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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 25, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -The Orioles' evolving rotation competition is down to six pitchers for three spots as manager Dave Trembley on Tuesday ruled out David Pauley for one of the starting vacancies. "There are other guys ahead of him right now," Trembley said. "The two rainouts hurt us. We're coming down toward the end of this. I would highly doubt he'll get another start. If anybody gets another start, I'll try to get it for [Hayden] Penn because he got bumped." Pauley, who was acquired from the Boston Red Sox this offseason for reliever Randor Bierd, has struggled this spring, compiling an 8.18 ERA in five appearances (three starts)
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 24, 2009
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jeremy Guthrie walked out of Dodger Stadium on Sunday night just after Mark DeRosa connected for a two-run double, the eighth-inning hit cutting Team USA's deficit against Japan to two runs and breathing life into its chances of making it to the final of the World Baseball Classic. At the time, Guthrie, an analytical thinker if there ever was one, was torn. The last thing he wanted was to leave an experience in Los Angeles that he said "can't be matched" one game short of his and his teammates' ultimate goal.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | March 19, 2009
JUPITER, FLA. - The muddled race for the Orioles' open rotation was further clouded yesterday, this time by the weather. The Orioles were supposed to have home-and-away split-squad games with the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday, but hard rain on an uncovered field at Fort Lauderdale Stadium forced the Orioles to cancel their home game. That meant they had to reduce their pitching outings by half, postponing performances by two rotation candidates: Hayden Penn and Brad Bergesen. Also, Danys Baez, who was supposed to pitch today, has been pushed back to tomorrow.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 18, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -No one should be surprised, but when the Orioles dispatched their three top pitching prospects to the organization's minor league camp in Sarasota over the weekend, the whole optimism-of-spring thing sort of went along for the ride across Alligator Alley. Brian Matusz could light up Fort Lauderdale Stadium with his curveball. Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta could make the future appear as if it's just around the corner. The three of them created so much buzz during the early weeks of spring training that it was easy not to notice that the major league pitching staff they will someday lead was quietly coming unraveled.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 15, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Brian Roberts walked briskly from the dugout toward the batting cage one morning last week and waited for Matt Wieters to finish spraying balls around Fort Lauderdale Stadium. When Wieters' batting practice round was done, Roberts, an eight-year veteran and two-time All-Star, presented him with a cup of water as Orioles manager Dave Trembley, hitting coach Terry Crowley and first baseman Aubrey Huff broke into laughter. Roberts' gesture was in mock deference to the newest Oriole, who is being touted as everything from a future Hall of Famer to the franchise savior before he has played a big league game.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 13, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Mark Hendrickson finally provided the Orioles with some good news on the pitching and injury front. The left-hander, who has been sidelined this spring with lower-back and hip pain, pitched three scoreless innings yesterday in an intrasquad game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Hendrickson, signed as a free agent this offseason to give manager Dave Trembley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz more flexibility, allowed two singles and hit a batter but walked none and threw 24 of his 38 pitches for strikes.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 12, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -The most important issue facing the Orioles this spring is the makeup of the starting rotation, and the latest news is not encouraging: The club has removed right-hander Matt Albers from consideration for one of the three open slots, and right-hander David Pauley allowed nine base runners in three innings in yesterday's 4-3 exhibition loss to the Minnesota Twins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. That was just yesterday's rotation revelations. The day before, Japanese pitcher Koji Uehara was pushed back at least a few days with a hamstring strain and manager Dave Trembley conceded it would be hard for projected No. 3 starter Rich Hill to rebound from early spring elbow soreness and start the season on time.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | March 9, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Jeremy Guthrie was the most effective pitcher in the Orioles' starting rotation last year and is expected to be the ace of the staff in 2009, a distinction that usually comes with a healthy pay raise. Not this time. The guy who led the starting staff in wins, ERA and strikeouts in 2008 will make $120,000 less in 2009 after coming to terms on a one-year contract with the club over the weekend. Guthrie will make $650,000 this year after earning $770,000 for last season, but it's not because of anything he didn't do in his second full major league season.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | March 9, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Orioles right-hander Danys Baez finally took a step in the direction of the Opening Day starting rotation yesterday, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Fellow rotation candidate Hayden Penn took a small step backward, giving up a game-deciding home run in the Orioles' 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. In both cases, the results would not have mattered a week ago, but the Orioles are moving into the second phase of the spring training evaluation process.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | March 7, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Center fielder Adam Jones was in high gear yesterday, stealing three bases in the Orioles' 6-2 exhibition victory over the Washington Nationals at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. He stole third base in the first inning against former teammate Daniel Cabrera and stole two bases at the back end of double steals behind Brian Roberts. The Orioles stole six bases and even got one from Aubrey Huff, who predicted before the game that he would steal one against Cabrera. "It's a real confidence booster for Jones," manager Dave Trembley said.
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