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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
Coming off last night's 7-5 walk-off win over the Tigers, the Orioles will face Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who has 7-0 record and 2.85 ERA against Baltimore in his career. Not to worry, Orioles fans. Last night, the Orioles overcame a dominating start by Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer to win. Scherzer dominated the Orioles for most of the game Friday, allowing just five baserunners through eight innings and striking out 10 before the Orioles' ninth-inning comeback. Chris Dickerson's walk-off homer on Friday night was the Orioles' first walkoff homer when trailing with two outs since Chris Hoiles' grand slam off Seattle's Norm Charlton on May 17, 1996.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
When the Orioles signed Nelson Cruz to a club-friendly one-year, $8 million deal in February, executive vice president Dan Duquette was quick to point out Cruz's postseason accomplishments. And while the Orioles have reaped a huge payoff from their investment in Cruz - he led the majors with 40 homers and at times, carried the club on his broad shoulders - the 34-year-old slugger brings huge playoff credentials into the Orioles' American League Division Series matchup against the Detroit Tigers.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
Shortstop J.J. Hardy broke out of an 0-for-11 streak in a big way Saturday, going 2-for-3 with two solo home runs against Detroit ace Justin Verlander in the Orioles' 10-3 loss to the Tigers. Hardy conitinues to pull himself out of an early season funk. He has raised his batting average 56 points since May 2, when he was .188. In 28 games in May, Hardy hit .273 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs and has helped solidify the bottom half of the Orioles' batting order. “We're still hacking, just trying to put up as many runs,” Hardy said.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | September 30, 2014
Sorry, Oriole Magic fans, there was nothing supernatural about the way the club ran away from the rest of the American League East this year, even if it does defy logical explanation. They clinched the division title in surprisingly short order with one of baseball's best all-around catchers on the shelf for five months, their Platinum Glove third baseman recovering from another serious knee injury, and last year's most explosive major league hitter shockingly suspended for violating the sport's amphetamine policy.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | April 11, 2007
For the first time since joining the Orioles, starting pitcher Jaret Wright finally looked comfortable on the mound. He located his fastball and threw his other three pitches for strikes. However, when Wright started warming up for the fifth inning last night, he was alarmed by a familiar feeling in the back of his right shoulder. Wright made it through one more inning before getting removed with shoulder stiffness in the Orioles' 3-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Tigers@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, MASN, 105.7 FM Starters: Tigers' Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00)
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October 23, 2012
Rested Tigers in 5 Peter Schmuck Baltimore Sun The Giants certainly have shown tremendous resilience, fending off a Cardinals team that seemed born to be the wild-card world champion, but that seven-game NLCS is going to cost them in the World Series. The Tigers are well-rested and have their starting rotation lined up just right to get the jump on the Giants, even though the Fall Classic will begin in San Francisco. The home-field disadvantage probably is not going to bother Justin Verlander, who should be very fresh pitching on more than a week's rest.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | July 17, 2008
Today Tigers, 7:05 p.m., MASN * Starters: Tigers' Kenny Rogers (6-6, 4.55) vs. Orioles' Garrett Olson (6-4, 5.65) Tomorrow Tigers, 7:05 p.m., MASN2 * Starters: Tigers' Armando Galarraga (7-3, 3.27) vs. Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie (5-7, 3.49) Saturday Tigers, 7:05 p.m., MASN * Starters: Tigers' Nate Robertson (6-8, 5.26) vs. Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (6-5, 4.33) Sunday Tigers, 1:35 p.m., Ch. 13, MASN * Starters: Tigers' Justin Verlander (7-9, 4.15) vs. Orioles' Brian Burres (7-5, 5.02)
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October 15, 2012
Down for the count Dom Amore Hartford Courant It's always dangerous to count the Yankees out — except right now. They're one blow from being out cold, and Justin Verlander is winding up for a haymaker. These Yankees are old, and one-dimensional. There's no such thing as hitting too many home runs, but there is such a thing as being too reliant on home runs, and walks. Did you see Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera stroke outside pitches to right for singles with runners in scoring position in Game 2?
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | May 9, 2006
Detroit Tigers@Orioles Day ........................... Time ......... TV .......................................... Starters Tonight ..................... 7:05 ....... CSN ............. Nate Robertson (3-2, 3.25) ........................................................................ vs. Daniel Cabrera (2-2, 4.73) Tomorrow ............... 7:05 ........ CSN ............ Justin Verlander (3-3, 3.68) ......................................................................... vs. Rodrigo Lopez (1-4, 6.75)
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By Dan Connolly | May 30, 2009
The Tiger killer Designated hitter Luke Scott homered twice, including a grand slam in the Orioles' five-run third inning, for his second consecutive multi-homer game and seventh overall of his career. His past three multi-homer games have come against Detroit, dating to last season. It also was the third consecutive game in which Scott has homered. Since coming off the disabled list Wednesday, Scott is 7-for-11 with five homers, 12 RBIs and three walks. D-Train derailed Tigers left-hander Dontrelle Willis entered his fourth start of the season having allowed seven runs in three games spanning 17 2/3 innings.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
There probably have been five times in the past 20 months or so that I've written a game story about Chris Tillman's continued emergence/maturation as a pitcher. Several times I've written about whether he is - or is at least on his way to becoming -  a staff ace. Whenever I've asked scouts or baseball executives about Tillman, though, I'm told he is a No. 2 starter, maybe a No. 3 on a great team. But then you see what he did Sunday, and you have to wonder, if he can do that consistently, why he can't earn that ace label.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
We're taking a break from thinking about Manny Machado's knee (again) and are considering the teams that are still playing baseball. So grab a stool. I'll slide you a full glass. And, in turn, you give me your opinion on which teams make it to the 2013 World Series. I went 3-for-4 in my division series predictions. The only misstep I had was the Oakland A's-Detroit Tigers dogfight. I called the right number of games (5), but had the wrong team emerging. Now that the Tigers have advanced, they have the unenviable task of having to go to Boston to start another draining set of games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
NEW YORK -- Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who is managing the American League All-Star team, spoke Monday afternoon about his decision to choose Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman for his squad over the New York Yankees' Hiroki Kuroda. Leyland, who announced his starting lineup Monday , said he had about five names he was considering to take the spot of Justin Verlander, who pitched Sunday and thus isn't available for Tuesday's game. “I looked at it very thoroughly, and at the end of the day, I added Tillman because I just felt like ... I'd almost be embarrassed not to take a guy that's 11-3 to the All-Star Game," Leyland said.
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By Matt Vensel | June 20, 2013
J.J. Hardy admitted this spring that his 2012 season was probably the lowest point of his career offensively. He didn't make an excuse out of a nagging shoulder injury that gave him sharp pain every time he threw the ball from shortstop to first base, but he struggled to swing his way out of a long slump and his numbers sagged. Often batting out of the two-hole, Hardy batted .238, the second-lowest average of his career. He had 22 home runs and 68 RBIs, which still ranked fourth and fifth among shortstops, respectively, but represented a decline from his 2011 numbers, when he hit a career-high 30 home runs and tied his career high with 80 RBIs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
DETROIT - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has seen enough of Justin Verlander to know that the deeper the Detroit Tigers' ace right-hander gets into games, the more unbeatable he becomes. “You'd rather face anybody,” Jones said. “Their bullpen's pretty good, but you'd rather face their bullpen than face Verlander, and especially in the later innings, he gets a tad angry and he hits that 98, 99 [mph] mark.” Jones knows from experience, because the Orioles had never beaten Verlander heading into Tuesday night's game at Comerica Park.
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Peter Schmuck | June 1, 2013
It didn't take the Detroit Tigers long to remind the Orioles that momentum and a couple of bucks will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. The Orioles were flying so high after Friday night's ninth-inning comeback that the air apparently got a little too thin. The big-swinging Tigers pierced the sky four times in an eight-run explosion in the top of the fourth inning that all but evened the series before late-afternoon shadows could reach the pitcher's mound. The assault was so quick and unmerciful that it rendered Tigers ace Justin Verlander almost irrelevant.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2013
NEW YORK -- Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who is managing the American League All-Star team, spoke Monday afternoon about his decision to choose Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman for his squad over the New York Yankees' Hiroki Kuroda. Leyland, who announced his starting lineup Monday , said he had about five names he was considering to take the spot of Justin Verlander, who pitched Sunday and thus isn't available for Tuesday's game. “I looked at it very thoroughly, and at the end of the day, I added Tillman because I just felt like ... I'd almost be embarrassed not to take a guy that's 11-3 to the All-Star Game," Leyland said.
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By Dan Connolly | February 10, 2012
To make room for Luis Ayala on the Orioles' 40-man roster, the club designated outfielder Matt Angle for assignment. The speedy 26-year-old outfielder, a seventh-round pick in 2007 out of Ohio State, hit .177 for the Orioles in 31 games. His lone big league homer came against AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander to lead off the Sept. 24 game in Detroit. He hit .271 in 108 games for Triple-A Norfolk last season before joining the Orioles. Angle becomes another recent Orioles draftee to be jettisoned this offseason, joining outfielder Kyle Hudson and Brandon Snyder -- all picks under former amateur scouting director Joe Jordan.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
Shortstop J.J. Hardy broke out of an 0-for-11 streak in a big way Saturday, going 2-for-3 with two solo home runs against Detroit ace Justin Verlander in the Orioles' 10-3 loss to the Tigers. Hardy conitinues to pull himself out of an early season funk. He has raised his batting average 56 points since May 2, when he was .188. In 28 games in May, Hardy hit .273 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs and has helped solidify the bottom half of the Orioles' batting order. “We're still hacking, just trying to put up as many runs,” Hardy said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
Coming off last night's 7-5 walk-off win over the Tigers, the Orioles will face Tigers ace Justin Verlander, who has 7-0 record and 2.85 ERA against Baltimore in his career. Not to worry, Orioles fans. Last night, the Orioles overcame a dominating start by Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer to win. Scherzer dominated the Orioles for most of the game Friday, allowing just five baserunners through eight innings and striking out 10 before the Orioles' ninth-inning comeback. Chris Dickerson's walk-off homer on Friday night was the Orioles' first walkoff homer when trailing with two outs since Chris Hoiles' grand slam off Seattle's Norm Charlton on May 17, 1996.
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