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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1996
Last spring, Jimmy Key wasn't worried about his next contract. He was wondering if he'd ever pitch again.His left rotator cuff, the one that propels each pitch he throws, had given out.But eight months later, Key found himself sitting before the Baltimore media yesterday, donning an Orioles cap and jersey, talking about the new, two-year deal he had just signed worth nearly $8 million.Times are good now, but it wasn't long ago that Key's career was in doubt.Key, 35, entered spring training with the New York Yankees last spring not having thrown a pitch in the majors since May 1995, when shoulder problems forced season-ending surgery and a grueling rehabilitation program.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 30, 1998
Trying to pass along a compliment to Orioles reliever Alan Mills can be like offering a T-bone to a vegetarian. With a smile stretching the ends of his Fu Manchu, he'll push it away.As long as the subject has anything to do with baseball, Mills would rather go hungry than feast on superlatives.Maybe it comes from losing parts of the past three seasons to injury. Maybe it's just part of his superstitious nature. Whatever the reason, he finds any mention of his statistics utterly distasteful, an unwanted invitation to jinxing himself.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1998
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The two left-handers struck an immediate bond in the fall of 1987. They had similar interests, similar deliveries, similar pitching philosophies. And on the final weekend of the '87 season, they became linked forever, losing, but losing with valor, losing with performances that ranked among the shining moments of their careers.Today, Mike Flanagan is 46, in his sixth year of retirement and his second stint as Orioles pitching coach. Jimmy Key is his No. 3 starter, almost 37, almost completely gray.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | August 19, 1998
With a payroll of $69 million, anything is possible. Or so went the verdict among Minnesota Twins players regarding the Orioles' rebirth during the second half of the season."
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By PETER SCHMUCK and PETER SCHMUCK,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1997
TAMPA, Fla. -- It could happen again. The New York Yankees could reformulate the winning chemistry that carried them to their first World Series championship since 1978 and replicate their magical 1996 season.It could happen because the '96 roster is largely intact -- with a couple of notable exceptions -- and because there still is the potential for improvement in several areas and because nobody is going to count out manager Joe Torre after last year.It could happen because pitching ace David Cone should be healthy all year, 21-game winner Andy Pettitte is a year older and Mariano Rivera could be ready to emerge as one of the best closers in the game.
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October 12, 1996
Todd ZeileInning: FirstCount: 0-1Situation: One on, none outDistance: 361 feetLocation: Left fieldYankees pitcher: Jimmy KeyScore: Orioles, 2-0Team total in series: 5Team total in postseason: 14Pub Date: 10/12/96@
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March 31, 1998
Quiz correction: Yesterday's quiz asked what active major-league pitchers have more career wins than the Orioles' Jimmy Key (180). The correct answer is Dennis Martinez (241), Roger Clemens (213), Dennis Eckersley (193) and Greg Maddux (184).Pub Date: 3/31/98
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By Joe Strauss | May 16, 1997
At Kingdome, SeattleDay, Time, TV, StartersTonight, 10:05, 54, 50, Scott Erickson (6-1, 2.90) vs. Dennis Martinez (1-3, 6.75)Tomorrow night, 10:05, HTS, Jimmy Key (7-0, 1.88) vs. Scott Sanders (0-4, 7.31)Sunday, 4:35, HTS, Mike Mussina (5-1, 3.68) vs. Randy Johnson (5-1, 2.78)Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)Mariners updateThese two teams split four games last weekend. The Orioles appear to enjoy the upper hand in this weekend's pitching matchup as Scott Erickson and Jimmy Key take a combined 13-1 record against Dennis Martinez and Scott Sanders, who are a combined 1-7. Martinez may be another ruinous start away from release.
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By Roch Kubatko | June 19, 1997
On the field: Jimmy Key took a perfect game into a scoreless sixth inning. After getting the first out, he served up a homer to former Oriole Sherman Obando, and Chris Widger lined the next pitch into right-center for a triple.In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson had to do some creative writing when it came to making out the lineup card. Wanting to give Brady Anderson the day off to rest his tender knee, Johnson inserted infielder Jeff Reboulet in right field, where he started four games last year with Minnesota, and moved Jeffrey Hammonds to center.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko | April 1, 1997
At Oriole Park at Camden Yards' Day, Time, TV, StartersToday, 3:05, 13, 50, Kevin Appier (14-11, 3.62)Jimmy Key (12-11, 4.68)Thursday, 7:35, 13, 50, Jose Rosado (8-6, 3.21)Scott Kamieniecki (1-2, 11.12)Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)Royals updateKansas City, which finished last in the AL Central, added much-needed pop to its lineup during the winter by acquiring 1B Jeff King and SS Jay Bell from the Pirates, and DH Chili Davis from the Angels. King's arrival pushes Jose Offerman to second base, where his poor fielding becomes more of a liability.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1998
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The two left-handers struck an immediate bond in the fall of 1987. They had similar interests, similar deliveries, similar pitching philosophies. And on the final weekend of the '87 season, they became linked forever, losing, but losing with valor, losing with performances that ranked among the shining moments of their careers.Today, Mike Flanagan is 46, in his sixth year of retirement and his second stint as Orioles pitching coach. Jimmy Key is his No. 3 starter, almost 37, almost completely gray.
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By Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko and Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1998
Negotiations with pitcher Scott Erickson are entering a delicate phase that will determine whether the club's No. 2 starter will sign a contract extension or postpone further talks until after the season, say sources familiar with talks.Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos is said to be preparing a modified offer that could bridge remaining differences in a four-year deal of at least $24 million.Earlier this week, talks between Angelos and Erickson were described as "regressing." Little has happened since, and Erickson's stance is thought to have hardened.
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March 31, 1998
Quiz correction: Yesterday's quiz asked what active major-league pitchers have more career wins than the Orioles' Jimmy Key (180). The correct answer is Dennis Martinez (241), Roger Clemens (213), Dennis Eckersley (193) and Greg Maddux (184).Pub Date: 3/31/98
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By Roch Kubatko | March 13, 1998
Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 8-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.Ups and downsUP: Jimmy Key. Pitches three shutout innings and contributes a two-run double. All that was missing was speed on the base paths.UP: Harold Baines. Gets reacquainted with right field and turns back the clock.DOWN: The front office. Losing Steve Montgomery for nothing. What a waste.up: Jim Foster. Manager Ray Miller wanted to give Foster some at-bats. Foster apparently wanted to make sure he'd get some more.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1997
CLEVELAND -- There is heightened concern within the Orioles' organization pertaining to left-hander Jimmy Key, whose difficulties have overlapped into the postseason, where he hasn't gotten through the fifth inning in either of his two starts. But pitching coach Ray Miller said Key still is projected to make two starts in the World Series if the Orioles advance past Cleveland in the American League Championship Series.Key's troubles escalate with runners on base, when his control seems to suffer.
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By Don Markus | October 9, 1997
Indians' Charles Nagy (15-11, 4.28) vs. O's Jimmy Key (16-10, 3.43)What Nagy throws: He has three pitches (fastball, straight change, curveball) and can get people out with all three. But he gives up a lot of hits (253 in 227 innings) and, though considered to be the ace of the Indians' staff, his ERA is higher than that of any of the four Orioles starters.Nagy of late: He looked shaky in Game 3 last week against the Yankees, but that might have been because of his problems with the New York lineup throughout the year.
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By Roch Eric Kubatko and Roch Eric Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 12, 1996
The Orioles battered Jimmy Key early, then didn't lay a glove on him. They had him on the ropes, then were tied up in knots.The New York Yankees left-hander gave up a leadoff single to Brady Anderson and a two-run homer to Todd Zeile to begin last night's Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.Another four-hour marathon seemed to be in the works, complete with the obligatory parade of relievers and commercial breaks.Instead, Key and an eighth-inning Yankees comeback shattered the Orioles' hopes of gaining the upper hand in this series.
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By JOE STRAUSS | September 21, 1997
Statistics through ThursdayUps and downsJimmy Key -- UP -- Showed he can win at home again.Eric Davis -- UP -- Monday's return to right field was compelling stuff. But to be a part of October, he must perform now.Camden Yards edge -- DOWN -- The Orioles began the weekend 6-10 at home since Aug. 25.The bullpen -- EVEN -- Right now it could go either way. Armando Benitez, Randy Myers and Jesse Orosco are well-rested. Everyone else? It hurts to ask.The schedule -- DOWN -- Consecutive day-night doubleheaders in September?
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1997
He didn't pitch that long or that badly but Jimmy Key simply was no match for Jeff Fassero yesterday.The Orioles' starter accomplished the mission of keeping his team in the game during a 76-pitch stint that ended with one Seattle Mariners runner on and two out in the fifth inning.It wasn't vintage Key, but it was good enough for most games. Fassero was just too good."All in all, I didn't throw that bad," said Key, who was extricated from his final jam when Alan Mills picked Ken Griffey off first base.
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