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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
Former Cy Young Award winner John Smoltz, now a baseball analyst for TBS, had a chance to broadcast the Orioles-Yankees game Sunday. He spoke to me late last week about the Orioles and their surprising season. Here are some of his thoughts. On the team: "It is a remarkable story and a remarkable turnaround for the Baltimore Orioles to be in this position. " On closer Jim Johnson: "I am a big fan of his. I think when you can dominate to contact with that power sinker, I mean this guy just gets outs.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2012
Orioles manager Buck Showalter was interviewed from the dugout during the TBS broadcast and shared his thoughts on J.J. Hardy being deked by Alex Rodriguez at third base in the third inning of Game 2 of the ALDS on Monday night. Third-base coach DeMarlo Hale was waving Hardy home after a grounder got past Yankees shortsop Derek Jeter, but Hardy stopped when he saw Rodriguez flash his glove at the bag, and he was eventually stranded at third. “DeMarlo [Hale] is one of the finest third base coaches in all of baseball and I've had some really good ones," Showalter told Ernie Johnson, Cal Ripken Jr. and John Smoltz on the broadcast.
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By David Selig | June 13, 2012
UPDATE (4:22 p.m.): Jake Arrieta will start tonight because of the injury to Brian Matusz's nose, so his trip to the bullpen will have to wait. But that doesn't mean you can't still read John Smoltz's analysis on Arrieta and the O's.   There haven't been many pitchers in baseball history who could master the different mindsets necessary to thrive as both a starter and reliever. I had the opportunity to catch up with one of them Tuesday afternoon, and John Smoltz shared a bit of the psychology that comes with Jake Arrieta's transition into the bullpen.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
Cable channel TBS Thursday announced that Cal Ripken will be in the booth Friday night as an analyst when the Baltimore Orioles take on the Texas Rangers in a one-game wild-card showdown in Texas. He will be joined by Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) and John Smoltz (analyst), with Craig Sager on the field. The telecast is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. Here's the release from TBS with the playoff lineups: TBS's coverage of the 2012 MLB Postseason will begin with the exclusive presentation of the first-ever, single-elimination Wild Card presented by Budweiser on Friday, Oct. 5, a doubleheader featuring the Atlanta Braves hosting the St. Louis Cardinals at 5 p.m. ET and the Baltimore Orioles visiting the Texas Rangers at 8:30 p.m.  Brian Anderson will provide play-by-play commentary for Cardinals/Braves with analysts Ron Darling and Joe Simpson and reporter Tom Verducci.  Ernie Johnson will call Orioles/Rangers with analysts John Smoltz and Cal Ripken, Jr., and reporter Craig Sager.
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September 7, 1998
HittingLarry Walker, Rockies: 3-for-3.Sean Berry, Astros: 4 RBIs, HR.PitchingJohn Smoltz, Braves: 9 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits.Mike Hampton, Astros: 7 innings, 0 runs, 7 hits.Pub Date: 9/07/98
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July 25, 1998
Hitting 5) Vladimir Guererro, Expos: 5 RBIs, HR. Pitching John Smoltz, Braves: 9 innings, 0 runs, 3 hits, 10 strikeouts. Armando Reynoso, Mets: 8 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits. Pub Date: 7/25/98
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By DAN BERGER | November 22, 1996
Cheer up. Newt is back.John Smoltz is the big one that got away. Next time, try more bait.Other politicians may promise to give money back to voters. An incumbent governor can actually do it.At least we won't have to look up how to spell Boutros-Ghali any more.Pub Date: 11/22/96
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June 22, 2005
BATTING LINE OF THE DAY Gary Sheffield, Yankees RF AB R H RBI HR 6 3 4 7 2 PITCHING LINE OF THE DAY John Smoltz, Braves IP H R BB SO 9 5 0 2 6 WHO'S HOT Braden Looper of the Mets has 14 saves in 16 chances. WHO'S NOT Jamey Wright of the Rockies is 0-11 against the Astros, the only active pitcher to go winless in at least 10 decisions against one team.
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June 24, 1997
Braves: John Smoltz became the first Atlanta starter this season to balk.Cubs: Sammy Sosa ended an 0-for-17 slump with a single in the eighth.Mets: Outfielder Bernard Gilkey missed his fourth straight game because of a pulled right groin.Pirates: Pittsburgh has two homers in its past eight games.Yankees: David Cone's 16 strikeouts were the most for New York since Ron Guidry set the team record with 18 against the Angels on June 17, 1978. Mariano Duncan made his first start at second base since May 30.Pub Date: 6/24/97
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
Former Cy Young Award winner John Smoltz, now a baseball analyst for TBS, had a chance to broadcast the Orioles-Yankees game Sunday. He spoke to me late last week about the Orioles and their surprising season. Here are some of his thoughts. On the team: "It is a remarkable story and a remarkable turnaround for the Baltimore Orioles to be in this position. " On closer Jim Johnson: "I am a big fan of his. I think when you can dominate to contact with that power sinker, I mean this guy just gets outs.
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By David Selig | June 13, 2012
UPDATE (4:22 p.m.): Jake Arrieta will start tonight because of the injury to Brian Matusz's nose, so his trip to the bullpen will have to wait. But that doesn't mean you can't still read John Smoltz's analysis on Arrieta and the O's.   There haven't been many pitchers in baseball history who could master the different mindsets necessary to thrive as both a starter and reliever. I had the opportunity to catch up with one of them Tuesday afternoon, and John Smoltz shared a bit of the psychology that comes with Jake Arrieta's transition into the bullpen.
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October 15, 2010
Gibson vs. McLain Bill Kline Morning Call It was 1968, the Year of the Pitcher, when only six batters hit .300 in the entire majors and when pitchers ruled by fear and ferocity. When hitters — sans gloves and helmet ear flaps and elbow guards — would get their chins buzzed for taking just a baby step out of the batter's box. Game 1 of the '68 World Series paired the Cardinals' Bob Gibson (22 wins, 1.12 ERA) against the Tigers' Denny McLain (31 victories, 280 strikeouts)
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | June 4, 2009
WASHINGTON - -San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum, the National League's reigning Cy Young Award winner and one of baseball's brightest young stars, had a front-row seat for Barry Bonds' historic home run chase in 2007. Now, Lincecum is again an up-close spectator for baseball history, as he and the rest of the sporting world await Randy Johnson's 300th career win. "Everybody wants to be around for this," said Lincecum, 24, who has 29 career wins. "It's a milestone, a big thing for him, for the team and something to be a part of. Obviously, it's something to witness, as awesome as it is."
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By DAN CONNOLLY | July 6, 2008
Observations, opinions and musings from last week in major league baseball. Former Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons, now attempting a comeback with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, has become the poster boy for Mitchell Report players looking to get back into big league ball. He's not the only one, though. In fact, he's not even the only ex-Oriole-turned-Duck looking to shake the Mitchell Report stigma. Former Orioles reliever Todd Williams is also toiling with Long Island, hoping he gets another chance to pitch in affiliated ball.
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By BILL ORDINE | February 21, 2008
And in the case of the aging O'Neal, it's a huge gamble because the Suns got an inside presence in the short run but forfeited a young, rising star by sending Shawn Marion to the Miami Heat. Mid- or late-season trades can cut both ways. Sometimes they're that extra shot of talent a team needs to propel it to the finish line. Sometimes the deals leave teams looking like the rube in a bad horse trade. One that worked well was the Astros' deal with the Seattle Mariners that brought Randy Johnson to Houston for the stretch drive of the 1998 season.
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September 22, 2006
The Atlanta Braves have exercised the team's 2007 option with John Smoltz, ensuring that the right-hander will return for his 19th season with the team. The announcement was made before Smoltz started for the Braves against the Colorado Rockies last night, and it came one day after the Braves agreed on a 2007 contract with closer Bob Wickman. General manager John Schuerholz said he told Smoltz Wednesday of the team's plans to exercise the option. "John has been a constant for this organization, both with his pitching and his leadership, and our plan to exercise this contract option for next season was never in question," Schuerholz said.
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By Roch Kubatko | June 24, 2005
Scouting report: O's vs. Braves At Turner Field, Atlanta Day Time TV Starters Tonight 7:35 54 Hayden Penn (2-0, 4.23) vs. Kyle Davies (2-2, 4.29) Tomorrow 1:20 45, 5 Bruce Chen (6-5, 3.73) vs. Roman Colon (0-3, 8.50) Sunday 1:05 13 Rodrigo Lopez (7-2, 4.37) vs. John Smoltz (7-5, 2.88) Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) Braves update Atlanta is in the unusual position of looking up at the Washington Nationals in the NL East. The Braves have won 13 straight division titles. They have won five of their past seven games, and six of nine, and are 10-11 in June after going 14-13 in May. Their starting pitchers led the majors with a 3.50 ERA despite having Mike Hampton, Tim Hudson and John Thomson on the disabled list.
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