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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
People keep asking me about if I'm surprised about the Orioles' quick start. The answer is simple: Yes. Completely surprised. I can give you plenty of reasons this team should not be winning. Yet it is. Saturday night was another example. The Orioles had just six hits, they committed two errors and their starter couldn't get out of the sixth. Yet the Tampa Bay Rays' starter couldn't get out of the fifth. And the Rays committed a franchise-record-tying five errors -- and the Orioles score three runs by taking advantage of those.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly and The Associated Press' David Ginsburg tied for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's honor of Maryland Sportswriter of the Year in 2013, the organization announced Thursday. Connolly, who has covered baseball and the Orioles for The Sun since 2005, received the honor for the first time, while Ginsburg has been recognized twice. WJZ-TV sports director Mark Viviano was named Maryland Sportscaster of the Year by the organization for the fourth time, including the past two years.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,BALTIMORESUN.COM STAFF | November 7, 2005
Sun reporter answers questions about the Orioles and baseball free agency Percy, Easton: Everyone understands what the Orioles needs are, but realistically, what does your magic 8 ball say the most likely free agent additions the Orioles will be making this offseason? Dan Connolly: I'm sure my Magic 8 Ball is a little less optimistic than the one held by Mike Flanagan and crew. I think the organization has put itself behind the proverbial 8 ball with 8 losing seasons and a disaster of a 2005 campaign.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. ** The Ravens have until 4 p.m. today to reach a deal with Ray Rice. If no deal is reached, Rice will play this season under the $7.7 million franchise tag . Matt Vensel took a look this weekend at other contracts of top NFL running backs , and how Rice might stack up. ** The Orioles were baffled Sunday by Detroit's Justin Verlander in a 4-0 loss to the Tigers . Dan Connolly wants to know if the O's should be buyers at the MLB trade deadline.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly and The Associated Press' David Ginsburg tied for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association's honor of Maryland Sportswriter of the Year in 2013, the organization announced Thursday. Connolly, who has covered baseball and the Orioles for The Sun since 2005, received the honor for the first time, while Ginsburg has been recognized twice. WJZ-TV sports director Mark Viviano was named Maryland Sportscaster of the Year by the organization for the fourth time, including the past two years.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Baltimoresun.com Staff | July 18, 2005
Dan Connolly joined The Sun in 2005. Prior to his arrival in Baltimore, he previously covered baseball and was a columnist for the York (Pa.) Daily Record four four years. His 14-year career also includes stints at Coatesville and Williamsport, Pa. newspapers Confused in OPACY, Baltimore: With all these balks, I'm not sure what they were doing wrong. In order to pick off a runner, the pitcher has to step off the rubber before doing anything else. If he moves his shoulders or hand before stepping off, he has to throw home?
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By Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2010
Orioles reliever Mark Hendrickson's signing of a one-year, $1.2 million deal likely will not be officially announced until Monday. He completed his physical Friday and there weren't thought to be any problems. Transactions are not made official on weekends because Major League Baseball's offices are closed. - Dan Connolly
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By Matt Vensel | December 7, 2011
According to our Orioles beat reporter Dan Connolly, Orioles manager Buck Showalter and new international coordinator Fred Ferreira are expected to travel to the Dominican Republic to watch a workout for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes , a Cuban defector expected to have a price tag near $50 million if he becomes a free agent. Surely they are doing so because they watched this highlight video put out by Cespedes' representatives where he runs, throws, hits, makes behind-the-back baseball catches and leg presses a pair of teenagers.
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By Matt Vensel | September 21, 2011
Pro wrestling legend Ric Flair was at Fenway Park on Tuesday night to meet with Dustin Pedroia and the Red Sox . Our Dan Connolly reported that a couple of Orioles players got a kick out of meeting him , too. The play did not pay off for Boston, though, as "the Nature Boy" was unable to "WOOO!" the Red Sox past the feisty Orioles . However, Flair delivered when he emphatically introduced the Red Sox on NESN before the game (while holding a championship belt, of course)
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
Each morning, Monday through Friday, we'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. ** The Ravens have until 4 p.m. today to reach a deal with Ray Rice. If no deal is reached, Rice will play this season under the $7.7 million franchise tag . Matt Vensel took a look this weekend at other contracts of top NFL running backs , and how Rice might stack up. ** The Orioles were baffled Sunday by Detroit's Justin Verlander in a 4-0 loss to the Tigers . Dan Connolly wants to know if the O's should be buyers at the MLB trade deadline.
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By David Selig | June 2, 2012
In today's Orioles draft target profile , Dan Connolly lays the strongest odds on the team using the No. 4 overall pick Monday night on University of San Francisco right-hander Kyle Zimmer. The consensus among the national pundits is that the Orioles will take another college righty, LSU's Kevin Gausman , with their only selection in the first night of baseball's amateur draft. As with any draft, the decision on that pick could depend heavily upon what the top three teams - Houston, Minnesota and Seattle - do with their choices.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
People keep asking me about if I'm surprised about the Orioles' quick start. The answer is simple: Yes. Completely surprised. I can give you plenty of reasons this team should not be winning. Yet it is. Saturday night was another example. The Orioles had just six hits, they committed two errors and their starter couldn't get out of the sixth. Yet the Tampa Bay Rays' starter couldn't get out of the fifth. And the Rays committed a franchise-record-tying five errors -- and the Orioles score three runs by taking advantage of those.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2012
I've been a little quiet the past week or so - pretty rare for me, I know - while I take some time off before I head to Sarasota in March. But I am breaking the silence on Monday evening. I'll be giving a baseball talk at Zion Lutheran Church in York, Pa., tonight at 7 p.m. We did it last year and it was a lot of fun (despite an impending blizzard), and I got to meet some of you after the talk. Plus, it's for a good cause; there's no admission fee but a freewill offering will be taken for the church's youth ministry.
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February 22, 2012
Zion Lutheran Church in York, Pa., will hold its second annual baseball talk at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27 in the church's sanctuary, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York. This year's event features: Mel Antonen, baseball writer for SI.com and MASN and a Sirius/XM talk show host; Dan Connolly,  Orioles/national baseball writer for The Baltimore Sun; and Jim Seip, York Revolution beat writer for the York Daily Record/York Sunday News. The writers will present their thoughts on the upcoming baseball season - Orioles, Phillies, all MLB, plus the Revolution and the Atlantic League -- and will answer questions from the audience.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | January 5, 2012
Your new Orioles beat writer has been connected to this franchise a long time -- almost since birth. Had the Yankees not beaten the Orioles for the AL East title in 1976, I would have been named after Orioles rookie outfielder Andres Mora. Instead, I was named after right-hander Ed Figueroa, who won 19 games that year for New York. The bet that my parents made literally made me who I am. So baseball's always been in my blood. So here I am 35 years later, Eduardo Andres Encina, your new Baltimore Orioles beat writer.
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By Peter Schmuck | December 21, 2011
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette was on Jim Bowden's satellite radio show today and seemed to steer the conversation away from free agent first baseman Prince Fielder, but he said in a brief telephone interview this afternoon that he has “not ruled out any free agents.” Of course, that doesn't mean he's ruling in Fielder, who is clearly too expensive at this point in the process. The Orioles did make a seven-year, $140 million bid for Mark Teixeira a few years ago, but that was for a player who grew up in the Baltimore area and had no physical question marks.
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By Dan Connolly | July 12, 2009
One last bird's eye view Orioles manager Dave Trembley again watched the game from an unused broadcast booth as he finished serving the final day of his two-game suspension. Like Friday, bench coach Dave Jauss served as active manager, ending with a 1-1 record in his two-game stint. Toronto bench coach Brian Butterfield also managed Saturday while Cito Gaston missed his second consecutive game because of the death of his sister. Stepping out on Eutaw Luke Scott's fourth-inning homer was the 51st in Camden Yards history to land on Eutaw Street - behind the right-field scoreboard - and 21st hit there by an Oriole.
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By Peter Schmuck | December 21, 2011
Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette was on Jim Bowden's satellite radio show today and seemed to steer the conversation away from free agent first baseman Prince Fielder, but he said in a brief telephone interview this afternoon that he has “not ruled out any free agents.” Of course, that doesn't mean he's ruling in Fielder, who is clearly too expensive at this point in the process. The Orioles did make a seven-year, $140 million bid for Mark Teixeira a few years ago, but that was for a player who grew up in the Baltimore area and had no physical question marks.
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By Matt Vensel | December 7, 2011
According to our Orioles beat reporter Dan Connolly, Orioles manager Buck Showalter and new international coordinator Fred Ferreira are expected to travel to the Dominican Republic to watch a workout for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes , a Cuban defector expected to have a price tag near $50 million if he becomes a free agent. Surely they are doing so because they watched this highlight video put out by Cespedes' representatives where he runs, throws, hits, makes behind-the-back baseball catches and leg presses a pair of teenagers.
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By Matt Vensel | November 3, 2011
You and I are about as close as anyone to becoming the new Orioles general manager on November 3, the day free agency begins in Major League Baseball. Since Jerry Dipoto and Tony LaCava resisted the advances of Peter Angelos, Andy MacPhail's dusty, old desk at the Warehouse remains empty for now. Well, unless the Orioles really have installed a cardboard cutout of Pat Gillick as interim GM . Since we can't speculate on what the team's new top baseball executive will do in free agency because the Orioles have been taking their sweet, old time with this search, let's talk about who you would sign if Angelos called you out of the blue and asked if you were interested in the job (hey, it could happen)
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