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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | June 18, 2013
Harford Family House presents its 4th Annual Harford Mutual Home Runs for the Homeless event Aug. 6 at Ripken Stadium. Teams of four can have a "real baseball experience," changing in the team locker room, taking batting practice in the batting cage and sitting in the dugout. Each player will bat from home plate in Ripken Stadium, with 15 pitches to try to hit a home run. The player's names will be announced as they bat, with play-by-play commentary as their photo appears on the giant scoreboard.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
There are more similarities between the Orioles and their American League Championship Series opponent, the Kansas City Royals, than not - they both have solid pitching, stellar bullpens and play exemplary defense - but the way they score runs is completely different. The Orioles led the major leagues with 211 home runs in the regular season, 25 more than the next-highest club, while the Royals were last with just 95. But when it comes to stolen bases, the teams rank the exact opposite, with the Royals leading the majors with 153 and the Orioles ranking last with 44. Over the course of the season, Orioles players have often said they never feel out of any game because they know they can change it with one swing of the bat. And one only needs to look at the AL wild-card game - in which Kansas City stole seven bases and erased a four-run, sixth-inning lead on their way to beating the Oakland Athletics - to see how they've made speed an X-factor.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
BOSTON -- In the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 4-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 47th homer of the season, breaking a tie for third on the franchise's all-time single season list with Jim Gentile, who hit 46 in 1961. He now trails only Brady Anderson (50 in 1996) and Frank Robinson (49 in 1966). Thursday, Davis said the milestones are something he'll consider when the season is over. “It's tough to look at that right now. We lost a big game [Wednesday]
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
DETROIT -- The Orioles struck first in Game 3 of the American League Division Series -- and they did it in a familiar fashion. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz went deep in October. He has done that a bit. In the sixth inning, Cruz planted an 84-mph changeup from Tigers left-hander David Price just over the wall next to the foul pole in right field for a two-run homer to break a scoreless tie. A frustrated Tigers fan caught the ball and then placed it on the edge of the wall.
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2013
He homered in the last four games before the All-Star break. He's tied for the most home runs hit before the All-Star break in American League history with 37. He's on pace for the first 60-home run season since 2001. But Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hasn't practiced for Monday night's Home Run Derby yet. Besides, the first-time All-Star isn't really sure how to practice for something he's done for his entire career - and done exceptionally well. "I'm not really sure what to expect," Davis said before going 2-for-4 with a double, home run, two runs scored and four RBIs in the Orioles' 7-4 win over Toronto.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles scored just four runs in their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. But the club's power was on display with its return to Camden Yards on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles have hit five home runs on their way to a 9-1 lead in the eighth inning. Trailing, 1-0, Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce hit back-to-back homers in the third inning. The Orioles then hit three consecutive home runs in their six-run fifth inning.
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By Matt Vensel | July 8, 2013
As Orioles slugger Chris Davis sits here in early July with 33 homers and 85 runs batted in, precisely as many as he had in each of those categories in all of last season, it seems like a foregone conclusion that if he stays healthy he will break Brady Anderson's franchise record of 50 home runs in a single season, set back in 1996. But will Davis be able to set the “legitimate” all-time major league record for home runs in a single season? Davis is on the record as saying that he still views Roger Maris as the single-season home run king because " he was the last guy to do it clean . " Ahead of Maris on the home run list are Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire (twice)
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By Matt Vensel | June 3, 2013
Fireworks were expected at Camden Yards this weekend with two of baseball's highest-scoring teams, the Orioles and Detroit Tigers, duking it out in a measuring-stick series between two top American League teams. The O's took two of three, and fans of the long ball were also winners as the teams combined for 14 homers. The Orioles hit six of them and now lead the majors with 81 this season, six more than the Atlanta Braves. But this post isn't about how Chris Davis and Co. are clobbering pitches out of the ballpark.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2013
While there are some notable absences from each league's Home Run Derby roster -- like Philadelphia's Dominic Brown, Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez and an assortment of American League batters with more than 20 home runs -- ESPN analyst John Kruk mentioned an Oriole he'd like to see in the competition sometime soon But this Oriole is known more for his doubles than his home runs. “I'd like to see the super three young guys in there, [Orioles third baseman Manny] Machado and [Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2013
BOSTON - Former Orioles star and current front office executive Brady Anderson jokes that he began planning how to celebrate Chris Davis' 50th home run about three months ago after Davis hit his 30th homer of the season. "He was going to meet me at home plate and probably carry me off the field," Davis said with a smile. "At Camden [Yards], I might have," Anderson said. When Davis broke Anderson's single-season franchise home run record with his 51st in the Orioles' 3-2 win at Fenway Park on Tuesday night, Anderson was watching from the stands.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
The key offensive component to the Orioles' resurgence the past three years has been the ability to hit home runs. They're never out of any game simply because they can change the tone of it with one swing. The Orioles have hit at least 200 home runs in three straight seasons for the first time in franchise history. It's a big part of who they are, but as the club embarks on its second playoff run in three years, there is a question whether their biggest offensive weapon will work in the postseason.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
TORONTO -- Moments after their 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, the Orioles finally found out who they would face in the American League Division Series. It had been a 12-day wait since the Orioles clinched the AL East. But inside the visiting clubhouse of the Rogers Centre, as the Orioles packed their bag for the trip home to Baltimore - it wasn't baseball, but NFL football on the televisions. The Orioles believe they are ready for the Detroit Tigers, who will travel to Camden Yards to open the ALDS on Thursday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
NEW YORK -- A key ingredient to the Orioles' formula for winning this season has been hitting home runs. They have relied on it more than any club in the major leagues. But in their 9-5 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday afternoon, the Orioles mounted their best offensive outing in nearly two weeks without a homer - all while ending New York's postseason hopes in front of an announced 46,056 at Yankee Stadium. The nine runs were the Orioles' highest offensive output since a 10-6 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sept.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
NEW YORK -- Nelson Cruz said Wednesday that he didn't expect to hit 40 home runs before the season began, adding that staying healthy has been the key to having a career year at age 34. “No shot,” he said when asked if he thought at the beginning of the year he'd hit 40. “I was able to do that number. I didn't expect 40, the number. I think the aim for any player is to stay healthy, play as many games as he can, stay on the field. That was my main goal, to try and stay healthy, to try to put up numbers.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
As Orioles rookie first baseman Christian Walker strove this season to develop as a power hitter and solidify his future at first base, a position where power is paramount, he never strayed from the hitting approach that had earned him acclaim. Hitters desperate for power can end up getting pull-happy and sacrifice the bat-to-ball skills that had carried them so far, and Walker, in search of over-the-fence power, continued to focus his approach on hitting up the middle of the field.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Steve Pearce got the message. The Orioles already have clinched the American League East. He was celebrating Tuesday night. But, to paraphrase what the kids like to say these days at Camden Yards, “Pearce Won't Stop.” Pearce hit his 19th and 20th home runs Wednesday to help the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1, at Camden Yards. He's batting .424 with four homers, four doubles and 11 RBIs in his past 10 games. “It's just great to contribute on this team and win ballgames,” Pearce said.
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By George F. Will | May 7, 2000
"Too much of a good thing is wonderful." -- Mae West WASHINGTON -- Not necessarily, as Major League Baseball is learning from its current glut of home runs. Baseball lightning is becoming as common, and about as exciting, as lightning bugs. And this time the glut cannot be explained by the Happy Haitians Theory. In 1987, when home runs were unusually frequent, Tony Kubek, a former player turned broadcaster, probably was kidding (with baseball people, you never know) when he said: The baseballs are made in Haiti, and Haitians, exuberant about the downfall of the Duvalier regime, are winding the yarn inside the balls extra tight, and pulling the laces on the balls' covers so tight the laces are almost flush with the surface, making it difficult for pitchers to get a good grip, and causing balls to have less wind resistance and pitches less movement.
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By KEVIN COWHERD and KEVIN COWHERD,SUN COLUMNIST | March 9, 2006
If you want to know why baseball put up with sluggers like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa getting big as sequoias while rewriting the record books, just turn on the TV this season. When they show game highlights on ESPN's Sportcenter or the 11 o'clock news, what do you see? It's not some skinny second baseman laying down a sacrifice bunt. It's not the 180-pound lead-off hitter roping a nice, clean single to left field. No, it's big guys with rippling muscles smacking home runs deep into the night and strutting around the bases as the crowd goes wild.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Three weeks into this season, Steve Pearce walked out of the Orioles manager Buck Showalter's office in Toronto, sat down and just stared into his locker. It was an all-too-familiar feeling for Pearce, who had just been told he was being designated for assignment. The Orioles had an early season roster crunch and needed to add bullpen reinforcements. Pearce, who had just seven at-bats at the time, was the odd man out. Pearce's hope was that he'd clear waivers, be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk - where he could receive regular playing time - and eventually rejoin the major league club.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The sweet smell of celebration -- an odorous combination of champagne and beer -- still lingered inside the home clubhouse of Camden Yards one day after the Orioles wrapped up the American League East title. Backed by a two-homer game from Steve Pearce, there was no hangover Wednesday night as the Orioles swept the second-place Toronto Blue Jays with a 6-1 victory in front of an announced 37,537 giving the club its 10th win in the last 11 games. “That's what we do,” Pearce said of returning strong the day after clinching the division.
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