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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 20, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Brian Roberts stamped his personal seal of approval on the new direction of the Orioles' franchise yesterday as he waited for some medical tests to be completed and his new four-year, $40 million contract extension to be finalized. "I don't think I would've made the commitment to even begin negotiations if I didn't think that at some point in this process of the next four or five years that we [would] have a chance to win," Roberts said before the Orioles' first full-squad workout yesterday.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck and Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 19, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Aubrey Huff gripped a bat and a ball for the first time since late September yesterday, hoping that months of inactivity again result in one of the finest offensive seasons in the American League. Huff, who reported to Fort Lauderdale Stadium yesterday with a bleached blond hairdo and several new tattoos, acknowledged his offseason preparation basically amounted to his doing very little. And that was by design. After the 2007 season, Huff had hernia surgery, which prevented him from doing any baseball-related activity until he arrived at spring training.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 19, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - For much of the past two years, Brian Roberts' future seemed to be somewhere besides Baltimore. But now the second baseman is about to be locked up as an Oriole for five years. According to team sources, the Orioles are finalizing a four-year, $40 million contract extension with Roberts, a homegrown talent who has developed into a two-time All-Star, one of the game's best leadoff men and one of the city's most beloved athletes. Roberts will make $8 million in 2009, and the four-year extension would start in 2010, meaning he would be under contractual control of the Orioles through 2013.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 15, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -After another long workout, Koji Uehara walked into the Orioles' clubhouse yesterday morning with his translator, trainer and masseuse following closely behind. Uehara smiled at a reporter who was near his locker and then joked with a couple of his new teammates as about a dozen Japanese reporters watched his every move. Several minutes later, Matt Wieters arrived at Fort Lauderdale Stadium flanked by fellow Orioles prospects Brad Bergesen and David Hernandez. Wieters unpacked his equipment bag before several team officials, players and reporters made their way to his locker.
TRAVEL
January 25, 2009
Top spring break destinations 1 Orlando, Fla. 2 South Florida (West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami) 3 Las Vegas 4 Fort Myers, Fla. 5 Denver 6 Phoenix 7 Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla. 8 Cancun, Mexico 9 Los Angeles 10 San Juan, Puerto Rico Based on advance Travelocity.com bookings for Feb. 9- April 20, 2009.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | December 11, 2008
Thomas Franklin Zink Sr., a retired mechanical contractor and World War II veteran, died Sunday of heart failure at his Mays Chapel home. He was 86. Mr. Zink was born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Lakeside neighborhood. He was a 1940 graduate of Polytechnic Institute, where he had been a state champion ice skater. He attended the Johns Hopkins University, where he was a three-time All-American lacrosse player. In 1944, Mr. Zink left Hopkins and enlisted as a lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | November 1, 2008
Vero Beach, Fla., and Indian River County officials are hopeful that Orioles owner Peter Angelos and the team's upper management will meet as early as next week and approve an agreement that would make Dodgertown the team's long-term spring training home starting in 2010. Representatives from the Orioles and Indian River County and Vero Beach spent Wednesday and Thursday meeting in Orlando, Fla., trying to complete a deal that has been discussed for more than a year. A negotiation agreement between the Orioles and the county expired yesterday, but government officials are prepared to give the team time to review the offer.
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By Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec and Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTERS | July 3, 2008
Orioles reliever Matt Albers has decided to forgo surgery on his right shoulder and attempt a rehabilitation program that would allow him to pitch this season with a torn labrum. Albers made the decision after meeting yesterday with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. Andrews provided a second opinion for Albers, who stated his desire before Tuesday's game at Camden Yards to avoid surgery. Orioles team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens earlier made the same recommendation as Andrews.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | June 14, 2008
Officials from the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the Federal Aviation Administration met again yesterday in Washington, with an Orioles attorney participating via conference call. And we know about as much today as we did a week ago. The Orioles want to keep their spring training home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. That has always been their preference, or they wouldn't have signed a 15-year lease with a 15-year option, predicated on being able to tear down and rebuild the 48-year-old stadium they've used since 1996.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec and Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTERS | June 13, 2008
BOSTON -- The Orioles' matchup last night against the Boston Red Sox's Jon Lester started a stretch of four straight games when they will face a left-handed starting pitcher. Luke Scott was held out of the starting lineup last night as manager Dave Trembley continued to sit the hot-hitting outfielder against lefty starters. That will soon change. Trembley said yesterday that Scott will likely get the start tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates' Phil Dumatrait, the first of three left-handers the Orioles will face in the interleague series.
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