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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
First baseman/outfielder Conor Jackson (lower back) and catcher Luis Martinez (left oblique strain) left Tuesday's workout with injuries, but both players said their setbacks weren't serious. Jackson said he felt tightness in his lower back while fielding ground balls. “Just with three games left before games start, I wanted to be careful about it,” said Jackson, who expects to be back by the time the Grapefruit League schedule begins Saturday. “That's kind of what the trainers preach from day one. If you've got something, you don't want to let it linger.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
Orioles minor league outfielder/first baseman Conor Jackson - who was the final cut in major league spring training this season - has abruptly retired, Triple-A Norfolk announced today. Jackson, who signed a minor league deal this offseason, had a spectacular spring, hitting .302/.327/.528 with three homers and six RBIs in 22 games with the Orioles. In the final days of spring training, the Orioles chose Steve Pearce over Jackson for the final spot on the Opening Day 25-man roster.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - In a battle that came down to the final day of spring training games and was compared by one of the candidates to "two heavyweights battling against each other," Steve Pearce beat Conor Jackson for the final spot on the Orioles' 25-man Opening Day roster. Pearce, a first baseman-outfielder who changed organizations five times last season, was told he made the team before the Orioles' 7-1 win over the New York Mets in their Grapefruit League finale. "It was tough," Pearce said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2013
The Orioles are down to one roster decision: Steve Pearce or Conor Jackson for the reserve infielder-outfielder role. Pearce and Jackson are down to one emotion: Anxiety. “I need a Xanax prescription,” Jackson quipped. Jackson, 30, has never been in this position before. Pearce, 29, has once, when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both described it as “nerve-racking.” “I've played long enough in the game to know how it works,” Jackson said. “At this point, there's nothing I can do except sit here and wait for that call in the office.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2013
Orioles minor league outfielder/first baseman Conor Jackson - who was the final cut in major league spring training this season - has abruptly retired, Triple-A Norfolk announced today. Jackson, who signed a minor league deal this offseason, had a spectacular spring, hitting .302/.327/.528 with three homers and six RBIs in 22 games with the Orioles. In the final days of spring training, the Orioles chose Steve Pearce over Jackson for the final spot on the Opening Day 25-man roster.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - Conor Jackson knows every spring at-bat is valuable. The way the 30-year-old sees it, there are only so many opportunities to show you belong. And over the first five games of spring training - as opponents have stacked left-handers against the Orioles - the right-handed Jackson has seen his name on the lineup card often. In the first days of camp, Jackson missed three days of workouts with lower back stiffness, but he was determined not to let the injury quell his push for a roster spot.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Orioles added their latest reclamation project Wednesday, agreeing to terms with first baseman Conor Jackson on a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, executive vice president Dan Duquette announced. Jackson, a 2003 first-round draft pick of the Diamondbacks, put together three straight seasons of at least a .294 average, .368 on-base percentage, 12 homers and 60 RBIs from 2006 to 2008 with Arizona. But he's played in more than 60 big league games in a season just once since 2008, shuffling between the majors and minors within four different organizations during that span.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2013
Anchored by four homers -- including the first two of the spring for designated hitter Conor Jackson -- the Orioles took advantage of a strong wind blowing out in left field of Ed Smith Stadium in a 12-3 win over a Philadephia Phillies split-squad team Sunday afternoon. Catcher Matt Wieters drove in five runs, including a three-run homer to left field in the first inning off Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. Jackson followed immediately with a blast to left-field to give the Orioles a quick 4-0 lead.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2013
The Orioles are down to one roster decision: Steve Pearce or Conor Jackson for the reserve infielder-outfielder role. Pearce and Jackson are down to one emotion: Anxiety. “I need a Xanax prescription,” Jackson quipped. Jackson, 30, has never been in this position before. Pearce, 29, has once, when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both described it as “nerve-racking.” “I've played long enough in the game to know how it works,” Jackson said. “At this point, there's nothing I can do except sit here and wait for that call in the office.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2013
This will be one of the more interesting spring training games of the year. The Orioles throw top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman tonight against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. Unfortunately, it's not a fully representative Boston lineup: No David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia or Jacoby Ellsbury. But it will be interesting to see how Bundy and Gausman do, regardless. Here are the two lineups: Boston: Brock Holt 4, Jonny Gomes 7, Jackie Bradley Jr. 8, Mike Napoli 3, Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2, Will Middlebrooks 5, Mike Carp DH, Mitch Maier 9, Jose Iglesias 6. Felix Doubront gets the starting pitching nod. Terry Doyle, Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Miller also may pitch.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - In a battle that came down to the final day of spring training games and was compared by one of the candidates to "two heavyweights battling against each other," Steve Pearce beat Conor Jackson for the final spot on the Orioles' 25-man Opening Day roster. Pearce, a first baseman-outfielder who changed organizations five times last season, was told he made the team before the Orioles' 7-1 win over the New York Mets in their Grapefruit League finale. "It was tough," Pearce said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter spent much of Friday afternoon telling players who will and won't be making the club's 25-man roster - leaving him with only one decision remaining. Steve Pearce and Conor Jackson are still battling to be the final first base-outfield reserve on the club's 2013 roster. Otherwise, things are set for Tuesday's season opener, with right-hander Jake Arrieta winning the final rotation spot, lefties Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland added to an eight-man bullpen and infielder-outfielder Ryan Flaherty capturing a utility role.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2013
This will be one of the more interesting spring training games of the year. The Orioles throw top pitching prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman tonight against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers, Fla. Unfortunately, it's not a fully representative Boston lineup: No David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia or Jacoby Ellsbury. But it will be interesting to see how Bundy and Gausman do, regardless. Here are the two lineups: Boston: Brock Holt 4, Jonny Gomes 7, Jackie Bradley Jr. 8, Mike Napoli 3, Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2, Will Middlebrooks 5, Mike Carp DH, Mitch Maier 9, Jose Iglesias 6. Felix Doubront gets the starting pitching nod. Terry Doyle, Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Miller also may pitch.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Steve Pearce and Conor Jackson, two players competing against each other trying to win a roster spot with the Orioles, have been the team's top two hitters over the first 10 games of the Grapefruit League schedule. They continued their scorching springs, combining for three of the Orioles' four homers in Tuesday's 6-6 10-inning tie with the Blue Jays. Pearce homered twice and Jackson added three hits, including a homer. In six spring games, Pearce -- who spent last season shuffling between the Orioles, Yankees and Astros along the waiver wire - is now 6-for-11 with three homers and nine RBIs in six spring games.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
Non-roster invitee Conor Jackson continues to make the most of his opportunity this spring. Jackson hit a pair of homers in Sunday's 12-3 Grapefruit League win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. Both of them were aided by the wind, but I thought both were hit well enough to get out of the stadium on a calm day. Orioles manager Buck Showalter disagreed. “He'd be the first to tell you they were good swings in the proper elements,” he said. Still, you can't argue that Jackson, who has played in more than 60 games just once since contracting Valley Fever in 2009, is off to a good start in fighting for a reserve roster spot.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2013
Anchored by four homers -- including the first two of the spring for designated hitter Conor Jackson -- the Orioles took advantage of a strong wind blowing out in left field of Ed Smith Stadium in a 12-3 win over a Philadephia Phillies split-squad team Sunday afternoon. Catcher Matt Wieters drove in five runs, including a three-run homer to left field in the first inning off Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick. Jackson followed immediately with a blast to left-field to give the Orioles a quick 4-0 lead.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Steve Pearce and Conor Jackson, two players competing against each other trying to win a roster spot with the Orioles, have been the team's top two hitters over the first 10 games of the Grapefruit League schedule. They continued their scorching springs, combining for three of the Orioles' four homers in Tuesday's 6-6 10-inning tie with the Blue Jays. Pearce homered twice and Jackson added three hits, including a homer. In six spring games, Pearce -- who spent last season shuffling between the Orioles, Yankees and Astros along the waiver wire - is now 6-for-11 with three homers and nine RBIs in six spring games.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. - Conor Jackson knows every spring at-bat is valuable. The way the 30-year-old sees it, there are only so many opportunities to show you belong. And over the first five games of spring training - as opponents have stacked left-handers against the Orioles - the right-handed Jackson has seen his name on the lineup card often. In the first days of camp, Jackson missed three days of workouts with lower back stiffness, but he was determined not to let the injury quell his push for a roster spot.
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