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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2002
Though it's too soon to know if Jeff Conine will be healthy enough to come off the disabled list when eligible, the Orioles don't expect to get their cleanup hitter back this weekend. Conine performed more strengthening exercises yesterday and will have a better idea of how much his strained right hamstring has healed when he attempts to run. "I'd assume that will be sometime this weekend," said Conine, who can't be activated until Sunday at the earliest. "It definitely feels better.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2011
At first, Orioles manager Buck Showalter didn't bite. Asked where Vladimir Guerrero would hit in the Orioles' lineup, Showalter said he wanted to talk to the player first. He then turned to his new slugger and asked, "What do you think?" A smiling Guerrero responded, "Four. " "I'll tell you what," Showalter told the reporter. "After a lot of consideration, he'll be in the four hole. " The moment added some levity to an otherwise anti-climatic news conference at Ed Smith Stadium on Friday attended by a handful of reporters and Guerrero's new teammates Jeremy Guthrie and Adam Jones.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The show begins when a pinch runner is sent into the game. That's when Jeff Conine, normally possessing a wit so dry it could use a splash of vermouth, suddenly transforms himself from Orioles first baseman to comedic actor. Conine limps toward the Orioles' dugout with a grimace that suggests he's in tremendous pain. He waves off the trainer, ignoring how nobody is rushing to his aid. On some days, his batting helmet is slammed to the ground for effect. As actors go, Conine is more Pauly Shore than Paul Newman, but he's fooled enough people this spring to keep himself amused and an entire team loose.
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Peter Schmuck | September 18, 2010
Even before Alex Rodriguez hit that dramatic ninth-inning home run to carry the New York Yankees past the Orioles and back into first place in the American League East on Friday night, manager Buck Showalter was trying to keep the one-sided rivalry from becoming a referendum. It's way too early for that. The Yankees may be the yardstick by which lesser teams measure both pain and gain, but Showalter quickly rattled off the names of the other teams in the division and pointed out that all of them are higher than the O's on the competitive food chain — not just the Yankees.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 3, 2001
OAKLAND, Calif. - Mike Hargrove has grown leery of anointing anybody an everyday player during a transitional season. Except for Jeff Conine. "He's about as close as you can get right now," Hargrove said before yesterday's 7-0 drubbing of the Oakland Athletics, which included a two-run double from his now-entrenched cleanup hitter. Conine began the season as a man without a position. Checking the lineup card each day brought its own suspense. However, yesterday marked his 16th start in the past 17 games and 13th consecutive appearance as the Orioles' cleanup hitter.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 20, 2002
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With David Segui out of the Orioles' lineup last night because of a sore knee, Jeff Conine moved up to third in the order and Jay Gibbons replaced him as the cleanup hitter. Gibbons seemed like the logical choice for manager Mike Hargrove with a team-leading .321 average and five home runs. He took the news in stride, stretching out in a recliner inside the visitors' clubhouse at Tropicana Field before the game, his eyes fixed on one of the televisions. He smiled when approached by reporters, knowing the change was a bigger deal to them and he would be lured into talking about it. "Segui's hurt, so somebody has to hit there," he said.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | April 28, 1996
The free-flowing, left-handed swing was always there, way back from his T-ball days when he was 5.The steady glove at third was something he worked on and got comfortable with over the years.As a freshman at North Carroll a few years back, Jon Plunkert played football and wrestled along with playing baseball. The senior said playing on the offensive line was kind of boring, so he started to play baseball through the fall. He was spending so much time on the diamond, he needed a break during the winter and didn't continue on with wrestling.
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July 5, 2004
On deck The Cubs play the Brewers today, the first of 18 times in their next 46 games, 39 per cent of those games. He said it "I never thought anybody was going to break it. That's unreal. Barry's a cleanup hitter. [Rickey] Henderson was a leadoff hitter who's supposed to walk." Orlando Cepeda, Giants Hall of Famer, on Barry Bonds' walk record
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | April 12, 2002
John Carroll's Mark Grissom was one pitch better than his Cardinal Gibbons counterpart, Jason Volker, at Babe Ruth Field in southwest Baltimore yesterday. That one pitch was an off-speed serving from Volker that Paul Dircks, John Carroll's cleanup hitter and first baseman, hit over the right-field fence, leading off the second inning. It gave No. 9-ranked John Carroll a 1-0 win over No. 12 Gibbons in Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference play. Grissom (3-0), a senior left-hander, set down the first 10 Crusaders (10-6, 3-5)
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer | May 30, 1993
FREDERICK -- Mike Fairbanks' double and two-run homer paced a 12-hit attack as Arundel won a record sixth state championship yesterday with an 11-2 win over Gaithersburg at McCurdy Field.The Wildcats (21-1) got a well-pitched game from junior right-hander Brandon Agamennone, but Fairbanks took the hitter's spotlight.Fairbanks, Arundel's unheralded right fielder, looked like the best hitter on a ballclub noted for its potent offense.The senior went 2-for-4, had three RBI and scored three runs.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | February 26, 2007
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Ryan Howard is not thinking about becoming the fresh new face of baseball - or, for that matter, the player Major League Baseball hopes will be its poster boy for now and the future. If it happens, fine. If not, it apparently won't bother the mild-mannered Howard. "I haven't really focused on it like that or thought about it that way," said Howard, 27, the Philadelphia Phillies' first baseman and 2006 National League Most Valuable Player. "I've heard different aspects about being the face of this or the face of that, stuff of that magnitude.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | June 30, 2006
The NBA draft became so confusing Wednesday night, somebody traded David Stern. I don't care if Nick Markakis follows Wednesday night's four-hit game by going 0-for-20. He should be playing every single day. Stick with him. Only good can come of it. Anyone else noticing what Jeff Conine has done this week? Triple-A Ottawa has one All-Star Game representative: closer Julio Manon. Eric Mack, fantasy baseball expert at CBS SportsLine, says it's worth holding onto Daniel Cabrera for the strikeouts alone.
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By Laura Vecsey | June 30, 2005
THE ORIOLES' LINEUP looks different these days. Rafael Palmeiro, his power stroke rediscovered, was penciled in at cleanup last night, before the rain and lightning made it a big night - for Camden Yards beer sales. For the second night in a row, Sammy Sosa was penciled in at No. 6. The career cleanup hitter is no longer a viable cleanup hitter. Why did it take so long to figure this out? Demoting players is a delicate matter, not only because manager Lee Mazzilli worried about offending Sosa, but there's also the issue of Mazzilli not wanting to offend team leader Miguel Tejada, Sosa's friend, supporter and countryman.
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By Peter Schmuck | June 7, 2005
PITTSBURGH - Sammy Sosa is back in familiar surroundings ... back in one of the National League ballparks where he reigned not very long ago as one of the most dangerous hitters in the history of baseball. Except that something is horribly wrong. The old Sammy Sosa would be treating the mediocre Pittsburgh Pirates dismissively, with that certain swagger and maybe a few of his signature chest taps. Now, it's the other way around. How often have you seen anybody intentionally walked in front of Sammy with a close game hanging in the balance?
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July 5, 2004
On deck The Cubs play the Brewers today, the first of 18 times in their next 46 games, 39 per cent of those games. He said it "I never thought anybody was going to break it. That's unreal. Barry's a cleanup hitter. [Rickey] Henderson was a leadoff hitter who's supposed to walk." Orlando Cepeda, Giants Hall of Famer, on Barry Bonds' walk record
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June 3, 2004
SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR Stacy Davis Westminster The right-hander was the final piece to the Owls' championship puzzle. Davis transferred from Century and went 13-0. She split pitching time with Megan Lahner for most of the season but came up big in the state final four. She tossed a three-hitter in a 2-1 win over Watkins Mills and a two-hitter in a 4-2 victory over Chesapeake of Anne Arundel in the championship game. All three runs scored on her were unearned. COACH OF THE YEAR Byron Moore Westminster Moore helped the Owls get to the next level this year as they won the Class 4A state title with a 23-0 record, completing their run with a 4-2 victory over Chesapeake of Anne Arundel last Friday in College Park.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 22, 1998
Memo to opponents who choose to pitch around Mount St. Joseph All-Metro third baseman Mark Teixeira:Don't let your guard down just yet.Senior Michael Floyd may be one spot below Teixeira in the lineup, but he has proven to be at least every bit his equal at the plate.After entering yesterday's game against No. 6 Curley hitting a robust .570, the Gaels' center fielder went 4-for-4, including a two-run homer to left, as No. 3 St. Joe pummeled the host Friars, 19-5, in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game stopped after six innings.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | June 30, 2006
The NBA draft became so confusing Wednesday night, somebody traded David Stern. I don't care if Nick Markakis follows Wednesday night's four-hit game by going 0-for-20. He should be playing every single day. Stick with him. Only good can come of it. Anyone else noticing what Jeff Conine has done this week? Triple-A Ottawa has one All-Star Game representative: closer Julio Manon. Eric Mack, fantasy baseball expert at CBS SportsLine, says it's worth holding onto Daniel Cabrera for the strikeouts alone.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The show begins when a pinch runner is sent into the game. That's when Jeff Conine, normally possessing a wit so dry it could use a splash of vermouth, suddenly transforms himself from Orioles first baseman to comedic actor. Conine limps toward the Orioles' dugout with a grimace that suggests he's in tremendous pain. He waves off the trainer, ignoring how nobody is rushing to his aid. On some days, his batting helmet is slammed to the ground for effect. As actors go, Conine is more Pauly Shore than Paul Newman, but he's fooled enough people this spring to keep himself amused and an entire team loose.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2002
Though it's too soon to know if Jeff Conine will be healthy enough to come off the disabled list when eligible, the Orioles don't expect to get their cleanup hitter back this weekend. Conine performed more strengthening exercises yesterday and will have a better idea of how much his strained right hamstring has healed when he attempts to run. "I'd assume that will be sometime this weekend," said Conine, who can't be activated until Sunday at the earliest. "It definitely feels better.
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