10 in appearances, with 66. Darren O'Day was tied for 25th, with 62, and neither pitched in Saturday's 3-2 loss.
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