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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2013
When the Orioles dealt for Bud Norris on July 31, they had a pretty good sense of what they were getting. He's another solid, not flashy guy in the rotation who will give up some hits and some runs, but, for the most part, deliver fairly quality starts and keep the Orioles in the game. He's from the Orioles' school of bend-but-don't-break starting pitchers. And that's what he did in his first three games in a Baltimore uniform, going 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA. In his past two starts -- not including his relief stint in the 14th inning of a loss Aug. 14 - Norris, however, is 1-0 with a 9.90 ERA. In those first three starts, he allowed 15 hits, six walks and five earned runs in 17 innings; in his last two, 18 hits, six walks and 11 earned runs in 10 innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Orioles head to Kansas City down two games in the American League Championship Series as play shifts to Kauffman Stadium for the next three matchups with the Royals. They're facing unprecedented odds. Since the LCS round went to a best-of-seven format in 1985, no team has lost the first two games of the series and came back to win. It's a tough mountain to climb in the flat Midwest, especially against a Royals team that has seen everything go its way and has won all six of its postseason games this year.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
Orioles right-hander Bud Norris celebrated one of his eight strikeouts in Monday night's win over Anaheim with particular vigor. Norris faced the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, with the bases loaded and two outs, and when Trout watched a 95-mph heater apparently grab the outside corner for strike three, Norris strutted back to the dugout and, well, showed him where that kind of heat came from . Trout argued the call, though...
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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 Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
Bud Norris has been in Baltimore for almost a year, but it appears he's kept a keen eye on the goings-on back in Houston. The Orioles right-hander took to Twitter Tuesday morning to tear into the contract extension the Astros signed prospect Jon Singleton to yesterday, and said the deal is "terrible. " Norris added Singleton should have listened to the players union, not his agent. Singleton, who was promoted to the majors Monday, signed a club-friendly extension without ever taking a swing in the big leagues.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
For the next few weeks and months, one of the primary questions surrounding the Orioles will be whether they can find a competent closer now that Jim Johnson has been traded away. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Orioles attempt to acquire a free-agent pitcher who has closed before if that player can come relatively cheaply. That seems like the most obvious scenario. They won't be paying $10 million for a closer, though, that's for sure. There will be some internal candidates, starting with Tommy Hunter.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
WASHINGTON -- As expected, the Orioles designated relief pitcher Julio DePaula for assignment and reinstated right-hander Bud Norris to start Tuesday's game. But the game was postponed until Aug. 4 after a rain delay of approximately 2 1/2 hours. The Orioles selected DePaula's contract from Double-A Bowie on Monday, and he spent less than 24 hours with the club. But that didn't diminish the importance of the promotion to the 31-year-old right-hander, who hasn't made a major league appearance since 2007.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
Bud Norris, who was scheduled to pitch Friday in Toronto, has been scratched for the series with right elbow soreness. He will skip a full turn and hopes to pitch again in Boston. Jason Hammel will take his place Friday at Rogers Centre. Norris said the discomfort is more of a "fatigue and tightness kind of thing," and with a little rest should be fine. “I've been battling it for a couple starts. It's this time of year," Norris said. "I definitely didn't want to miss any time but I figure it'll just be this one and go from there.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
DETROIT - Right-hander Bud Norris is now scheduled to be the Orioles' Game 3 starter on Sunday at Comerica Park.  Even though the Orioles had never officially announced a Game 3 starter, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez had been expected to pitch that game. Showalter left open wiggle room to tweak his ALDS rotation, and both pitchers were available to pitch in relief for Games 1 and 2. But Showater said that Gonzalez would have only been used in relief in case of an emergency. In the postseason, the next day's scheduled pitcher usually has a news conference with the media.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Right-hander Bud Norris likely will need to either go on a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment or pitch in a simulated game before returning from the 15-day disabled list with a right groin strain. “He won't go from just a side day into starting,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He's getting better. I ask [head athletic trainer] Richie [Bancells] and him every day. He's improving. I don't think he can really tell until he's on the mound.” Norris was believed to have a bullpen session scheduled Wednesday, but he will instead participate in pitcher's fielding practice Thursday and now is set to throw his next bullpen session Friday.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Suspended first baseman Chris Davis took batting practice with the Orioles at Camden Yards on Thursday, a day ahead of the American League Championship Series opener against the Kansas City Royals. But Davis, who has five games remaining on a 25-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, will not be added to the ALCS roster, manager Buck Showalter said Thursday. In order to include Davis on the roster, the Orioles would have had to play shorthanded until the suspension ends.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
There will be no baseball played over the next two days, after the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants both punched tickets to the National League Championship Series with Game 4 wins Tuesday night. No baseball until the Orioles open the American League Championship Series on Friday night at Camden Yards against the Kansas City Royals. The Nationals were knocked out by the Giants on Tuesday, so there will be no Beltway World Series. The elimination of the Nats also means that the Orioles, who won 96 games in the regular season, are alone as the winningest team remaining.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
An article that I wrote for Tuesday's newspaper is about reliever Andrew Miller, who has been absolutely filthy in the playoffs after pitching exceptionally well since the Orioles acquired him for left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. In one sense, it will be difficult to analyze the effectiveness of the trade until we see what Rodriguez does in the major leagues. Plus, it's possible that Miller is simply a rental player, will leave as a free agent this winter, and the Orioles will only get two months and a postseason from the big left-hander.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
All Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to do was watch the Kansas City Royals' comeback win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game last week to see how dangerous his team's AL Championship Series opponent can be on the base paths. The Royals erased a four-run, sixth-inning deficit by running circles around the Athletics, stealing a postseason-record seven bases in the game on their way to a 9-8 win in 12 innings. They've been successful on 12 of 13 stolen-base attempts in the postseason heading into the ALCS.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
DETROIT - In the aftermath of the Orioles' American League Division Series win over the Detroit Tigers, we wanted to share some quotes that may not have made it into print. The Orioles had plenty to say. Here are some of the team's key figures talking about Sunday's series-clinching win:  Buck Showalter on whether he could have predicted Nelson Cruz's impact: “Heavens, no.  We just felt like it was a good fit where he was, not necessarily in his career, but his mindset going into the season.  I think Nelson, not a vindictiveness, he knows things were self-inflicted.  He really wanted to establish himself, reestablish himself, and we thought we could provide a real good opportunity for him, and the sky might be the limit.  But we weren't that smart.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
Pregame introductions: As the Orioles are introduced before Game 3, former Tigers outfielder Delmon Young does not get a friendly reception. And it's difficult to tell whether Tigers fans are booing Nelson Cruz because it sounds the same as when Orioles fans cheer him. National anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner is performed nicely by local a capella group, Vision Male Vocal Ensemble. Orioles fans make their presence known at the appropriate moment. Pregame ceremony: Former Detroit infielder Placido Polanco throws out the ceremonial first pitch, and the Tigers run a cool video tribute to the great stars of their storied history.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
The MLB draft is always one of my favorite times of the year. The Orioles basically have no picks, which is personally depressing. But the two players who they gave picks up for --Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz --had a night to make Orioles fans forget draft picks Tuesday. Find out why in the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous night's sports headlines. - Nelson Cruz delivered easy storylines to reporters on both sides when his three-run home run put a cap on the Orioles 8-3 win over Texas . Cruz was edged by Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion as AL Player of the Month, but there's always June.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Orioles right-hander Bud Norris likely is heading to the 15-day disabled list after an MRI performed Thursday morning revealed a right groin strain. Norris, who left Saturday's game against the New York Yankees with groin discomfort, hoped to make his next scheduled start in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays. But following a bullpen session Wednesday, Norris was scratched from the start. Because of today's day off, the Orioles can remain in turn on regular rest until Tuesday.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 5, 2014
DETROIT -- The Orioles sprayed beer and champagne at each other for the second time this season, but it was almost like they were going through the motions after Sunday's heart-stopping victory over the Detroit Tigers propelled them into the American League Championship Series. Their division title celebration was more intense because it was the culmination of a terrific regular season. This time, there was the sense in the visitors' clubhouse at Comerica Park that the postseason had only just begun.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
DETROIT -- Buck Showalter has played postseason chess several times before, and like most participants as confident as he is, he has lost more times than not. But in the Orioles' triumphant American League Division Series sweep of the Detroit Tigers, the manager pulled all the right strings. Before the Orioles' series-clinching Game 3 win over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon, he switched the rotation, tabbing right-hander Bud Norris to start. And down to the final two outs, he veered from the unconventional, putting the winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth with an intentional walk before allowing closer Zach Britton to finish a three-game sweep of the Tigers.
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