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By Steve Gould, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2010
How it happened: After a gritty performance by Orioles starter Kevin Millwood (eight innings, two runs on five hits and four walks) and two scoreless innings of relief from Will Ohman and Matt Albers, this one came down to two great at-bats in the bottom of the 10th inning. With the score tied at 2, Nick Markakis fell behind 1-2 to Boston's All-Star closer, Jonathan Papelbon, before drawing an eight-pitch walk. That brought up Ty Wigginton, who fouled off five straight pitches -- interrupted by an errant pickoff attempt by Papelbon that allowed Markakis to advance to second -- before ripping a double to left-center, scoring Markakis and sealing not only an Orioles victory, but also the team's first home sweep of the Red Sox since 1998 (a four-game affair)
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By Raymond Daniel Burke | April 5, 2012
The threat of lightning brought a public address directive to leave the ever-dampening seating bowl, and we had all taken refuge in the concourses of Oriole Park to wait out the rain delay. Red Sox fans were ubiquitous, each wearing some form of team logo, along with the smug visage that accompanies a $160 million payroll. For several years, as attendance has dwindled in the face of what now seems to be endless losing by the hometown team, the appearance of swarms of Boston fans has been as predictable as a periodic cicada infestation, as, in droves, they have taken over our lovely ballpark with a haughty air of entitlement.
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By From Sun news services | January 21, 2009
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard asked for $18 million in salary arbitration yesterday, the third-highest figure submitted since the process began in 1974. Philadelphia offered $14 million to the 2006 National League Most Valuable Player, a raise of $4 million. Howard hit 48 homers and had 146 RBIs last year, helping the Phillies win their first World Series title since 1980. Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens set the record for highest request in arbitration at $22 million in 2005.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2011
For much of the past decade, the season finale at Camden Yards has been a simple affair, several thousand fans politely ushering in autumn with another lost season completed. On Wednesday, in the Orioles' 4-3, come-from-behind, no-way-that-happened win over the Boston Red Sox, the vibe at Camden Yards was different -- tense moments, jump-to-your-feet excitement, a pennant-race atmosphere for a cellar-dwelling club that began the night 29 games out of first place. The Orioles' season ended with walk-off single by Robert Andino against Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who struck out his first two batters before giving up the 3-2 lead on consecutive doubles by Chris Davis and Nolan Reimold.
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By Phil Rogers | June 20, 2010
The Dodgers are getting a raw deal in interleague play. They are playing the Angels (six games), Yankees, Red Sox and Tigers while the surprisingly strong Padres drew the Mariners (six games), Orioles, Blue Jays and Rays. … Just wondering — was Dayan Viciedo's promotion the first step toward a Paul Konerko trade for the White Sox? Konerko, who entered the weekend third in the AL in home runs (17) and fifth in RBIs (48) could have significant value if he keeps hitting.
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By Dave van Dyck and Dave van Dyck,Tribune Newspapers | July 15, 2009
ST. LOUIS - - Some things never change. Presidents appearing at the national pastime's All-Star Game, muggy-warm baseball nights in St. Louis and, of course, the American League winning. The unbeaten streak reached 13 on Tuesday night - meaning the AL will have home-field advantage, again, in the World Series - with a 4-3 victory over the National League before an announced 46,760 at Busch Stadium. So it's possible the White Sox could host the Cubs in a Chicago showdown and President Barack Obama might be there to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, as he was Tuesday night.
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By KEVIN VAN VALKENBURG | July 12, 2008
I'm glad Orioles closer George Sherrill is an All-Star. I think he's (mostly) deserving. I hope, when he found out, that he called his family and swelled with pride. I also wish he knew, deep down, whether he made it because he's one of the best relievers in baseball this year, or because of baseball's ridiculous rule that each team needs to be represented in the All-Star Game. The All-Star Game is hardly something worth getting fired up over anymore. The Home Run Derby, once appointment television, now feels like the most painfully contrived two hours in sports.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2010
— On the 17th day, they rested. On the 18th day, the Orioles lost again. With their brutal stretch of 16 consecutive games to start the season officially behind them, the Orioles were hoping Thursday's first off day of the season would translate into a better outcome Friday at Fenway Park. Instead, it was more of the same, with the Orioles squandering another solid starting pitching performance while failing to take advantage of myriad offensive opportunities in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox, a game that they easily could have won. The gut-puncher also had a new twist: Orioles relievers walked five batters in two innings, including Jim Johnson's free pass to swing-happy Adrian Beltre in the eighth inning with the bases loaded that forced in the winning run. "We didn't throw a whole lot of strikes, and you obviously can't defend against the walks," Johnson said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2010
Ty Wigginton saw them coming, so the 230-pound infielder gave a little head fake to the right, broke left and then sprinted toward the dugout, leaving teammates in his wake and avoiding the customary pounding of the player who just got the game-winning hit. "Did you notice nobody could catch me?" Wigginton said after his 10th-inning double off Jonathan Papelbon scored Nick Markakis from second and delivered the Orioles a 3-2 victory that secured a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox in front of an announced 34,255 at Camden Yards.
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By Kevin Cowherd | July 20, 2011
One of Buck Showalter's mantras since he took over as Orioles manager is this: We have to beat the big boys in our division. Forget the size of their payrolls. Forget their star-studded lineups. Forget their championship banners and World Series rings. Until the O's can beat the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, he says, they won't be relevant in the AL East. Wondering how that's working out so far? Um, not so well. Especially not after the Orioles lost 4-0 to the Red Sox Wednesday in the simmering heat of Camden Yards, which again turned into Fenway Park South with the usual invasion of raucous Red Sox fans.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2011
The Orioles keep dismissing the spoiler angle, stressing there is no burning desire to beat contenders down the stretch. Ultimately, in the final stanza of another disappointing season, these victory-starved Orioles simply want to win, no matter whom they play. It just so happens that their recent triumphs are coming against clubs fighting for the postseason, like Tuesday's 7-5 comeback against the Boston Red Sox. "Just the situation they are in and our situation, it's a little added bonus," said first baseman Mark Reynolds, who had two hits, including a two-run single, in his first game since getting plunked in the head Saturday.
SPORTS
By Kevin Cowherd | July 20, 2011
One of Buck Showalter's mantras since he took over as Orioles manager is this: We have to beat the big boys in our division. Forget the size of their payrolls. Forget their star-studded lineups. Forget their championship banners and World Series rings. Until the O's can beat the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, he says, they won't be relevant in the AL East. Wondering how that's working out so far? Um, not so well. Especially not after the Orioles lost 4-0 to the Red Sox Wednesday in the simmering heat of Camden Yards, which again turned into Fenway Park South with the usual invasion of raucous Red Sox fans.
NEWS
By Phil Rogers | June 20, 2010
The Dodgers are getting a raw deal in interleague play. They are playing the Angels (six games), Yankees, Red Sox and Tigers while the surprisingly strong Padres drew the Mariners (six games), Orioles, Blue Jays and Rays. … Just wondering — was Dayan Viciedo's promotion the first step toward a Paul Konerko trade for the White Sox? Konerko, who entered the weekend third in the AL in home runs (17) and fifth in RBIs (48) could have significant value if he keeps hitting.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2010
Ty Wigginton saw them coming, so the 230-pound infielder gave a little head fake to the right, broke left and then sprinted toward the dugout, leaving teammates in his wake and avoiding the customary pounding of the player who just got the game-winning hit. "Did you notice nobody could catch me?" Wigginton said after his 10th-inning double off Jonathan Papelbon scored Nick Markakis from second and delivered the Orioles a 3-2 victory that secured a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox in front of an announced 34,255 at Camden Yards.
SPORTS
By Steve Gould, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2010
How it happened: After a gritty performance by Orioles starter Kevin Millwood (eight innings, two runs on five hits and four walks) and two scoreless innings of relief from Will Ohman and Matt Albers, this one came down to two great at-bats in the bottom of the 10th inning. With the score tied at 2, Nick Markakis fell behind 1-2 to Boston's All-Star closer, Jonathan Papelbon, before drawing an eight-pitch walk. That brought up Ty Wigginton, who fouled off five straight pitches -- interrupted by an errant pickoff attempt by Papelbon that allowed Markakis to advance to second -- before ripping a double to left-center, scoring Markakis and sealing not only an Orioles victory, but also the team's first home sweep of the Red Sox since 1998 (a four-game affair)
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2010
— On the 17th day, they rested. On the 18th day, the Orioles lost again. With their brutal stretch of 16 consecutive games to start the season officially behind them, the Orioles were hoping Thursday's first off day of the season would translate into a better outcome Friday at Fenway Park. Instead, it was more of the same, with the Orioles squandering another solid starting pitching performance while failing to take advantage of myriad offensive opportunities in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox, a game that they easily could have won. The gut-puncher also had a new twist: Orioles relievers walked five batters in two innings, including Jim Johnson's free pass to swing-happy Adrian Beltre in the eighth inning with the bases loaded that forced in the winning run. "We didn't throw a whole lot of strikes, and you obviously can't defend against the walks," Johnson said.
NEWS
By Raymond Daniel Burke | April 5, 2012
The threat of lightning brought a public address directive to leave the ever-dampening seating bowl, and we had all taken refuge in the concourses of Oriole Park to wait out the rain delay. Red Sox fans were ubiquitous, each wearing some form of team logo, along with the smug visage that accompanies a $160 million payroll. For several years, as attendance has dwindled in the face of what now seems to be endless losing by the hometown team, the appearance of swarms of Boston fans has been as predictable as a periodic cicada infestation, as, in droves, they have taken over our lovely ballpark with a haughty air of entitlement.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2011
The Orioles keep dismissing the spoiler angle, stressing there is no burning desire to beat contenders down the stretch. Ultimately, in the final stanza of another disappointing season, these victory-starved Orioles simply want to win, no matter whom they play. It just so happens that their recent triumphs are coming against clubs fighting for the postseason, like Tuesday's 7-5 comeback against the Boston Red Sox. "Just the situation they are in and our situation, it's a little added bonus," said first baseman Mark Reynolds, who had two hits, including a two-run single, in his first game since getting plunked in the head Saturday.
SPORTS
By Dave van Dyck and Dave van Dyck,Tribune Newspapers | July 15, 2009
ST. LOUIS - - Some things never change. Presidents appearing at the national pastime's All-Star Game, muggy-warm baseball nights in St. Louis and, of course, the American League winning. The unbeaten streak reached 13 on Tuesday night - meaning the AL will have home-field advantage, again, in the World Series - with a 4-3 victory over the National League before an announced 46,760 at Busch Stadium. So it's possible the White Sox could host the Cubs in a Chicago showdown and President Barack Obama might be there to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, as he was Tuesday night.
SPORTS
By From Sun news services | January 21, 2009
Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard asked for $18 million in salary arbitration yesterday, the third-highest figure submitted since the process began in 1974. Philadelphia offered $14 million to the 2006 National League Most Valuable Player, a raise of $4 million. Howard hit 48 homers and had 146 RBIs last year, helping the Phillies win their first World Series title since 1980. Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens set the record for highest request in arbitration at $22 million in 2005.
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