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By Candus Thomson | candy.thomson@baltsun.com | April 8, 2010
Even a gem needs polishing every once in a while. All winter, crews swarmed Camden Yards, ripping out aging seats, pouring concrete, digging trenches and replacing water-damaged walkways in a $10 million maintenance blitz. Working against the clock and snowstorms that came one after another, workers and ballpark officials nevertheless expect to have the last piece in place before the gates swing wide on Opening Day Friday. "Nothing that we're doing is a radical change to the aesthetics of the ballpark.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
As the bliss slowly ebbed out of Camden Yards on Saturday, the victim of another grinding effort by the unsinkable Kansas City Royals, a new reality set in for Orioles fans. Their team, so good for so many months, suddenly faces terribly long odds in this American League Championship Series. In fact, the Orioles might have played their last game in Baltimore this year. They'll have to win two of three in Kansas City just to make another date with the home crowd. As the announced sellout crowd of 46,912 filed out after a 6-4 loss, dreams of the World Series - so vibrant just 24 hours earlier - seemed far, far removed.
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By Matt Vensel | February 15, 2011
Imagine my surprise this morning when I pulled up Deadspin.com and saw that the sports website's main image was a fan climbing the left-field foul pole at Camden Yards. Now that's something you don't see every day. Apparently, two Orioles fans emailed Deadspin claiming they somehow got locked inside Camden Yards during a rain-out and romped around the beautiful ballpark as if it was their personal playground. They climbed the foul pole, slid across the infield tarp like it was a Slip 'n Slide, made grilled cheese sandwiches at Boog's and drank themselves silly with stolen Bud Light.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
After polishing off a sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Division Series, the Orioles are in flight back to Baltimore. The team is expected to arrive at Camden Yards around 3:30 p.m., the team wrote on Twitter. "We're coming home!" the club tweeted from its official account. "The #Orioles are expected to arrive at the SW corner of Oriole Park shortly after 3:30 p.m. See you there! #WeWontStop " The Orioles won't play again until Friday, when they open the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2012
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis could feel the energy back at Camden Yards. As the Orioles rallied from a six-run deficit Sunday against Tampa Bay in Baltimore's eventual 9-8 loss, Markakis - the most veteran player currently on the team's 25-man roster - took notice of more fans in the the stands. "It's awesome,” Markakis said. “A packed house, going into the ninth inning down by two runs. It's just momentum. Crowd is in it. That's all you can ask for. “It's all about the fans.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2011
The Orioles announced their plans to renovate Camden Yards for the stadium's 20th anniversary this upcoming season and, as I am sure you all know by now, that includes six bronze statues of the club's current Hall of Famers. I've been lucky enough to visit nearly every Major League Baseball stadium. And Camden Yards, 20 years in, is still one of the best if not the best (I love the parks in San Francisco and Pittsburgh, too). Having the statues - of Frank and Brooks Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. - will make Camden Yards even cooler.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2012
Right-hander Brad Bergesen's arbitration hearing was scheduled for this morning at 9:30. He was looking for $1.2 million, the Oriolescountered with $800,000. I have received no information otherwise -- and I've checked -- so it's assumed the private hearing commenced today. They usually run for several hours, and the three-member panel usually doesn't offer its opinion until the following day. This is the first time the Orioles have gone to a hearing with a player since 2006 with pitcher Rodrigo Lopez.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | April 9, 2010
When Miguel Tejada made his Orioles debut at Camden Yards in 2004, he homered and drove in five runs as his new club beat the Boston Red Sox, 7-2. Six years later, Tejada is no longer the superstar who took over this town and raised expectations for a struggling franchise, but he still thrives in the spotlight. In "Miggi Mania: The Sequel," playing Friday at Camden Yards, Tejada made a triumphant return, collecting three hits, including a two-run home run, and driving in four runs in the club's 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Peter Schmuck | April 3, 2012
Former Orioles pitcher Rick Sutcliffe had every intention of heading home for the 1992 season, and why not? His roots - and his family - were in the Kansas City area, where he grew up within a short drive of Royals Stadium. He had already accomplished quite a lot during the first 13 years of his major league career, and he figured the time was right to spend the rest of that career sleeping in his own bed after home games. Maybe it's true that life is what happens while you're making other plans, because Sutcliffe's lifeplan changed with one phone call from an old friend and a brief visit to an unfinished stadium in a place he had never heard of called Camden Yards.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2012
These weren't the same Boston Red Sox who used to regularly come to Camden Yards and bully the Orioles in their own ballpark. And the crowd at Tuesday night's series opener didn't seem to be the same crowd we're used to seeing in these parts for this kind of series. There was a lot more orange among the announced 26,204 at Camden Yards for the Orioles' 7-1 win over the Red Sox than even during Boston's first trip here in May. The moment I took notice was when reliever Darren O'Day escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Cody Ross swinging and Ryan Lavarnway looking, prompting a loud standing ovation going into the seventh-inning stretch.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
The Orioles are a win away from the American League Championship Series, and Saturday morning the team announced two options for fans to purchase tickets for that series. Fans who place a minimum $250 per seat deposit on a 2015 full or partial season-ticket plan by noon on Monday will have a chance to buy ALCS tickets, and possibly other future postseason tickets, via an exclusive online-only pre-sale on Tuesday at 10 a.m. A public sale for ALCS tickets will take place on Thursday at noon, exclusively online at  orioles.com/postseason . Availability is expected to be extremely limited, and a maximum of four tickets per ALCS game may be purchased.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
Camden Yards was still quiet about three hours before the 12:07 p.m. first pitch of Game 2 in the American League Division Series. Groundskeepers raked the dirt along the base paths and a few players stretched in the outfield. The sky lived up to the partly cloudy forecast, with patches of blue occasionally marred by passing gray. The Orioles will attempt to take a 2-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers behind left-hander Wei-Yin Chen on Friday afternoon. But Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said he actually liked the fact his team was facing a quick turnaround from its 12-3 loss in the Thursday evening opener.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 3, 2014
The Orioles packed their bags and headed to Detroit late Friday afternoon, but it was clear that they were in no hurry to leave the orange embrace of the fans in Baltimore or the surreal environment that enveloped Camden Yards during the first two games of their American League Division Series. "I've been in World Series … I've been in the World Baseball Classic … I've been in the All-Star Game, and I never heard nothing like this," said Game 1 hero Nelson Cruz. "It was so loud, my ears were ringing.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Thursday's sellout crowd meant that every seat in Camden Yards was filled, including the worst in the ballpark. The five seats in Section 306, Row 25 - even with the foul pole in right field and level with the roof of the eight-story B&O Warehouse - are about as far from the action as you could get. But the view isn't bad - only a portion of right field was obstructed - and, most importantly, the fans still felt they were part of the game....
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
With as much electricity as there appeared to be at Camden Yards on Thursday night, it would be hard not to have a high-energy telecast. Give cable channel TBS credit for that: It did a solid job of communicating the color, excitement and sheer joy in the stands for the American League Division Series opener as the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers, 12-3. It might seem like an obvious choice, but coming out of commercials time and again with hand-held cameras in the face of fans in full orange-and-black regalia as they clapped, cheered and waved signs was definitely the way to go. I loved the field-level shots looking up into the stands.
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Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
A man working inside a rowhouse near Camden Yards was trapped under tons of debris for several hours Monday after the back of the building collapsed, Baltimore fire officials said. Rescue workers pulled the victim — who suffered life-threatening injuries — from the home at 528 S. Paca St. about 4:30 p.m. The building collapsed about noon, but crews spent hours attempting to secure the structure. During the rescue, officials shut down a portion of Russell Street, snarling traffic south of downtown.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
So it's way past midnight and I still haven't packed for my 7:30 a.m. flight to Tampa Bay. Heck, I can sleep in the offseason. The Orioles sealed their first postseason bid in 15 years tonight, capping a bizarre and surreal day, one that most long-suffering O's fans will remember for years. The image that will last in my mind is one of the Orioles players giving high fives on the field after their 6-3 win over Boston, then staying on the field to watch the final inning of the Angels-Rangers afternoon game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
NEW YORK - Right-hander Chris Tillman will make his postseason debut next week as the Orioles' starting pitcher in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Camden Yards. It appeared evident that Tillman would start the Oct. 2 playoff opener once Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the pitcher would start Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays on one extra day of rest and then do the same going into the postseason. But Showalter officially announced the move before Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees.
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
The Orioles drew an announced 38,329 for Sunday's finale at Camden Yards for an overall attendance of 2,464,473 in the 80-date season. That easily surpassed their 2012 total of 2.36 million despite having one fewer date (the doubleheader this year on May 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates was a single-gate admission). This is the highest total attendance the Orioles have had in a season since they drew 2.625 million in 2005. This year's average attendance of 30,806 is the first time Camden Yards has averaged more than 30,000 since 2005.
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