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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
The day after Joe Maddon's team was awarded a home run after a replay review showed that Matt Joyce's ball hit the base of Camden Yards' right-field foul pole in the Orioles' 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay, the Rays manager blasted crew chief Gerry Davis, calling the situation “baseball anarchy” and saying that Davis “made stuff up on the field.” Joyce's ball was originally ruled in play, landing him at second base with a double. But after Orioles manager Buck Showalter sprinted out of the dugout to argue the ball was foul, Maddon asked for a replay review, but wanted to ensure that the ball would either be ruled a home run or remain a double.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Despite his obvious power and previous success, Orioles infielder Chris Davis has been struggling so much this season that it has become business as usual when pitchers challenge him. So, in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, it was somewhat surprising that Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon chose to have rookie right-hander Kirby Yates (0-2) intentionally walk Davis with two outs and a runner on second base in a tied game. Shortstop J.J. Hardy made the move backfire, dumping a bloop single into right field to score Nelson Cruz from second base for the eventual game-winner in front of an announced 16,915 at Camden Yards.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
When the Orioles traded Jim Johnson in December and then spiked a potential deal with Grant Balfour weeks later, the likelihood of Tommy Hunter being the club's 2014 closer increased. With a few weeks left in the offseason, the Orioles could still land a closer-type pitcher, but management isn't sweating things if Hunter begins the spring as the club's closer-in-waiting. As executive vice president Dan Duquette likes to say, no one knew what Johnson could do until he was given the job full-time in 2012 (and saved 51 of 54 games)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
With heavy rain coming down for much of Tuesday in the Baltimore area, there was little doubt that the Orioles' scheduled game against the Tampa Bay Rays would be postponed. But both teams arrived at Camden Yards with hope that the clouds would give way in time to play. A little more than 90 minutes before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start, however, the game was officially postponed. No makeup date was immediately announced. Orioles manager Buck Showalter hinted earlier Tuesday that the two clubs could have played a doubleheader Wednesday, but they'll only play the regularly scheduled 12:35 p.m. game.
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By Phil Rogers | September 12, 2010
Fredi Gonzalez, high on Cubs general manager Jim Hendry's list of managerial candidates, remains the front-runner to replace the Braves' Bobby Cox . … Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus (above) have a strained relationship, but it's hard to see the Cardinals trading Rasmus if they re-sign La Russa. The interest in him would be huge. … Don't look for the Rays to pass the Yankees, who have been in first place after Labor Day in 41 seasons and failed to hang on to first only twice, in 1906 and 1944.
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By TRIBUNE NEWSPAPERS | October 8, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For all the noise the Rays made over a controversial check swing that preceded Michael Young's three-run homer Thursday, their offense was completely silent against the Rangers. As a result, the Rangers moved within one game of their first playoff series victory in franchise history after a convincing 6-0 victory in Game 2 of this best-of-five American League Division Series. "You can't win games by just getting two hits," manager Joe Maddon said after the Rays succumbed to left-hander C.J. Wilson and two relievers.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
-- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was named American League Player of the Week on Monday following his history-making start to the season. It is the second consecutive player of the week honor for Davis, who ended the regular season last year sharing the honor with Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander on Oct.1. The last Oriole to win the award in back-to-back weeks was Eddie Murray on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, 1981. Davis entered Monday's game in Boston leading the major leagues in OPS (1.636)
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2012
[ Down the stretch is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming night for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues. ] About last night Orioles pound Mariners, 10-4 Machado won't be a rookie next year Jim Thome could be back in a week Showalter optimistic Hammel can return Monday's full scoreboard AL East Standings NYY       83-63     -- BAL       83-64     0.5 TB        78-69     5.5 AL Wild-Card Standings OAK       84-62      -- BAL        83-64        -- LAA        80-67      3 TB          78-69     5 DET        77-69     5.5 Tonight's game Orioles at Mariners.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
TORONTO -- The Orioles selected the contract of first baseman Dan Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk to add another left-handed bat in place of rookie outfielder Henry Urrutia, who is not with the team in Canada because of visa issues. The club placed Urrutia on the three-day restricted list while he works out in Sarasota, Fla.. After Sunday's game, the Orioles will need to make a decision on whether to bring Urrutia to Boston. If they decide to keep Johnson on the active roster, they will have to clear a 40-man spot for him once Urrutia is activated.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | February 28, 2011
The importance of good base running is a major point of emphasis for the Tampa Bay Rays in spring training and Manny Ramirez is paying attention. The slugger had two hits, drove in a run and played left field for the first time with his new team during a 6-5 loss to a Pittsburgh Pirates split squad on Monday. Ramirez, signed this month to a $2 million, one-year contract, also made a good impression by scoring from third base on a second-inning wild pitch, sliding into the plate to the delight of the crowd at Charlotte Sports Park.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
When the Orioles traded Jim Johnson in December and then spiked a potential deal with Grant Balfour weeks later, the likelihood of Tommy Hunter being the club's 2014 closer increased. With a few weeks left in the offseason, the Orioles could still land a closer-type pitcher, but management isn't sweating things if Hunter begins the spring as the club's closer-in-waiting. As executive vice president Dan Duquette likes to say, no one knew what Johnson could do until he was given the job full-time in 2012 (and saved 51 of 54 games)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2013
TORONTO -- The Orioles selected the contract of first baseman Dan Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk to add another left-handed bat in place of rookie outfielder Henry Urrutia, who is not with the team in Canada because of visa issues. The club placed Urrutia on the three-day restricted list while he works out in Sarasota, Fla.. After Sunday's game, the Orioles will need to make a decision on whether to bring Urrutia to Boston. If they decide to keep Johnson on the active roster, they will have to clear a 40-man spot for him once Urrutia is activated.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
The day after Joe Maddon's team was awarded a home run after a replay review showed that Matt Joyce's ball hit the base of Camden Yards' right-field foul pole in the Orioles' 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay, the Rays manager blasted crew chief Gerry Davis, calling the situation “baseball anarchy” and saying that Davis “made stuff up on the field.” Joyce's ball was originally ruled in play, landing him at second base with a double. But after Orioles manager Buck Showalter sprinted out of the dugout to argue the ball was foul, Maddon asked for a replay review, but wanted to ensure that the ball would either be ruled a home run or remain a double.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 19, 2013
In the end, the umpires got the call right. But it sure took long enough. And a rough five-game homestand for the Orioles got even rougher in the sixth inning Sunday when Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce hit a soaring fly ball down the right field line in the Rays' eventual 3-1 win. That's when all the fun started. Actually, it was only fun if your idea of a good time is a long game delay while both managers and all four umpires yak endlessly about whether Joyce's shot was a foul ball, a double or a homer.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
We're almost a month into the season, and it seems an appropriate time for another trip "Around the AL East. " Here's a look at a main storyline for each opponent in the Orioles' division as well as a look at who's hot and who's not on each club:   BOSTON RED SOX (16-7) I'm not about to brag, because my preseason predictions overall don't look so great . But I did go on record saying that, in the AL East, “each of the five teams could conceivably win the division - or finish last.” Many people thought the Red Sox were the team least equipped to contend for the division title, but that sure hasn't looked the case through four weeks of baseball.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2013
-- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was named American League Player of the Week on Monday following his history-making start to the season. It is the second consecutive player of the week honor for Davis, who ended the regular season last year sharing the honor with Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander on Oct.1. The last Oriole to win the award in back-to-back weeks was Eddie Murray on Sept. 13 and Sept. 20, 1981. Davis entered Monday's game in Boston leading the major leagues in OPS (1.636)
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
We're almost a month into the season, and it seems an appropriate time for another trip "Around the AL East. " Here's a look at a main storyline for each opponent in the Orioles' division as well as a look at who's hot and who's not on each club:   BOSTON RED SOX (16-7) I'm not about to brag, because my preseason predictions overall don't look so great . But I did go on record saying that, in the AL East, “each of the five teams could conceivably win the division - or finish last.” Many people thought the Red Sox were the team least equipped to contend for the division title, but that sure hasn't looked the case through four weeks of baseball.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
With heavy rain coming down for much of Tuesday in the Baltimore area, there was little doubt that the Orioles' scheduled game against the Tampa Bay Rays would be postponed. But both teams arrived at Camden Yards with hope that the clouds would give way in time to play. A little more than 90 minutes before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start, however, the game was officially postponed. No makeup date was immediately announced. Orioles manager Buck Showalter hinted earlier Tuesday that the two clubs could have played a doubleheader Wednesday, but they'll only play the regularly scheduled 12:35 p.m. game.
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Peter Schmuck | April 3, 2013
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has seen quite enough of the rejuvenated Orioles over the past year, but he said Wednesday that he fully expects to see them playing meaningful games in September again this season. "I'm here to tell you that they aren't going away this year," Maddon said. "People are predicting the demise of Baltimore. That's absurd as far as I'm concerned. " That behind-enemy-lines assessment came a couple of hours before the Rays staged a big late-inning offensive outbreak to even the season-opening series with a walk-off 8-7 victory over the Orioles at Tropicana Field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2013
The message on the black T-shirts that Orioles players have often worn around the clubhouse during spring training speaks volumes. It highlights their belief that last year's sudden success -- in which the Orioles shocked baseball and returned to the postseason for the first time in 15 years -- wasn't a fluke, but just a beginning. "To Be Continued ... " the shirts, provided by center fielder Adam Jones, say in orange lettering. Some of the Orioles' achievements during last year's magical season will be nearly impossible to duplicate -- the 16 straight extra-inning wins and the 29-9 record in one-run games -- and that's why most baseball experts don't believe the club can keep winning.
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