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By Mark Hyman and Mark Hyman,Staff Writer | April 2, 1992
The Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority have picked the final design for the new home-plate screen at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.Again.Five days after saying that lower-box seats behind home plate would be shielded by a 9-foot-high "drape screen," ballpark planners changed course yesterday, announcing they were disposing of the horizontal protection and replacing it with a safer and perhaps less intrusive choice -- a 20-foot-high vertical barrier.The...
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
National anthem: Soprano Chelsea Buyalos provided the second straight operatic anthem of the postseason. Ceremonial first pitch: Orioles vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson, an American League Division Series hero in his playing career, threw the ceremonial first ball Friday. First pitch: Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen threw a strike to Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler at 12:08 p.m., one minute after the scheduled start time. It was 66 degrees and cloudy.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | November 10, 2010
The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to pay Maryland $913,424 for ads behind home plate at Oriole Park at Camden Yards , settling a dispute over a form of stadium advertising that did not exist when the team negotiated its lease two decades ago. The Maryland Stadium Authority voted Tuesday to approve the terms of a proposed agreement that calls for the payment to be made over five years in installments of $182,684.80, starting this fall. The agreement must be approved by Maryland's Board of Public Works.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
For all that's gone wrong lately in sports, there's Sean Smith. The outfielder for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League has played in the minor leagues for 14 seasons. He's 32. He'll likely never play in the major leagues. But on Friday night he became an Internet sensation. Smith hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of the Revolution's playoff game against Sugar Land, but as he hit first base he slipped, tearing his right ACL, according to reports.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
CHICAGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter still is trying to figure out baseball's new rule on home plate collisions. In the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, third baseman Chris Davis was called out at home as he tried to score from second base. It was obvious that Cubs catcher John Baker made a clean tag on Davis. What wasn't clear was whether he was blocking home plate. Under a new rule Major League Baseball implemented this year, in an effort to avoid collisions at the plate, a base runner has the right to an unobstructed path to home.
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By Mark Hyman | October 7, 1991
The white, stretch limousine was 66 feet long, another way to say that leg room was not a big problem. The windows were frosted, presumably so people outside could not peer in at the leg room.There was a moon roof, a privacy partition, a television and, in the back seat, a fully equipped bar.Late yesterday afternoon, this luxury car had an unusual job: Pick up a home plate.Baseball paraphernalia seldom rides in such comfort. But this was a special occasion. As part of yesterday's final-game ceremonies, the Orioles announced they would uproot the plate at the stadium and plant it again in Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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By Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko and Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | December 10, 2000
DALLAS - Frustrated in their search for free-agent pitching help, the Orioles are considering assisting their pitchers by moving home plate at Camden Yards closer to the backstop, according to club sources. No decision has been finalized, according to club officials, but one must be made in the next several days as renovation of the field approaches a critical stage. Drainage tiles already have been installed beneath the outfield and are scheduled for installation beneath the infield this week.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER | July 2, 2007
Melvin Mora hopped on one foot to grab a plate of food in the Orioles' clubhouse yesterday, making sure to keep the left one, with an ice pack attached to it, from touching the floor and grimacing from the pain radiating from the right. Across the hallway, Los Angeles Angels catcher Mike Napoli leaned on a pair of crutches, his left foot encased in a walking boot after X-rays didn't reveal any broken bones. Napoli had to be carried off the field. Mora limped away - the only victory he could take from his high-impact slide at home plate that produced the game's final out in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to the Angels before an announced 25,058 at Camden Yards.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | May 23, 2001
She came from Florida, carrying her late husband's remains and determined to grant him his final wish. When Lana Blefary learned yesterday that Memorial Stadium has been all but torn to the ground, it changed nothing. If Curt Blefary wanted his ashes to be sprinkled at home plate, then she would see it done - even if the old ballpark on 33rd Street has become a fenced-off demolition zone. "I'm going to get in there one way or another," she said yesterday, biding her time at a campground in Anne Arundel County.
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April 11, 2007
Alberto Castillo, Orioles catcher What do you remember about your last major league home run? It was 2005 off Arthur Rhodes, a walk-off home run in Kansas City. That's a good memory of that day. A Sunday afternoon. I got a lot of phone calls because I slid into home plate. I was hiding from all my teammates who were trying to slap me on my head. I wanted to get down and try to avoid them, but they were hitting me. It was funny. Everybody was asking me, "How can you slide into home plate?"
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The big news Monday night was that the Orioles won again and have reduced their magic number for clinching the American League East to one over the Toronto Blue Jays. The New York Yankees have been eliminated from the division title hunt. With the Orioles' next win, the champagne corks pop and the club secures its first AL East crown since 1997. The subplot from Monday was perhaps more intriguing. In the fifth inning, veteran infielder Jose Reyes came dashing home on a single and catcher Caleb Joseph attempted to tag him out. Fairly routine play.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
CHICAGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter still is trying to figure out baseball's new rule on home plate collisions. In the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, third baseman Chris Davis was called out at home as he tried to score from second base. It was obvious that Cubs catcher John Baker made a clean tag on Davis. What wasn't clear was whether he was blocking home plate. Under a new rule Major League Baseball implemented this year, in an effort to avoid collisions at the plate, a base runner has the right to an unobstructed path to home.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Manager Buck Showalter said he has had preliminary discussions with his coaching staff and the Orioles player development staff this week about potential call-ups when rosters expand Sept. 1. The Orioles' 40-man roster is currently full, so the club would have to clear space to add and promote any nonroster players. But one spot can be created by transferring catcher Matt Wieters to the 60-day disabled list. “There's obviously some roster issues we have to manage with the 40, but we have a couple guys we haven't even put on the 60-day disabled list yet,” Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
HOUSTON -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn't searching for excuses after the Orioles' 3-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Thursday night . He made it clear that the replay challenge he lost on a close play at the plate wasn't the reason his team lost. But that didn't mean he wasn't frustrated by it. Showalter was convinced that right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez tagged Jason Castro's left leg before he touched home plate following a wild pitch.  Showalter challenged the call and after a four-minute, 25-second review, the call stood, meaning there wasn't conclusive evidence to overturn it. “He's out,” Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles opened a 40-man roster spot Sunday when they outrighted infielder David Adams to Double-A Bowie. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the move wasn't related to another pending transaction, but he said the flexibility it created would help the club. “I know the reason in which it was done at that time,” Showalter said. “But I'm not going to broadcast it. It has nothing to do with a pending move that I'm aware of. But it does open up some possibilities … if you have somebody not on the roster that you want to bring up. It's always good to have that maneuverability, that's some of it. But why that timing?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON - During every game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has a card with him that tells him which plays are reviewable and which ones aren't. The color coding is simple. The plays in green can be reviewable, the plays in red cannot. But it's not always that easy, and that was the case in the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday night . After the Red Sox scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, Showalter wanted the umpires to review whether Dustin Pedroia tagged up at third base before running to the plate on an errant throw home.
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February 24, 2011
June 22, 1962: Boog Powell became the first Orioles player to hit a home run over the hedge at Memorial Stadium. The ball landed 469 feet from home plate.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
DETROIT -- We're three hours before game time, and by the looks of things, there should be a game here today. It's raw - 38 degrees at 10 a.m. And it's foggy, though that fog seems to be lifting some.  The mound and home plate were covered. But the full tarp had been out in right field until 10:15, when the grounds crew placed it back over the infield. They then started shaking it again and rolling it up, so who knows? The Orioles will be a little bleary-eyed. Their plane didn't get into Detroit until about 3:15 a.m. The players didn't really get settled into the hotel until about 4, I was told.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
NEW YORK - Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen thought he had pretty good stuff on Sunday afternoon, but his career-high five walks over four innings in the club's 7-3 win over the Yankees would indicate otherwise. After the outing, Chen said through interpreter Tim Lin that he believed his strike zone was getting pinched by home plate umpire Jeff Kellogg, but he didn't use that as an excuse. “This is a part of baseball,” Chen said through Lin. “Sometimes when I throw right in the middle of home plate, the umpire didn't pick it up. Sometimes, the strike zone was a little small today.” Chen has experienced some control issues of late.
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