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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | April 11, 1994
Throughout the season, Jim Henneman of The Sun's sports staff will offer his inside pitch -- an analytical look at the turning point in a particular Orioles game, a trend affecting the team oran important aspect of a player's performance.For the better part of two hours yesterday, Arthur Rhodes and Rick Helling did a baseball imitation of a pair of overweight boxers compelled to slug it out as long as possible.Fortunately for the 46,469 rain-splattered fans at Camden Yards, neither starting pitcher lasted beyond the fourth inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Closer Zach Britton will return to the Orioles on Thursday as a new dad. Britton and his wife Courtney became parents to a baby boy named Zander Lee Britton, who was born late Tuesday night in Burbank, Calif. Both baby and mother are resting and doing well. Britton is expected to rejoin the Orioles in time to attend Thursday's workout at Camden Yards before Friday's Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. The Brittons initially received a due date of Oct. 14 and Britton was determined he wasn't going to miss the birth of his first child.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | February 17, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - If it hadn't been for baseball, new Orioles pitcher Rick Helling probably would have gone to law school and tried to become a judge. Brian Anderson, Helling's teammate last year in Arizona, calls him "The Rules Guy" or "Mr. By-the-Book." "That's just how I've been raised," said Helling, a North Dakota native with an economics degree from Stanford. "I believe if you live your life the right way, good things happen to good people." When the Orioles signed Helling to a minor-league contract three days before spring training, they not only landed one of baseball's most durable pitchers, but they also landed a person steeped in principle.
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Mike Preston | September 22, 2014
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti better not be lying. He left himself open to be put in the same class as former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling on Monday after a nearly 50-minute press conference in which he disputed a recently published report by ESPN challenging the integrity of his franchise. Bisciotti was what you want an owner to be in this situation. He was feisty, defiant, combative and apologetic at times, and repeated his denial of not having seen the second video of running back Ray Rice his wife in an elevator until seven months after the incident.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | March 28, 2003
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Orioles manager Mike Hargrove reluctantly sent former Cy Young Award winner Pat Hentgen to the bullpen yesterday, announcing plans to open the season with a starting rotation of Rodrigo Lopez, Omar Daal, Rick Helling, Sidney Ponson and Jason Johnson. Helling and Hentgen were battling for the third spot, and Hargrove said he gave the nod to Helling because he was more consistent this spring. Helling has posted a 3.42 ERA in exhibition play, and Hentgen's ERA is 6.30.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 9, 2003
BOSTON - Orioles pitcher Rick Helling has given up 235 home runs in his major league career, so he usually has a pretty good sense if a ball is headed over the fence once it leaves a hitter's bat. But Helling was fooled yesterday when Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz hit a rocket to deep center field with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. Judging by the crowd's reaction at Fenway Park, Helling was sure it was a grand slam. Orioles center fielder Luis Matos was shading Ortiz toward right, and he ran straight back on the ball, figuring there was only one place he could catch it: the area in front of the 420-foot sign on the center-field fence known as the triangle.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 16, 2003
No longer willing to keep a rotation spot for a struggling veteran, the Orioles designated Rick Helling for assignment yesterday and purchased the contract of reliever John Parrish from Double-A Bowie. Rookie Eric DuBose will replace Helling and start Tuesday against Tampa Bay at Camden Yards. Parrish becomes the third left-hander in the bullpen. The Orioles have 10 days to trade or release Helling, who made the club out of spring training this year after signing a minor league contract.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 14, 2003
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The wind wasn't blowing out at Tropicana Field yesterday, though with motor-mouthed basketball analyst Dick Vitale sitting beside the visitors' dugout, the air flow could shift inside a dome. Those were legitimate home runs being hit off Orioles starter Rick Helling, every bit as real as the possibility that he won't stay in the team's rotation through the end of the month. Three more batters cleared the fence against Helling yesterday, two in the first inning, and Travis Lee doubled off reliever B.J. Ryan in the 10th inning to give the Tampa Bay Devil Rays a 6-5 victory before 9,022, capping a three-game sweep over the Orioles.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2003
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - After giving some consideration to making a change in his rotation, Orioles manager Mike Hargrove apparently has decided to let Rick Helling start tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field. Helling has allowed seven home runs in his past two starts, and 27 for the season - tied for second among American League pitchers. Hargrove indicated Sunday he wanted to speak with club executives Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan and pitching coach Mark Wiley about giving left-hander Eric DuBose more starts, which would come at Helling's expense.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2003
When Orioles pitcher Rick Helling signed a three-year contract with the Texas Rangers a few years ago, he and his wife, Tomasa, bought a house in the Dallas suburbs. They got involved in their community and made friends with their neighbors. In Baltimore, Helling knew he should probably rent. The Orioles are his third team in three years. He likes it here; he's just not sure how long he can stay. "It's two years in a row for me now where I've signed a one-year deal, and you feel a little bit like a hired gun," Helling said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
TORONTO - The Orioles still don't know their next step with pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, but sending the veteran right-hander to the bullpen for the time being is among the possibilities. Jimenez, who remains on the 15-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain and hasn't pitched since July 5, will throw a side session before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. A decision on whether Jimenez will return to the rotation for this weekend's series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Camden Yards might not be made for the next few days.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
Jimmy Smith knew what was on everybody's mind. So before the assembled reporters could ask him a question, Smith had one of his own. “Can I start off?,” he asked as he settled behind a microphone outside the Ravens' practice facility following the second full-squad workout Friday. The floor was his. “The incident that occurred is still a legal matter so I'm not able to discuss that right now,” Smith said in his first public comments since his July 12 arrest for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2014
A former Anne Arundel County school board member says he'll resign from a school system ethics panel after being censured by the board for comments he made last month, including a reference to then-interim superintendent Mamie Perkins as "Aunt Jemima. " On Wednesday the board moved to censure Eugene Peterson and called for his resignation from the ethics panel. Board vice president Patricia Nalley read a motion criticizing Peterson for "inappropriate and startling" comments and said it "demonstrated his poor judgment and his willingness to employ derogatory and despicable language to describe highly regarded and well respected public officials.
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Aaron Dodson, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2014
WASHINGTON -- Joel Chiles remembers taking his youngest son, Ian, to a carnival many years ago. Ian was 10 years old, and he wanted to play the basketball game in which you win a prize for a certain amount of made shots. Joel gave Ian three $1 bills to play before he turned to talk to some friends. As time passed, Joel noticed that Ian kept shooting. "I'm thinking to myself, 'I only gave him three dollars,' " Joel Chiles said. "So I went over there to see why he was still shooting, and the guy running the game said he kept letting him shoot because Ian had such a pretty shot.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who left Sunday night's game in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring, said following the game that he doesn't know the severity of the injury. Hardy has already missed six games this season with lower back spasms, and while he has recovered from those issues, he said they might have had something to do with his hamstring injury. "Never had this before,” Hardy said. “When I came back from the back thing, I felt this hamstring was really tight.
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April 13, 2014
If voters remember anything from Martin O'Malley's first run for governor eight years ago, it's probably two big promises: to roll back a big increase in BGE rates and to end the culture of divisiveness in Annapolis to bring lawmakers together to get things done. The first promise didn't happen. But the second? Boy did it ever. Mr. O'Malley wrapped up his eighth and final General Assembly session as governor on Monday, bringing to close what is a remarkable run of success even by the standards of Maryland's powerful governors.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2003
Late Orioles game: Last night's game between the Orioles and Mariners in Seattle ended too late to be included in this edition. A complete report can be found in later editions or on the Internet at http://www.sunspot.net. SEATTLE - The radar gun at Safeco Field was playing tricks on Orioles pitcher Rick Helling as he worked through the middle innings of Wednesday night's 7-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Helling would throw a fastball, and the scoreboard would say 82 mph. Then, he would throw a slider, and the board would say 81 mph. He breathed a little easier when Mariners reliever Aaron Taylor, whose pitches are regularly clocked in the mid-90s, tossed his first fast ball 88 mph. "I think the gun was a little messed up."
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2003
Given a choice, Orioles pitcher Rick Helling would probably rather take a shower in front of thousands of strangers than come out of a baseball game early. Last night, he had the chance to do both. With rains pelting the field at Camden Yards, Helling pitched two innings after an initial 53-minute delay and three innings after a second delay of 1 hour, 49 minutes. Not many pitchers would have come back the second time. Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano didn't, but the Orioles rewarded Helling for his grit, holding on for a 6-1 victory before an announced crowd of 30,557.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - Before Brandon Weeden's signing with the Dallas Cowboys to back up Tony Romo earlier this month, a league source said the Ravens were in talks to try to acquire the former Cleveland Browns starting quarterback. The Ravens' interest in landing a backup quarterback through free agency or the NFL draft is something coach John Harbaugh emphasized during the recent NFL owners meetings. Harbaugh pointed out that backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor is entering the final year of his four-year, $2.155 million rookie contract and that the team needs to plan for the future.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2014
Baltimore Circuit Judge Emanuel Brown ruled Thursday that veteran political consultant Julius Henson violated probation by running for an East Baltimore state Senate seat and sentenced him to four months in jail. But Brown suspended the sentence pending an appeal - and his decision effectively allows Henson to keep running in the meantime. Henson promptly told reporters he intends to do that. "I will continue to run," Henson told reporters outside the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse downtown.
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