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By CAL RIPKEN JR | September 30, 2007
DEAR CAL -- I have a question about a foul tip into the catcher's mitt. Is it always a strike? Even on the third strike? I've coached baseball, even American Legion baseball, but I feel stupid that I don't know this one. I thought it was a strike no matter what, but now I'm not so sure. Will Myatt, Magalia, Calif. DEAR WILL -- Your question is really pretty easy to answer. A foul tip that is caught by the catcher is always a strike. On a foul tip with two strikes, the catcher must hold onto the ball for the batter to be called out. On foul tips with fewer than two strikes, the batter is not out - even if the catcher holds on to the ball.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected for the first time this season in the second inning of Friday night's 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He put on quite a performance. Finally. Earlier this week against the Detroit Tigers when the second- and third-base umpires missed a call that would have resulted in a double play and looked at each other like they were clueless, Showalter protested and yelled a little, but he didn't cross the line to get tossed. We pointed out that Earl Weaver would have gone ballistic and kicked dirt or thrown a base or two. He most certainly would have gotten himself tossed over the umpires' ineptitude.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2000
Upon returning to the Orioles in early May, Scott Erickson projected it would take five starts before his arm strength was up to standards. Judging by last night's effort, he's close to being on schedule. The Orioles only hope he'll be throwing to the same target by his next outing. Backed by four home runs, Erickson turned in the Orioles' fourth straight quality start in an 8-3 victory over the Oakland A's before 36,708 at Camden Yards that was tainted by an injury to catcher Charles Johnson.
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By Dan Connolly | August 23, 2012
In the carnage that was the Orioles' 12-3 loss to the Texas Rangerson Wednesday night, there was one moment that was particularly disconcerting. In the second inning, All-Star catcher Matt Wieters was struck in his right shoulder joint by a foul tip. Wieters said it hurt when it happened, but he stayed in the game. As the night progressed, he began to feel more discomfort. “It was in a tough spot in the shoulder,” Wieters said. “It got a little tired as the game went on. I'm pretty sure it is just a bruise.” Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to remove Wieters for precautionary reasons in the seventh.
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May 26, 1998
Blue Jays: Jose Cruz Jr. has six RBIs in his last six games after getting five in his previous 34. Craig Grebeck was the only Toronto starter without a hit.Indians: Kenny Lofton was 14-for-55 (.255) before singling home David Bell in the sixth.Devils Rays: Starting catcher John Flaherty dislocated his left thumb in the second inning when he was struck by a foul tip off the bat of Mike Blowers. Mike DiFelice replaced him.Pub Date: 5/26/98
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By Roch Kubatko | September 4, 1997
On the field: Catcher Lenny Webster had a rough second inning. He permitted Craig Counsell's first career stolen base, then was struck on the left knee by a foul tip from Florida's Al Leiter. Webster lay face-down in the batter's box while trainer Richie Bancells attended to him. Webster stayed in the game, adding his knee to the list of ailments that includes his left shoulder and Achilles' tendon.In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson gave Chris Hoiles the night off to rest a sore right Achilles' tendon, saying he needs the catcher to be ready for the series in New York.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was ejected for the first time this season in the second inning of Friday night's 7-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. He put on quite a performance. Finally. Earlier this week against the Detroit Tigers when the second- and third-base umpires missed a call that would have resulted in a double play and looked at each other like they were clueless, Showalter protested and yelled a little, but he didn't cross the line to get tossed. We pointed out that Earl Weaver would have gone ballistic and kicked dirt or thrown a base or two. He most certainly would have gotten himself tossed over the umpires' ineptitude.
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By Dan Connolly | July 13, 2009
Good and not-so Center fielder Adam Jones took away another home run at Camden Yards, this time in the fourth, when he jumped at the wall and caught Alex Rios' fly. But it wasn't a flawless day in the field for the club's lone All-Star. He caught Marco Scutaro's flyout in the seventh and held onto it as David Dellucci scored from third and Raul Chavez moved up to second. Afterward, Jones acknowledged that he had lost track of the number of outs. Umpire switcheroo The game was delayed for a few minutes in the bottom of the third when plate umpire Ron Kulpa left the game because of a slight concussion.
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By Dan Connolly | August 23, 2012
In the carnage that was the Orioles' 12-3 loss to the Texas Rangerson Wednesday night, there was one moment that was particularly disconcerting. In the second inning, All-Star catcher Matt Wieters was struck in his right shoulder joint by a foul tip. Wieters said it hurt when it happened, but he stayed in the game. As the night progressed, he began to feel more discomfort. “It was in a tough spot in the shoulder,” Wieters said. “It got a little tired as the game went on. I'm pretty sure it is just a bruise.” Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to remove Wieters for precautionary reasons in the seventh.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
Adam Jones has proven his toughness all season long, playing through pain in both of his wrists, starting in center field in every game but one this season -- all while being hit by pitches 10 times, second most in the AL. But Orioles fans - and manager Buck Showalter - had to cringe during the team's five-run sixth inning in their 5-3 win over Boston on Wednesday night. That's when Jones lowered his left shoulder on a play at the plate and collided full force with Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
Adam Jones has proven his toughness all season long, playing through pain in both of his wrists, starting in center field in every game but one this season -- all while being hit by pitches 10 times, second most in the AL. But Orioles fans - and manager Buck Showalter - had to cringe during the team's five-run sixth inning in their 5-3 win over Boston on Wednesday night. That's when Jones lowered his left shoulder on a play at the plate and collided full force with Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
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By Dan Connolly | July 13, 2009
Good and not-so Center fielder Adam Jones took away another home run at Camden Yards, this time in the fourth, when he jumped at the wall and caught Alex Rios' fly. But it wasn't a flawless day in the field for the club's lone All-Star. He caught Marco Scutaro's flyout in the seventh and held onto it as David Dellucci scored from third and Raul Chavez moved up to second. Afterward, Jones acknowledged that he had lost track of the number of outs. Umpire switcheroo The game was delayed for a few minutes in the bottom of the third when plate umpire Ron Kulpa left the game because of a slight concussion.
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By CAL RIPKEN JR | September 30, 2007
DEAR CAL -- I have a question about a foul tip into the catcher's mitt. Is it always a strike? Even on the third strike? I've coached baseball, even American Legion baseball, but I feel stupid that I don't know this one. I thought it was a strike no matter what, but now I'm not so sure. Will Myatt, Magalia, Calif. DEAR WILL -- Your question is really pretty easy to answer. A foul tip that is caught by the catcher is always a strike. On a foul tip with two strikes, the catcher must hold onto the ball for the batter to be called out. On foul tips with fewer than two strikes, the batter is not out - even if the catcher holds on to the ball.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter | June 7, 2007
SEATTLE -- A night after watching his relievers blow a late-inning lead for the third straight day, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo intimated that changes could be made before the nine-game homestand starts tomorrow. "I talked a little bit to [executive vice president Mike Flanagan] yesterday," Perlozzo said. "He's aware of the problem. We're looking at some options right now. We're hoping by [tomorrow] that we'll have something in place that's a little bit better. But it's certainly being looked at to try to get the club a little bit healthier."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 27, 2000
Upon returning to the Orioles in early May, Scott Erickson projected it would take five starts before his arm strength was up to standards. Judging by last night's effort, he's close to being on schedule. The Orioles only hope he'll be throwing to the same target by his next outing. Backed by four home runs, Erickson turned in the Orioles' fourth straight quality start in an 8-3 victory over the Oakland A's before 36,708 at Camden Yards that was tainted by an injury to catcher Charles Johnson.
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May 26, 1998
Blue Jays: Jose Cruz Jr. has six RBIs in his last six games after getting five in his previous 34. Craig Grebeck was the only Toronto starter without a hit.Indians: Kenny Lofton was 14-for-55 (.255) before singling home David Bell in the sixth.Devils Rays: Starting catcher John Flaherty dislocated his left thumb in the second inning when he was struck by a foul tip off the bat of Mike Blowers. Mike DiFelice replaced him.Pub Date: 5/26/98
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | October 12, 1997
CLEVELAND -- It's not John Hirschbeck's fault.Videotape replays indicated that Omar Vizquel never made contact on his attempted suicide-squeeze bunt in the 12th inning last night.And even if he did, there are at least a dozen other reasons why the Orioles lost Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, 2-1.The Orioles insist that Vizquel made contact, that they heard a foul tip, that they saw the ball change direction.But Hirschbeck, the plate umpire, ruled otherwise.Was this his revenge?
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By Dave Barry and Dave Barry,Knight-Ridder News Service | October 13, 1996
SO I WENT TO THE U.S. Open tennis tournament, which is a big tennis event in New York City, which, by the way, has gotten much nicer. I say this because, as I was getting out of a taxi, I was startled by the sound of a woman's voice, coming from somewhere behind me, saying something like, "Please check for your personal belongings!"I assume that this was a recorded announcement, being played as part of New York's visitor-courtesy campaign. Either that, or some poor woman is locked in the trunk, and if you keep listening she says: "Please get me out of here!"
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | October 12, 1997
CLEVELAND -- It's not John Hirschbeck's fault.Videotape replays indicated that Omar Vizquel never made contact on his attempted suicide-squeeze bunt in the 12th inning last night.And even if he did, there are at least a dozen other reasons why the Orioles lost Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, 2-1.The Orioles insist that Vizquel made contact, that they heard a foul tip, that they saw the ball change direction.But Hirschbeck, the plate umpire, ruled otherwise.Was this his revenge?
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By Roch Kubatko | September 4, 1997
On the field: Catcher Lenny Webster had a rough second inning. He permitted Craig Counsell's first career stolen base, then was struck on the left knee by a foul tip from Florida's Al Leiter. Webster lay face-down in the batter's box while trainer Richie Bancells attended to him. Webster stayed in the game, adding his knee to the list of ailments that includes his left shoulder and Achilles' tendon.In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson gave Chris Hoiles the night off to rest a sore right Achilles' tendon, saying he needs the catcher to be ready for the series in New York.
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