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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
After Parker Bridwell carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning last week for High-A Frederick, manager Luis Pujols told him that if he learned from that start, he could put his early season struggles behind him. Bridwell did just that Tuesday, riding his rediscovered changeup and swing-and-miss breaking ball to six innings in which he struck out eight batters and gave up three runs and six hits to a potent Myrtle Beach lineup. “Last year, [my changeup] was one of my best pitches, and it showed back up a couple outings ago,” Bridwell said.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
After Parker Bridwell carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning last week for High-A Frederick, manager Luis Pujols told him that if he learned from that start, he could put his early season struggles behind him. Bridwell did just that Tuesday, riding his rediscovered changeup and swing-and-miss breaking ball to six innings in which he struck out eight batters and gave up three runs and six hits to a potent Myrtle Beach lineup. “Last year, [my changeup] was one of my best pitches, and it showed back up a couple outings ago,” Bridwell said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - Submarine pitchers are a different breed. From their quirky deliveries to the grips, release points and arm actions they use, few aspects of the way they pitch translate to the conventional overhand thrower. Orioles right-hander Darren O'Day - who has pitched to a 2.23 ERA as a dependable late-inning reliever over the past two seasons - is the perfect example. Over his career, O'Day has relied on a sinker and slider combination to get hitters out. He's tried to develop a changeup in the past, but hasn't been comfortable enough to throw it during a pressure situation in a game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA.  - When left-hander Brian Matusz arrived in the major leagues in 2009, his changeup was an essential part of his four-pitch arsenal. But as Matusz struggled as a starter before finding a home in the Orioles bullpen last season, he said lost his feel for the pitch. Even though Matusz served as the club's best left-handed reliever in 2013 - his first full season in the bullpen - the 27-year-old has made it clear that he wants to be a starter again. This offseason, Matusz realized that rediscovering his changeup would be vital to reaching that goal because it would help him get right-handed hitters out, which has been his main obstacle to earning a regular spot in the rotation.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | July 7, 1994
When is a changeup not really a changeup?Almost every time Jamie Moyer pitches.The Orioles' left-hander is one of a few major-league pitchers for whom an off-speed delivery is the No. 1 pitch. That being the case, it doesn't normally qualify as a changeup, which technically is described as a change of speed.When slow is predominant, then fast, or at least faster, effectively falls into the changeup category. Which means Moyer's fastball is really the pitch he uses most effectively to keep hitters off balance.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA.  - When left-hander Brian Matusz arrived in the major leagues in 2009, his changeup was an essential part of his four-pitch arsenal. But as Matusz struggled as a starter before finding a home in the Orioles bullpen last season, he said lost his feel for the pitch. Even though Matusz served as the club's best left-handed reliever in 2013 - his first full season in the bullpen - the 27-year-old has made it clear that he wants to be a starter again. This offseason, Matusz realized that rediscovering his changeup would be vital to reaching that goal because it would help him get right-handed hitters out, which has been his main obstacle to earning a regular spot in the rotation.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | March 12, 1992
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Arthur Rhodes found out yesterday that learning can sometimes be painful.The promising young left-hander pitched three solid innings in the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Texas Rangers, but one mistake cost him a run on Kevin Reimer's fifth-inning home run."A [stupid] changeup," said Rhodes. "A changeup I left up in the middle of the plate. A pitch I shouldn't have thrown."The changeup, however, is one thing pitching coach Dick Bosman wants Rhodes to add to his pitch selection.
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By CHILDS WALKER AND JEFF ZREBIEC and CHILDS WALKER AND JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTERS | June 21, 2006
The difference between good Erik Bedard and bad Erik Bedard is clear. The one who looks like an ace throws three pitches for strikes. The one who doesn't struggles to control anything but his fastball. Good Bedard has re-emerged in his three most recent starts using a new changeup grip he learned from teammate Kris Benson. It's a circle change passed down from off-speed master Tom Glavine. Bedard hopes the new grip will give him enduring confidence in a pitch that has often betrayed him. "I just haven't found a grip I am comfortable with or consistent with," he said.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1998
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It is Scott Erickson's annual springtime experiment. Known for possessing the game's heaviest sinker, he is again trying to add a finesse pitch to his assortment. Whether the changeup, an elusive pitch built upon deception instead of power, will finally follow him into the season remains uncertain.With only two starts remaining before the regular season, the Orioles' No. 2 starter used only a handful of the pitches in yesterday's five-inning outing. He got one fly-ball out with it, then gave little clue about his level of satisfaction.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,SUN STAFF | April 10, 1997
As Mount de Sales' batterswaved futilely at one Crystal Ray changeup after another yesterday, it was rather obvious the Sailors were not ready yet to challenge top-ranked Archbishop Spalding for the Catholic League softball championship.Ray threw a one-hitter, and the Cavaliers easily cast aside the young Sailors, 9-1, to establish themselves as heavy favorites to capture an eighth straight Catholic League regular-season title and the eighth league tournament championship in nine years.Mount de Sales came to Randazzo Field in Severn yesterday billed as the top Catholic threat this season to Spalding's long stay on top, but the Sailors left as another in a long line of victims of Ray's pitching talents.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - Submarine pitchers are a different breed. From their quirky deliveries to the grips, release points and arm actions they use, few aspects of the way they pitch translate to the conventional overhand thrower. Orioles right-hander Darren O'Day - who has pitched to a 2.23 ERA as a dependable late-inning reliever over the past two seasons - is the perfect example. Over his career, O'Day has relied on a sinker and slider combination to get hitters out. He's tried to develop a changeup in the past, but hasn't been comfortable enough to throw it during a pressure situation in a game.
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By b staff | August 2, 2011
In “The Change-Up,” out Friday, Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds switch bodies. If you could body-switch with one celebrity, who would it be? UFC champ Jon Jones (brother of Ravens player Arthur Jones). He's smart, charming and good-looking. He hits action-figure-style moves in a fight. And he manages to catch muggers in his spare time. Who wouldn't want to be a real-life superhero? - Luke Broadwater, managing editor, b Keith Richards. I've always wondered what immortality felt like.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2011
The Orioles know what they are going to get when they face Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero, one of the toughest young pitchers in the American League. With his nasty changeup, low-to-mid-90s fastball and a good curve, Romero has pitched very well at times against the Orioles in his previous two seasons in the majors. His performance Wednesday night in a 4-1 Toronto victory, however, was about as dominant as a pitcher has been against the Orioles this season. Romero set a season high and tied a career best with 12 strikeouts while allowing just three hits and two walks through eight scoreless innings before tiring and walking his final two batters to start the ninth.
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By Eric Meany, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2011
There are many new sights and sounds to be experienced at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium this season, but it was a smell that caught the attention of second-year Maryland baseball coach Erik Bakich. "It smells like a ballpark," he said. The source of the appealing aroma was the Third Base Grill, a newly opened seating area and concession stand down the left-field line that is one of many improvements recently made to the university's baseball facilities in an effort to inject some life into what has traditionally been a dormant program.
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By a Baltimore Sun staff writer | May 7, 2009
Marriotts Ridge pitcher Tim Blair stood behind the dugout fence at a recent game and joined his teammates in heckling the opposing pitcher. He seemed anything but bored and couldn't care less that he and his Mustangs teammates sounded like a gaggle of distressed geese."
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | March 12, 2008
Always thinking outside the box, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had his starting pitcher, Todd Wellemeyer, hitting eighth ahead of veteran second baseman Adam Kennedy. He has done it before, with the rationale being it gives his No. 3 hitter, the extraordinary Albert Pujols, an opportunity to drive in more runs. Never mind that Pujols wasn't in the lineup yesterday. "Last time I remember anything like that was when listening to the old White Sox and Gary Peters used to hit sixth," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2003
Orioles left-hander Eric DuBose got more than a victory last night. He got a tutorial session. He pitched eight strong innings in the Orioles' 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners, retreating to the dugout between each of them to study at the foot of the Changeup Master. Jamie Moyer had won 14 consecutive decisions against the Orioles, killing them with kindness. Some pitchers can overpower hitters; Moyer prefers to tie them in knots. "It was a battle of the changeups," said DuBose, a 27-year-old rookie.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun Reporter | March 4, 2007
VIERA, Fla. -- Daniel Cabrera had two goals for this winter: Concentrate on throwing strikes and refine his little-used changeup. Mission accomplished through one spring mini-outing. "I've been working for the whole offseason for the day to be like this, to control my pitches," said Cabrera, the Orioles' 25-year-old right-hander. "That's what I did." Cabrera allowed an infield single while striking out two and walking none in his scheduled two innings yesterday as the Orioles beat the Washington Nationals, 7-2, at Space Coast Stadium.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 10, 2008
It's a mystery pitch that needs a catchy name. Too bad "Gyroball" is taken. The Orioles will have to come up with another way to describe what Rule 5 pick Randor Bierd is throwing. Bierd has a "swing-and-miss" pitch that's almost as difficult to describe as it is to hit. Manager Dave Trembley once called it a cross between a splitter and a changeup. He later referred to it as a combination changeup and forkball, a relative of the splitter. Maybe catcher Guillermo Quiroz can shed some light on the subject.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 7, 2008
Count the Votes may again become Florida's unofficial motto if the state's delegation is not seated at the Democratic National Convention this summer. The decision by the Democratic Party to ostracize the delegations from Florida and Michigan (after both states bucked party rules and moved up their primaries) has the locals here wondering what they've got to do to get some representation in the tight race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Wednesday, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm issued a joint declaration calling on the national Democratic Party leaders to do something to assure the two states participate in the party's nominating process.
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