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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | March 6, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -The Orioles are not going to be tempted to accelerate the development of top pitching prospect Brian Matusz, but that isn't going to stop him from showing them what they'll be missing at the major league level this year. Matusz pitched three scoreless innings of relief in yesterday's 5-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Florida Marlins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, his third consecutive scoreless outing if you count his appearance against the Italian national team in the Orioles' first game of the spring.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | March 5, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Former Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada was fashionably late to Fort Lauderdale Stadium yesterday, but he still had time before the game between the Orioles and the Dominican national team to reminisce about his days in Baltimore. "It's always good to come back and play against the Orioles and see all my old teammates," said Tejada, who started at third base in the absence of Alex Rodriguez. "Last year, when I played against them during the season, it was kind of a little bit strange.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 3, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Scouts love to talk about what Orioles prospect Brad Bergesen can't do. He doesn't throw that hard. He doesn't strike anyone out. His stuff isn't good enough to neutralize tough left-handed hitters. But it's what he can do - mainly throw strikes and lots of them - that has the Orioles considering the young right-hander for one of three available spots in the rotation. Bergesen, the Orioles' Minor League Pitcher of the Year last year, didn't hurt his cause yesterday, throwing three scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox at Fort Lauderdale Stadium in his Grapefruit League debut.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | March 3, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Maybe it was right after Rich Hill left for his magnetic resonance imaging yesterday morning. Maybe it was when manager Dave Trembley was fawning over 2008 top draft choice Brian Matusz before the Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox in the early afternoon. Maybe it was after Brad Bergesen pitched three scoreless innings in that 5-3 victory at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Maybe it all came together to take me back in time to another training camp in another sport. Of course, I'm talking about Ravens training camp last year, when general manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh started out with every intention of bringing rookie quarterback Joe Flacco along slowly but finally had to surrender to circumstance and move the future up a year.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 26, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -The booing was the furthest thing from Danys Baez's mind. As he walked off the mound after an outing that typified his trying 2007 season, all Baez could think about was the pain in his right elbow. He didn't pitch again in 2007, his lasting memory his Sept. 12 appearance against the Los Angeles Angels in which he allowed two hits - including a homer - walked three, surrendered two earned runs and got jeered by what remained of the home crowd. Baez, 31, will finally be back on the mound in an Orioles uniform today with a surgically repaired right elbow and his eyes on a new role.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com.com | February 26, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Nonroster right-hander Brad Hennessey was looking to open some eyes with yesterday's starting assignment in the Orioles' Grapefruit League opener against the New York Mets at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Now, he just has to hope he hasn't already closed the book on his opportunity to win a place in the major league rotation. Hennessey couldn't finish his second inning and had to leave the game with a sore right elbow. He was examined by Orioles orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens and is hoping he was simply the victim of first-outing fatigue, but it certainly was not the way he or the Orioles wanted to begin the exhibition season.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | February 24, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -When Major League Baseball Players Association chief Donald Fehr showed up at Fort Lauderdale Stadium to meet with the Orioles on the first day of his annual tour of major league spring training camps, he was met with many of the same questions from the players he has been getting from the media. The predictable subjects du jour: the moribund free-agent market and the latest chapter in baseball's long-running steroid scandal. "Basically, as you might expect, we spent some time talking about the economy," Fehr said.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | February 24, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Nonroster pitcher Brad Hennessey is not reading too much into his starting assignment in the first exhibition game of the Grapefruit League season, but that doesn't mean there isn't much to read into. "It's spring training," he said. "I guess you just try go to with it. Not a big deal." That's probably the best way to approach your spring debut, but it actually might be a big deal. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz didn't downplay the significance of the former San Francisco Giants right-hander making the first exhibition start against another major league club, though he conceded that Jeremy Guthrie would have made the start if he hadn't been preparing to join Team USA this week.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 23, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Melvin Mora arrived at Fort Lauderdale Stadium last week, and in what has become his annual rite of spring, predicted his numbers for the coming season. ".340, 20-plus and 100-plus, and help the team win," Mora said of his projected batting average and home run and RBI totals, a wide smile stretching across his face. Mora, the emotional third baseman who has worn an Orioles jersey longer than any other current player, had plenty to digest this offseason. He had shoulder surgery in November, saw two of his closest friends (Ramon Hernandez and Daniel Cabrera)
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 21, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Saying that Baltimore was the only place he wanted to be, second baseman Brian Roberts yesterday signed his four-year, $40 million contract that could allow him to fulfill his goal of being an Oriole for his entire career. "It's a day I'll never forget, that's for sure," Roberts, 31, said at a news conference at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. "I hope the fans realize that I won't take this contract for granted. I'm going to use it for the good of this organization and for the good of the community in Baltimore.
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