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Peter Schmuck | July 31, 2014
If reports are true that the Oakland Athletics have made their second blockbuster deal of the summer and sent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, then there's really only one way to look at the situation: A's president Billy Beane has decided that it's now or never. He's already traded for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, so this deal will complete an overhaul of his starting rotation during a season in which the A's already had one of the most effective pitching staffs in the game.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
The big trade deadline shoe dropped early Thursday morning, and it landed in an unexpected place for an unexpected value. The Boston Red Sox dealt their ace and pending free agent left-hander Jon Lester as well as outfielder Jonny Gomes and some cash to the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive balance draft pick in 2014. The first thought: Wow. The second thought is that the Athletics, who have baseball's best record and had already added starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel this summer, are without a doubt the favorite to represent the American League in the World Series.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
The Orioles weren't close to acquiring Boston Red Sox right-hander Jon Lester on Wednesday - one club source said bluntly, “it's not going to happen” - but executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to work the phones as the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches at 4 p.m. today. The club continues to actively search for pitching - with a left-handed reliever that can get out hitters from both sides of the plate as one of the top priorities, according to several sources. “We have a couple of active discussions,” Duquette said before Wednesday's game.
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Peter Schmuck | July 31, 2014
If reports are true that the Oakland Athletics have made their second blockbuster deal of the summer and sent Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes, then there's really only one way to look at the situation: A's president Billy Beane has decided that it's now or never. He's already traded for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, so this deal will complete an overhaul of his starting rotation during a season in which the A's already had one of the most effective pitching staffs in the game.
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By CHILDS WALKER and CHILDS WALKER,SUN REPORTER | August 13, 2006
BOSTON -- For once against the Boston Red Sox, everything seemed to be going right for the Orioles yesterday. They got a solid start from Kris Benson, they battered Red Sox starter Jason Johnson for seven runs and they saved at least one with superb plays in the field. But the relentless Boston offense, led by bruising young slugger Wily Mo Pena, tied the game in the sixth. Red Sox fans anticipated a movie-type ending as the ever-clutch David Ortiz stepped to the plate with a chance to win it in the 10th inning.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | September 7, 2007
In a 10-plus-minute interview before last night's game, Orioles manager Dave Trembley passionately defended his reeling team, telling reporters, "We've gotten our butts kicked and we're still doing things the best we can." Trembley lauded the effort of his team under difficult circumstances and vowed that things will get better. The Orioles then went out and offered plenty of effort, but they were much too short on execution to beat a first-place team. Red Sox@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, MASN, 105.7 FM Starters: Jon Lester (3-0, 5.26 ERA)
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May 12, 2008
ALL GAMES ON 105.7 FM TOMORROW Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., MASN Starters: Red Sox's Josh Beckett (4-2, 3.70) vs. Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie (1-3, 4.32) WEDNESDAY Red Sox, 3:05 p.m., MASN Starters: Red Sox's Jon Lester (2-2, 4.06) vs. Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (3-1, 3.54) FRIDAY Nationals, 7:05 p.m., MASN Starters: Nationals' Shawn Hill (0-0, 3.56) vs. Orioles' Steve Trachsel (2-4, 6.75) SATURDAY Nationals, 7:05 p.m., MASN Starters: Nationals' Odalis Perez (0-3, 3.43) vs. Orioles' Garrett Olson (2-0, 2.95)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
The Orioles weren't close to acquiring Boston Red Sox right-hander Jon Lester on Wednesday - one club source said bluntly, “it's not going to happen” - but executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to work the phones as the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches at 4 p.m. today. The club continues to actively search for pitching - with a left-handed reliever that can get out hitters from both sides of the plate as one of the top priorities, according to several sources. “We have a couple of active discussions,” Duquette said before Wednesday's game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
Nick Markakis, the longest-tentured Orioles player, will make his eighth straight Opening Day start in right field this afternoon. After testing his stiff neck during batting practice today, Markakis will be in the starting lineup batting leadoff. It will mark the most consecutive Opening Day starts by an Orioles outfielder since Paul Blair made 12 straight starts in center field from 1965 to 1976.  Two Orioles infielders -- second baseman Jonathan Schoop and third baseman Ryan Flaherty -- will be making their first Opening Day starts.
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Peter Schmuck | March 31, 2014
It was special because it was Opening Day, but the Orioles' tense victory over the defending world champion Red Sox did not represent a dramatic departure from the way these two AL East rivals have been mixing it up since the end of the 2011 season. The Orioles played tight defense and emerged on top because of a dramatic seventh-inning home run off Boston ace Jon Lester. The Red Sox contested every pitch and made O's starter Chris Tillman use everything up in the first five innings.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2014
Dave Wallace Age: 66 Birthplace: Waterbury, Conn. Resides: Wrentham, Mass. Most recent position: Atlanta Braves' minor league pitching coordinator (2010-2013) Major league pitching coach experience: Los Angeles Dodgers (1995-1997), New York Mets (1999-2000), Boston Red Sox (2003-2006), Houston Astros (2007) Major league playing experience: A right-handed reliever, he made 13 appearances in the major leagues, going 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA in a combined 202/3 innings with the Philadelphia Phillies (1973-1974)
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2013
There are a number of statistical undertones as Chris Davis continues one of the greatest offensive seasons in Orioles history . Davis has a strong chance of overtaking Brady Anderson's single-season franchise home run record (50 in 1996), and he has an outside shot at Roger Maris' single-season American League record (61 in 1961). Davis can also play a role in preventing Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera from becoming the first player in baseball history to win Triple Crowns in two straight seasons.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Orioles. 14-9 -- Baltimore's record in series-opening games this season. The Orioles lost Monday night's series opener against the Detroit Tigers, but prior to that game, they had won five of their previous six series openers. So far this season, the Orioles are 14-9 in series openers. And if they won that game, they are 13-1 in those series, with the only series loss coming to the Minnesota Twins in the first week of the season.
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Kevin Cowherd | June 16, 2013
This is how good the Orioles are going now: even Jon Lester can't stop them anymore. You remember Lester, of course. The Boston Red Sox lefty used to be the Orioles' personal Grim Reaper. All that was missing was the cloak with the hood and the scythe. Lester was where base hits went to die, where batting averages withered like dried husks, where all hope vanished if you wore the orange and black. But not anymore. The Orioles' 6-3 win over the Red Sox at a packed Camden Yards on Sunday afternoon proved that.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
One quality that has made Miguel Gonzalez such a valuable pitcher to the Orioles has been his ability to block out distractions. When on the mound, the Orioles right-hander is rarely rattled, and that's why he's pitched so well in his brief big league career. With his wife, Lucia, due to give birth to the couple's first child, a baby girl, in California any day now, Gonzalez couldn't help but have wandering moments. As Gonzalez pitched against the first-place Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at Camden Yards, Lucia had Orioles travel secretary Kevin Buck's number on speed dial, a cross-country flight ready to be planned at a moment's notice.
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