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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | January 18, 1996
LOS ANGELES -- When it became apparent this week that baseball's owners finally were ready to take a tangible step toward interleague play, an old debate took on a new dimension.The prospect of American League teams meeting National League teams during the regular season has refocused attention on the designated-hitter rule, which is certain to complicate the transition to the proposed new interleague format.The interleague format that was approved by baseball's executive council Tuesday night and will be presented at today's joint ownership meeting calls for the designated hitter to be used only in American League parks, as it is in the preseason and the World Series, but some baseball purists worry that mixing the rules during the regular season will damage the integrity of a century of statistics and create potential roster problems for teams in both of the major leagues.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
TORONTO - Even though he has only three hits in his past 39 at-bats, Orioles left fielder-designated hitter Nelson Cruz said he believes he's on the verge of breaking out of the slump. Cruz carried the Orioles offense for most of the first half of the season, leading the major leagues with 28 home runs and 74 RBIs at the All-Star break. But after going 1-for-4 on Thursday, he is hitting just .113 with one homer and three RBIs since making his third All-Star Game appearance last month.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | June 1, 2009
Sunday was another first for phenom catcher Matt Wieters: his first time as a big league designated hitter. "He did it in spring training, and he did it in the minor leagues," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said, "So I don't really see that it will be that big of a difference for him other than he's not putting the gear on." As the club's DH, Wieters was hitless in three at-bats Sunday - a pop-up, strikeout and groundout - giving him two hits in his first 11 major league plate appearances.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Just three batters into his outing against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon, Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman was already on the brink of disaster. From his first pitches of the day, Gausman knew the strike zone was getting pinched. And a leadoff walk quickly turned into a bases-loaded jam following a looping single and fielding error by two-time American League Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy. Facing the possibility of an early exit, Gausman went on to show the Orioles another example of his continuing evolution into a dependable major league starting pitcher.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1996
Tom Trebelhorn, the former Chicago Cubs manager who is now a minor-league instructor for the Orioles, has the roots of an innovator. His mentor is Syd Thrift, an innovator who once was hired by Charles Finley, an innovator who died last week.And in his moments of idle thought, Trebelhorn the innovator has come up with a terrific Trebelhorn compromise for those who love the National League rules and those who love the designated hitter.He calls it the designated pinch hitter, and this is how it works: The manager will have a lineup like they use in the NL, with the pitcher batting.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 22, 1997
CLEVELAND -- As Florida manager Jim Leyland explained his decision to make Jim Eisenreich his designated hitter last night, he pointed out that the veteran wasn't ideal for the job "because he's not a power hitter."Try telling that to Charles Nagy.The Cleveland right-hander was taken deep by Eisenreich in the sixth inning, the two-run homer cutting the Indians' lead in half. Five batters later, it was gone, though it lasted longer than Nagy.Eisenreich, with only two home runs in 293 at-bats this season, had painted a new face on Game 3 of the World Series.
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By Buster Olney and Peter Schmuck and Buster Olney and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 24, 1996
ATLANTA -- The agent for Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray and Bill Ripken will meet with Orioles officials tomorrow to begin contract discussions for those three players.Ron Shapiro, the Baltimore-based agent, said he ran into general manager Pat Gillick yesterday and set up the meeting. Cal Ripken wants to extend his current contract, which runs out after next season, so his impending free agency won't be a distraction in 1997.The Orioles likely will offer a contract to Bill Ripken -- possibly a minor-league deal -- with the tacit understanding he'll make the team at the end of spring training.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2003
As the New York Yankees broke camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., three decades ago, Ron Blomberg wasn't thinking about baseball history. Far from it. Like most good players, the strapping outfielder, then limping from a hamstring injury, was focused on the little things. Things like the icy weather in Boston, where the Yanks were to open the season at Fenway Park on April 6, 1973. "I'd heard it was 25 degrees up there," says Blomberg, cheerfully recounting last week, for perhaps the 10,000th time, the at-bat that would change his life - and the National Pastime - forever.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,SUN STAFF | April 24, 2005
Just when you thought baseball players were as staid and personality-challenged as pro golfers, the Boston Red Sox and their idiots won the 2004 World Series. They added much-needed color to baseball's bland landscape last season. But not all of the sport's characters wear "B's" on their hats. There are some without rings, some away from the burning spotlight, who can still fill up a notebook. One of baseball's most outspoken players passed through Camden Yards last week, with a hot bat and a sizzling mouth.
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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer | July 31, 1995
John Kruk always has done things a little differently from everyone else, right up to his unexpected retirement from baseball yesterday at Oriole Park.His first-inning single off Orioles starter Scott Erickson not only ended an 0-for-15 slump for the White Sox designated hitter, but it also marked the end of his 10-year major-league career.Kruk, 34, a three-time All-Star, was removed from the game after the first inning.After being given the ball from his final hit, Kruk shook hands with his teammates in the dugout and departed through the runway.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said since the beginning of the season that he wanted to get outfielder Steve Pearce a start. But with Nelson Cruz entrenched in the lineup and Delmon Young playing well, Pearce remained on the bench. At least until today. Cruz is getting a day off, and Pearce is in the lineup as the designated hitter. He'll be batting sixth. He's the last hitter on the 25-man roster to get a start. He was hitless in three at-bats over two games coming into Sunday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Before the Orioles' final Grapefruit League game Thursday night, manager Buck Showalter said one of his main goals for the day was to get out of Florida having avoided an injury. The Orioles appeared to dodge a major scare in the fourth inning of their spring finale against the Tampa Bay Rays when designated hitter Nelson Cruz left the game after he was hit in the batting helmet by a pitch from Alex Cobb. Cruz was taken to a local hospital for a precautionary CAT scan, which came back negative, according to the club.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
TAMPA - A glance at the stat sheet shows that outfielder Henry Urrutia is enjoying a tremendous spring. The 27-year-old Cuban defector is hitting .300 in Grapefruit League play. He has hits in four of his last five game, hitting .400 (6-for-15) in that span. In the Orioles' 6-0 loss to the New York Yankees Thursday afternoon at Steinbrenner Field, Urrutia was 2-for-3 with a double. There's no doubt that Urrutia has made tremendous strides in all aspects of his game since his first professional season in the United States last year.
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By Peter Schmuck and Eduardo A. Encina | March 2, 2014
Delmon Young had two hits in three at-bats and has been swinging a hot bat since the intrasquad games. “When you bring in guys who've been around, they know the gig," Showalter said. “They're not waiting to get their timing. They come in here with that mentality that every day is a chance to make an impression.” The same apparently goes for Steve Pearce, who also had a pair of hits in three at-bats. Though the Orioles signed free agent Nelson Cruz, Showalter said there still is a job to be won for a right-handed hitter.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
The impending return of switch-hitter Wilson Betemit from the injury he suffered in spring training does not preclude the Orioles from adding a designated hitter within the next two weeks, according to the club's top executive. “We have Wilson in our organization. If he is ready, and he can help us, we would put him on our ballclub, but he's not quite ready yet. He's getting closer, but he's been out for a long time,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Sunday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
BOSTON -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in the first days of spring training that he wanted to float the designated hitter spot among different players. After seeing his DH's open the season 1-for-26 with a .038 batting average, the lowest in the American League, Showalter has placed Nick Markakis in that spot for the Orioles' series finale in Boston on Thursday. The move also allows Showalter to get left-handed hitting outfielder Chris Dickerson, who joined the team Wednesday from Triple-A Norfolk, into the lineup against Boston right-hander Alfredo Aceves.
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March 1, 2007
Good morning -- Jay Gibbons -- If at first you don't succeed, there's always designated hitter.
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July 14, 1993
Paul Molitor has played five different positions in All-Star play -- designated hitter, first base, second base, third base and center field -- tying Pete Rose's record.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
BOSTON -- It's a thought that most Orioles fans can't imagine, but it's true. The Orioles really miss Wilson Betemit. You don't know how much you miss things until they're gone - or they're out six to eight weeks. I've seen many comments and tweets since last season berating the Orioles' acquisition of Betemit two offseasons ago. And while the idea of giving Betemit - who isn't a great defensive player - a two-year guaranteed deal with a vesting option for a third doesn't pass a first-glance litmus test, the Orioles could definitely use him in the designated hitter slot these days.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 26, 2013
Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit hobbled into team's clubhouse Tuesday morning on crutches with his right leg in a bulky brace. A day after falling to the ground between first and second base during a Grapefruit League game, Betemit said he's been told that the Grade 2/3 posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee will keep him out for at least six to eight weeks. “I feel really heavy today, like [I weigh] 300 pounds,” Betemit said. “But let's see what happens with my rehab in a couple weeks.” The switch-hitting Betemit was scheduled to be the team's regular left-handed designated hitter against -- he compiled a .302/.357/.502 while hitting 10 homers in 255 at bats against right-handed pitching last season.
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