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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - The Orioles have released designated hitter/first baseman Jack Cust and first baseman Matt LaPorta, a pair of former major leaguers who were attempting to get back to the big leagues through the organization's minor league camp. There were five other minor league camp cuts on Friday: first baseman/outfielder Nikolas Balog, right-hander Casey Upperman, right-hander Zach Staniewicz, right-hander Julio Rodriguez and left-hander Harry Marino. With the amount of organizational depth the Orioles have built, there was no space for Cust and LaPorta at the Triple-A level with a looming roster crunch, so they cut ties with both so they could possibly latch on elsewhere.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. - The Orioles have released designated hitter/first baseman Jack Cust and first baseman Matt LaPorta, a pair of former major leaguers who were attempting to get back to the big leagues through the organization's minor league camp. There were five other minor league camp cuts on Friday: first baseman/outfielder Nikolas Balog, right-hander Casey Upperman, right-hander Zach Staniewicz, right-hander Julio Rodriguez and left-hander Harry Marino. With the amount of organizational depth the Orioles have built, there was no space for Cust and LaPorta at the Triple-A level with a looming roster crunch, so they cut ties with both so they could possibly latch on elsewhere.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
The Orioles have signed veteran Jack Cust to a minor league deal, an industry source confirmed Wednesday. The 35-year-old Cust will not receive an invitation to major league spring training, so he will report to the club's minor league camp at Twin Lakes Park. Cust had a tryout during the Orioles' minicamp in Sarasota, Fla., last month. At that time, Cust said he was looking for an opportunity to get back into the big leagues and was open to accepting an assignment in Triple-A.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | March 17, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Between the raindrops, the Orioles will try to fit in a split-squad road game against the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon at Bright House Field. A massive band of storms is heading to Florida's Gulf Coast, threatening this game, set for 1:05 p.m., and the club's home split-squad game against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium tonight at 7:05 p.m. Brian Matusz is scheduled to start here, and Kevin Gausman is set to follow him. Also listed among the Orioles' available pitchers are Suk-min Yoon, Josh Stinson, Troy Patton and minor leaguers Jesse Beal and Oliver Drake.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Veteran free-agent hitter Jack Cust has been waiting for an opportunity to get back into the major leagues for nearly a year. He will now have that opportunity this week at the Orioles' minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Cust, who will turn 35 on Thursday, entered the Orioles clubhouse on Tuesday holding his Tampa Bay Rays equipment bag from his last major league stop, a spring training invitation that ended with him being cut and then sitting out the 2013 season waiting for another team to call.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have signed outfielder Delmon Young to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Monday. Young and outfielder-designated hitter Jack Cust had been invited to the Orioles' minicamp this week, according to an industry source. Now that Young has signed, he could stop by the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Wednesday or Thursday, while Cust is expected to arrive Tuesday. Signing players out of the team's minicamp has been a regular occurrence.
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By LAURA VECSEY | March 24, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Jack Cust: It's a name with some major- league pop to it. Same plain, powerful cadence as "Roy Hobbs," as in The Natural. Say it for yourself. Jack Cust. He is the only player the Orioles have traded for in 11 long months. This fact alone makes Cust, with all of his 65 big-league at-bats - including those 32 strikeouts - an important piece of the Orioles' newest rebuilding puzzle. We won't say it's by default that Jack Cust is the object of our curiosity, though we all know by now that the big bat the Orioles need will not come from a man named Pudge or Junior.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | March 17, 2014
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Between the raindrops, the Orioles will try to fit in a split-squad road game against the Philadelphia Phillies this afternoon at Bright House Field. A massive band of storms is heading to Florida's Gulf Coast, threatening this game, set for 1:05 p.m., and the club's home split-squad game against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium tonight at 7:05 p.m. Brian Matusz is scheduled to start here, and Kevin Gausman is set to follow him. Also listed among the Orioles' available pitchers are Suk-min Yoon, Josh Stinson, Troy Patton and minor leaguers Jesse Beal and Oliver Drake.
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By Joe Christensen | March 13, 2004
Tim Raines led off the seventh inning with a home run, breaking a 4-4 tie, and added a run-scoring single in the eighth as the Orioles overcame four errors to claim their fourth victory in nine exhibition games. Raines went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and finished a triple short of the cycle. Clay Bellinger also hit a two-run homer for the Orioles, who blew a pair of early two-run leads but held on late to win their second in a row. Orioles starter Kurt Ainsworth was charged with four runs in 3 1/3 innings, but only two of those runs were earned.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 18, 2004
Jack Cust atoned for a mental error by hitting a one-out homer off Houston reliever Taylor Buchholz in the ninth inning and giving the Orioles a 3-2 victory over the Astros. Cust launched an 0-1 pitch over the bleachers in right field for his second homer this spring. The Astros had rallied to tie the game with a run in the seventh off Erik Bedard and one in the eighth off Mike DeJean. Kurt Ainsworth shut out the Astros on four hits over five innings. A fielding error by Melvin Mora resulted in a run off Bedard, and Houston tied the game after Cust caught a fly ball in deep left field and threw to the wrong base, allowing Charlton Jimerson to advance to second.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
The Orioles have signed veteran Jack Cust to a minor league deal, an industry source confirmed Wednesday. The 35-year-old Cust will not receive an invitation to major league spring training, so he will report to the club's minor league camp at Twin Lakes Park. Cust had a tryout during the Orioles' minicamp in Sarasota, Fla., last month. At that time, Cust said he was looking for an opportunity to get back into the big leagues and was open to accepting an assignment in Triple-A.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Veteran free-agent hitter Jack Cust has been waiting for an opportunity to get back into the major leagues for nearly a year. He will now have that opportunity this week at the Orioles' minicamp at the Ed Smith Stadium complex. Cust, who will turn 35 on Thursday, entered the Orioles clubhouse on Tuesday holding his Tampa Bay Rays equipment bag from his last major league stop, a spring training invitation that ended with him being cut and then sitting out the 2013 season waiting for another team to call.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles have signed outfielder Delmon Young to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, the team announced Monday. Young and outfielder-designated hitter Jack Cust had been invited to the Orioles' minicamp this week, according to an industry source. Now that Young has signed, he could stop by the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Wednesday or Thursday, while Cust is expected to arrive Tuesday. Signing players out of the team's minicamp has been a regular occurrence.
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By Compiled from interviews and other newspapers' reports | August 19, 2007
The Boston Red Sox, one of baseball's most balanced teams, felt the need to add it. So did the Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves. Most potential playoff teams try to do the same, whether it's through late-season trades or minor league call-ups. Big league bullpen help. You can never have enough. Dependable relief is one of the most overlooked aspects in baseball. During the wilting heat of August and the pressure cooker of September, however, nothing provides peace of mind like a rock-solid group of relievers.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER | May 20, 2007
Jack Cust might forever be remembered in Baltimore for the night he took a comical spill while trying to score the winning run in an eventual loss to the New York Yankees. It's part of his Orioles legacy, and he's always accepted it with good humor. A better story, one that doesn't involve his crawling toward home plate and being tagged out, is the way Cust has landed on his feet. Acquired from the San Diego Padres after designated hitter Mike Piazza went on the disabled list earlier this month, Cust has transferred the power he's displayed in the minors - 199 home runs - to the Oakland Athletics' lineup.
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By Laura Vecsey | February 23, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Sammy Sosa reports today. It's big enough news that the Orioles sent out a release. "There will be a lot more people here than you six guys," Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli said in the dugout yesterday, smiling at the small contingent of regular beat reporters. And forget the Chicago media and the national media that will descend upon Orioles camp. Those "a lot more people" Mazzilli spoke of will just be the people inside Sosa's limo. Unless, of course, Sosa takes this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to start downsizing his larger-than-life image.
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By LAURA VECSEY | March 10, 2004
JUPITER, Fla. - When it comes to style and grace, Jack Cust has wisely decided not to try to change anyone's mind. His one unforget- table series of slips and falls on the base path between third and home against the Yankees last season was enough to convince him he'll never be perceived as one of baseball's coveted five-tool players. But hey, for the one or two tools he does possess, Jack Cust is dead set on making sure we know he knows how to use them - or it. The young man can hit. "I've got to hit. No matter what, we know I'm not going to play in the big leagues because of my glove," Cust said yesterday, boyish smile only slightly off-setting his dead-on self assessment.
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By Compiled from interviews and other newspapers' reports | August 19, 2007
The Boston Red Sox, one of baseball's most balanced teams, felt the need to add it. So did the Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves. Most potential playoff teams try to do the same, whether it's through late-season trades or minor league call-ups. Big league bullpen help. You can never have enough. Dependable relief is one of the most overlooked aspects in baseball. During the wilting heat of August and the pressure cooker of September, however, nothing provides peace of mind like a rock-solid group of relievers.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 18, 2004
Jack Cust atoned for a mental error by hitting a one-out homer off Houston reliever Taylor Buchholz in the ninth inning and giving the Orioles a 3-2 victory over the Astros. Cust launched an 0-1 pitch over the bleachers in right field for his second homer this spring. The Astros had rallied to tie the game with a run in the seventh off Erik Bedard and one in the eighth off Mike DeJean. Kurt Ainsworth shut out the Astros on four hits over five innings. A fielding error by Melvin Mora resulted in a run off Bedard, and Houston tied the game after Cust caught a fly ball in deep left field and threw to the wrong base, allowing Charlton Jimerson to advance to second.
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By Joe Christensen | March 13, 2004
Tim Raines led off the seventh inning with a home run, breaking a 4-4 tie, and added a run-scoring single in the eighth as the Orioles overcame four errors to claim their fourth victory in nine exhibition games. Raines went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and finished a triple short of the cycle. Clay Bellinger also hit a two-run homer for the Orioles, who blew a pair of early two-run leads but held on late to win their second in a row. Orioles starter Kurt Ainsworth was charged with four runs in 3 1/3 innings, but only two of those runs were earned.
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