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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
The Orioles will play the Houston Astros in the 2014 Civil Rights Game at Minute Maid Park on May 30, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday. The Civil Rights Game and a series of additional events that week will honor those who fought on and off the field for equal rights. The game will be televised on MLB Network. Other events include: a May 29 roundtable discussion about the role baseball played in the civil rights movement and the sport's current role as a social institution; the MLB Beacon Awards luncheon on May 30; and a youth baseball and softball clinic on a date to be determined.
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By David Driver, For The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
Josh Hader was about 5 when he joined his Anne Arundel County youth baseball team on the field at Camden Yards in a pregame ceremony. A youth league standout, Hader went on to become a star pitcher at Old Mill High in Millersville and couldn't believe his good fortune when he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles after his senior year. He made his minor league debut in 2012 in the Gulf Coast League and with Aberdeen and began the 2013 season as the No. 13 prospect in the Baltimore farm system, according to Baseball America.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman isn't sure why it is happening, but he knows he needs to be better early in games if he's going to continue his ascent as a major league starter. On Sunday, in the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros, Tillman walked the first two batters he faced and then gave up a three-run homer to Jason Castro to immediately put his team down three runs. Tillman didn't allow a run during the remainder of his five-inning outing, but it didn't matter. The outcome was determined after the first three batters.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
A collection of what other media outlets are saying about the Orioles. * ESPN's Richard Durrett reflected on Nelson Cruz's return to Texas, the team for which he played for eight years. The designated hitter-outfielder hit his major league-leading 21st home run on Tuesday night, and Durrett wrote that Cruz hasn't lost his flair for the spectacular . It seems that everything with Cruz is big. Big swings. Big misses. Big streaks. Big home runs in big moments. The home run, not to mention Cruz's presence in an orange and black uniform, had some Rangers fans thinking it had been a big mistake not to re-sign him. But Cruz doesn't think about the "what if" or live in that past.
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By Kent Baker | August 25, 1998
All five Orioles prospects in the Maryland Fall Baseball League will play for the Bowie Nationals.The Orioles will be the coordinating affiliate for Bowie, one of four teams in the new league that will launch a 42-game schedule Sept. 22.Baysox shortstop Augie Ojeda, Frederick pitcher John Parrish and infielder Carlos Casimiro, and Delmarva catcher Jayson Werth and closer Derek Brown will play for the Nationals.Bowie also will be stocked with top prospects from the New York Yankees, Florida Marlins, Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds.
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Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2011
Zach Britton and Chris Tillman, two of the Orioles' young guns and primary competitors for the open spots in the club's rotation, made the two-hour drive from Sarasota a day early. They hung out on Friday night and then pitched impressively together on Saturday, combining to allow three runs (one earned) in nearly eight innings pitched in the Orioles' 6-4 victory over the Houston Astros. Orioles manager Buck Showalter and pitching coach Mark Connor suggested Friday that the two leave early.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
It must be August. Following the Orioles' 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night, first baseman Chris Davis conducted his postgame interview standing by his locker with his eyes fixed on one of the clubhouse televisions, watching the end of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners. In mid-sentence he broke from a thought. “Don't tell me they just won,” he said as the Red Sox completed a win over Seattle with a six-run ninth inning with a walk-off hit at Fenway Park.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will do some light throwing Friday before the game against the Houston Astros, manager Buck Showalter said after the club's 8-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. It will be the first time Wieters has thrown in three weeks. Showalter said he wasn't sure how long Wieters will throw Friday. Wieters has not played in a game since May 10, when the Orioles decided to shut him down completely to rest his strained right elbow. Before that, he had served as the club's designated hitter for four games because he only felt the pain when he threw.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. -- Orioles left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz, who is recovering from a left hamstring pull he suffered last month, threw his first bullpen session of the spring Saturday off a flat mound. “Everything is fine,” De La Cruz said. “We were working last week over here to get better. Now, it's really good. [I'm] taking it step by step. Now in two days I'm going to be on the hill normally. I threw off flat ground today to see how everything goes and everything went pretty well.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
There will undoubtedly be a solemn tone to this week's Civil Rights Game festivities in Houston. Nationally renowned poet and essayist Dr. Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday , was scheduled to be one of three Beacon Awards recipients in a luncheon prior to the Civil Rights Game between the Orioles and the Houston Astros on Friday. Last week, Major League Baseball announced that Angelou would be unable to attend the Beacon Awards luncheon because of health reasons. “It is with deep regret that I able unable to attend the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon,” Angelou said in a statement to MLB.com.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Orioles outfielder-designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been named American League Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced Monday afternoon. In seven games last week, Cruz batted .476 with four home runs and eight RBIs. In that span, he had a .556 on-base percentage and led baseball with a 1.190 slugging percentage. The gaudy numbers came before Cruz left Sunday's game against the Houston Astros after he was hit by a pitch in his left hand . X-rays were negative, and Cruz is listed as day-to-day with a hand contusion.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
HOUSTON -- Lingering neck stiffness prompted Orioles manager Buck Showalter to place Nick Markakis in the team's designated hitter spot to get a day off from playing the outfield in Sunday's 9-4 series-ending win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Markakis complained of a stiff neck before Saturday's game in Houston, and Showalter said he was close to not playing before it loosened up during batting practice. Markakis said the stiffness is similar to what he dealt with before Opening Day, when his neck tightened up on the team's flight north from spring training.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
HOUSTON -- Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz , who leads the major leagues in home runs and RBIs, left Sunday's game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park after he was hit by a pitch in the left hand. X-rays on Cruz's left hand performed at a local hospital during Sunday's game were negative, and the Orioles said he is day-to-day with a contusion. "I think he's all right," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He tried to grip the bat up the runway and had some point-tender pain right on the spot.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
HOUSTON - You don't usually expect your cleanup hitter to drop a bunt in the ninth inning of a one-run game, but that's just what Adam Jones did with the Orioles down to their second-to-last out in an eventual 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday night at Minute Maid Park. The Orioles had struggled to get much going, managing just three singles and a walk after J.J. Hardy's second-inning single. Jones was trying to bunt for a hit, to give Chris Davis a chance to drive him in. He believed that by getting on base, Astros reliever Chad Qualls would hesitate to throw his slider in the dirt, thereby giving Davis a better chance at getting a pitch to hit. But Jones -- who had the Orioles' only extra-base hit on the night -- popped up the bunt attempt, making an easy out for catcher Jason Castro.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
HOUSTON - The Orioles can celebrate how their savvy free-agent signing of outfielder Nelson Cruz has paid huge dividends through the first two months of the season. They can also wonder where they'd be without him. Cruz continued to carry the Orioles' offense in the team's 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday, driving in three runs and hitting his majors-leading 20th home run of the season. He has driven in 52 runs this season, setting a new club mark for most RBIs by the end of May. Chris Davis set the previous record (50)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
HOUSTON - The Orioles' offense didn't exactly erupt against the Houston Astros on Saturday afternoon, but it was productive enough to finally scrape out a much-needed win three days into their trip to Texas. These Orioles have drawn their share of criticism for being overly aggressive at the plate, complaints only compounded by two frustrating games here in which they scored just one run each night. But this time, they allowed patience to guide them to victory. They received their third straight quality start and this time took advantage of a well-timed strong outing from struggling ace Chris Tillman in a 4-1 win over the Astros before an announced 29,609 at Minute Maid Park.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Orioles outfielder-designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been named American League Player of the Week, Major League Baseball announced Monday afternoon. In seven games last week, Cruz batted .476 with four home runs and eight RBIs. In that span, he had a .556 on-base percentage and led baseball with a 1.190 slugging percentage. The gaudy numbers came before Cruz left Sunday's game against the Houston Astros after he was hit by a pitch in his left hand . X-rays were negative, and Cruz is listed as day-to-day with a hand contusion.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
The Orioles didn't just give up six homers to the Houston Astros in an ugly loss Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park. They may have added injury to insult. Right-hander Steve Johnson was dealing with discomfort in his left oblique after the game - saying he felt something while warming up but attempted to pitch through it. “I felt it warming up a little bit, was hoping to battle through it. Sometimes it gets better the more loose it gets, but it was bothering me a little bit. Had trouble getting over my front side and really locating the outside pitch on the corner,” said Johnson, who lasted 2 1/3 innings and struck out five batters.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 31, 2014
HOUSTON - Buck Showalter rarely admits to having any frustration inside his clubhouse, but after the Orioles' offense went absent for a second straight night a 2-1 loss to the Houston Astros on Friday night, Showalter couldn't deny that his team is pressing.   On back-to-back nights, the Orioles have wasted strong starting pitching performances, plating just one run in each contest, compounding a May skid that has put them below .500 for the first time since April 22 and tied a season high with four straight losses.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
HOUSTON - Believe it or not, this might not be the best time to play the Houston Astros. Yes, they still have the worst record in the American League, but bad teams with surging confidence are still dangerous, especially when an opponent leaves a game dangling within reach. That's what happened on Thursday night, when the Orioles gave the Astros hope until Houston's rookie phenom George Springer could give his team the big hit it needed. After Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez grinded out a quality start, reliever Preston Guilmet allowed a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning, sending the Orioles to a 3-1 loss in front of 22,884 at Minute Maid Park.
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