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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
In their attempt to find a power bat, the Orioles have shown interest in trading for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel. Kubel, a left-handed batter who hit 30 homers last season, could play both left field and designated hitter, so he would be a good fit if the Orioles were unable to sign Nate McLouth. The Orioles could retain Kubel for the next two seasons. He will make $7.5 million in 2013 in the second year of a two-year, $15-million deal with Arizona. He holds a $7.5-million mutual option for 2014.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Oakland Athletics closer Jim Johnson struggled once again Wednesday, but the offense bailed him out in extra innings in a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. With a 4-2 lead entering the bottom of the ninth, Johnson allowed a single to the Twins' Jason Kubel and walked Kurt Suzuki before getting the first out. The former Orioles closer then walked Aaron Hicks to load the bases and gave up an RBI single to Eduardo Escobar before being removed from the game. Right-hander Dan Otero entered for Johnson and gave up a sacrifice fly to Minnesota's Brian Dozier to tie the game, 4-4. Otero pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Johnson's ERA rose to 18.90 after his third rough outing in five appearances this season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
The talk about the Orioles' interest in Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel is again gaining steam, and executive vice president Dan Duquette will always inquire about a power bat like Kubel, who hit 30 homers last season and averaged 25 homers his past four full seasons. But the Orioles won't trade away a significant piece and assume Kubel's contract unless they're sold that the 30-year-old slugger will make them dramatically better in 2013. And they're not convinced. Kubel's name previously came up during the winter meetings, but the teams couldn't find a fit then.
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By Peter Schmuck | March 3, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit his first mammoth home run of the spring on Monday, a drive off the videoboard above the center field fence that temporarily gave the Orioles the lead in a game they would eventually lose, 9-2, to the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Davis, who led the majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBI last year, broke a 1-1 tie with the shot off right-hander Trevor May, who was rated by Baseball America this year as the Twins' eight-ranked organizational prospect.
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The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Oakland Athletics closer Jim Johnson struggled once again Wednesday, but the offense bailed him out in extra innings in a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. With a 4-2 lead entering the bottom of the ninth, Johnson allowed a single to the Twins' Jason Kubel and walked Kurt Suzuki before getting the first out. The former Orioles closer then walked Aaron Hicks to load the bases and gave up an RBI single to Eduardo Escobar before being removed from the game. Right-hander Dan Otero entered for Johnson and gave up a sacrifice fly to Minnesota's Brian Dozier to tie the game, 4-4. Otero pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Johnson's ERA rose to 18.90 after his third rough outing in five appearances this season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
When the Orioles outrighted Steve Pearce to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, there was obvious murmuring that the club must be ready to make another 40-man roster move. The timing, admittedly, is curious. But I've been told there are no roster moves pending as of late Saturday afternoon. I was also told by a joking member of the organization not to worry: Dan Duquette will use that 40-man spot. Duquette's not one to waste a roster opening. He will find someone for it. It's just that that someone is not earmarked for it at this moment.
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By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune | April 19, 2011
Jim Hoey got the call to the majors Sunday while Class AAA Rochester was in Scranton. He left Scranton for Philadelphia -- but missed his connecting flight to Baltimore, so he didn't arrive in Charm City until 12:30 a.m. Monday. It was plenty of time for the right-hander to think about how he would approach his former team. "The last two games of spring training they were just sitting dead-red fastball," Hoey said. "I wanted to show them tonight that you can't do that. " So Hoey, with a fastball that hit 97 miles per hour on the Camden Yards radar gun Monday, opened with a split-fingered fastball to Derek Lee, then got him to fly out to end the seventh.
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By Peter Schmuck | March 3, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit his first mammoth home run of the spring on Monday, a drive off the videoboard above the center field fence that temporarily gave the Orioles the lead in a game they would eventually lose, 9-2, to the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. Davis, who led the majors with 53 home runs and 138 RBI last year, broke a 1-1 tie with the shot off right-hander Trevor May, who was rated by Baseball America this year as the Twins' eight-ranked organizational prospect.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
The Orioles continue to attempt to bring in a hitter, claiming Seattle Mariners outfielder-first baseman Michael Morse off trade waivers after doing the same with Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham on Wednesday, according to industry sources. That doesn't mean the Orioles have landed either right-handed power hitter -- at least not yet. Once a player is claimed on revocable, trade waivers, the clubs have 48 hours to work out a deal -- that would be until Friday at noon on Willingham and Friday or Saturday for Morse, depending on when he was officially claimed.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
CLEVELAND - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman didn't deny it: A pair of leadoff walks that led to runs hurt him in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to Cleveland. Make no mistake, the Orioles offense - gangbusters one day and inept the next - could have done its part to help. Tillman undoubtedly would have worked better with a lead, as right-hander Bud Norris did in Monday's series opener when they spotted him five runs in an eventual 7-2 win. Tillman allowed a run in the fourth inning without allowing a hit, mainly because he issued back-to-back leadoff walks to Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
CLEVELAND - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman didn't deny it: A pair of leadoff walks that led to runs hurt him in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to Cleveland. Make no mistake, the Orioles offense - gangbusters one day and inept the next - could have done its part to help. Tillman undoubtedly would have worked better with a lead, as right-hander Bud Norris did in Monday's series opener when they spotted him five runs in an eventual 7-2 win. Tillman allowed a run in the fourth inning without allowing a hit, mainly because he issued back-to-back leadoff walks to Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
BOSTON - In their ongoing pursuit of adding a hitter to a potential postseason roster, the Orioles have claimed Seattle Mariners outfielder-first baseman Michael Morse off trade waivers - which comes on the heels of the news that the Orioles also had claimed Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham. That doesn't mean the Orioles have landed either right-handed power hitter - at least not yet. Once a player is claimed on revocable trade waivers, the clubs have 48 hours to work out a deal; there should be a resolution involving both Friday afternoon.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
The Orioles continue to attempt to bring in a hitter, claiming Seattle Mariners outfielder-first baseman Michael Morse off trade waivers after doing the same with Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham on Wednesday, according to industry sources. That doesn't mean the Orioles have landed either right-handed power hitter -- at least not yet. Once a player is claimed on revocable, trade waivers, the clubs have 48 hours to work out a deal -- that would be until Friday at noon on Willingham and Friday or Saturday for Morse, depending on when he was officially claimed.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
Yes, now we can assume Jason Kubel is off the trade block and off the Orioles' radar. Frankly, he wasn't exactly in the center of their radar, but now the outfielder is expected to stay with the Arizona Diamondbacks, who agreed to trade young star Justin Upton and infielder Chris Johnson to the Atlanta Braves -- pending physical -- for five players, including infielder-outfielder Martin Prado, high upside right-hander Randall Delgado and three minor...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2013
The talk about the Orioles' interest in Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel is again gaining steam, and executive vice president Dan Duquette will always inquire about a power bat like Kubel, who hit 30 homers last season and averaged 25 homers his past four full seasons. But the Orioles won't trade away a significant piece and assume Kubel's contract unless they're sold that the 30-year-old slugger will make them dramatically better in 2013. And they're not convinced. Kubel's name previously came up during the winter meetings, but the teams couldn't find a fit then.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
When the Orioles outrighted Steve Pearce to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, there was obvious murmuring that the club must be ready to make another 40-man roster move. The timing, admittedly, is curious. But I've been told there are no roster moves pending as of late Saturday afternoon. I was also told by a joking member of the organization not to worry: Dan Duquette will use that 40-man spot. Duquette's not one to waste a roster opening. He will find someone for it. It's just that that someone is not earmarked for it at this moment.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
BOSTON - In their ongoing pursuit of adding a hitter to a potential postseason roster, the Orioles have claimed Seattle Mariners outfielder-first baseman Michael Morse off trade waivers - which comes on the heels of the news that the Orioles also had claimed Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham. That doesn't mean the Orioles have landed either right-handed power hitter - at least not yet. Once a player is claimed on revocable trade waivers, the clubs have 48 hours to work out a deal; there should be a resolution involving both Friday afternoon.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2010
Earlier this season, the Orioles' rotation continually pitched deep into games only to see a shaky bullpen and a woeful offense expunge any hope of winning consistently. Through the first 10 contests of the second half, Orioles starters certainly are doing their part to contribute to what is arguably the worst season in modern franchise history. In a 10-4 thumping by the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon that dropped the Orioles to 2-8 to start the second half, another young Orioles pitcher failed to give his club a chance.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
In their attempt to find a power bat, the Orioles have shown interest in trading for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel. Kubel, a left-handed batter who hit 30 homers last season, could play both left field and designated hitter, so he would be a good fit if the Orioles were unable to sign Nate McLouth. The Orioles could retain Kubel for the next two seasons. He will make $7.5 million in 2013 in the second year of a two-year, $15-million deal with Arizona. He holds a $7.5-million mutual option for 2014.
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By La Velle E. Neal III, Star Tribune | April 19, 2011
Jim Hoey got the call to the majors Sunday while Class AAA Rochester was in Scranton. He left Scranton for Philadelphia -- but missed his connecting flight to Baltimore, so he didn't arrive in Charm City until 12:30 a.m. Monday. It was plenty of time for the right-hander to think about how he would approach his former team. "The last two games of spring training they were just sitting dead-red fastball," Hoey said. "I wanted to show them tonight that you can't do that. " So Hoey, with a fastball that hit 97 miles per hour on the Camden Yards radar gun Monday, opened with a split-fingered fastball to Derek Lee, then got him to fly out to end the seventh.
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