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July 17, 2007
Nick Markakis, Orioles outfielder Does your recent hot stretch offensively remind you of your run last year? I definitely feel comfortable right now. I'm swinging the bat well. But the biggest thing is, everybody is starting to swing the bat well. People talk about how hitting is contagious. When everybody is hitting the ball, it makes it a lot easier to get going.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | June 18, 2009
It was Orioles rookie catcher Matt Wieters, who received the curtain call and the post-game shaving-cream pie in the face after getting his first major league home run and RBI on one second-inning swing. It was right fielder Nick Markakis, who tied a career high with four hits and helped manufacture a run with a rare stolen base. However, the decisive swing Wednesday night - and the most positive development for the Orioles - was delivered by first baseman Aubrey Huff. Sixteen days removed from his last extra-base hit, Huff broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run homer off left-handed specialist Pedro Feliciano that pushed the home team to a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets in front of an announced 31,906 Wednesday night at Camden Yards.
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May 26, 2000
Quote: "I was hitting the ball hard in Chicago, and the wind was killing me and there's nothing much you can do about it."- Cubs' Sammy Sosa, who went 45 at-bats without a homer before hitting two yesterday in Denver. It's a fact: The Rockies' bullpen had been 9-0 at home before blowing a 5-0 lead against the Cubs. Who's hot: The Giants' Barry Bonds, who missed four games last week with a sprained joint in his back, is hitting .588 (10-for-17) in his five games since returning, with four homers, four doubles and 12 RBIs.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | March 5, 2008
NOT GREAT BUT BETTER Orioles starter Adam Loewen believed he pitched much better than the results indicated. Whether it was true or not, there was no disputing that the young left-hander was far sharper than he was in his first exhibition start last week. Loewen allowed an unearned run on four hits and one walk while striking out two over two innings. The Orioles had hoped Loewen could get through three innings, but his pitch count was at 44 after two innings and the Orioles took no chances with the pitcher, who is trying to make a comeback from elbow surgery.
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By Daniel Lyght and Daniel Lyght,SUN STAFF | June 14, 2004
Towson Golf and Country Club is a position golf course. It's what players had been saying all week, and Billy Wingerd used that characteristic to his benefit throughout the Maryland State Amateur Championship, claiming the title yesterday with a 5-and-4 win over Tom Winegardner. Wingerd's game plan for the tournament was simply to hit the fairways and hit the greens. He accomplished his plan, hitting eight of 14 fairways on the first 18 holes and eight of 13 fairways on the last 14 holes.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | March 5, 2008
NOT GREAT BUT BETTER Orioles starter Adam Loewen believed he pitched much better than the results indicated. Whether it was true or not, there was no disputing that the young left-hander was far sharper than he was in his first exhibition start last week. Loewen allowed an unearned run on four hits and one walk while striking out two over two innings. The Orioles had hoped Loewen could get through three innings, but his pitch count was at 44 after two innings and the Orioles took no chances with the pitcher, who is trying to make a comeback from elbow surgery.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Staff Writer | April 24, 1992
The first confrontation between the two premier baseball teams in the MSA A Conference turned into the Ben Daniels show yesterday.Daniels, a junior right-hander, was never in serious trouble as he pitched Mount St. Joseph to a 6-1 victory over Calvert Hall in a showdown for first place in the A Conference.Daniels silenced the four-time defending A Conference champions on six hits, and the only run he allowed crossed the plate on a fifth-inning ground-ball double play.After having to fight for a starting pitching berth for the No. 2-ranked Gaels (6-1, 10-3)
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1996
The North Carroll Panthers finally found the nice warm day they've been looking for this season and made the most of it, pounding out 10 hits and getting a solid pitching performance from senior Jason Brezler to come away with an 11-1 win over visiting South Carroll yesterday in Hampstead.Senior third baseman Jon Plunkert provided a good part of the offense with a homer, triple, single and three RBIs and Brezler pitched all five innings of the game that ended early due to the 10-run rule.
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By Dave Glassman and Dave Glassman,Special to The Evening Sun | April 25, 1991
When a defending state 4A baseball champion returns only three starters, it might expect to trip over the foul lines instead of earning a trip to the playoffs.But when the three are seniors the caliber of No. 3-ranked Perry Hall's Roy Marsh, Kevin Loewe and Donny Burks, the Gators' 7-1 start isn't such a shock.Marsh, a first-team Evening Sun All-Metro outfielder last year, and second-team selections Loewe (at pitcher) and Burks (infield) have blended with younger, less experienced players to lead Perry Hall to a .380 team batting average and a 0.74 earned run average.
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By John W. Stewart and John W. Stewart,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 25, 2001
POTOMAC - Lee Porter, a golfing nomad for most of the past 10 years, and with only minimal success on this year's PGA Tour, shot to the top of the leader board early in the first round of the Kemper Insurance Open yesterday. At the finish, his 66 was still just one shot off the lead of Chris DiMarco, Stuart Appelby and J. J. Henry. Not bad for a player who had missed the cut in five of his past seven events, had only one round in the 60s (69) in that span, and had back spasms Wednesday that put any play in doubt.
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July 17, 2007
Nick Markakis, Orioles outfielder Does your recent hot stretch offensively remind you of your run last year? I definitely feel comfortable right now. I'm swinging the bat well. But the biggest thing is, everybody is starting to swing the bat well. People talk about how hitting is contagious. When everybody is hitting the ball, it makes it a lot easier to get going.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | June 16, 2007
In the Orioles' clubhouse, this should be a time for reflection, but not the touchy-feely kind favored by poets and pastors. I'm talking about the other definition of the word - the kind of reflection that can only be seen by taking an honest look in the mirror. I'm guessing - and hoping - that most of the Orioles will not be satisfied with who is looking back at them, not after hitting a new low this week with three losses at home against the downtrodden Washington Nationals. The sweep has spawned a new round of teeth-gnashing about the manager, who continues to twist in the wind, and Sam Perlozzo will ultimately be held responsible.
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By DAVID SELIG AND CHILDS WALKER and DAVID SELIG AND CHILDS WALKER,SUN REPORTERS | June 30, 2006
Javy Lopez said he's excited to return to Atlanta, where he spent the first 12 seasons of his major league career. But with the Orioles not allowed to use a designated hitter in this weekend's series against the Braves, Lopez might not see much action. Lopez caught last night, and Perlozzo said Ramon Hernandez likely would start behind the plate throughout the series against the Braves. "I am just going to enjoy to be out there and see my kids," said Lopez, who lives in Duluth, Ga. "But whether I am going to play over there or not, that's something that I don't know."
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By CHILDS WALKER | April 18, 2006
I realized that in my early impressions column last week, I talked only about pitchers. So, instead of probing the wilds of fantasy baseball for an exotic new angle, I think I'll talk about hitters this week. There are two obvious questions this time of year: 1) Is X guy whom I drafted in the 22nd round really going to hit .450 with 35 home runs? 2) Is Y slugger whom I drafted in the first round really going to set up camp beneath the Mendoza Line? Let me help you. No and no. I guess I could end the column right there, but that wouldn't be any fun. The Detroit Tigers' Chris Shelton certainly seems to have raised the most questions at this point.
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By Lowell E. Sunderland and Lowell E. Sunderland,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2004
Ever since maybe the second week after baseball was invented in the 1800s, players and equipment-makers have puttered and fussed with bats. They've made what originally was a shaft of ash or another hardwood longer, fatter, shorter, more tapered, thinner at the handle, thicker in the middle. Bats have been polished, sanded, painted, flaked, hardened, hollowed out and chunked with cork - all in the name of gaining competitive edge, even if it meant breaking the rules. Softball players and bat-makers haven't been far behind in tinkering, to the point where bats in that sport are a red-hot topic nationally and locally.
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By Daniel Lyght and Daniel Lyght,SUN STAFF | June 14, 2004
Towson Golf and Country Club is a position golf course. It's what players had been saying all week, and Billy Wingerd used that characteristic to his benefit throughout the Maryland State Amateur Championship, claiming the title yesterday with a 5-and-4 win over Tom Winegardner. Wingerd's game plan for the tournament was simply to hit the fairways and hit the greens. He accomplished his plan, hitting eight of 14 fairways on the first 18 holes and eight of 13 fairways on the last 14 holes.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer | July 25, 1995
BOWIE -- After waiting out an hourlong rain delay, the fans quickly began the "USA" chant. Some furiously waved American flags, while others tucked them in the back of their caps.But the patriotic flair soon subsided as Team USA's offensive barrage grabbed the crowd's attention and put the game away early.Taking advantage of erratic pitching and poor fielding by Taiwan, Team USA stretched its longest winning streak of the season to seven games, downing the 1992 silver medalist, 11-1, before 3,270 at Prince George's County Stadium.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1996
Joe Torre just wanted to give left fielder Tim Raines a night off. And besides, Darryl Strawberry had some good hacks in Game 3. This seemed like the opportune time to make a switch.Second-guessers begone.Strawberry hit his customary home run off Orioles starter Rocky Coppinger in the second inning last night, then added a two-run shot off Armando Benitez in the eighth. A single in between left him 3-for-4, and the Orioles were left on the brink of elimination from the American League Championship Series after the Yankees' 8-4 victory at Camden Yards.
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By MIKE PRESTON | April 24, 2002
THE ORIOLES HAD a slugfest last night, and Jay Gibbons wasn't a part of it. Strange, very strange. Because in the previous eight games, Gibbons hit five home runs, and last night he didn't get a hit in three at-bats. But that's OK. Playing for a team that is on the verge of staring into the abyss, Gibbons is one of the main attractions these days at Camden Yards. Even with the first-place Boston Red Sox in town last night, the Orioles drew only 26,301, which is only about 12,000 more than Maryland's men's basketball team gets at Cole Field House.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2001
There is only one point upon which both sides of the Great Golf Ball Debate can agree: A very difficult game has been made easier, and more enjoyable, to a greater number of players. From players who could barely break 100 to Tiger Woods, the overall skill level from the PGA Tour down to member-guest events at local country clubs has improved markedly. The answer is easily found: the number of high-tech, albeit high-priced, golf balls that have flooded the market in the past year alone.
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