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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2011
When all the pomp and circumstance was over and the orange ribbon that had been spread across home plate was cut to officially open the new Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles took the field and sparked hope that it wasn't all just window dressing. They were lucky they didn't break any windows in the process. Outfielder Nick Markakis, perhaps the face of the franchise, deposited two balls that bounced toward the player's parking lot past right field. Vladimir Guerrero, the Orioles' new slugger, hit one that nearly clipped the Tampa Bay Rays' team bus in left-center field, and multitalented center fielder Adam Jones cleared everything with a tape-measure shot to left.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Tuesday was a busy day at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold saw his first simulated game action in several weeks, making five plate appearances in a simulated game on the Camden Yards field at the complex.  Reimold tracked pitches in his first at-bat, then hit a looper to right field in his second plate appearance. Reimold hit a scorcher up the middle in his third at-bat, then drew a walk and hit a ball that would have been a groundout to shortstop.
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By The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2010
The 2010 World Series starts tonight, but the Orioles have already made plans for the beginning of the 2011 Major League Baseball season. The O's on Wednesday released their 2011 spring training schedule, which starts with a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Fla., on Feb. 28. After that, the Orioles will play their first of 16 home games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota against the Tampa Bay Rays on March 1. This will be the second...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles can enjoy their final day in Florida. Their Grapefruit League schedule complete and their exhibition game at Triple-A Norfolk in limbo, they can enjoy a day off Friday. The forecast for Norfolk on Saturday doesn't look good, and the Orioles could cancel that game at some point Friday if the weather outlook doesn't improve. If that happens, the team will work out in Sarasota one last time Saturday morning before hopping on a flight to Baltimore later that day. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the team can't go two straight days without working out. Showalter planned to meet with executive vice president Dan Duquette about some final roster moves before Duquette travels to Montreal for the reunion of the 1994 Montreal Expos, which had the best record in baseball before a strike cut short the season and which he is credited with building.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2011
The architectural style is "Florida Picturesque," and the baseball amenities make Ed Smith Stadium a field of dreams, but there really is only one way to describe the dramatic restoration project that has created a beautiful new home away from home for the Orioles. Long overdue. Two decades after they began their quest for a new all-purpose spring training facility, the Orioles will christen Ed Smith Stadium on Tuesday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays in what will be a celebration for an organization that has endured substandard and outdated spring facilities for years.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | March 17, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Between the raindrops, the Orioles will try to fit in a split-squad road game against the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon at Bright House Field. A massive band of storms is heading to Florida's Gulf Coast, threatening this game, set for 1:05 p.m., and the club's home split-squad game against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium tonight at 7:05 p.m. Brian Matusz is scheduled to start here, and Kevin Gausman is set to follow him. Also listed among the Orioles' available pitchers are Suk-min Yoon, Josh Stinson, Troy Patton and minor leaguers Jesse Beal and Oliver Drake.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2010
Janet Marie Smith was instrumental in the design of Camden Yards. She oversaw the improvements at Fenway Park in Boston and figured prominently in the transformation of Centennial Olympic Stadium into Turner Field, the home of the Atlanta Braves. But her latest challenge — the $31.2 million renovation of the Orioles' spring training home at Ed Smith Stadium and Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota — has broken new ground for the renowned architect and urban planner. "It's the first time in our career we are ordering steel the same day we are ordering concession equipment," said Smith, the Orioles' vice president of planning and development.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
Despite Thursday's canceled exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Ubaldo Jimenez is still slated to make his Orioles debut Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Orioles this month, is in his ninth big league season. So Friday's game, in one sense, is just another tune-up in a lengthy career. But he admits he's “very excited about it.” “It's a new team and I'm with new teammates,” he said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles' Grapefruit League game today against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium has been canceled due to weather. The game will not be made up. It's been raining all morning here in Sarasota and forecasts call for it to continue into the early evening. Fans who have paid tickets for today's game can exchange them for any remaining home spring training game, based on availability, or receive a refund. Miguel Gonzalez was slated to start today, but he won't by pushed back to start Friday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla -- It's finally here. After 10 days of workouts and instrasquad games, the Orioles get to see another uniform. The Grapefruit League season opens this afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. game against the Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Gate will open at 11:05. In advance of the opener, Sun columist Peter Schmuck and I talked a little bit about what to expect from the first few Grapefruit League games. (See video above.)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
- As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways than one. Duquette and the Orioles went through a relatively stagnant offseason that left fans frustrated and experts predicting a fifth-place finish in the American League East. He had to defend the lack of moves as recently as the first day of February at the team's FanFest event, promising that the Orioles wouldn't go into Opening Day without improving the club.
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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 Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Dominican slugger Nelson Cruz sat at his new locker a few weeks ago and surveyed the Orioles' spring training clubhouse. In one corner, Taiwanese pitcher Wei-Yin Chen was huddled with his interpreter. On the other side of the room, South Korean star Suk-min Yoon was playing pingpong. Right beside Cruz was Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, soaking in the experience of a marquee Latin American player who has not forgotten what it was like to be a stranger in a strange new land.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- It's currently raining heavily here at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, but the Orioles still hope to get this afternoon's 1:05 p.m. game in against the Boston Red Sox . That could be difficult. The forecast is calling for rain throughout the day. The Orioles will try their best to play today's game. This late in spring training , the innings are instrumental to get pitchers ready for the season. Starting pitchers need to continue to be stretched out, and some relievers are starting to work back-to-back days.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said he won't circle a day on the calendar when he can return to the major leagues, but he's hoping that maybe he can get into some type of game action within the next two weeks. “I have no idea. Honestly, I don't have an answer for you. I really don't know,” Machado said about playing games again. “Hopefully within the next two weeks, or maybe even more than that. It could be either [then] or not, we don't know yet.” Machado had surgery on his left knee on Oct. 14 and, at the time, the recovery period was considered four to six months.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The game between the Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Ed Smith Stadium has been canceled after two scoreless innings due to rain. Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz pitched two innings, allowing one hit and one walk. The game will not be made up. Those with tickets can apply for a refund or exchange the tickets for the final remaining home game this year, which is Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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By Eduardo Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
The Orioles will host the Pittsburgh Pirates this afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium for their final spring training meeting. Kevin Gausman will make the start today for the Orioles. He's allowed two runs and four hits over seven Grapefruit League innings with five strikeouts and two walks. In his last outing, he allowed one run and three hits in three innings with four strikeouts and no walks. Among the available pitchers today are Zach Britton, Troy Patton, Tommy Hunter, Steve Johnson and Evan Meek.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have agreed to terms with former Houston Astros first baseman Brett Wallace on a minor league contract. Wallace was at the Ed Smith Stadium complex this morning taking his physical, and he is expected to report to minor league camp at Twin Lakes Park. The 27-year-old hit .221/.284/.431 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs for Houston last season. He was released by the Astros 11 days ago after he was invited to camp as a nonroster player and hit just .143 in 14 spring training at-bats.
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