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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2012
  I wonder if Darren O'Day's heart has started back up yet. Because when the Orioles' reliever was pranked recently by manager Buck Showalter for a Major League Baseball Fan Cave video, you wondered if the poor guy was going to need a defibrillator before it was all over. This was an absolute classic. It went like this: before a game against the Mets in New York, O'Day was supposedly being interviewed by a Wall Street Journal reporter to talk about something called a "Solowheel.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Right-hander Darren O'Day has been one of the Orioles' most dependable late-inning relief pitchers this season. And even though he has struggled recently, manager Buck Showalter said before Saturday's game that he wasn't worried about how O'Day would rebound after allowing a 10th-inning home run Friday in the Orioles' 8-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. O'Day received his next chance Saturday in Game 2, entering with two outs in the eighth.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
It's another chilly day here in Sarasota. Driving into the Orioles spring training facility, it was a brisk 37 degrees. The sun is out however - as are the palm trees - which makes up for the chill. Twelve pitchers will throw bullpen sessions today: Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Tillman, Pedro Strop, Andrew McCutchen, Daniel Schlereth, Eduardo Rodriguez, Jason Hammel, Miguel Gonzalez, Mark Hendrickson, Troy Patto, Mike Belfiore and Kevin Gausman. Before players hit the field this morning, the club officially announced right-handed sidearm reliever Darren O'Day's two-year contract.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The words delivered in the Orioles clubhouse after another jaw-busting, late-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series belied the otherwise eerie silence that punctuated the room. Bounce around from player to player after Saturday's 6-4 loss in Game 2 and, no matter who you talk to, the refrain remains the same. It's only two losses. These Orioles are great on the road. They have overcome so much adversity, what's a little more? “It's tough, it's a hole,” Orioles reliever Darren O'Day said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
As Darren O'Day spoke to the media on Monday about his new two-year deal, Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair and bullpen coach Bill Castro beamed from the back row. Coaches aren't ones to sit in on news conferences often, but it showed how coveted the Orioles' sidearm reliever has become. The Orioles are making a $5.8 million investment in O'Day. He was the team's most consistent relief pitcher last season, able to work his way out of a jam, as well as hold a lead. He could come in for one batter or pitch two innings.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2013
When Oakland A's switch-hitter Coco Crisp , batting left-handed in the ninth inning Saturday evening, lifted a Darren O'Day pitch over the right-field wall for a homer, it wasn't just an eventual game-winner. It was also the continuation of a disturbing trend for the reliable O'Day. The side-arming right-hander's difficulties against left-handed hitters continue. "I'm just not commanding on that side of the plate, really," O'Day said. "I just have to be more refined with my control out there.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2013
SAN DIEGO -- Thanks to a double switch that Orioles manager Buck Showalter made in the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday's victory over the San Diego Padres, right-handed reliever Darren O'Day was slated to bat eighth in the ninth inning. But when the Orioles scored three runs in the inning, O'Day suddenly found himself at the plate for his first major league at-bat. “That was definitely a surprise,” O'Day said. “When I came in, Buck told me, 'Hey, you are hitting eighth.' I was like, 'OK'.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Darren O'Day is set apart from other relievers by his sidearm delivery, his own version of the “Ole” song, and his 0.92 ERA, among other things. And he can add another to the list. “I have a couple things going for me, and now I have a T-shirt,” O'Day said Wednesday, when the Orioles gave out orange T-shirts with his “O'Day” song and a silhouette logo of his sidearm delivery. “It's pretty exciting. I never expected a T-shirt.” O'Day pitched a scoreless ninth inning in the Orioles' 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, his 10th scoreless outing in a row. He has allowed one run in 14 appearances since the All-Star break, and he has struck out more than one batter per inning this season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
BOSTON -- Orioles right-handed reliever Darren O'Day jumped on a flight to Boston this morning and arrived at Fenway Park during batting practice. He will be available to pitch in relief tonight. O'Day, who received two injections in his right hand and wrist area to reduce nerve inflammation that had been causing numbness and tingling in his fingers, was evaluated Wednesday morning after a bullpen session on Tuesday. “He said today he feels good, good enough to pitch,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Orioles relief pitchers Darren O'Day and Zach Britton effectively made Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Camden Yards a seven-inning game. Right-hander Kevin Gausman left the game after seven strong innings -- the first 4 2/3 of which were perfect -- allowing O'Day and Britton to handle the final six outs. They did so in workmanlike fashion. O'Day retired his three batters -- two by strikeout -- on just 16 pitches. Britton surrendered one hit in the ninth, but managed his 21st save of the season after another 16 pitches.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
The Orioles' primary formula for victory this season has been to keep the game close until it becomes a battle of the bullpens. It worked most of the year and then unfolded perfectly in the American League Division Series. In all three ALDS games, the Orioles waited out the Detroit Tigers' Cy Young Award-winning starters and then pounced on the club's soft underbelly relief corps. It won't be so easy in the AL Championship Series, which begins with Game 1 against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night at Camden Yards.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
DETROIT -- As left-handed reliever Andrew Miller spoke to the media in the clubhouse hallway Sunday night after the Orioles' American League Division Series clincher in Detroit, he was interrupted by a bellow. "You did it, Andrew," said the excited voice. "You did it. " Miller smiled and shook hands with the giddy man to his right: Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who acquired Miller in a July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline deal with the Boston Red Sox. Whether you're an Orioles fan or you just happen to run the organization, it's hard not to be pumped about what Miller has done in his two-plus months in Baltimore.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The Orioles came into the American League Division Series knowing they couldn't match the Detroit Tigers ace for ace. No single Oriole could comfortably compare resumes with Detroit's Game 1 starter, Max Scherzer, the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner. But as they have all season, the Orioles found a less traditional way to outduel flashier talent. Two first-time postseason performers, starter Chris Tillman and reliever Andrew Miller, combined to produce a better line than Scherzer before the Orioles blew the game open against the Tigers bullpen and won, 12-3.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Player introductions begin at 5:15: Predictably, biggest ovations for Buck Showalter, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz. First ball ceremony: Interesting first ball ceremony. Manny Machado, who was lost for the season with a knee injury in August, throws ceremonial first pitch to Matt Wieters, who missed five months of the season with an elbow injury. National Anthem: Rolando Sanz delivers terrific rendition. Shockingly, fans shout "O!" at just the right moment.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
TORONTO - We've reached the final game of the regular season, and we still don't know the Orioles' opponent in the American League Division Series. Both the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals lost Saturday night, so Detroit goes into the final day of the regular season with a one-game lead. If the Royals win and the Tigers lose today, the teams will play a Game 163 on Monday to determine the AL Central winner.  Before you ask, we also still don't know the start time for the first two games of the ALDS at Camden Yards.
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By Dan Connolly and Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
With career highs in home runs and RBIs, Nelson Cruz did more than enough to earn his first Most Valuable Oriole award this season. Now the question is whether the pending free agent will return next year to have a chance to win it again. “Hopefully I stay here, we work something out. Like I said before, I understand they're going to do whatever they think is better for the team,” Cruz, 34, said. “I love it here. I love the fans, I love my teammates.” Cruz, who leads the major leagues in home runs with 39 and is second in the American League with 106 RBIs, said before Sunday's series finale against the Boston Red Sox that he'll think about his contract situation once his season is completed.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
TORONTO -- After sending right-hander Darren O'Day to a hand specialist for lingering numbness and tingling in his fingers, the Orioles believe a pair of injections could salvage the late-inning reliever's season. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said O'Day received injections in two parts of his right wrist and hand area in Florida after seeing specialist Brian Schofield, which the club hopes can reduce the inflammation in nerves near the problem area. “We feel good about getting our arms around what's going on there,” Showalter said before Friday's game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2013
This time last year, Darren O'Day was fighting for a roster spot in Orioles spring training - every outing precious, every impression critical - as he tried to salvage his big-league career. After a stellar 2012 season in which he was the team's most consistent reliever, O'Day - a quirky, light-hearted side-armer - was rewarded with a two-year contract from the Orioles with a third-year club option, the team announced on Monday. It's the peak of a remarkable 15-month ascension for the 30-year-old O'Day.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
After the Orioles drained bottles of champagne inside the home clubhouse of Camden Yards, leaving behind not a dry spot in a room littered with corks and empty beer bottles, they ran toward the dugout for a postgame party that Baltimore had long awaited. They celebrated their first American League East division title in 17 years Tuesday night after their 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays with their hometown fans at Camden Yards. Their coronation as newly recrowned kings of the AL East came in front of a sea of orange -- an announced 34,297 -- entirely on its feet, standing as right-hander Tommy Hunter closed out the game with a grounder to first base.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
In front of a packed house and a national television audience, Sunday evening at Camden Yards was supposed to belong to Derek Jeter and Francis Scott Key, perhaps in that order. But infielder Kelly Johnson, an Oriole for roughly two weeks, ignited his own impromptu celebration in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off double to give the Orioles a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees. The victory reduced the Orioles' magic number for winning the American League East division to three.
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