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By JEFF ZREBIEC | April 17, 2009
The Red Sox, behind Tim Wakefield, beat the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, but they remain in last place in the American League East. They entered the game with a .237 batting average, the second worst in the AL. Their top three hitters - Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz - are all hitting below .200. Ace Josh Beckett, suspended for six games for intentionally throwing a pitch near the head of the Los Angeles Angels' Bobby Abreu, appealed and is scheduled to pitch Saturday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
So here's the good news for Orioles fans: The club heads into its six-game homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays having won three of the past four games and doing so without their Gold Glove left side of the infield, Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy. It wasn't long ago when it seemed like the Orioles were facing must-win situations in April. But after opening the season losing five of six, they head into the weekend 4-5. The bottom of the lineup is starting to produce, manager Buck Showalter has again mastered the art of using his bullpen, closer Tommy Hunter is 3-for-3 with save opportunities and the offense has shown its potential for the big inning over the past two games.
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May 29, 2011
Jacoby Ellsbury is emerging as a potential speed-power player like Red Sox teammate Carl Crawford. He has 20-homer potential and entered Saturday leading the majors with 18 stolen bases. The best news for the Red Sox is he had played every game, quieting concerns about his durability. … Despite a vow of support from owner Lew Wolff, A's manager Bob Geren is in real trouble. His biggest concern is that his punchless team continues to tread water with a pitching staff built to win, but it doesn't help that he had to put down a player revolt last week.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
For Orioles fans, the only thing more painful than watching an October without their favorite team this season was probably seeing the Red Sox win the World Series. And the fact that the Orioles won 11 games against Boston this year, most of any team, and won the season series against the Red Sox probably doesn't provide much solace. The Red Sox showed they are the best team in baseball, completing the best turnaround in baseball history. No team has had a lower winning percentage the year before winning a World Series title.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
The annual Silver Slugger awards are being announced tonight and while Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has a shot at winning the honor for the first time in his career, it looks like the Orioles will come away empty handed. Jones, who won his second career Gold Glove earlier this month and was named Most Valuable Oriole for the second straight season after a breakout 2012 campaign, figures to be a dark horse for the award. He ranks just 10th in the AL in home runs (32) and his .287 average, 87 RBIs and slugging percentage (.505)
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By Phil Rogers | December 27, 2009
The Cubs clearly aren't blown away by any of the center fielders on the free agent market, preferring to explore trades. One name to file away is Fernando Perez . Speedy, bright and the holder of a .375 minor league on-base percentage, the Rays switch hitter, 27 in April, would be an interesting gamble complicated because he is recovering from shoulder surgery. Scott Podsednik's ability to lead off keeps him in consideration alongside Marlon Byrd and Rick Ankiel . … As it has for Matt Holliday , the market has remained slow for Jason Bay . He has been sitting on a four-year, $64 million offer from the Mets - who must wonder if he wants to play there - and could be hoping the Red Sox will make an aggressive play to keep him. The Red Sox did not have to pay luxury tax last season but would be beyond the threshold if they added Bay to an outfield already including Mike Cameron , J.D. Drew , Jacoby Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida . … Jermaine Dye is drawing interest from the Yankees after their acquisition of Javier Vazquez . He had been considered as a first base option in Atlanta before the Braves shifted to Troy Glaus . … The Yankees plan to have Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain compete for the fifth starter's spot in spring training, with the loser moving to the bullpen or even to Triple A. They're trying to deal Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre . … Fernando...
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
The Boston Red Sox's sparkling new JetBlue Park was designed to be a replica of Boston's Fenway Park, down to the mock Green Monster in left and the duplicate Pesky Pole down its right-field line. And in a spring full of firsts for Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy, this is where the 19-year-old right-hander made his first Grapefruit League appearance Tuesday afternoon against the Red Sox. Orioles fans already hope Bundy's debut at the real Fenway is sooner rather than later - even though he hadn't thrown a professional pitch coming into the spring.
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By Phil Rogers | June 26, 2011
Every team has its guy — a fringe candidate it believes should be recognized as an All-Star. For the Rays, it's Kyle Farnsworth, the journeyman reliever manager Joe Maddon refuses to call his closer, even though he entered the weekend 15 of 16 in save situations. Maddon says the job description is "relief pitcher extraordinaire. " The guy for the Giants is 33-year-old Ryan Vogelsong. He opened the season at Triple-A Fresno but has outpitched Tim Lincecum since taking Barry Zito 's spot in the rotation.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
For Orioles fans, the only thing more painful than watching an October without their favorite team this season was probably seeing the Red Sox win the World Series. And the fact that the Orioles won 11 games against Boston this year, most of any team, and won the season series against the Red Sox probably doesn't provide much solace. The Red Sox showed they are the best team in baseball, completing the best turnaround in baseball history. No team has had a lower winning percentage the year before winning a World Series title.
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By Kevin Cowherd | July 20, 2011
One of Buck Showalter's mantras since he took over as Orioles manager is this: We have to beat the big boys in our division. Forget the size of their payrolls. Forget their star-studded lineups. Forget their championship banners and World Series rings. Until the O's can beat the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, he says, they won't be relevant in the AL East. Wondering how that's working out so far? Um, not so well. Especially not after the Orioles lost 4-0 to the Red Sox Wednesday in the simmering heat of Camden Yards, which again turned into Fenway Park South with the usual invasion of raucous Red Sox fans.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 8, 2012
The annual Silver Slugger awards are being announced tonight and while Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has a shot at winning the honor for the first time in his career, it looks like the Orioles will come away empty handed. Jones, who won his second career Gold Glove earlier this month and was named Most Valuable Oriole for the second straight season after a breakout 2012 campaign, figures to be a dark horse for the award. He ranks just 10th in the AL in home runs (32) and his .287 average, 87 RBIs and slugging percentage (.505)
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Peter Schmuck | September 21, 2012
BOSTON - The Orioles arrived at Fenway Park on Friday focused on continuing their march toward the playoffs. The Boston Red Sox were waiting, their focus and motivation an open question after a season gone terribly awry. So, what exactly is anyone to expect of this three-game series or the one next weekend at Camden Yards with such important playoff implications for the Orioles and so little at stake for the Red Sox, other than the opportunity to make life less comfortable for the team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year?
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Peter Schmuck | May 5, 2012
It might be too soon to proclaim that the Orioles have returned to respectability in the American League East, but it's not too soon to take notice of the rapidly changing landscape in baseball's toughest division. The Orioles have held their own against the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox during the early weeks of the season - 9-5 after Saturday's victory at Fenway Park - and are off to a very encouraging start. The only team looking down on them in the standings is Tampa Bay, as the Rays continue to defy the conventional wisdom that you have to pay to play in this neighborhood.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2012
The Boston Red Sox's sparkling new JetBlue Park was designed to be a replica of Boston's Fenway Park, down to the mock Green Monster in left and the duplicate Pesky Pole down its right-field line. And in a spring full of firsts for Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy, this is where the 19-year-old right-hander made his first Grapefruit League appearance Tuesday afternoon against the Red Sox. Orioles fans already hope Bundy's debut at the real Fenway is sooner rather than later - even though he hadn't thrown a professional pitch coming into the spring.
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By Kevin Cowherd | July 20, 2011
One of Buck Showalter's mantras since he took over as Orioles manager is this: We have to beat the big boys in our division. Forget the size of their payrolls. Forget their star-studded lineups. Forget their championship banners and World Series rings. Until the O's can beat the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, he says, they won't be relevant in the AL East. Wondering how that's working out so far? Um, not so well. Especially not after the Orioles lost 4-0 to the Red Sox Wednesday in the simmering heat of Camden Yards, which again turned into Fenway Park South with the usual invasion of raucous Red Sox fans.
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By Phil Rogers | June 26, 2011
Every team has its guy — a fringe candidate it believes should be recognized as an All-Star. For the Rays, it's Kyle Farnsworth, the journeyman reliever manager Joe Maddon refuses to call his closer, even though he entered the weekend 15 of 16 in save situations. Maddon says the job description is "relief pitcher extraordinaire. " The guy for the Giants is 33-year-old Ryan Vogelsong. He opened the season at Triple-A Fresno but has outpitched Tim Lincecum since taking Barry Zito 's spot in the rotation.
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Peter Schmuck | May 5, 2012
It might be too soon to proclaim that the Orioles have returned to respectability in the American League East, but it's not too soon to take notice of the rapidly changing landscape in baseball's toughest division. The Orioles have held their own against the Toronto Blue Jays, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox during the early weeks of the season - 9-5 after Saturday's victory at Fenway Park - and are off to a very encouraging start. The only team looking down on them in the standings is Tampa Bay, as the Rays continue to defy the conventional wisdom that you have to pay to play in this neighborhood.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
So here's the good news for Orioles fans: The club heads into its six-game homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays having won three of the past four games and doing so without their Gold Glove left side of the infield, Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy. It wasn't long ago when it seemed like the Orioles were facing must-win situations in April. But after opening the season losing five of six, they head into the weekend 4-5. The bottom of the lineup is starting to produce, manager Buck Showalter has again mastered the art of using his bullpen, closer Tommy Hunter is 3-for-3 with save opportunities and the offense has shown its potential for the big inning over the past two games.
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May 29, 2011
Jacoby Ellsbury is emerging as a potential speed-power player like Red Sox teammate Carl Crawford. He has 20-homer potential and entered Saturday leading the majors with 18 stolen bases. The best news for the Red Sox is he had played every game, quieting concerns about his durability. … Despite a vow of support from owner Lew Wolff, A's manager Bob Geren is in real trouble. His biggest concern is that his punchless team continues to tread water with a pitching staff built to win, but it doesn't help that he had to put down a player revolt last week.
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By Phil Rogers | December 27, 2009
The Cubs clearly aren't blown away by any of the center fielders on the free agent market, preferring to explore trades. One name to file away is Fernando Perez . Speedy, bright and the holder of a .375 minor league on-base percentage, the Rays switch hitter, 27 in April, would be an interesting gamble complicated because he is recovering from shoulder surgery. Scott Podsednik's ability to lead off keeps him in consideration alongside Marlon Byrd and Rick Ankiel . … As it has for Matt Holliday , the market has remained slow for Jason Bay . He has been sitting on a four-year, $64 million offer from the Mets - who must wonder if he wants to play there - and could be hoping the Red Sox will make an aggressive play to keep him. The Red Sox did not have to pay luxury tax last season but would be beyond the threshold if they added Bay to an outfield already including Mike Cameron , J.D. Drew , Jacoby Ellsbury and Jeremy Hermida . … Jermaine Dye is drawing interest from the Yankees after their acquisition of Javier Vazquez . He had been considered as a first base option in Atlanta before the Braves shifted to Troy Glaus . … The Yankees plan to have Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain compete for the fifth starter's spot in spring training, with the loser moving to the bullpen or even to Triple A. They're trying to deal Chad Gaudin and Sergio Mitre . … Fernando...
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