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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2003
SEATTLE - With injuries to Brian Roberts and B.J. Surhoff leaving their bench woefully short, the Orioles made a roster move after last night's game, sending Rick Bauer to Triple-A Ottawa to make room for left-handed hitter Jack Cust. The Orioles dropped to 11 pitchers, figuring the bullpen is well rested after last night's complete game by Sidney Ponson against the Seattle Mariners. Cust was batting .283 with eight home runs and 46 RBIs for Ottawa. This will be his second regular-season stint with the Orioles since they acquired him from the Colorado Rockies for Chris Richard on March 11. Roberts was hoping his back would feel better yesterday, but it didn't, so the Orioles sent him to see Mariners orthopedist Larry Pedegana.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - The Orioles have released designated hitter/first baseman Jack Cust and first baseman Matt LaPorta, a pair of former major leaguers who were attempting to get back to the big leagues through the organization's minor league camp. There were five other minor league camp cuts on Friday: first baseman/outfielder Nikolas Balog, right-hander Casey Upperman, right-hander Zach Staniewicz, right-hander Julio Rodriguez and left-hander Harry Marino. With the amount of organizational depth the Orioles have built, there was no space for Cust and LaPorta at the Triple-A level with a looming roster crunch, so they cut ties with both so they could possibly latch on elsewhere.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An easy smile crosses Jack Cust's face when he thinks about it now: The stumble heard 'round the world. Twelfth inning, two outs, the Orioles trailing the New York Yankees by a run. Larry Bigbie doubles into the gap, and a sellout crowd at Camden Yards goes bonkers. Cust lumbers around the bases from first, and it's the longest 270 feet of his life. After rounding third, he falls -- not once, but twice. The Yankees botch the rundown play and leave home plate vacant.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
The Orioles have signed veteran Jack Cust to a minor league deal, an industry source confirmed Wednesday. The 35-year-old Cust will not receive an invitation to major league spring training, so he will report to the club's minor league camp at Twin Lakes Park. Cust had a tryout during the Orioles' minicamp in Sarasota, Fla., last month. At that time, Cust said he was looking for an opportunity to get back into the big leagues and was open to accepting an assignment in Triple-A.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 18, 2003
RICHMOND, Va. - Some hitters have a tendency to leave the bat on their shoulders. Jack Cust allows it to become so embedded there, the label creates an imprint in his skin. Ever since the Orioles acquired him in a trade with the Colorado Rockies two months ago, they've been trying to pry it loose. Their message was first delivered in spring training before they reassigned him to the minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla. It's still being directed at Cust before his games with the Ottawa Lynx, the Orioles' new Triple-A affiliate.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 30, 2003
SEATTLE - The last time Jack Cust started a game for the Orioles, he lay face-down in the dirt. And it wasn't because he fell on his way to home plate. Tampa Bay pitcher Jeremi Gonzalez picked off Cust at second base, eliminating the potential tying run in an Aug. 19 game the Orioles eventually lost, 9-2. It was one of the low points of their season, and it seemed to make Cust invisible. Going into last night's game at Safeco Field, he had been seen only once since Gonzalez caught him straying too far from the bag. He pinch-hit for B.J. Surhoff during the ninth inning of Sunday's 7-0 loss in New York, a token at-bat that had nothing to do with strategy.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 11, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- When the Orioles call teams to talk trade these days, it's not always intended to provide immediate help at the major-league level. Though still searching for ways to add a run producer to a team that treated home plate like a poison ivy patch last season, the Orioles also want to strengthen their affiliates and lose the "F" grade assigned to their farm system by Baseball America. The Orioles are willing to move a veteran player in exchange for a minor-leaguer, and vice president Mike Flanagan confirmed yesterday that they're close to finalizing a trade with the Colorado Rockies.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 25, 2003
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Orioles aren't beating a lot of teams this season, but the roster of their Triple-A affiliate has taken a pounding because of them. Jack Cust, 24, became the fourth player to be recalled from Ottawa in the past week, inheriting the roster spot yesterday that opened when the Orioles waived outfielder Gary Matthews. Acquired from the Colorado Rockies in March for Chris Richard, Cust was batting .247 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 44 games. He reached base via a hit or walk in 41 of 44 games.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2003
Once Melvin Mora proved that he couldn't grip a bat, the Orioles no longer were willing to hold a place for him on their active roster. Mora went on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a bruised right hand, and the Orioles recalled outfielder Jack Cust for the third time this season. Cust, who arrived in Baltimore around 3 p.m., didn't appear in a game with the Orioles in his two previous stints in the majors, and he was a reserve last night because the Minnesota Twins started left-hander Kenny Rogers.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2004
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Needing a spot on their 25-man roster for tonight's starting pitcher, Erik Bedard, the Orioles decided to designate Jack Cust for assignment after last night's game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Cust was out of minor league options, and with this move, the Orioles will have 10 days to either trade him or expose the outfielder/designated hitter through waivers. The only way he would be sent to Triple-A Ottawa is if no other team claims him, and because of Cust's potential, that is highly unlikely.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Veteran free-agent hitter Jack Cust has been waiting for an opportunity to get back into the major leagues for nearly a year. He will now have that opportunity this week at the Orioles' minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Cust, who will turn 35 on Thursday, entered the Orioles clubhouse on Tuesday holding his Tampa Bay Rays equipment bag from his last major league stop, a spring training invitation that ended with him being cut and then sitting out the 2013 season waiting for another team to call.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have signed outfielder Delmon Young to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Monday. Young and outfielder-designated hitter Jack Cust had been invited to the Orioles' minicamp this week, according to an industry source. Now that Young has signed, he could stop by the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Wednesday or Thursday, while Cust is expected to arrive Tuesday. Signing players out of the team's minicamp has been a regular occurrence.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | May 6, 2008
A recap of the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Athletics last night: ALL TIED UP With men on first and second and one out in the seventh inning, Orioles manager Dave Trembley pulled starter Garrett Olson in favor of Matt Albers. He did his job, retiring Bobby Crosby on a flyout. Then Trembley summoned Jamie Walker, who allowed two straight infield singles, the last by Rajai Davis with the bases loaded to break a scoreless tie. The Orioles had a chance to tie the game in the eighth, but neither Brian Roberts nor Nick Markakis could get a run in with men on second and third and one out. But the Orioles came through in the ninth.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER | May 20, 2007
Jack Cust might forever be remembered in Baltimore for the night he took a comical spill while trying to score the winning run in an eventual loss to the New York Yankees. It's part of his Orioles legacy, and he's always accepted it with good humor. A better story, one that doesn't involve his crawling toward home plate and being tagged out, is the way Cust has landed on his feet. Acquired from the San Diego Padres after designated hitter Mike Piazza went on the disabled list earlier this month, Cust has transferred the power he's displayed in the minors - 199 home runs - to the Oakland Athletics' lineup.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2004
TORONTO - It was the kind of play you really can't practice. Tie score, two outs, bottom of the 10th inning, bases loaded, and a ball gets lined into the left-center field gap toward the Green Monster at Fenway Park. When it happened to the Orioles on Thursday night, the entire bench held its breath, because if that ball off Bill Mueller's bat falls in, the Boston Red Sox win. What's worse, it put left fielder Larry Bigbie and center fielder Luis Matos, two promising young outfielders, on a direct collision course.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2004
The Orioles had to clean up a roster mess involving Erik Bedard and Jack Cust yesterday, and the club was expecting to be fined by the commissioner's office after receiving word it had violated baseball rules by recalling Bedard from Triple-A Ottawa to start Saturday's game at Tampa Bay. Basically, the Orioles misinterpreted the rules when they optioned Bedard to Ottawa on March 30 with a plan to recall him for Saturday's start. Major league rules state a team cannot recall a player who has been sent to the minor leagues for 10 days "of the championship season," which started April 4 for the Orioles.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2003
Jack Cust looked up last night and saw home plate sitting there, naked and unattended, without a Yankee in sight. It was the glimmering hope on the horizon. The long, eventful trip around the bases, the hideous fall -- none of it mattered now, because Cust was about to score the tying run for the Orioles. Twelfth inning, two outs, a sellout crowd of 48,499 at Camden Yards in delirium, and then it happened again. Cust fell down -- this time face-first -- Aaron Boone tagged him, and the New York Yankees escaped with a 5-4 victory.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 8, 2003
The bat left Jack Cust's shoulder, the Minnesota Twins lost their lead, and a player's temporary status on the Orioles' roster came under greater scrutiny. All in a matter of seconds. Implored by the Orioles at two levels to become more aggressive at the plate, Cust attacked the first pitch from Twins starter Rick Reed in the fourth inning yesterday and reached the flag court in right field. It was his first hit with the club, his first homer in the American League, and it beat the daylights out of a bloop single.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2004
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Needing a spot on their 25-man roster for tonight's starting pitcher, Erik Bedard, the Orioles decided to designate Jack Cust for assignment after last night's game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Cust was out of minor league options, and with this move, the Orioles will have 10 days to either trade him or expose the outfielder/designated hitter through waivers. The only way he would be sent to Triple-A Ottawa is if no other team claims him, and because of Cust's potential, that is highly unlikely.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- An easy smile crosses Jack Cust's face when he thinks about it now: The stumble heard 'round the world. Twelfth inning, two outs, the Orioles trailing the New York Yankees by a run. Larry Bigbie doubles into the gap, and a sellout crowd at Camden Yards goes bonkers. Cust lumbers around the bases from first, and it's the longest 270 feet of his life. After rounding third, he falls -- not once, but twice. The Yankees botch the rundown play and leave home plate vacant.
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