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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have signed right-handed pitcher Alfredo Aceves to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to an industry source. The 31-year-old Aceves split last season between the Boston Red Sox and Triple-A Pawtucket. He was 4-1 with a 4.86 ERA in 11 games (six starts) last season with the Red Sox and 4-2 with a 4.25 ERA in eight starts with 48 2/3 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket. Over his six-year career in the major leagues, Aceves has been mostly a reliever.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Are you an Orioles fan? What about an Orioles fan who enjoys team-related salsa with your chips? Or are you part of the even smaller subset that prefers to buy your team-related salsa in person, as opposed to over the scary Internet? Diehard player-affiliated salsa aficionados, your day has come. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will be formally unveiling his Machado's Salsa brand on Tuesday afternoon at 12:45 p.m. at the Pikesville Giant, located at 3757 Old Court Road - the rare election day media event that will be worth attending, I'm sure.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Are you an Orioles fan? What about an Orioles fan who enjoys team-related salsa with your chips? Or are you part of the even smaller subset that prefers to buy your team-related salsa in person, as opposed to over the scary Internet? Diehard player-affiliated salsa aficionados, your day has come. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will be formally unveiling his Machado's Salsa brand on Tuesday afternoon at 12:45 p.m. at the Pikesville Giant, located at 3757 Old Court Road - the rare election day media event that will be worth attending, I'm sure.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON - Everything seemed to go the Orioles' way for 5 1/2 innings against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park. But after an ESPN nationally broadcast returned from a commercial break for the bottom of the sixth, everything unraveled for the Orioles. They lost a five-run lead and Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy to injury. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez lost his groove with one pitch that was sent into the Boston night, and the sure-handed Orioles defense committed three errors in the final three innings to set the stage for a walk-off loss, 6-5, to the Red Sox. “That's part of baseball,” Jimenez said.
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April 18, 2012
Players must adjust Ron Fritz Baltimore Sun It's too early to tell. Bobby Valentine certainly has the experience, and he convinced ownership he's the guy. Now he needs to work on the players. They clearly preferred the country-club atmosphere under Terry Francona. But after the late-season collapse and missing the playoffs last year, the players lost their country-club membership. Thanks to their pitiful performance and clubhouse shenanigans, someone had to go. What second baseman Dustin Pedroia said after Valentine criticized Kevin Youkilis was stunning: "I really don't know what Bobby's trying to do, but that's not the way we go about our stuff around here.
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By Phil Rogers | July 4, 2010
The Cliff Lee sweepstakes is heating up, with the Reds and possibly even Yankees joining the Twins at the forefront. A.J. Burnett's problems have forced GM Brian Cashman to reconsider waiting for free agency to take his shot at Lee (above). A team trading for the Mariners starter in the next couple of weeks would owe him only about $4.5 million, which puts him on the radar for even a mid-payroll team such as the Reds. … The Twins' Carl Pavano, who played with Lee on the Indians, is pushing hard for GM Bill Smith to pull the trigger on a trade.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy made his professional spring debut Tuesday afternoon against the Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Bundy threw a scoreless fifth inning, overcoming an early four-pitch walk to retire the top of Boston's order. "Obviously, every pitcher wants to face the best,” Bundy said. “That's how any pitcher gets better, facing the best. I felt that those three hitters in that lineup were pretty dang good. I came in the game, thought I was going to throw in the eighth or ninth.
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By Phil Rogers | July 18, 2010
Joe Crede is just about ready to go after his latest back procedure. Agent Scott Boras says there's a chance Crede could help a team this season, but it's more likely he will look to sign in the offseason with an eye on 2011. … Adam Dunn is looking for a deal of at least four years for $60 million after having to settle for a two-year deal with the Nationals in his first run at free agency. The Nats want to keep him, but not at that price. It's likely he will be traded, with the Yankees, Angels and White Sox at the head of the list.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Despite a rocky start, Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz continued to make a case for himself to be the team's No. 5 starter in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park Matusz allowed just one run on six hits through five innings, walking one and striking out two. His five-inning start is the longest of any Orioles pitcher this spring. Matusz threw 75 pitches, 58 strikes. Over his past two starts, Matusz has allowed just one run over nine innings with six hits, nine strikeouts and two walks.
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By Everett Cook and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
When a pitcher gives up nine hits and a walk over six innings but only allows one run, there are usually two other factors at play than just his ability to scatter hits. The first is strikeouts, specifically with runners in scoring position. Orioles' starterWei-Yin Chen struck out four on Tuesday in Baltimore's 7-1 win, but only two of those strikeouts were with runners in scoring position. The other factor to look at is defense - and the O's had plenty of that.   “The Red Sox are a really tough lineup, but first of all, I have to give all the credit to the guys behind me that did an incredible job,” Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin.  “Nice catches and nice plays behind me.” While Chen did do a nice job of scattering those nine hits and limiting the damage, he also got a lot of help from the defense behind him. It started early on, when third baseman Manny Machado - a natural shortstop who played a grand total of two games at third base before getting promoted to the majors - made a barehanded pickup on a sacrifice bunt in the first inning to throw out speedy Boston designated hitter Pedro Ciriaco.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON - During every game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has a card with him that tells him which plays are reviewable and which ones aren't. The color coding is simple. The plays in green can be reviewable, the plays in red cannot. But it's not always that easy, and that was the case in the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday night . After the Red Sox scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, Showalter wanted the umpires to review whether Dustin Pedroia tagged up at third base before running to the plate on an errant throw home.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have signed right-handed pitcher Alfredo Aceves to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, according to an industry source. The 31-year-old Aceves split last season between the Boston Red Sox and Triple-A Pawtucket. He was 4-1 with a 4.86 ERA in 11 games (six starts) last season with the Red Sox and 4-2 with a 4.25 ERA in eight starts with 48 2/3 innings at Triple-A Pawtucket. Over his six-year career in the major leagues, Aceves has been mostly a reliever.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
After a record-setting defensive season in 2013, the Orioles had to share this year's Wilson American League Defensive Team of the Year honors with the Kansas City Royals. The Orioles set major league records with a .991 team fielding percentage, committing just 54 errors in a 162-game season and recording 119 errorless games. They also had three players win Gold Glove Awards last month. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado was named the Orioles' Wilson Defensive Player of the Year, but was edged for the Wilson AL Defensive Player of the Year Award by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.   The Royals compiled a .986 fielding percentage and also had three Gold Glove Award winners this season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
For Orioles fans, the only thing more painful than watching an October without their favorite team this season was probably seeing the Red Sox win the World Series. And the fact that the Orioles won 11 games against Boston this year, most of any team, and won the season series against the Red Sox probably doesn't provide much solace. The Red Sox showed they are the best team in baseball, completing the best turnaround in baseball history. No team has had a lower winning percentage the year before winning a World Series title.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
Even though the Orioles entered their final series of the season chasing little more than pride, the American League East champion Boston Red Sox came to Camden Yards with plenty to play for. Boston entered its three-game series at Camden Yards with a two-game lead over the Oakland Athletics for the AL's best record - and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. The Orioles' playoff aspirations died Tuesday, but they still have the opportunity to play spoiler in their final three games of the season, much like two seasons ago, when they helped knock visiting Boston out of playoff contention on the final day of the season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
BOSTON - Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had never thrown fewer than four innings or given up more than seven runs in any of his starts as a major leaguer. He picked a particularly inopportune time to do both. The Orioles embarked Tuesday on their crucial nine-game road trip against three postseason contenders, kicking it off with a deflating 13-2 loss to the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox. “We got our butts kicked tonight and there's no doubt about that. But it's over now,” Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun Reporter | March 26, 2008
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has been through this before. He experienced it three years ago, after his club vanquished 86 years of frustration and ghosts with a World Series title in 2004. The next year, the Red Sox won 95 games and made the postseason but were swept by the Chicago White Sox in the American League Division Series. There was no two-peat. No annual parade in Boston. "People say, `Do you know how hard it is to repeat?' " Francona says. "Well, do you know hard it is to win?
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2012
[ Down the stretch is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming day for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues. ] About last night Thome keys 12th-inning rally as O's win, 9-6 O's extra-inning win streak defies probability Notes: Andino not thrilled by Friday's beaning Schmuck: Role reversal for Baltimore, Boston An expert explains Oriole Magic A win today at Fenway would tie a club record Saturday's full scoreboard AL East Standings NYY       88-63     -- BAL       87-64     1 TB         82-70    6.5 AL Wild-Card Standings BAL        87-64      -- OAK       85-66         -- LAA        83-69      2.5 TB          82-70     3.5 DET        80-70     4.5 Today's game Orioles at Red Sox , 1:35 p.m. RHP Chris Tillman (8-2, 3.22 ERA)
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2013
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman might not be the biggest name in pitching in the major leagues right now, but his performance over the past two seasons ranks among the best. Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Tillman is 16-5 for a .762 winning percentage. That winning percentage is the fourth-best in all of baseball for players with at least 20 decisions. Tillman ranks behind only Cincinnati's Mat Latos (.833), Detroit's Max Scherzer (.781) and St. Louis's Lance Lynn (.765)
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2013
Through the first two games of this four-game series with Boston, the Orioles pitching staff kept a potent Red Sox lineup in check. Boston tallied 12 hits in 74 at-bats in the two Orioles wins for a paltry .181 average and four runs. Despite the success, Orioles manager Buck Showalter kept speaking to the potent nature of the Red Sox's lineup, and in the Orioles' 5-4 loss Saturday afternoon , those bats finally came alive. When the Red Sox put three runs across in the fourth inning, it broke a streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings posted by Orioles pitchers.
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