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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | June 21, 1995
BOWIE -- He is the only member of the Bowie Baysox's 1994 "Fab Five" starting staff who is not playing as high as the Triple-A level. But Rick Forney is not whining about it.While Vaughn Eshelman has had success with the Boston Red && Sox, Scott Klingenbeck is up with the Orioles and Jimmy Haynes and Brian Sackinsky are thriving with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, Forney is back at Double-A Bowie, his pitching arm hurting and his career idling.The forkball, his out pitch, has increased both his strikeout totals and his pain level, and Forney is trying to recover both his health and a fastball that once approached 90 mph.Still, he is thankful to be living in his Arnold home, optimistic that his physical problems will abate and more understanding about what Latin players face here after playing in Venezuela last winter.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 10, 2008
It's a mystery pitch that needs a catchy name. Too bad "Gyroball" is taken. The Orioles will have to come up with another way to describe what Rule 5 pick Randor Bierd is throwing. Bierd has a "swing-and-miss" pitch that's almost as difficult to describe as it is to hit. Manager Dave Trembley once called it a cross between a splitter and a changeup. He later referred to it as a combination changeup and forkball, a relative of the splitter. Maybe catcher Guillermo Quiroz can shed some light on the subject.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | March 30, 1991
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Right-hander Jeff Robinson unveiled his forkball and overpowered the New York Yankees for three innings last night, but his control deteriorated so quickly that he barely made it through the fourth and left without finishing the fifth.The Baltimore Orioles built him a six-run lead with 15 hits through the first five innings, but it took a ninth-inning home run by third baseman Leo Gomez to get the Orioles out of Fort Lauderdale Stadium with a 7-6 Grapefruit League victory.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2002
JUPITER, Fla. -- Jason Johnson plans on using a pitch this season that he only toyed with in 2001. Sidney Ponson is ridding himself of one pitch and changing the way he throws another. Spring training traditionally is a time for experimentation, and two Orioles were living proof yesterday. Starting the earlier B game, Johnson tossed three scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals before doing some running in the outfield and heading to the clubhouse. Ponson also went three innings later in the day, giving up his first four Grapefruit League runs in a 13-4 loss.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 5, 2002
JUPITER, Fla. -- Jason Johnson plans on using a pitch this season that he only toyed with in 2001. Sidney Ponson is ridding himself of one pitch and changing the way he throws another. Spring training traditionally is a time for experimentation, and two Orioles were living proof yesterday. Starting the earlier B game, Johnson tossed three scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals before doing some running in the outfield and heading to the clubhouse. Ponson also went three innings later in the day, giving up his first four Grapefruit League runs in a 13-4 loss.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Orioles right-handed reliever Mike Fetters has been getting some strange looks lately. A pitch leaves his hand, hits the catcher's mitt and defies logic. Typecast as a sinkerball/forkball pitcher, Fetters began experimenting with a slider about two weeks ago. Anything to keep the nightly battles from getting too one-sided. "Lefties always look for me to throw them away, and righties look for me inside," said Fetters, 34. "If I can get that slider on the other side of the plate, that's another half of the plate they just gave me, so it'll make my sinker even more effective because they're leaning out a little bit. I can throw that sinker in and get a little bit more on their hands, and instead of a base hit, it's a ground ball to my shortstop."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2001
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Jason Johnson has added a forkball to his repertoire, which he used once in his last start and plans to incorporate a little more as the season progresses. Johnson has been learning the pitch for about a week, with advice coming in many directions. Starter Willis Roberts, reliever Mike Trombley and pitching coach Mark Wiley have offered tips, and Johnson felt comfortable enough to use it against the New York Yankees' Bernie Williams during Sunday's game with a runner in scoring position and two outs in the sixth inning.
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By Alan Goldstein | January 12, 1991
Oakland Athletics right-hander Dave Stewart, the first pitcher to string together four straight 20-victory seasons since Hall of Famer Jim Palmer accomplished the feat for the Baltimore Orioles (1975-1978), was in town last night to receive the Jack Dunn Memorial Award for service to baseball at the Tops In Sports banquet.But Stewart, who has led the A's to two straight American League titles, recalled several incidents involving the Orioles that he would prefer to forget.Only 4 1/2 years ago, his baseball career was on the rocks.
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By Buster Olney | October 20, 1996
Yankees' Andy Pettitte (22-8, 3.90) vs. Braves' John Smoltz (27-8, 2.79)(records include postseason)What Pettitte throws: Cut fastball, slider, changeup. Pettitte likes to get ahead on the count and then drop his breaking balls and offspeed pitches away from hitters, trying to make them expand the strike zone. "What you have to do," Orioles catcher Mark Parent said during the AL Championship Series, "is make him bring the ball up in the strike zone."What Pettitte has done lately: Not much.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Evening Sun Staff | July 24, 1991
The announcement that Chuck Finley will pitch for the California Angels tonight means one thing: trouble for the Orioles.It is troublesome enough that the 6-foot-6 lefthander has 13 victories, tying him with teammate Mark Langston and the Minnesota Twins' Scott Erickson and Jack Morris for the American League lead.Worse, he has been death on the Orioles ever since he joined the Angels in 1986. He is 5-1 lifetime, losing once in the long ago of 1987. He is seeking his sixth straight victory over the Orioles.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 9, 2001
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles pitcher Jason Johnson has added a forkball to his repertoire, which he used once in his last start and plans to incorporate a little more as the season progresses. Johnson has been learning the pitch for about a week, with advice coming in many directions. Starter Willis Roberts, reliever Mike Trombley and pitching coach Mark Wiley have offered tips, and Johnson felt comfortable enough to use it against the New York Yankees' Bernie Williams during Sunday's game with a runner in scoring position and two outs in the sixth inning.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Orioles right-handed reliever Mike Fetters has been getting some strange looks lately. A pitch leaves his hand, hits the catcher's mitt and defies logic. Typecast as a sinkerball/forkball pitcher, Fetters began experimenting with a slider about two weeks ago. Anything to keep the nightly battles from getting too one-sided. "Lefties always look for me to throw them away, and righties look for me inside," said Fetters, 34. "If I can get that slider on the other side of the plate, that's another half of the plate they just gave me, so it'll make my sinker even more effective because they're leaning out a little bit. I can throw that sinker in and get a little bit more on their hands, and instead of a base hit, it's a ground ball to my shortstop."
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By Buster Olney | October 20, 1996
Yankees' Andy Pettitte (22-8, 3.90) vs. Braves' John Smoltz (27-8, 2.79)(records include postseason)What Pettitte throws: Cut fastball, slider, changeup. Pettitte likes to get ahead on the count and then drop his breaking balls and offspeed pitches away from hitters, trying to make them expand the strike zone. "What you have to do," Orioles catcher Mark Parent said during the AL Championship Series, "is make him bring the ball up in the strike zone."What Pettitte has done lately: Not much.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | July 12, 1995
ARLINGTON, Texas -- They were there and then they were gone, throwing but 52 pitches between them, striking out half of the dozen batters they faced, reducing baseball's best hitters to flailing fodder.Randy Johnson and Hideo Nomo came as advertised last night in the first two innings of the All-Star Game. Imposing. Impressive. Impossible.For a few minutes on a 96-degree evening, they cured an ailing game. Suddenly, the game itself was the thing again. The empty seats at ballparks across North America, the lingering fan bitterness, the low TV ratings, the memories of Bud and Donald's Not-So-Excellent Adventure -- they were yesterday's news.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | June 21, 1995
BOWIE -- He is the only member of the Bowie Baysox's 1994 "Fab Five" starting staff who is not playing as high as the Triple-A level. But Rick Forney is not whining about it.While Vaughn Eshelman has had success with the Boston Red && Sox, Scott Klingenbeck is up with the Orioles and Jimmy Haynes and Brian Sackinsky are thriving with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, Forney is back at Double-A Bowie, his pitching arm hurting and his career idling.The forkball, his out pitch, has increased both his strikeout totals and his pain level, and Forney is trying to recover both his health and a fastball that once approached 90 mph.Still, he is thankful to be living in his Arnold home, optimistic that his physical problems will abate and more understanding about what Latin players face here after playing in Venezuela last winter.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | April 3, 1992
McDonald adds forkball to repertoireCLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander Ben McDonald may have a surprise up his sleeve next week when he makes his first start of the regular season. He has been experimenting with a forkball for the past couple of years, and it may be part of his pitching repertoire when he faces the Cleveland Indians on Thursday."I'd like to have thrown a few more of them this spring," McDonald said, "but I've got my three main pitches working right now. It's coming."He isn't really giving away any secrets, because he isn't saying when he will unveil his newest weapon.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Evening Sun Staff | May 17, 1991
Ask Orioles outfielder Mike Devereaux how much success he has had against the California Angels' Chuck Finley and the response is short of heartening."
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | April 3, 1992
McDonald adds forkball to repertoireCLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander Ben McDonald may have a surprise up his sleeve next week when he makes his first start of the regular season. He has been experimenting with a forkball for the past couple of years, and it may be part of his pitching repertoire when he faces the Cleveland Indians on Thursday."I'd like to have thrown a few more of them this spring," McDonald said, "but I've got my three main pitches working right now. It's coming."He isn't really giving away any secrets, because he isn't saying when he will unveil his newest weapon.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | April 3, 1992
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Righthander Ben McDonald may have a surprise up his sleeve next week when he makes his first start of the regular season. He has been experimenting with a forkball for the past couple of years, and it may be part of his pitching repertoire when he faces the Cleveland Indians on Thursday."
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,Evening Sun Staff | July 24, 1991
The announcement that Chuck Finley will pitch for the California Angels tonight means one thing: trouble for the Orioles.It is troublesome enough that the 6-foot-6 lefthander has 13 victories, tying him with teammate Mark Langston and the Minnesota Twins' Scott Erickson and Jack Morris for the American League lead.Worse, he has been death on the Orioles ever since he joined the Angels in 1986. He is 5-1 lifetime, losing once in the long ago of 1987. He is seeking his sixth straight victory over the Orioles.
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