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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
New Orioles closer Tommy Hunter had been walking the tightrope between disaster and success pretty much since the season started, narrowly escaping trouble nearly every time he touched the ball in a save situation. On Tuesday, in a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers, he lost his step badly in the ninth and, potentially, his grip on the closer's role. “It [stinks], man. It's not fun to lose,” said Hunter who has blown three of his 14 save chances in 2014. “That's my take on it. I don't like getting beat.” For the second consecutive outing, Hunter recorded two outs in the ninth before giving up the lead.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2014
Following a 55-minute rain delay that they probably shouldn't have had to endure Saturday night, the Orioles had new life against the Houston Astros. Closer Tommy Hunter had just blown a one-run lead in the top of the ninth inning before a downpour descended on Camden Yards. But when the clouds moved out, the Orioles rallied with two outs in the ninth to force the game into extra innings. Down to their last out, the Orioles loaded the bases before pinch hitter Delmon Young beat out a bouncer to shortstop to drive in the tying run. One inning later, catcher Steve Clevenger (Mount St. Joseph)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles enter Thursday remaining in a virtual first-place tie with the New York Yankees atop the American League East standings. If they can win tonight against the Tampa Bay Rays, they will be four games above .500 for the first time this year. For closer Tommy Hunter, it has been an adventure. On Wednesday, he converted his 10th save in 11 opportunities but needed to escape runners at first and third with one out in a one-run game . Hunter has had four clean appearances, but he has yet to record a clean inning when he enters the game to open the ninth.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2014
Gone are the days when weekly newspaper stat lines and monthly issues of Baseball America were the only sources of information on a team's minor league players. A rising interest in fantasy baseball, the home team's future, and sadly, a cottage industry of autograph creepers have all led to a boom in minor league scouting reports and player stories online. Everyone wants to know who tomorrow's stars are, and the earlier you're in on someone, the more you can crow when he turns out to be a stud.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Before long, whether through a rising price tag or poor performance, a baseball team will eventually move to its next closer. The former is how Tommy Hunter replaced Jim Johnson at the back of the Orioles bullpen this year, but not before Johnson saved at least 50 games in back-to-back seasons and established himself in the ninth-inning role. Hunter knows it will take longer than a successful - and tense - month to earn the "proven closer" tag. And he knows that the first step in being a good closer is realizing that there's no such thing as a perfect one. "I think you can do better," Hunter said Thursday of his first month on the job. "I think it's a situation where you know you have a job to do, and I think you've got to just do it and throw.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS -  Left-hander Troy Patton is still getting his bearings back in the Orioles bullpen. Patton was activated from the restricted list between Thursday's doubleheader games as he completed a 25-game suspension for a positive amphetamine test (Adderall). He spent most of that time in extended spring training in Sarasota, Fla., before going on a brief rehabilitation stint at Triple-A Norfolk. Patton told The Baltimore Sun in December that he took an Adderall pill four days before the 2013 season ended as a temporary fix to improve his focus.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
It's becoming something of an annual tradition. Each year, the Orioles' first-round pick - a pitcher, typically - opens his first full season with the organization by posting otherworldly numbers and generating a buzz the likes of which hadn't been seen since, well, the year before. That run slowed a bit for 2013 top pick Hunter Harvey, who issued four walks and allowed a career-high four earned runs in five innings in a 4-0 loss Tuesday to Savannah for Low Class-A Delmarva. Compared to the total of seven earned runs he'd conceded in his career entering the start, four is a big number.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Playing against a division rival, attempting to climb back to .500 and facing what likely will be an emotionally charged upcoming series in Boston, the Orioles certainly needed a complete effort like their 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon. They also needed to get back into the clubhouse and thaw out - that's what happens when the temperature at first pitch is 39 degrees and you play for nearly three hours. “I think it is more mental than anything else.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is available for today's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays after being bedridden the past two days with an illness that included a brief stay in a local hospital. Matusz said he first felt sick Friday morning, and that afternoon he went to a local hospital, where he received IV fluids and wasn't released until late at night. "I think that was just to get on IVs and make sure everything was OK and make sure that it wasn't a stomach problem,” Matusz said.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Word from Hollywood is that former Baltimore Sun and Washington Post movie critic Stephen Hunter's 1995 novel, "Dirty White Boys," will be the next project for David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the pair behind HBO's hugely successful "Game of Thrones. " Deadline: Hollywood reports that Benioff and Weiss have made a deal with Fox to write, direct and produce the movie adaptation of Hunter's novel, the story of a trio of violent prison escapees, led by the anti-heroic Lamar Pye, being pursued by a dogged state trooper.
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