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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2012
Orioles pitcher Jim Johnson, who shined in his late-season role as the team's closer, said he has a feeling he will open spring training in the bullpen. “I'm pretty sure about that,” Johnson said at Saturday's Orioles FanFest. “We'll figure that out in the team in the spring. The organization has considered the idea of making Johnson a starter, even as recently as this offseason. But with the Orioles' offseason starting pitching additions -- Wei-Yin Chen, Tsuyoshi Wada and Dana Eveland -- the bullpen appears to be his best fit. “I think Dan [Duquette]
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
The Orioles' sweep by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field last weekend raised all kinds of red flags. But four days back home against the Tampa Bay Rays allowed the Orioles to get back to one of the things that has carried them to the top of the American League East -- a lights-out bullpen. Relief pitchers Brad Brach , Andrew Miller, and Zach Britton combined for three scoreless innings in Thursday's 5-4 win at Camden Yards, and the bullpen completed a four-game series against the Rays without allowing an earned run in 14 1/3 innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
CHICAGO -- Struggling Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was sent to the bullpen Tuesday, bumping him from a crowded starting rotation in a move that seemed destined to occur since his last rocky outing over the weekend in Cleveland. Before Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Orioles mananger Buck Showalter announced his rotation through Monday, and Jimenez wasn't among the starters. He will be available out of the bullpen starting Wednesday. Showalter didn't rule out the possibility of using Jimenez as a spot starter, but at this point Jimenez seems destined for mop-up duty out of the bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
After the Orioles' 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in a lackluster game that lasted three hours and 37 minutes and featured 319 pitches, manager Buck Showalter played an impromptu word game with reporters. “That was a grind-out win,” Showalter said. “That was such a, I wouldn't say lethargic.” Sluggish? “Nope wasn't sluggish, that's a bad word,” Showalter said. Tedious? “No.” Grueling? “That's close,” Showalter said.
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Peter Schmuck | April 10, 2012
It was a calculated risk. The Orioles have opened the season with what manager Buck Showalter willingly concedes is an "unconventional" bullpen, which could leave him and baseball operations chief Dan Duquette with some explaining to do if the starting pitchers aren't able to provide enough good innings to keep the relievers fresh. The Orioles do not have a true long reliever to pick up the slack if the starters again make a habit of stalling in the early and middle innings. That might change over the next few weeks - as circumstances dictate - but the team clearly is hoping that the rotation will go deep in enough games to make it a non-issue.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2013
Some of you are wondering why manager Buck Showalter stuck with closer Jim Johnson in the ninth inning of the Orioles' 6-5 loss to Toronto on Sunday afternoon. The bottom line it that right now this Orioles bullpen is spent. This game was Johnson's to close or lose, and I think 10 times out of 10, Showalter will like his odds with Johnson against Toronto's No. 9 hitter Munenori Kawasaki. I've heard Showalter say it many times: He won't compromise the health of the bullpen. He realizes that this Orioles team will go as far as its bullpen will take it, and there's no way he will put his relievers - as he puts it - “in harm's way.” “Buck doesn't ever put you in a situation where you're overtaxed,” right-hander Tommy Hunter said.
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By Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2010
Seeking seats in the bullpen Barring injuries or trades, most of the Orioles' Opening Day roster is already set with the exception of two or three vacancies in the bullpen. Mike Gonzalez, Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara and Mark Hendrickson are locks, but there are still two or three spots available and a handful of competitors. Pitcher IP ER H BB K's Jeff Zrebiec's skinny Matt Albers, rhp 4 1/3 0 2 0 1 Throwing his sinker for strikes as he did in 2008.
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By Everett Cook and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
Keeping up with a theme that has been consistent all year for the Orioles, the bullpen had another great game in relief of an unspectacular outing from a starting pitcher. On Sunday, Tommy Hunter pitched a decent game, giving up three runs in five innings, but wasn't great. No matter. Orioles manager Buck Showalter turned the game over to his bullpen in the sixth inning with the score tied at 3, and they didn't allow a hit or a run the rest of the way. “Those guys have been doing it all year,” Hunter said.
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By Matt Vensel | February 26, 2013
In their unexpected run to the playoffs last season, the Orioles were historically good in one-run games, winning more than 76 percent of them. Their bullpen was among the best in the majors -- and among the best in franchise history -- as relievers went 32-11 with 55 saves and a 3.00 ERA as the Orioles won 93 games. The Orioles ranked fifth in ERA and also finished fifth in WHIP with 1.21 walks and hits per inning. They somehow did it without striking out a lot of batters, as they ranked 28th with 7.49 strikeouts per nine innings.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2010
Orioles right-hander Brad Bergesen , who lasted just 2 1/3 innings in his last start against the New York Yankees, has been sent to the bullpen and will have at least one start skipped. Whether the new assignment lasts beyond one turn has not been determined, but Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel said there are no immediate plans to call up another pitcher to take Bergesen's spot in the rotation. "We don't know how long he is going to be down there [in the bullpen]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
CHICAGO - The first half of the Orioles' six-game, weeklong trip to Chicago was a success in more ways than one. They beat up on the floundering Chicago White Sox, sweeping the three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Fate shined down on the Orioles, but that seems to happen when you're playing as well as this team's playing. On Tuesday, while the Chicago Cubs waited through a four-hour rain delay at Wrigley Field, not a drop fell on the city's South Side, even though the ballparks are less than 10 miles apart.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
CHICAGO - A day after being demoted to the bullpen for the first time in his major league career, the disappointment in Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez's voice was unmistakable. When Jimenez signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Orioles in February, he said he wanted to help the club get back to the World Series. And he said before Wednesday's game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field that he will do everything he can to keep that goal. “It's a little bit disappointing, it's a little bit hard, but like I say, we're all here for the same thing, and that's hopefully getting us into the World Series,” Jimenez said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
CHICAGO -- Struggling Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was sent to the bullpen Tuesday, bumping him from a crowded starting rotation in a move that seemed destined to occur since his last rocky outing over the weekend in Cleveland. Before Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Orioles mananger Buck Showalter announced his rotation through Monday, and Jimenez wasn't among the starters. He will be available out of the bullpen starting Wednesday. Showalter didn't rule out the possibility of using Jimenez as a spot starter, but at this point Jimenez seems destined for mop-up duty out of the bullpen.
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Peter Schmuck | August 17, 2014
It's time for the Orioles to bite the bullet on Ubaldo Jimenez. No, not that bullet. This isn't about giving up on Jimenez during the first year of a four-year, $50 million contract because he can't consistently find the strike zone and has been taking a spot in the rotation from a more effective starting pitcher. It's about making a tough short-term decision to keep the first-place Orioles well out in front of the pack in the American League East. Jimenez, at his best, could be the key to a deep playoff run, so it's logical for Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette to want him ready to head into October on the same kind of September roll that made him the AL Pitcher of the Month for the Cleveland Indians last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
TORONTO -- Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will come off the 15-day disabled list and return to the starting rotation for Saturday's interleague game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Camden Yards, Showalter said Thursday. Since Jimenez returned from a minor league rehab assignment Sunday, the club hadn't decided its next step with him - whether he would return to the rotation or go to the bullpen. Jimenez hasn't pitched since July 5 and he has been on the disabled list with a right ankle sprain since July 13. But after a bullpen session Wednesday that Jimenez called his best of the season, the Orioles decided to give Jimenez - who is 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA on 18 starts this season - the start Saturday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
TORONTO -- Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez still didn't know before Wednesday's game when he would make his next appearance for the Orioles, but he said his work day at Rogers Centre was his best of the season. A decision on Jimenez, who hasn't pitched in a major league game since July 5 and has been on the disabled list with a right ankle sprain since July 13, will likely come Thursday. He could be activated to start either Saturday or Sunday against the St. Louis Cardinals at Camden Yards, or he could return out of the bullpen.
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By Everett Cook and The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2012
Orioles starting pitcher Tommy Hunter gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings Saturday night, marking the third time in the last four games that an Orioles pitcher hasn't recorded a quality start. That quality start was also the only Orioles win in the last six games -- July 26th against Tampa Bay -- when Chris Tillman gave up two earned runs over six innings. In the other three games of that stretch, Orioles starting pitchers have given up a combined 18 runs in 13 2/3 innings, overworking the bullpen and putting a ton of pressure on the offense to make up deficits.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2012
The Orioles winning their three-game series against the Phillies this weekend at Camden Yards comes down to one number. One. That's the number of runs the Orioles bullpen allowed in 14 innings of work this series. With two extra-inning games, the teams played 31 innings this series. Their starting pitchers went seven innings just once and the pen had to account for five innings in Friday's series opener, something that usually leads to trouble later on. But not with this bullpen.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
TORONTO - The Orioles still don't know their next step with pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, but sending the veteran right-hander to the bullpen for the time being is among the possibilities. Jimenez, who remains on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain and hasn't pitched since July 5, will throw a side session before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. A decision on whether Jimenez will return to the rotation for this weekend's series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Camden Yards might not be made for the next few days.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
The Orioles didn't make a blockbuster deal before Thursday's nonwaiver trade deadline like some other American League contenders, but they picked up one of the fiercest left-handed relievers in the major leagues to further fortify a stout bullpen. With about an hour to spare before the deadline expired, the Orioles acquired 29-year-old left-hander Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Miller, a free agent at the end of this season, is expected to be in uniform Friday and available to pitch out of the bullpen against the Seattle Mariners.
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