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December 18, 2009
Garrett Atkins Age: 30 Height/weight: 6 feet 3, 215 pounds Position: Third base/first base Major league service: Parts of seven big league seasons 2009 stats: .226 average, 9 homers and 48 RBIs Notable: At UCLA, he was both a teammate and roommate of future Philadelphia Phillies star Chase Utley. The O's hope: He can rediscover his power stroke and become the type of hitter he was during the 2006-08 seasons, in which he averaged 25 homers and 110 RBIs.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2011
In 2010, for the first time since he can remember, Garrett Atkins spent the months of July and August without baseball. He's hoping that scenario doesn't happen again soon. Atkins, who was the Orioles' Opening Day starting first baseman but was released at the end of June after a woeful three months, is attempting to make the Pittsburgh Pirates this spring. The 31-year-old batted fifth and played third base Thursday night against the Orioles. "I am excited about the opportunity over here to try and get things back on track, fight for a job and see how it goes, said Atkins, who batted .214 with one homer and nine RBIs in 140 at-bats last year.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly and Baltimore Sun reporters | December 17, 2009
Filling two of their biggest offseason needs, the Orioles on Wednesday agreed to a two-year deal with free-agent left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez and a one-year pact with third baseman Garrett Atkins, according to industry sources. Both deals are pending physicals, which could take place in Baltimore within the next couple of days. Gonzalez, who is represented by Scott Boras, will earn $12 million over two years with escalator and incentive clauses allowing him to make an additional $4 million.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | February 28, 2011
The importance of good base running is a major point of emphasis for the Tampa Bay Rays in spring training and Manny Ramirez is paying attention. The slugger had two hits, drove in a run and played left field for the first time with his new team during a 6-5 loss to a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad on Monday. Ramirez, signed this month to a $2 million, one-year contract, also made a good impression by scoring from third base on a second-inning wild pitch, sliding into the plate to the delight of the crowd at Charlotte Sports Park.
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By Peter Schmuck and peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | March 13, 2010
Ty Wigginton and Garrett Atkins homered on Saturday, but the New York Yankees roughed up Jeremy Guthrie in the early innings and scored a 5-3 victory at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Wigginton hit a two-run shot off Yankees starter Javier Vazquez for his second homer of the spring and Atkins hit his first off Alfredo Aceves, but that was not enough to keep the Orioles from losing for the eighth time in 10 Grapefruit League games. The Yankees batted around in the first inning to score three runs on five hits off Guthrie, who settled down enough to work through 3 1/3 innings.
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By Phil Rogers | January 17, 2010
The Orioles are talking to Joe Crede (above) - a curious development given they already have two right-handed-hitting third basemen in Ty Wigginton and Garrett Atkins and a solid DH option in Luke Scott . They're trying to move their surplus for relief pitching. … The Rangers' signing of Colby Lewis was fascinating. Lewis pitched great for two years in Japan after failing to establish himself as a Rangers prospect and now returns with a two-year guarantee to start.
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By Dan Connolly and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 27, 2010
Garrett Atkins, who the Orioles signed a $4.5 million, one-year deal to be their starting first baseman this offseason, has been designated for assignment. The Orioles will have 10 days to trade, release or ask waivers on Atkins, who had 14 hits in 140 at-bats with the Orioles (.214 average). He had just one homer and nine RBIs this season and had been relegated to the bench. He had just 14 at-bats and 18 plate appearances in all of June. While designating Atkins, the Orioles activated relief pitcher Koji Uehara from the 15-day disabled list.
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By Phil Rogers | December 13, 2009
The Mariners know they're going to hit Chone Figgins (above) second, behind Ichiro Suzuki, but they aren't as clear about where they will play him. Third base, replacing Adrian Beltre, seems the likely spot, but he could move to second if they deal Jose Lopez, as is rumored. Left field, where the White Sox considered him, is also a possibility. … It appears teams are starting to take a last shot at re-signing their big-name free agents. The Cardinals made an offer to Matt Holliday, and the Yankees are talking to Johnny Damon (whom they see as a part-time left fielder, part-time DH)
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By Kevin Cowherd | June 27, 2010
By late Sunday morning, Garrett Atkins was gone from Camden Yards, another casualty of the terrible start to the baseball season around here. He met briefly with Andy MacPhail and Juan Samuel in the manager's office and got the news he was expecting: The Orioles had designated him for assignment. Then he gathered some things from his locker, said goodbye to a few teammates and left hours before the Orioles beat the Washington Nationals, 4-3, for their fourth win in a row, a merciful respite from the frustrating grind of the past three months.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | December 18, 2009
With three of their biggest offseason needs seemingly filled a week before Christmas, the suddenly aggressive Orioles are now expected to adopt a wait-and-see approach before putting the final touches on their 2010 roster. After adding veteran starter Kevin Millwood in a trade with the Texas Rangers last week and agreeing to terms with left-hand- ed closer Mike Gonzalez and former Colorado Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins on Wednesday, team officials acknowledged that their next move probably won't come until 2010.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2010
Garrett Atkins boarded a plane and headed home to California on Monday with an uncertain future but no hard feelings toward the Orioles, who designated the first baseman for assignment Sunday after an unproductive 2 1/2 months with the club. "Obviously, I had opportunities early to get things going on the right track, and it didn't happen and the team was losing," said Atkins, who was hitting just .214 with one homer and nine RBIs in 44 games. "First base is a position where you'd like to see get some offense, and I wasn't doing it when I was out there.
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By Dan Connolly and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 27, 2010
Garrett Atkins, who the Orioles signed a $4.5 million, one-year deal to be their starting first baseman this offseason, has been designated for assignment. The Orioles will have 10 days to trade, release or ask waivers on Atkins, who had 14 hits in 140 at-bats with the Orioles (.214 average). He had just one homer and nine RBIs this season and had been relegated to the bench. He had just 14 at-bats and 18 plate appearances in all of June. While designating Atkins, the Orioles activated relief pitcher Koji Uehara from the 15-day disabled list.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2010
When Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail signed first baseman Garrett Atkins to a one-year, $4.5 million deal this offseason, he hoped to be getting the Atkins who had averaged 25 homers and 110 RBIs with the Colorado Rockies from 2006 to 2008. Instead, the Atkins who appeared in 44games for the 2010 Orioles and hit just one homer is the same one who struggled mightily in 2009 and wasn't tendered a contract by the Colorado Rockies last winter. "We had to take some chances, and sometimes you have to swing for the fences," MacPhail said.
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By Kevin Cowherd | June 27, 2010
By late Sunday morning, Garrett Atkins was gone from Camden Yards, another casualty of the terrible start to the baseball season around here. He met briefly with Andy MacPhail and Juan Samuel in the manager's office and got the news he was expecting: The Orioles had designated him for assignment. Then he gathered some things from his locker, said goodbye to a few teammates and left hours before the Orioles beat the Washington Nationals, 4-3, for their fourth win in a row, a merciful respite from the frustrating grind of the past three months.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2010
Needing to make a corresponding move with the imminent promotion of Brad Bergesen from Triple-A for Saturday's start, the Orioles will place seldom-used outfielder Luis Montanez on the 15-day-disabled list with a left oblique injury, a decision that saves first baseman Garrett Atkins ' roster spot at least for the time being. Atkins, who now may be safe until outfielder Felix Pie is activated from the disabled list next week, also got the start in tonight's series opener against the Washington Nationals, his first since June 14. Signed in the offseason to be the club's everyday first baseman, Atkins has started just five of the Orioles' 22 games this month and 39 of the Orioles' 73 games overall.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2010
The Orioles will be getting pitchers Brad Bergesen and Koji Uehara back by Saturday, meaning two players currently on the major league roster -- likely a hitter and a pitcher -- will be sent packing soon. The likely candidates to be expunged include Garrett Atkins, the club's Opening Day first baseman who signed a one-year contract worth $4.5 million in the offseason. Atkins has struggled offensively, with just one homer and nine RBIs, and has rarely played this month. Relievers Matt Albers and Frank Mata also are the roster bubble, along with seldom used fourth outfielder Lou Montanez.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | December 18, 2009
First Mike Gonzalez, then Garrett Atkins, and now Matt Holliday? Foxsports.com reported Thursday morning that the Orioles have "jumped into the bidding" for Holliday, the slugging outfielder who is regarded as the best hitter on the free-agent market. Don't get too excited. The Orioles, according to sources, did have discussions about Holliday with his agent, Scott Boras, during their negotiations regarding Gonzalez. Any team would be interested in such a player, especially a club with a glaring need for a right-handed power hitter.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2010
Right-hander David Hernandez was scratched from Sunday's start against the Cleveland Indians with shoulder discomfort, but he and the club expect he'll be ready to pitch this week against the Washington Nationals. "I got fired," Hernandez joked when asked about being scratched. "I've just got some discomfort in my shoulder. They are just taking precautionary measures and giving me off a start." Hernandez, who is 0-5 with a 5.84 ERA and has lost 11 straight decisions, said he first felt a pinching in his shoulder "almost two weeks ago" and attempted to pitch through it because it didn't bother him during games.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2010
— If this indeed was Dave Trembley's final game as Orioles manager, it was a fitting end to his three-season run. The Orioles' 6-3 loss to the New York Yankees before an announced 44,927 Thursday, the team's eighth straight defeat, had all the elements of so many other games during Trembley's tenure. They got a poor outing from a starting pitcher, this one by the normally effective Kevin Millwood. The offense was mostly overwhelmed by CC Sabathia, managing only three hits, though two of them were home runs.
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