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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
BOSTON -- One of the criticisms of the Orioles this season is that they have trouble scoring consistently when they are not hitting home runs. And that trend may catch up with them in the postseason when they'll be facing quality pitching every night. For now, though, this homer-happy bunch continues to embrace who they are: Baseball's most powerful club and, consequently, the runaway leader in the American League East. On Tuesday, the Orioles flexed their muscles again, hitting three home runs, including two by newcomer Alejandro De Aza, in a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in front of an announced 37,008 at Fenway Park.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Miguel Gonzalez isn't going to say it. In fact, the Orioles right-hander was asked point blank Monday night whether he felt he is making a statement that he should be one of the club's starters in the postseason. And he called an audible, talking about well things are going in general. “I got to keep doing what I've been doing and stay focused,” Gonzalez said. “And we're in a good spot right now. Pretty happy about it. We are doing good.” OK, so he isn't addressing it -- smartly, on his part, by the way -- so we'll say it for him. With his tremendous run in his last 10 starts -- he has allowed two runs or fewer in nine of them -- Gonzalez has put himself squarely on the postseason starter map. He's probably still behind Chris Tillman, which is only fair.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
Although they'd never say it publicly, the Orioles knew heading into last week just how important it was to flex their muscles in an 11-game homestand against three clubs with losing records. With Thursday's 9-7 victory over the Cincinnati Reds before an announced 21,114 at Camden Yards, the Orioles posted their fourth sweep of three or more games this season. More impressive, the Orioles finished off their longest homestand of the year with a 9-2 record, outscoring the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Reds by a combined 67-38.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
From a logistical standpoint, Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez hasn't had a particularly stable season. He has dealt with one stint on the disabled list, pitched out of the bullpen once and twice was demoted to the minor leagues as part of the club's continual roster tweaks. If Gonzalez keeps pitching like he did Wednesday in a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds, though, he'll ultimately end up with just one destination next month: The postseason. That's his ultimate goal after an elevator of a season.
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By Dan Connolly and Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Looking for another hitter to use off the bench, the Orioles promoted catcher Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday and sent starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen to the club's Rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate. Clevenger, 28, has hit .240 in 75 at-bats with the Orioles this season and .305 in 226 at-bats with Norfolk. “We've been playing short a position player for a while, and we thought this was an opportunity to take care of that problem and give us a better chance to win tonight,” manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
After another quality start Monday night, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman again gave credit to catcher Nick Hundley for being “right on with every pitch.” It has become a trend now. Hundley has caught Tillman's last six starts, and their numbers together have been fantastic. In 12 games with Hundley behind the plate, Tillman has a 2.67 ERA and opponents have hit just .205 against him. In seven starts with Caleb Joseph catching, Tillman's ERA is to 5.29 and opposing batters have a .287 average.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Your browser does not support iframes. Nick Markakis has seen Adam Jones make his share of spectacular defensive plays over the years, so the right fielder might be the best judge of the center fielder's talents. And Markakis said after Monday's game that the double-play that Jones turned in the sixth inning of the Orioles' 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards might be one of the best he has seen his teammate make. With two runners on base and no outs, Rays third baseman Evan Longoria lofted a fly ball that appeared to be headed over the left-center field fence and into the Orioles bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles figured out a simple way Monday night to bust out of an offensive skid that cost them three games at Wrigley Field over the weekend. Get home -- and start homering. And keep homering, in consecutive at-bats, if possible, until you've beaten the opposition into submission and set a little franchise history. In a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, the Orioles had 14 hits -- including five home runs by five different players -- to snap their three-game losing streak.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles are back at Camden Yards for an 11-game homestand. Chris Davis will bat seventh for the first one. After hitting fifth for the first two games at Wrigley Field and sixth on Sunday, Davis is down to seventh today at home. He is batting just .189 this season and .149 in 21 August games, as he continues to try and push through a season-long slump. This will be his seventh start batting seventh this year. Here is the Orioles' lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays and right-hander Jake Odorizzi: Nick Markakis, RF Steve Pearce, 1B Adam Jones, CF Nelson Cruz, DH Delmon Young LF J.J. Hardy SS Chris Davis 3B Nick Hundley C Jonathan Schoop 2B Chris Tillman RHP
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
CHICAGO -- After the Orioles opened up their largest division lead in nearly 17 years with a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, the visiting clubhouse of U.S. Cellular Field was loose. Players sang along to the lyrics of the Zac Brown Band's song, "Free," as it blasted from the speakers after the Orioles -- sparked by a magnificent start from right-hander Chris Tillman -- extended their American League East advantage over the New York Yankees to 8 1/2 games. It's the club's largest lead in the division since Sept.
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