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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 Dan Connolly,Dan.connolly@baltsun.com | January 27, 2010
When Miguel Tejada was first introduced to the Baltimore media a little more than six years ago at a Camden Yards news conference, he had received the franchise's richest contract and was trumpeted as a top-echelon shortstop and potential team savior only one year removed from being voted the American League's Most Valuable Player. On Tuesday, Tejada again sat at a dais in the B&O Warehouse at an introductory news conference, but this time it was as a 35-year-old veteran in the latter stages of his career who had just signed a one-year, $6 million deal to be the club's stopgap third baseman.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Dan.connolly@baltsun.com | January 29, 2010
Reliever Mark Hendrickson might have had the best full season of his seven-year big league career in 2009, but he is taking a pay cut to remain with the Orioles. He couldn't be more content with his decision. "We had some options out there, but it is one of those things where you really can't put a price tag on what it means to be at home," said Hendrickson, who married this offseason and lives year-round in nearby York, Pa., with his wife, Cortney, and stepdaughter Hannah.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2010
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and manager Dave Trembley said Monday that they'll stick with struggling first baseman Garrett Atkins for the time being while they continue to evaluate internal and external options to find more production at first base. "We're not getting enough out of" first base, MacPhail said. "That's one of the reasons we're trying to add to our options. We need to get more production out of that than we are. We'll go the way we are for the time being, and we'll see how things evolve."
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2010
It didn't seem so long ago when Brian Matusz was one of the exceptions, the rare Oriole consistently performing and giving fans hope during the second-worst start in team history. But after another short and ineffective outing Wednesday night, Matusz has become the latest in a long line of Orioles giving team officials cause for concern. In the Orioles' 6-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics before an announced 19,153 at Camden Yards, Matusz allowed six earned runs and eight hits and was gone before he was able to get an out in the sixth inning.
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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 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 Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 21, 2010
Garrett Atkins had just completed his first workout with the Orioles when he returned to his locker, shed his orange-and-black warm-up jacket and grabbed a bat. Spotting Terry Crowley across the clubhouse, Atkins approached his new hitting coach and asked whether it would be OK to go out to the batting cages and get in a few more swings. "I'll see you out there," Crowley said, offering an approving nod. Atkins and Crowley have wasted no time forming a relationship that the Orioles hope will help the first baseman return to the form that made him one of the most productive hitters in the National League from 2006 to 2008.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2010
Having blown five of their first eight save opportunities this season, and nearly botching one again Sunday in Boston, Orioles manager Dave Trembley said he is taking a new approach with his bullpen. "There is no closer right now for me. Who wants it? Somebody take it," Trembley said Tuesday. "There is no setup guy. Who wants it? Somebody take it." Jim Johnson, who is 1-for-3 in save opportunities this year and 12-for-20 in his career, had taken over as closer this month from Michael Gonzalez, who blew two of his first three chances and is now on the disabled list.
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