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By ROCH KUBATKO | June 12, 2006
In case you missed it, the Colorado Rockies traded former Oriole Eli Marrero to the New York Mets for Kazuo Matsui and cash. It's now safe to say that Matsui was really, really over-hyped when he came to the United States. It's been a tough year for anyone named Matsui. I can think of at least two. Seeing so many comparisons between Brandon Fahey and Mark Belanger got me thinking about the left side of the Orioles' infield, back when Belanger and Brooks Robinson were collecting Gold Gloves.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,SUN REPORTER | April 9, 2006
On Nick Markakis, Orioles' 22-year-old outfielder Defense -- "He's got a bona fide right-field arm, but they should give him a shot in center field. If you put him in center rather than left or right you don't have to worry about him hitting more than 20 to 25 homers. He runs well and can cover ground in center. They put him in center one game this spring and I said to myself, `It's about time.'" Hitting -- "He has a little trouble with balls that are inside on him. He's had trouble turning his top hand, but he muscles the ball very well to left field and he puts it in play.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | March 25, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Sam Perlozzo's pre-game talk with reporters yesterday started like so many of the others from the past week. Not long after walking off the field and into the dugout and picking his way through reporters to find a seat on the bench, the Orioles' manager is asked about the club's murky outfield situation. He talks fluidly about the pros and cons of several of his options without giving even the faintest hint of which direction he is leaning. "Sufficiently vague enough for you?"
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | April 8, 2005
The surprise pickup of the Orioles' 2004 season, David Newhan played all over the field, served as a designated hitter, batted .311 and endeared himself to the fans with his all-out hustle. Now, he has to adjust anew to being a reserve, a role he was accustomed to in previous stints with San Diego and Philadelphia. "I was pretty much a bench guy over there," Newhan said before making his first start of the season last night in center field in place of Luis Matos. "I've been through it before.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 30, 2005
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Camped under a fly ball during Monday's exhibition game in Fort Lauderdale, Orioles center fielder Luis Matos suddenly raised his arms and crouched as if preparing to call pitches from behind home plate. It was the familiar pose of a man who feared for his life. Matos has reason to be skittish these days. Given all the injuries he has suffered, why wouldn't he go into full protection mode? The ball fell harmlessly to the ground, and Matos suffered nothing more serious than a little embarrassment.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2005
JUPITER, Fla. - The orange coloring in David Newhan's uniform has a tendency to spread beyond the letters. It can run from his upper chest to his knees, the bright dirt clinging to him like a scared child. It isn't enough that the Orioles keep shifting him from one position to the next. It looks as though they're also using him to drag the infield. Newhan is prepared to do anything these days, his duties always expanding. He started in right field on Tuesday, but ended the game at first base.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | December 18, 2004
If second baseman Jerry Hairston is going to be offered a contract by the Orioles, it'll come after he receives the silent treatment. The club has yet to approach Hairston with an offer, but multiple baseball sources predicted yesterday that he'll be tendered a contract by Monday's deadline. Meanwhile, the Orioles have been trying to negotiate a one-year deal with right fielder Jay Gibbons, but he likely will be non-tendered Monday if no agreement is reached, team sources said. Monday is the deadline for clubs to tender contracts to players eligible for arbitration.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | August 23, 2004
With starter Dave Borkowski pitching 1 1/3 innings of relief in the Orioles' 8-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday, his status as Wednesday's starter in Oakland is in doubt. Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said that Borkowski likely will be available, but he stopped short of guaranteeing that he'll make the start. Borkowski, who was hit for the loss to Toronto on Friday, has surrendered nine runs in his past two starts covering 8 2/3 innings. "I don't know yet," said Mazzilli when asked whether Borkowski will make his scheduled start.
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