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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
We're closing in on three hours until the end of the nonwaiver trade deadline, and the best we can tell here is that the Orioles are active. One source confirmed that the Orioles are actively pursuing right-handed hitting outfielder-first baseman Michael Morse and left-handed reliever Oliver Perez from the Seattle Mariners. Morse, whom the Orioles have liked for years, would fill the open DH role -- but he's coming off a lengthy stay on the disabled list after injuring his quad. Perez would add to the club's strength: the bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
In an effort to bolster their lineup, the Orioles have placed a trade waiver claim on Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham and are attempting to negotiate a deal, according to an industry source. The Orioles have until Friday afternoon - 48 hours after making the claim - to broker a trade with the Twins, who would likely need a prospect in return. If the teams can't reach a deal, the Twins can pull Willingham off waivers and keep him on their roster. During the trade waiver process that began this month, the Orioles have claimed several players, according to multiple sources.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- While first base remains a question mark for the Orioles, the team has not made pushes toward acquiring veterans Justin Morneau and Kevin Youkilis. The Twins have been gauging trade interest in Morneau, who will receive $14 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract. The Orioles have had no serious discussions about trading for Morneau and would be unwilling to take on his salary unless Minnesota paid a significant chunk. Also, the Orioles have had no dialogue with the representatives for Youkilis, who is now at free agent.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
We learned late last night that the Orioles were the team that claimed Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham off trade waivers . So does that mean Willingham will be an Oriole? Not necessarily. It just means the Orioles are attempting to work out a deal with the Twins, and have until about noon Friday to do so. If not, the Twins would pull Willingham back. And that will be the end of that. If the Twins attempted to put Willingham through trade waivers a second time and he gets claimed, then he would be gone from Minnesota.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
We learned late last night that the Orioles were the team that claimed Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham off trade waivers . So does that mean Willingham will be an Oriole? Not necessarily. It just means the Orioles are attempting to work out a deal with the Twins, and have until about noon Friday to do so. If not, the Twins would pull Willingham back. And that will be the end of that. If the Twins attempted to put Willingham through trade waivers a second time and he gets claimed, then he would be gone from Minnesota.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | November 23, 2006
You might be surprised to know that the Orioles aren't receiving many calls from other teams concerning shortstop Miguel Tejada, whose contract suddenly makes him one of the better bargains in baseball. "It's probably because we're not out there saying that we're shopping him," said one team executive. Since when has that stopped anyone? I endorsed Derek Jeter for American League Most Valuable Player a few months ago, and I'll stand by my imaginary vote, though I also was a big Joe Mauer backer and would have chosen him over Justin Morneau.
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By RAY FRAGER | October 22, 2008
MLB Clutch Performer of the Year 7 p.m. [ESPN] Before you watch the World Series, tune in to find out the winner in a fan vote for baseball's Mr. Clutch. The nominees are Lance Berkman, Houston Astros; Cliff Lee, Cleveland Indians; Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins; Albert Pujols (right), St. Louis Cardinals; Francisco Rodriguez, Los Angeles Angels; and CC Sabathia, Milwaukee Brewers. Not on the list: the clutch on a Chevette I drove in 1984.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | June 3, 2008
TODAY @Twins, 8:10 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Orioles' Radhames Liz (2008 debut) vs. Twins' Kevin Slowey (2-4, 3.38) TOMORROW @Twins, 8:10 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (5-1, 3.60) vs. Twins' Glen Perkins (2-2, 3.90) THURSDAY @Twins, 1:10 p.m., MASN Starters: Orioles' Garrett Olson (4-1, 4.03) vs. Twins' Scott Baker (2-0, 4.09) FRIDAY @Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Orioles' Brian Burres (4-5, 4.87) vs. Blue Jays' Shaun Marcum (5-3, 2.63) SATURDAY @Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie (2-6, 3.58)
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By Matt Vensel | April 6, 2013
Chris Tillman had a rocky outing Saturday night in his first start of the season, which came hours after he was activated from the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs. Tillman, who was placed on the DL with a left abdominal strain on March 28, started strong in the first inning, needing just 13 pitches to retire the first three Minnesota Twins batters, including catcher Joe Mauer, in order. But Tillman quickly lost his command in the top of the second inning.
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By Phil Roger | May 9, 2010
Dontrelle Willis (1-1, 3.99 ERA) appears to be all the way back for the Tigers. He froze Justin Morneau with a well-placed 94 mph fastball Tuesday, when he retired 12 straight Twins in one stretch. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire called Willis' stuff "good, really good." He faces the Yankees on Monday. … The Mariners' Ken Griffey isn't the only old hand whose popularity and production is an issue for an AL West front office. The A's are dealing with the same thing involving Eric Chavez, who is turning the designated hitter spot into a powerless wasteland.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
We're closing in on three hours until the end of the nonwaiver trade deadline, and the best we can tell here is that the Orioles are active. One source confirmed that the Orioles are actively pursuing right-handed hitting outfielder-first baseman Michael Morse and left-handed reliever Oliver Perez from the Seattle Mariners. Morse, whom the Orioles have liked for years, would fill the open DH role -- but he's coming off a lengthy stay on the disabled list after injuring his quad. Perez would add to the club's strength: the bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2013
We ran a large piece today with a look at some Orioles targets as the trade deadline approaches on Wednesday. But after talking to a bunch of people over the past few days, both in and out of the organization, there was some stuff I couldn't get into that story and photo box. So here are some quick hits involving potential trade targets. Some of it is speculation, but much of it is based on those discussions. Of course, this time of year, talking to a lot of people doesn't always get you the truth.
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By Matt Vensel | April 6, 2013
Chris Tillman had a rocky outing Saturday night in his first start of the season, which came hours after he was activated from the 15-day disabled list. The right-hander lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed five earned runs. Tillman, who was placed on the DL with a left abdominal strain on March 28, started strong in the first inning, needing just 13 pitches to retire the first three Minnesota Twins batters, including catcher Joe Mauer, in order. But Tillman quickly lost his command in the top of the second inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After struggling mightily with his control in an ugly one-inning start Thursday, Orioles right-hander Jair Jurrjens acknowledged that lingering flaws in his mechanics are rooted from nagging problems with his right knee. Jurrjens, who threw two innings in his spring debut Sunday, lasted just one frame Thursday in the Orioles' 7-1 Grapefruit League loss to the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium. He battled with his control throughout, allowing three earned runs on two hits and three walks.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- While first base remains a question mark for the Orioles, the team has not made pushes toward acquiring veterans Justin Morneau and Kevin Youkilis. The Twins have been gauging trade interest in Morneau, who will receive $14 million in 2013 in the final year of his contract. The Orioles have had no serious discussions about trading for Morneau and would be unwilling to take on his salary unless Minnesota paid a significant chunk. Also, the Orioles have had no dialogue with the representatives for Youkilis, who is now at free agent.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2012
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton came into his first major league start of the season full of confidence, ready to show he could become a stabilizing piece of a starting rotation in disarray. It was a long-awaited start for both Britton and the Orioles after the 24-year-old spent the season strengthening his left shoulder in Sarasota, Fla., and working on his mechanics in Triple-A Norfolk. But after his 2012 Orioles debut on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins, Britton wondered out loud what happened to all that confidence on the mound in the Orioles' 6-4 loss to Minnesota at Target Field.
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By Phil Rogers | January 24, 2011
The Twins breathed a sigh of relief that the Pirates were the only other team to offer Carl Pavano a two-year deal, allowing them to re-sign him and partially salvage a shaky offseason. But catcher Joe Mauer's raise from $12.5 million to $23 million has cut into the team's depth, with the rebuilt bullpen a major concern. The Twins are suddenly a fragile team, with much invested in successful returns by Justin Morneau (concussion) and Joe Nathan (elbow surgery). … Infielder Nick Punto is a good signing for the Cardinals.
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By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
In an effort to bolster their lineup, the Orioles have placed a trade waiver claim on Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham and are attempting to negotiate a deal, according to an industry source. The Orioles have until Friday afternoon - 48 hours after making the claim - to broker a trade with the Twins, who would likely need a prospect in return. If the teams can't reach a deal, the Twins can pull Willingham off waivers and keep him on their roster. During the trade waiver process that began this month, the Orioles have claimed several players, according to multiple sources.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2012
Just a few hours before last Friday's season opener at Camden Yards, two close friends -- Brian Roberts and Justin Morneau -- caught up in the tunnel connecting the home and visitors clubhouses. Roberts and the Morneau have become friends because they are among the few who truly understand what each other has been through. Roberts, the Orioles second baseman, is trying to come back from multiple concussions. And Morneau, a former AL MVP with the Twins, has gradually made that comeback.
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