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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer | March 23, 1994
Visiting Centennial scored five first-inning runs and junior pitcher Kim May took care of the rest as the No. 3 Eagles blanked No. 10 Westminster, 12-0, in both teams' season-openers yesterday afternoon in Deer Park.The Eagles' first five hitters reached base and later scored. Marcia Kunkel and May both had doubles, drove in a run and scored in the inning.The Owls tried to answer in the bottom of the first with runners on first and second and one out, but May got clean-up hitter Gina Hughes to pop out to first and then struck out Kristen Stull to end the inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
After a 23-minute rain delay before the Orioles' game Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds at Camden Yards , another band of storms forced a second delay just two batters into the game. Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton opened the with an infield single on a comebacker that hit off Orioles right-hander Bud Norris . After running through first base, Hamilton collided with first base umpire Mike DiMuro. DiMuro left with Orioles assistant trainer Brian Ebel, and the game continued with three umpires.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Evening Sun Staff | June 20, 1991
The Orioles have devised a method that may help them break their annoying habit of falling behind in the early stages of a game.Noting that the club was quickly in arrears by three or more runs six times in the previous eight games, manager John Oates and pitching coach Al Jackson gave Jeff Robinson an extra five minutes of warmup time before yesterday's game with the Minnesota Twins."
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sent the first pitch he saw Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels over the center-field wall in the first inning for a two-run home run. It was Jones' 21st home run of the season -- 11 of which have come in the first inning, the most in the major leagues. It's also the most by an Orioles player since Brady Anderson hit 13 in 1996. “Cool,” Jones said. “That's my only answer to it. ... I just play the game.” Jones also hit a first-inning homer Tuesday night off the Angels' Jered Weaver to tie the game at 1. The Orioles ultimately won that game, 7-6, in 12 innings.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2000
Centennial sophomore Brad Loveless admitted his first varsity start made him a little nervous yesterday. The short fences at Hammond and the Bears' home-run hitting lineup can give the most veteran of high school pitchers a case of jitters. But his offense treated him to a four-run first inning to ease his nerves, and the sharp-looking right-hander turned in a sound performance, leading the No. 8-ranked Eagles (2-0 overall, 2-0 league) to a key 8-5 victory over No. 12-ranked Hammond. Both teams had opened their seasons Thursday with no-hit pitching performances.
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By Glenn Graham and Glenn Graham,glenn.graham@baltsun.com | May 24, 2009
COLLEGE PARK - -Senior pitcher Jordan Eades and the Franklin Indians began playing up to their potential during Saturday's Class 3A state title game against Northern of Calvert County. Unfortunately for the Indians, it began an inning late. Before the No. 6 Indians rid themselves of championship game jitters, the Patriots scored four first-inning runs. It was plenty for sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Schmeiser, who lost her bid for a perfect game with two outs in the sixth and ended up with a one-hitter in Northern's 4-0 win over Franklin at the University of Maryland.
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By PHIL JACKMAN | September 20, 1994
Opening night of the much-ballyhooed "Baseball: An Illustrated History": Let's put it this way. Ken Burns, driving force behind the 18 1/2 -hour undertaking on PBS, has his work cut out over the next eight innings. Someone drilled a three-run homer off him in the first inning . . . and it hit the warehouse on the fly.Maybe it was a case of expecting too much under the flood of advance publicity and the commercialization that no doubt will see Burns doing personal appearances on QVC and the rest of the home shopping network stops.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | June 12, 2008
BOSTON -- Jason Varitek's three-run homer in the Boston Red Sox's crushing first inning last night soared over the Green Monster and landed in a parking lot beyond Lansdowne Street. Mike Lowell's towering fly ball in the sixth settled in the second row in the elevated left-field seats at Fenway Park, not as impressive as Varitek's clout, but a homer nonetheless. In between the two long balls, Garrett Olson did exactly what the Orioles needed. But the four straight scoreless innings he turned in couldn't undo a brutal first inning in which Olson reverted back to the form that he showed in September.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 8, 1999
One day after allowing five unearned runs in the top of the seventh in an emotional loss to the Institute of Notre Dame, No. 9-ranked Franklin came back yesterday against host Liberty with just one thing on its mind.Said coach Rick Wiscott: "We needed a quick start."The Indians did just that, sending 11 batters to the plate, taking advantage of four errors, and scoring seven runs in the first inning en route to an 11-1, six-inning win over the Lions.Following Tuesday's late collapse in a 5-4 loss, mainly because of lapses in the field, Franklin (3-1)
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2005
NEW YORK - Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson proudly eschews numbers and statistics for old-fashioned baseball sense. He has said repeatedly that he doesn't need a computer printout to know how his team and players are doing. He certainly didn't need to be told that the Nationals had scored in the first inning only twice in their first 16 games, and that they had won both times. Now, after pounding the New York Mets, 11-4, to avoid a sweep at Shea Stadium yesterday, the Nats are 3-for-3 when they grab a first-inning lead.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2014
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez stumbled through a two-run first inning Sunday, but he recovered to allow just two more hits through the next five frames in the Orioles' 4-2 win over the Cleveland Indians at Camden Yards. “The first inning was a little frustrating for him,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He was good. He didn't break.” Despite tying a season-high with four walks, Gonzalez recorded his third straight quality start and has allowed three or fewer runs in nine of his 10 starts this season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus has homered in consecutive games. The one Saturday night against Tommy Hunter put the game into extra innings. And his blast in the first inning Sunday also had some significance. Rasmus' homer against Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez reached Eutaw Street, beyond the right-field flag court. It's the 78th to land there in Camden Yards history and the first this season. Of those 78 homers, 47 have been hit by opponents and four by Blue Jays.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2013
Orioles prospect Henry Urrutia had three singles in the Surprise Saguaros' 7-6 victory over the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League opener Tuesday. Urrutia, who batted .276 with two RBIs in 24 games for the Orioles this season, had an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning to extend the Saguaros' lead to 2-0. The 26-year-old outfielder, who batted fifth and started in right field for Surprise, also singled in the third and seventh innings and grounded out to second base in the fifth.
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2013
Right-hander Kevin Gausman's ERA at Triple-A Norfolk crept back over the seven mark Saturday night, as he allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two in 4 1/3 innings pitched against Rochester. His ERA in four games (three starts) with the Tides this season is 7.13. Rochester jumped on him for two runs on three hits in the first inning, including an RBI double. Over the next three innings, Gausman would allow one hit and one walk and avoid any major trouble.
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
Brady Acker (Atholton) hit a grand slam in the top of the first inning Wednesday as Maryland won, 5-1, over Arkansas in the Heartland Classic baseball tournament in Norman, Okla. Ryan Selmer (Riverdale Baptist) earned the victory after allowing one run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out three batters and walked three. Andrew Yacyk (North Hagerstown) also had an RBI single in the first inning as Maryland bounced back from a 10-run loss in its first game during the second day of the tournament.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2013
Kevin Gausman 's second start didn't go as planned. The 22-year-old right-hander, who recalled from Double-A last week, was pulled after four innings, trailing 7-3 to the Washington Nationals. He gave up seven runs on eight hits, including three homers. Combined with his debut on Thursday in Toronto, in which he gave up four earned runs in five innings, Gausman's ERA sits at 11.00.  On Tuesday, he permitted a three-run homer to Adam LaRoche in the first inning. He then retired seven of eight before walking LaRoche to start the fourth.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTER | September 27, 2007
Even in this disaster of an Orioles season, it normally takes a couple innings, maybe half a game or more, before the evening's hope at Camden Yards disappears. Last night, against the Toronto Blue Jays, it took one pitch. Victor Zambrano's first fastball of the night plunked Blue Jays leadoff hitter Reed Johnson in the backside. It was enough to start a Toronto rally that left the Orioles down eight runs before they came to bat in an eventual 8-5 loss. And enough to give Orioles fans that here-we-go-again feeling in another here-we-go-again September.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | June 18, 1998
It would have been nice. It would have taken some of the sting out of a season turned sour.The Orioles were in a position to take a broom to the runaway New York Yankees last night and sweep them right out of Camden Yards. Instead, Orioles public enemy No. 1 Darryl Strawberry lowered the boom in a 5-3 Yankees victory that prevented the Orioles from taking sole possession of third place in the American League East.Strawberry hit the longest home run in the history of Oriole Park and left-hander Andy Pettitte gave up just two runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings to remain undefeated in six career decisions in Baltimore.
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By Rich Scherr, For The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2013
Back in April, the Glen Burnie softball team managed to bust out of its early-season funk to forge a path that would lead all the way to Saturday's Class 4A state final in College Park. Once there, however, the Gophers simply couldn't pull off another turnaround. Sherwood from Montgomery County scored three runs against Glen Burnie starting pitcher Ali Moos in the first inning, and the Gophers never recovered in a 5-0 loss at the University of Maryland. First baseman Megan McDonough had a double, triple and three RBIs for the Warriors, who extended their winning streak to 42 straight games in capturing their second straight state title.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
Orioles starter Jason Hammel didn't do much to alleviate manager Buck Showalter's pregame concerns about playing a doubleheader Saturday against the Dodgers. Hammel allowed three runs -- all on a towering homer by right fielder Andre Ethier -- during a 32-pitch first inning in Game 1 against the Dodgers. He then allowed another run in the second on Mark Ellis' sacrifice fly. Of the first 10 batters Hammel faced, six reached base. He needed 51 innings to get through the second inning.
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