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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2012
Right-hander Jason Berken is back with the Orioles, called up today when Robert Andino was placed on the paternity list. Berken, who had a hamstring injury that limited him for much of spring training, had a 0.60 ERA in 15 innings during three starts at Triple-A Norfolk. “It's good, I am excited. I suppose I pitched pretty well in Triple-A, and I am excited about doing the same here,” Berken said. “It's great to be back. I'm just excited to see all the guys. That's the big thing, I miss the teammates.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
The Orioles open their three-game series here with their third straight day game. The O's are coming off a big series win over the Yankees in the Bronx and hope they can continue that at Rogers Centre, where they are just 7-33 in their past 40 games. Some pregame fodder for you: -- The Orioles added left-handed reliever Zach Phillips before the game today and designated right-handed Jason Berken to make room for him on the 40-man roster. Phillips was already in the Orioles' September roster plans, but they need the extra left-handed arm. Brian Matusz has pitched in three straight games and Randy Wolf threw 3 1/3 innings in yesterday's 8-3 win over the Yankees.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2012
Orioles right-hander Jason Berken, who has been nursing a nagging hamstring injury all spring, appears close to pitching in his first Grapefruit League game. Berken threw one inning in a minor league game against the Red Sox's Triple-A team Thursday at Twin Lakes Park, his first live game action this spring, and said he thinks his injury woes are behind him. “Based on how I felt yesterday, I really feel like I'm further ahead than I expected and things have been really good,” Berken said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
The Orioles added another left-handed reliever to their bullpen Monday, selecting the contract of Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk before Monday's series opener in Toronto. Phillips was told before Sunday's Tides game that he was being recalled and arrived in Toronto on Sunday night. "I really didn't think about it," Phillips said. "If it was going to happen, it was going to happen. I can't control the outcome, but I'm just happy to be here. " To make room for Phillips, the Orioles designated Norfolk right-hander Jason Berken for assignment.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter, the starter in Sunday's marathon in Boston, has been demoted to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for reliever Jason Berken. The Orioles needed bullpen help after the 17-inning victory against the Red Sox on Sunday. Hunter lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight hits, one walk and five runs. “Physically, I'm fine, but mentally …,” Hunter said moments after being told he was being demoted. Hunter is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in six starts. He has allowed nine home runs in 36 innings pitched.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
The Orioles added another left-handed reliever to their bullpen Monday, selecting the contract of Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk before Monday's series opener in Toronto. Phillips was told before Sunday's Tides game that he was being recalled and arrived in Toronto on Sunday night. "I really didn't think about it," Phillips said. "If it was going to happen, it was going to happen. I can't control the outcome, but I'm just happy to be here. " To make room for Phillips, the Orioles designated Norfolk right-hander Jason Berken for assignment.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
TORONTO -- The Orioles have purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk before this afternoon's series opener in Toronto. Phillips was told before Sunday's Tides game that he was being recalled and arrived in Toronto on Sunday night. Phillips will give the Orioles a third left-handed reliever for the September playoff push, joining Brian Matusz and Randy Wolf, both of whom have spent most of their careers as starters. Phillips has actually been better against right-handed hitters this season, holding them to a .237 mark, but his numbers against lefties have improved in the second half of the season.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
A day after lasting just 4 1/3 innings in Sunday's marathon in Boston, right-handed starter Tommy Hunter was sent to Triple-A Norfolk, a move needed to bolster a bullpen that had to pitch 12 2/3 innings in one day. "I didn't throw well and they had to make a call," said Hunter, who is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in six starts. "Unfortunately, it's me, but I'm not mad at anybody. How can I be mad at anybody? If I had thrown better, we wouldn't have had to go 17 innings. " Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to bring in reinforcements for the bullpen, and so Hunter and catcher Ronny Paulino were sent to Norfolk, and the Orioles recalled Jason Berken and purchased the contract of fellow right-hander Stu Pomeranz . "It was obviously the byproduct of yesterday," Showalter said.
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June 2, 2009
Tue @Mariners, 10:10 p.m., MASN2 HD Starters: David Hernandez (1-0, 1.59) vs. Mariners' Erik Bedard (3-2, 2.48) Wed @Mariners, 10:10 p.m., MASN2 HD Starters: Brad Bergesen (2-2, 4.94) vs. Mariners' Jason Vargas (2-0, 1.65) Fri @Athletics, 10:05 p.m., MASN2 HD Starters: Jeremy Guthrie (4-4, 4.86) vs. Athletics' Dallas Braden (4-5, 3.63) Sat @Athletics, 9:05 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Jason Berken (1-1, 2.25) vs. Athletics' Trevor Cahill (2-5, 4.45) Sun @Athletics, 4:05 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Rich Hill (1-0, 6.14)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
Following the Orioles' 5-3 win over the Royals on Sunday afternoon, the club optioned right-handed reliever Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Norfolk. Socolovich has a 6.97 ERA in 10 1/3 relief innings with the Orioles. He allowed three hits and one earned runs in two outings over 3 1/3 innings since his most-recent call up Wednesday, which came after the Orioles bullpen was taxed by a 14-inning game Tuesday. The Orioles will likely recall right-hander Jason Berken, who will be used out of the bullpen in long relief behind a left-handed starter.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
TORONTO -- The Orioles have purchased the contract of left-handed reliever Zach Phillips from Triple-A Norfolk before this afternoon's series opener in Toronto. Phillips was told before Sunday's Tides game that he was being recalled and arrived in Toronto on Sunday night. Phillips will give the Orioles a third left-handed reliever for the September playoff push, joining Brian Matusz and Randy Wolf, both of whom have spent most of their careers as starters. Phillips has actually been better against right-handed hitters this season, holding them to a .237 mark, but his numbers against lefties have improved in the second half of the season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
Following the Orioles' 5-3 win over the Royals on Sunday afternoon, the club optioned right-handed reliever Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Norfolk. Socolovich has a 6.97 ERA in 10 1/3 relief innings with the Orioles. He allowed three hits and one earned runs in two outings over 3 1/3 innings since his most-recent call up Wednesday, which came after the Orioles bullpen was taxed by a 14-inning game Tuesday. The Orioles will likely recall right-hander Jason Berken, who will be used out of the bullpen in long relief behind a left-handed starter.
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By Dan Connolly | June 9, 2012
Earlier this year, when Jake Arrieta was named the Orioles' youngest Opening Day starter since Mike Mussina, he talked about the magnitude of the honor and the leadership responsibility it carried. Feeling fully recovered from August elbow surgery, Arrieta said he was ready for the role, and, on April 6, he pitched a two-hit shutout, backing up his words with his talented right arm. Two months later, after a 9-6 shellacking Friday night by the scuffling Philadelphia Phillies that perhaps was the worst outing his career, Arrieta is likely out of the rotation and headed to Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Dan Connolly | June 7, 2012
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has not named a starter for Saturday, though he did say his three choices are relievers Miguel Gonzalez and Dana Eveland and Triple-A Norfolk starter Tommy Hunter. Hunter was supposed to pitch for the Tides on Thursday but was scratched, leading to speculation that he would definitely be starting for the Orioles on Saturday. But Showalter shot that down - sort of - saying that Hunter is simply one possibility. “We've done things to keep all of our options open.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton had 10 homers coming into Tuesday's game, including one Monday night. By the eighth inning Tuesday, he had 14 on the season. Yes, Hamilton had four homers - all of the two-run variety - on Tuesday. It's the 16 th time that has happened in major league baseball history and only the second involving the Orioles. The first was  June 10, 1959, when Cleveland's Rocky Colavito hit four at Memorial Stadium. Hamilton also had a double in his five at-bats for 18 total bases, which sets an American League record, one behind the 19 total bases recorded by the Los Angeles Dodgers' Shawn Green in 2002.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
Left-hander Zach Phillips, the last roster casualty in spring training, is in the Orioles clubhouse today. He said hello to manager Buck Showalter, then went to his locker. He doesn't know whether he'll be activated today. Part of that might have to do with the weather as well. It's still a consistent rain here at Camden Yards. “I got here, said, 'Hi,' to Buck, told him I was here and [he] said, 'We'll talk later.'” Phillips said. “And that was it.” If Phillips is activated, one possible move would be sending down righty Jason Berken to Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Peter Schmuck and Baltimore Sun reporter | March 17, 2010
O's lose, 4-1 4:12 The Orioles only managed two hits in today's 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, but they spaced them out well. Cesar Izturis led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and they didn't get another hit until there were two outs in the ninth -- and that was on a ball that should have been caught. Nevertheless, Dave Trembley tried to look on the bright side. "We didn't get any hits, but it was great to stretch some guys out," Trembley said.
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By DAN CONNOLLY | June 12, 2009
Branyan's missile Seattle's Russell Branyan led off the seventh with a solo home run against Brian Bass that landed a few rows from the top of the center-field bleachers. It was measured at 450 feet, tied for sixth longest in Camden Yards history. A rough early return Seattle left-hander Garrett Olson, making his first appearance in Camden Yards since being traded to the Chicago Cubs for Felix Pie, wasn't greeted warmly by his old buddies. In the first inning, he walked Brian Roberts, gave up two long warning-track outs to Nick Markakis and Adam Jones before Luke Scott homered.
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Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Following the Orioles' 17-inning win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday, Orioles manager Buck Showalter unfolded a piece of paper on his desk that showed the recent pitching schedule at Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles' 9-6 extra-inning win was costly. The entire bullpen is taxed, with four different relievers - Jim Johnson, Matt Lindstrom, Pedro Strop and Kevin Gregg - going multiple innings. In the 15 th inning, Showalter sent left-hander Brian Matusz, who will start today's home game against the Rangers, to the bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2012
Orioles right-hander Tommy Hunter, the starter in Sunday's marathon in Boston, has been demoted to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for reliever Jason Berken. The Orioles needed bullpen help after the 17-inning victory against the Red Sox on Sunday. Hunter lasted just 4 1/3 innings and gave up eight hits, one walk and five runs. “Physically, I'm fine, but mentally …,” Hunter said moments after being told he was being demoted. Hunter is 2-1 with a 5.00 ERA in six starts. He has allowed nine home runs in 36 innings pitched.
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