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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - If reliever Jay Witasick's first priority this winter were gaining more professional security, he wouldn't be in Orioles camp. He would have signed elsewhere as a free agent, with a club willing to hand over a major league contract. But no other team could give Witasick the chance to go home again. No other team seemed like such a good fit for the Bel Air native. So here he is, just another nonroster pitcher with a spring training invitation, trying to impress the manager enough to earn a spot on the 25-man roster.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2014
You know you've been covering the Orioles beat a long time when right-hander A.J. Burnett is 37 and a free agent again. News out of Pittsburgh on Tuesday was that Burnett, a Monkton resident, wants to pitch again in 2014 and that he is willing to open his market and not just limit himself to the Pittsburgh Pirates, for whom he has pitched the past two seasons. That's good news for the Orioles, who need a veteran starter, want one on a short deal and can offer Burnett a home stadium that's a short drive down Interstate 83. It's also bad news.
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By Dan Connolly | November 12, 2012
One of the examples I often use to illustrate the Orioles' awful international scouting record in the recent past is this one: The organization has never in its history signed, developed and then promoted a native Venezuelan to the big leagues. It's a pretty astounding fact considering how many big leaguers have come from Venezuela. Heck, the Orioles have employed some pretty solid Venezuelan players over the past few years: Melvin Mora, Ramon Hernandez, Cesar Izturis and Jorge Julio, for instance.
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By Dan Connolly | November 12, 2012
One of the examples I often use to illustrate the Orioles' awful international scouting record in the recent past is this one: The organization has never in its history signed, developed and then promoted a native Venezuelan to the big leagues. It's a pretty astounding fact considering how many big leaguers have come from Venezuela. Heck, the Orioles have employed some pretty solid Venezuelan players over the past few years: Melvin Mora, Ramon Hernandez, Cesar Izturis and Jorge Julio, for instance.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | June 4, 2002
NEW YORK - For seven innings, Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson looked like a world beater last night. Or, at least, someone capable of beating Roger Clemens on one of his better nights. But with an exhausted bullpen, the Orioles chose to push Ponson into the eighth inning with a high pitch count, and that's when he faltered. So it turned into a dramatic test for that tired bullpen, and after the New York Yankees came back to tie the game in the eighth, Mike Bordick put the Orioles back in the lead in the ninth with a run-scoring double down the left-field line.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2000
The Orioles completed their busiest week of the off-season yesterday with a housekeeping trade that sent third baseman Ryan Minor to the Montreal Expos for minor-league pitching prospect Jorge Julio. The deal brought the club a hard-throwing Single-A pitcher who was considered as a Rule 5 draftee earlier this month and brought an end to the Orioles career of a former top prospect who for the past four years had been considered the heir apparent to future Hall of Famer Cal Ripken at third base.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2003
CHICAGO - Orioles leadoff man Jerry Hairston had one question for Chicago White Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon last night, and he asked it four times. "Why?" Hairston repeated, as he walked toward the mound in the ninth inning, nearly inciting a benches-clearing brawl. Emotions flared for the Orioles, as another bullpen meltdown led to a season-high fifth straight loss. Chicago scored six runs in the seventh inning, turning a tightly pitched game between Colon and Sidney Ponson into an 8-2 blowout at U.S. Cellular Field.
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By Mike Preston | May 8, 2002
FEW WANT TO salute Syd Thrift because he has been criticized for so long. But he deserves some props. Go ahead, raise your champagne glass and give him a little toast. So far, the Orioles are a lot better than most of us thought they'd be. Instead of watching another rerun of Gilligan's Island or waiting for the Ravens' training camp to open in late July, there is some renewed interest in Syd's Baby Birds. Fans shouldn't get delirious and expect a championship, but at least some prospects are starting to emerge on the roster.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2003
Baseball teams play 162 of these things, so it's dangerous reading too much into Opening Day and the Orioles' 13-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians. Yesterday, a lot of fans around the country awoke to a baseball hangover. Red Sox Nation was screaming, "Closer by committee, my butt!" Yankees fans were still coming to grips with those images of Derek Jeter writhing in pain. Mets fans were wishing Tom Glavine had stayed in Atlanta, and Cincinnati fans were thinking, "New ballpark, same old Reds."
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2003
The first game after a big trade always seems to get magnified into something more important than it really is - as if one game can dictate the course a team travels from that point forward. So two days after trading Jeff Conine back to the Florida Marlins, the Orioles weren't looking at last night's scoreless marathon against the Oakland Athletics as a harbinger for another long September. They couldn't. To do so would be pure torture. The Orioles will score runs again. They just haven't for the past 29 innings, and they didn't again last night, as the Athletics pulled out a 2-0, 12-inning victory before 19,517 at Camden Yards.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2011
The pleas started very early that spring and continued well into the Florida Marlins' 2007 regular season. Kevin Gregg had one save on his resume, but when he presented his case to manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Rick Kranitz, that hardly mattered. Gregg wanted the ball in the ninth inning. He wanted the burden of being the guy on the mound when the final pitch was thrown, good or bad. In his mind, he wasn't just the right choice to serve as the Marlins' closer, he was the only choice.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | July 19, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS - With the deal to acquire Florida Marlins right-hander A.J. Burnett apparently not complete, the Orioles are still looking for a pitcher to star at the top of their rotation. However last night, they took comfort in knowing that they officially had their ace back. Their two biggest home run bats returned to the lineup, too. Pitching for the first time in nearly two months, Erik Bedard shut out Minnesota for six innings and Sammy Sosa broke a scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the seventh inning.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2005
PITTSBURGH - Champagne corks didn't pop and no parades were scheduled for downtown. The Orioles won a game last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, rallying late as the bat was removed again from their cleanup hitter's hands, but a championship didn't hang in the balance. Not this time. True redemption would have to wait. Facing the Pirates for the first time in the regular season, the Orioles moved ahead in the eighth inning on a lucky break and Rafael Palmeiro's sacrifice fly, and B.J. Ryan struck out the side in the ninth in a 4-3 interleague victory at PNC Park.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 18, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - If reliever Jay Witasick's first priority this winter were gaining more professional security, he wouldn't be in Orioles camp. He would have signed elsewhere as a free agent, with a club willing to hand over a major league contract. But no other team could give Witasick the chance to go home again. No other team seemed like such a good fit for the Bel Air native. So here he is, just another nonroster pitcher with a spring training invitation, trying to impress the manager enough to earn a spot on the 25-man roster.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2003
The first game after a big trade always seems to get magnified into something more important than it really is - as if one game can dictate the course a team travels from that point forward. So two days after trading Jeff Conine back to the Florida Marlins, the Orioles weren't looking at last night's scoreless marathon against the Oakland Athletics as a harbinger for another long September. They couldn't. To do so would be pure torture. The Orioles will score runs again. They just haven't for the past 29 innings, and they didn't again last night, as the Athletics pulled out a 2-0, 12-inning victory before 19,517 at Camden Yards.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | May 16, 2003
CHICAGO - Orioles leadoff man Jerry Hairston had one question for Chicago White Sox pitcher Bartolo Colon last night, and he asked it four times. "Why?" Hairston repeated, as he walked toward the mound in the ninth inning, nearly inciting a benches-clearing brawl. Emotions flared for the Orioles, as another bullpen meltdown led to a season-high fifth straight loss. Chicago scored six runs in the seventh inning, turning a tightly pitched game between Colon and Sidney Ponson into an 8-2 blowout at U.S. Cellular Field.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 7, 2005
PITTSBURGH - Champagne corks didn't pop and no parades were scheduled for downtown. The Orioles won a game last night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, rallying late as the bat was removed again from their cleanup hitter's hands, but a championship didn't hang in the balance. Not this time. True redemption would have to wait. Facing the Pirates for the first time in the regular season, the Orioles moved ahead in the eighth inning on a lucky break and Rafael Palmeiro's sacrifice fly, and B.J. Ryan struck out the side in the ninth in a 4-3 interleague victory at PNC Park.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | July 19, 2005
MINNEAPOLIS - With the deal to acquire Florida Marlins right-hander A.J. Burnett apparently not complete, the Orioles are still looking for a pitcher to star at the top of their rotation. However last night, they took comfort in knowing that they officially had their ace back. Their two biggest home run bats returned to the lineup, too. Pitching for the first time in nearly two months, Erik Bedard shut out Minnesota for six innings and Sammy Sosa broke a scoreless tie with a two-run home run in the seventh inning.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 2, 2003
Baseball teams play 162 of these things, so it's dangerous reading too much into Opening Day and the Orioles' 13-inning victory over the Cleveland Indians. Yesterday, a lot of fans around the country awoke to a baseball hangover. Red Sox Nation was screaming, "Closer by committee, my butt!" Yankees fans were still coming to grips with those images of Derek Jeter writhing in pain. Mets fans were wishing Tom Glavine had stayed in Atlanta, and Cincinnati fans were thinking, "New ballpark, same old Reds."
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