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By Phil Rogers | January 3, 2010
They were Harry Stuhldreher, Jim Crowley, Don Miller and Elmer Layden, but you probably know them as Notre Dame's Four Horsemen of the 1920s. "Outlined against a blue-gray October sky, the Four Horsemen rode again," Grantland Rice wrote after a 13-7 upset of Army. "In dramatic lore they are known as famine, pestilence, destruction and death. Those are only aliases." We bring you a baseball version of these literary horsemen of the Apocalypse. They are Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, Prince Fielder and Adrian Gonzalez.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and center fielder Adam Jones are among the leading American League votegetters at their positions through the first reporting of All-Star Game fan balloting figures, which were released Monday by Major League Baseball . Davis, who leads the majors with 20 homers, leads all AL first basemen with 1,176,016 votes, well ahead of second-place Prince Fielder of the Tigers. If he is voted in by the fans, he would become the first Orioles first baseman to earn a starting spot in the All-Star Game since Eddie Murray in 1985.
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November 12, 2010
While some of the usual names appeared among the victors when the results were announced on Thursday — including Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and Twins catcher Joe Mauer — there were only five repeat winners from 2009, tying the record low for the amount of turnover for the 30-year-old award. The low was previously set in 1982. The Rangers' Vladimir Guerrero won his eighth award overall but his first since he moved from the outfield to DH. He was joined on the AL squad by Rangers teammate Josh Hamilton , who made it for the second time as an outfielder.
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By Matt Vensel | April 6, 2013
Chris Tillman had a rocky outing Saturday night in his first start of the season, which came hours after he was activated from the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs. Tillman, who was placed on the DL with a left abdominal strain on March 28, started strong in the first inning, needing just 13 pitches to retire the first three Minnesota Twins batters, including catcher Joe Mauer, in order. But Tillman quickly lost his command in the top of the second inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman struggled early but settled in his second inning of work Thursday, striking out major leaguers Chris Parmelee and Trevor Plouffe on a pair of 96 mph fastballs in his second career spring appearance. Gausman, whose fastball was steadily from 93-96 mph and topped at 97, allowed three hits in his first inning of work in the fourth, including a pair of back-to-back, two-out singles to Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham. Mauer's single, which fell just in front of a diving Trayvon Robinson in left, plated Darin Mastroianni, who reached on a one-out double off Gausman.
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By Phil Rogers | June 13, 2010
Twins hitters are becoming more unhappy about the dimensions and winds of Target Field. They had hoped balls would sail farther as temperatures climbed, but it remains a pitcher's park. Joe Mauer (above) looked stunned Thursday when a blast to center went off the wall, not over it, in the ninth inning of a 9-8 loss to the Royals. … Bobby Valentine has a better chance of being hired by the Orioles than interim manager Juan Samuel has of making his stint permanent. No one wants the job more than Rick Dempsey, the former Orioles catcher who has worked in a plethora of capacities in Baltimore.
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By Matt Vensel | April 6, 2013
Chris Tillman had a rocky outing Saturday night in his first start of the season, which came hours after he was activated from the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs. Tillman, who was placed on the DL with a left abdominal strain on March 28, started strong in the first inning, needing just 13 pitches to retire the first three Minnesota Twins batters, including catcher Joe Mauer, in order. But Tillman quickly lost his command in the top of the second inning.
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By Phil Rogers | January 24, 2011
The Twins breathed a sigh of relief that the Pirates were the only other team to offer Carl Pavano a two-year deal, allowing them to re-sign him and partially salvage a shaky offseason. But catcher Joe Mauer's raise from $12.5 million to $23 million has cut into the team's depth, with the rebuilt bullpen a major concern. The Twins are suddenly a fragile team, with much invested in successful returns by Justin Morneau (concussion) and Joe Nathan (elbow surgery). … Infielder Nick Punto is a good signing for the Cardinals.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
Orioles first baseman Chris Davis and center fielder Adam Jones are among the leading American League votegetters at their positions through the first reporting of All-Star Game fan balloting figures, which were released Monday by Major League Baseball . Davis, who leads the majors with 20 homers, leads all AL first basemen with 1,176,016 votes, well ahead of second-place Prince Fielder of the Tigers. If he is voted in by the fans, he would become the first Orioles first baseman to earn a starting spot in the All-Star Game since Eddie Murray in 1985.
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By From Sun news services | April 12, 2009
A passenger injured in the car crash that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends was taken off the critical list Saturday. Jon Wilhite was upgraded from critical to serious condition but remained in intensive care at UC Irvine Medical Center, hospital spokesman John Murray said. Wilhite's uncle said in a statement that the family's thoughts were with the families of Adenhart and the other two people killed in Southern California. "We are also overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support we have received ... and ask for your continued prayers for Jon's recovery," Charles Wilhite wrote.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Jair Jurrjens, making his second spring start, struggled mightily through a 34-pitch inning in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers. Jurrjens allowed three earned runs on two hits and three walks, battling his control throughout the outing. Of the eight hitters he faced, he threw just two first-pitch strikes. “My timing today was way off,” Jurrjens said. “I wasn't finishing the ball, it was starting a ball and then finishing a ball.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman struggled early but settled in his second inning of work Thursday, striking out major leaguers Chris Parmelee and Trevor Plouffe on a pair of 96 mph fastballs in his second career spring appearance. Gausman, whose fastball was steadily from 93-96 mph and topped at 97, allowed three hits in his first inning of work in the fourth, including a pair of back-to-back, two-out singles to Joe Mauer and Josh Willingham. Mauer's single, which fell just in front of a diving Trayvon Robinson in left, plated Darin Mastroianni, who reached on a one-out double off Gausman.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2011
With the Orioles limping toward the finish line of another lost season, the small victories that can be had in late August revolve more around the future than anything involving 2011. Case in point: left-hander Zach Britton, the rookie who took the American League by storm in April only to make dubious baseball history in July. On Monday, in a 4-1 victory against the Minnesota Twins that broke the Orioles' five-game losing streak, Britton was back pitching in the majors after a stint on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder.
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By Phil Rogers | April 24, 2011
Only once in franchise history have the Twins had as much trouble scoring runs starting the season as they have this year. That was in 1909, and that group of Washington Senators lumbered through a 42-110 season, averaging 2.5 runs per game. That team opened the season with 18 games in which it scored five or fewer runs before busting out with a 6-2 victory in the 19th game. The 2011 Twins entered Saturday at 7-12, still looking to score more than five runs for the first time. "I'd be lying to you if I said the dugout has been as peppy as it's always been.
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By Joe Christensen, Star Tribune | April 21, 2011
Joe Mauer literally went through a growth spurt after winning his first batting title in 2006, climbing from 6-4 to 6-5 at age 23. In a lighthearted moment the following spring, Mauer acknowledged that he's actually 6-6 "wearing shoes. " "I don't want to get too big," Mauer said, "or I might have to move [positions]. " The growth spurt stopped, but at 6-5, Mauer is as tall as any catcher in baseball history. Questions about his future at the position keep returning, especially now that he's back on the disabled list with what the Twins have called "bilateral leg weakness.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2011
Heading into this season, the Orioles, to a player, were excited about the revamped offense that included a new foursome that had hit 950 career homers. After Monday's 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins -- their eighth consecutive defeat -- the Orioles are desperately close to passing the Twins for the fewest runs scored in the American League this season, closing the gap to 54-50. It is starting to seem like old, tough times at Camden Yards, where an announced 13,138 watched the home team get 12 base runners and score just three runs, all on solo homers.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2011
Brian Matusz looked visibly shaken, pausing several times to collect his thoughts before delivering what was painfully obvious on this night. "I just didn't have it today," Matusz said after lasting just 1 1/3 innings and allowing four earned runs, five hits and three walks in the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins tonight at sold-out Hammond Stadium. "You're never happy with an early exit like that. I'm not happy, and a little frustrated. I'm upset at myself, but at the same time, it's nice to get this out [of the way]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Orioles right-hander Jair Jurrjens, making his second spring start, struggled mightily through a 34-pitch inning in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers. Jurrjens allowed three earned runs on two hits and three walks, battling his control throughout the outing. Of the eight hitters he faced, he threw just two first-pitch strikes. “My timing today was way off,” Jurrjens said. “I wasn't finishing the ball, it was starting a ball and then finishing a ball.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2011
Matt Wieters, the man Baseball Prospectus dubbed one of the "most disappointing prospects of all time," leaned against his locker recently and chuckled as he listened to the question. Is it possible, the Orioles catcher was asked, that you've been called overrated and over-hyped so frequently in your brief career that the pendulum has swung back and you can now be considered underrated? "I don't know," Wieters said, breaking into a thin smile. "I don't think you can really worry about it, because once that first pitch is thrown, all those ratings don't really mean much.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2011
Brian Matusz looked visibly shaken, pausing several times to collect his thoughts before delivering what was painfully obvious on this night. "I just didn't have it today," Matusz said after lasting just 1 1/3 innings and allowing four earned runs, five hits and three walks in the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins tonight at sold-out Hammond Stadium. "You're never happy with an early exit like that. I'm not happy, and a little frustrated. I'm upset at myself, but at the same time, it's nice to get this out [of the way]
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