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By Dan Connolly | August 29, 2012
 There may have been rust or jitters or simply a lack of recent familiarity with the American League.  Joe Saunders, however, chalks up his rough Orioles debut on Wednesday to one bad inning - the first, in which he allowed four runs on four hits and a walk.  “You always want to set a good impression your first time,” said Saunders, who was acquired Sunday from Arizona for reliever Matt Lindstrom. “It sucks that that first inning was the first inning. But you've got to turn the page quick and look forward to the next start.” Overall, Saunders, a Northern Virginia native, allowed seven runs (six earned)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez hasn't made a start in nearly a month - and he has made just two relief appearances since then - but he said he's ready for Tuesday's spot start against the Toronto Blue Jays. “The only thing I can do is think about that game and go out and do my job,” Jimenez said. “That's why I always have the same approach. I don't think about that I haven't pitched in a while or anything like that. I have to go out there and find a way, find a way to compete, find a way to do my job.” Jimenez last pitched Aug. 31 - when he allowed four of the five batters he faced to reach base in mop-up duty in a 12-8 win over the Minnesota Twins - but he said he has remained fresh by throwing bullpen sessions every two to three days, mostly after games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
My guess is I am averaging about five questions a day for the past two weeks on the Orioles' pursuit of left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders. Pretty incredible considering when the Orioles dealt reliever Matt Lindstrom to Arizona for Saunders last August, the move was met with collective yawns across Baltimore. The veteran and Northern Virginia native must have made quite an impression in his month-plus time with the Orioles (I guess that's what happens when you shut down the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees in the playoffs)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
The start of today's Orioles game against the New York Yankees has been pushed back to an estimated 1:40 p.m. because of rain. Scattered showers are forecast throughout the day. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will fill the Orioles' open starting slot on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, manager Buck Showalter announced before Saturday's game. Following Friday's doubleheader against the Yankees, the Oriole needed a starter for Tuesday and selected Jimenez over left-handed relievers T.J. McFarland and Joe Saunders.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2012
Dan Duquette met with the Baltimore media about the deal today that sent reliever Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named to the Arizona Diamondbacks for lefty starter Joe Saunders and cash. Here's Duquette: On the trade: “We've liked Joe Saunders for quite a while, we've had some discussions (with him as a free agent in the winter). He's a local kid (Springfield, Va.). He's pitched in the American League. He's pitched in the playoffs. He's pitched in a tough ballpark in Arizona.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
  The Orioles have signed left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders to a minor league deal and the Virginia native will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.   Although he has never relieved in his 229-game, big league career, the Orioles are, at least initially, planning to put him the bullpen at Norfolk to see if he can adapt into that role.     Saunders, 33, spent two months with the Orioles in 2012, starting and winning the club's first playoff game in 15 years. Saunders allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers in Arlington as the Orioles won the first one-game Wild Card playoff in AL history.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Joe Saunders, who was acquired Sunday in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was in the Orioles' clubhouse today and will make his O's debut against the Chicago White Sox tomorrow at Camden Yards. The Northern Virginia native said there will probably be 20 to 25 people coming to Wednesday's game to see him. Here's part of his interview before Tuesday's game.     What was your initial reaction to the trade? “I was excited, excited to come to a contending team. They have a good thing going over here, so I'm just looking to contribute the most I can.” Will there be an adjustment coming back to the AL?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2012
The Orioles had their focus on Joe Saunders since he was on the free-agent market this offseason, and the club had been discussing the possibility of acquiring the left-hander in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the past few weeks. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette - always eager to add pitching depth - coveted Saunders' experience and the prospect of him helping the Orioles against some of the American League's lefty-laden lineups. On Sunday, the Orioles acquired the 31-year-old Saunders, along with cash considerations, for right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named after the season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
The Orioles hope their acquisition of left-hander Joe Saunders from Arizona on Sunday can help propel them to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. Saunders was on Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette's wish list this season -- he signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Diamondbacks after being non-tendered -- and Duquette had been in discussions about Saunders with Arizona for weeks before consummating a trade this weekend. So what does it mean? Saunders, 31, gives the Orioles starting rotation the veteran presence it needs and has been lacking over the past six weeks with the absence of right-hander Jason Hammel. No member of the existing starting rotation has more than 13 career wins (Chris Tillman and Zach Britton)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
It was a bit of a surprise, although considering how well Joe Saunders pitched in his last win-or-go-home outing, maybe it shouldn't have been. Orioles manager Buck Showalter announced after Wednesday's game that the veteran lefty would get the ball to start Thursday against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. The choice was between Saunders, 31, and 24-year-old right-hander Chris Tillman, and Showalter made his choice based on experience and what Saunders did in his last start, allowing just one run in 5 2/3 innings Friday to give the Orioles a victory in the one-game wild-card playoff in Texas.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Ubaldo Jimenez, who has made just two relief appearances since being moved to the bullpen nearly a month ago, will receive at least one more start before the regular season ends. The right-hander will start Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays. Orioles manager Buck Showalter selected Jimenez over left-handed relievers T.J. McFarland and Joe Saunders. “We feel like it disrupts our bullpen the least; we think that he's the most equipped lengthwise,” Showalter said. “We feel like he's better equipped to pitch that part than say behind Mac or Joe. Also, we think he's our best option to win the game.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has settled on his rotation for the four-game, three-day series against the New York Yankees this weekend, and it will be a mix of the current starters. Tuesday's starter against the Toronto Blue Jays will be a bit of a wild card, though. Kevin Gausman will start Friday's afternoon game against the Yankees, and Bud Norris will pitch the nightcap of the doubleheader. Miguel Gonzalez will start Saturday afternoon, and Chris Tillman gets the assignment for Sunday night's nationally televised game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
The Orioles added a pair of relievers Monday, the first day of expanded rosters, as they recalled right-hander Evan Meek from Triple-A Norfolk and purchased the contract of left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club initially planned to just add Saunders on Monday, but he decided to add Meek as well after the team was forced to use five relievers in the 12-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The team is also expected to add right-hander Ryan Webb on Tuesday as long as he is OK after his outing at Norfolk on Monday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Left-hander Joe Saunders, who started the Orioles' victory in the American League wild-card game two years ago, rejoined the club Monday in a much different role. The Orioles, who purchased Saunders' contract from Triple-A Norfolk as rosters expanded at the beginning of September, plan to use him as a multiple-inning reliever. “It feels awesome,” Saunders said. “It's been a winding road this year, for sure. It's good to be back, good to be contributing again.” The Orioles -- Saunders' third organization this year -- signed him to a minor league deal Aug. 5 with the goal of converting him to a reliever for the stretch run. Saunders was released by the Texas Rangers in July after going 0-5 with a 7.26 ERA, and he was released by the Kansas City Royals later that month after four starts with their Triple-A club.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
The Orioles will make a number of moves when rosters expand Monday, including recalling at least two pitchers from Triple-A Norfolk. The club is expected to add right-hander Ryan Webb and left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides to give the team additional bullpen depth. Despite being a key part of the Orioles bullpen all season, Webb was optioned to Norfolk on Aug. 1. He was 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 games (11 1/3 innings) at Norfolk. In 42 2/3 innings with the Orioles this year, Webb has a 3-2 record and a 3.80 ERA. Saunders, a former Orioles starter who was signed to a minor league deal Aug. 5, had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings for Norfolk while working as a multiple-inning reliever.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Manager Buck Showalter said he has had preliminary discussions with his coaching staff and the Orioles player development staff this week about potential call-ups when rosters expand Sept. 1. The Orioles' 40-man roster is currently full, so the club would have to clear space to add and promote any nonroster players. But one spot can be created by transferring catcher Matt Wieters to the 60-day disabled list. “There's obviously some roster issues we have to manage with the 40, but we have a couple guys we haven't even put on the 60-day disabled list yet,” Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Buck Showalter often mixes gut feelings with statistical data to make his managerial calls on a case-by-case basis. On Thursday, Showalter chose his instincts over statistical wisdom, selecting 31-year-old left-hander Joe Saunders to pitch Friday's one-game wild-card playoff against the Texas Rangers instead of rookie Steve Johnson, who hasn't pitched since overextending his left knee Sept. 29. “Joe is rested,” Showalter said. “He's ready to go. Obviously, [he has]
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Joe Saunders talked Tuesday about how excited he was to pitch in a pennant race -- and to do it for the team he grew up following (he is from Springfield, Virginia). On Wednesday, things didn't go particularly well for the 31-year-old lefty. In the first inning against the Chicago White Sox, Saunders allowed four runs on four hits and a walk, putting the Orioles into a 4-0 hole before his new teammates had a chance to bat. Saunders made it into the sixth in his Orioles debut -- he was acquired Sunday from the Arizona Diamondbacks for Matt Lindstrom and a player to be named -- but was pulled with two runners on base; both scored.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun and By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
We all know Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette loves taking low-risk, high-reward gambles. That's been his calling card since he arrived in Baltimore before the 2012 season. It's worked at times: Nate McLouth, Miguel Gonzalez and, to an extent, Nelson Cruz. And it hasn't worked at times: Dontrelle Willis, Heath Bell, Randy Wolf. Well, Duquette did it again Friday when he signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a minor league deal. All signs point to him trying it again in the next few days with former Orioles closer Jim Johnson.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
  The Orioles have signed left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders to a minor league deal and the Virginia native will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.   Although he has never relieved in his 229-game, big league career, the Orioles are, at least initially, planning to put him the bullpen at Norfolk to see if he can adapt into that role.     Saunders, 33, spent two months with the Orioles in 2012, starting and winning the club's first playoff game in 15 years. Saunders allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings against the defending American League champion Texas Rangers in Arlington as the Orioles won the first one-game Wild Card playoff in AL history.
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