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By Roch Kubatko | April 14, 1999
NEW YORK -- Orioles right-hander Scott Kamieniecki, who hasn't pitched since March 15 because of a strained left hamstring, threw off a mound in Baltimore for five minutes Monday, then took a flight to the club's minor-league complex in Sarasota, Fla., and repeated the session for 10 minutes yesterday morning.He's scheduled to throw for another 10 minutes today and continue doing some leg exercises before taking two days off and pitching in a simulated game later this month.Kamieniecki logged only six innings this spring, pushing back the timetable for his return.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2000
Two swings, a pump of the fist and a point of the finger confirmed something big for Charles Johnson and the Orioles last night. Yes, they can beat the Cleveland Indians coming from behind with a starting pitcher at less than his best and with a remade bullpen carrying the load for three innings. And, yes, Johnson can mean more to this club in April than calling and blocking pitches. On a chilly night that attracted the smallest crowd to Camden Yards in almost four years, Johnson homered in the sixth and eighth innings to reverse a 6-4 deficit and break a 7-7 tie. The remnants of 33,833 who waited out a chilled marathon celebrated an 11-7 win, Mike Hargrove's first as Orioles manager and only the club's second in its last 12 games against the AL Central power.
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By Jason LaCanfora | January 23, 1997
The Orioles signed pitcher Scott Kamieniecki to a minor-league contract yesterday and invited him to major-league camp.Kamieniecki, 32, was in the New York Yankees' organization since he was selected in the 14th round of the 1986 draft. A right-hander, he reached the majors in 1991 and had his best season in 1993, when he went 10-7 in 20 starts and 10 relief appearances with a 4.08 ERA and two complete games.Kamieniecki underwent surgery to remove chips from his right elbow after an injury-marred 1995 season, and pitched in seven games with the Yankees last year, going 1-2 with an 11.12 ERA. He was optioned to the minors on May 26 and did not pitch in the majors again.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 3, 1999
Scott Kamieniecki's recovery from a two-year series of career-threatening injuries became complete yesterday when the Orioles' former 10-game winner signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract to serve in middle relief for the Cleveland Indians.The loss of Kamieniecki represents the first free-agent defection this off-season from the Orioles, who have four others on the market but signed free-agent reliever Mike Trombley last month to a three-year, $7.75 million contract. Yesterday's move was not unexpected as Kamieniecki had agreed in principle to the Indians' offer last week, pending his passing a physical.
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By John Eisenberg | October 14, 1997
CLEVELAND -- He was an afterthought in spring training, a spare part on Opening Day and never more than filler in a starting rotation flushed with aces.Not exactly the guy the Orioles would pick to start a playoff game that could end their season.But they closed their eyes and handed the ball and their season over to Scott Kamieniecki last night in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series at Jacobs Field, and look what he gave them in return.He gave them renewed life in a series that this city seemed to think was over.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 8, 1997
CHICAGO -- Scott Kamieniecki believes the walk up his career stair-climber is now behind him. No longer does he need to be babied. No longer does he have to be considered the stopgap until Rocky Coppinger heals.Denied a decision, Kamieniecki gave another convincing statement yesterday in the Orioles' 1-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Involved in a pitchers' duel that offered no margin for error, Kamieniecki handed over a scoreless tie to the bullpen after seven innings and 86 pitches and suggested he was ready for more.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | March 24, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Ray Miller glared at the pitching chart taped to his office wall and grimaced. For the first time this spring he could see shades of 1998.Initially diagnosed as little more than an inconvenience, the strained hamstring that prevented No. 4 starter Scott Kamieniecki from making a Saturday start may also prevent him from being in the Orioles' season-opening rotation.Kamieniecki cut short a side session Monday after only three pitches because of continued tightness in the hamstring.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1998
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- If Scott Kamieniecki's 11-year stop-and-start career was compared to a walk through a casino, he came to the tables last spring down to his last $5. He left with $6.2 million."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1997
CLEVELAND -- Scott Kamieniecki and Chad Ogea will go into tonight's Game 5 of the American League Championship Series similarly oblivious to the situation that faces their respective teams.The 33-year-old Orioles right-hander and the 26-year-old Cleveland Indians right-hander will each be wearing psychological blinders when they take the mound at Jacobs Field."It's a great opportunity," Kamieniecki said last night before Game 4. "It's an important game."Said Ogea: "It's not going to change my approach.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | September 15, 1997
Scott Kamieniecki thought he had weathered the storm. Then manager Davey Johnson rained on his parade.Kamieniecki labored through the fourth inning, when the New York Yankees sent eight batters to the plate and scored three times. The right-hander threw 29 pitches, many of them while reliever Arthur Rhodes warmed in the bullpen, but finished strong by retiring Chad Curtis on a fly ball and striking out Jorge Posada to strand two runners.He breezed through the fifth and had every intention of continuing, but Johnson called on Rhodes to begin the next inning.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | November 12, 1999
The agent for Orioles first baseman Jeff Conine met with club officials for about an hour yesterday in a preliminary round of discussions aimed at keeping the seven-year veteran in Baltimore.Michael Watkins said the meeting, which included executive vice president John Angelos and director of player personnel Syd Thrift, was both cordial and encouraging."My perception was it went pretty good. We got along well. We had a good conversation," said Watkins, who had expressed frustration on Wednesday after failing to hear from Thrift during the general managers meetings in Dana Point, Calif.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 4, 1999
Capping the most productive season of his career, left fielder B. J. Surhoff received 33 of 34 first-place votes to win the Most Valuable Oriole Award.If only he could have enjoyed the honor.Surhoff's enthusiasm was tempered by the Orioles' 78-84 finish, their second losing season in a row after back-to-back appearances in the American League Championship Series."It's something that'll be nice later, maybe a couple years from now or when I'm done playing," he said. "I appreciate the recognition, but it would have been a lot nicer if we were continuing to play.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1999
BOSTON -- Good times embraced Scott Kamieniecki last night. It is about time.After suffering from a rash of injuries that could fill a medical almanac, the Orioles' veteran middle reliever held together a 1-0 win over the Boston Red Sox that began with six solid innings from Mike Mussina, included a game-winning RBI from stealth designated hitter Derrick May and culminated in another nerveless save by Mike Timlin.Like the rest of this club, Kamieniecki's only lament might be: why so long?
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 2, 1999
SEATTLE -- Rather than summon 20-year-old birthday boy Matt Riley to the majors to fill an opening in the rotation, the Orioles will look to their bullpen and hand tomorrow's assignment in Oakland to right-hander Ricky Bones.This will be Bones' first start as an Oriole since signing as a free agent in December. He's 0-2 with a 5.86 ERA as a reliever.Bones will be appearing in only his third game since coming off the disabled list on July 17. He had been out for two weeks with a tired arm.Manager Ray Miller also had spoken to Scott Kamieniecki about returning to a starter's role in place of Juan Guzman, who was traded to the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1999
SEATTLE -- Physically, it makes no difference to Scott Kamieniecki whether he's starting a game or coming in from the bullpen. The mound is the same distance from home plate and the objective still is to retire each hitter."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 26, 1999
Orioles starter Sidney Ponson didn't distinguish himself in yesterday's game against Anaheim, but the bullpen more than picked up the slack. It practically carried the club on its shoulders.Relievers Doug Johns, Al Reyes, Jesse Orosco and Scott Kamieniecki combined for seven shutout innings, allowing the Orioles to rally for an 8-7, 11-inning victory at Camden Yards.For Johns, the game represented an escape from oblivion. For Reyes, it marked his Orioles debut. For Orosco, it moved him closer to Dennis Eckersley's record for most appearances and continued a dominant stretch.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | March 21, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A seamless spring came to a halt yesterday for the Orioles' pitching staff when Scott Kamieniecki was scratched from a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers because of a strained left hamstring.Kamieniecki experienced a twinge during running drills Friday afternoon while much of the team was traveling to Jupiter for a exhibition game against the Montreal Expos.When he attempted to jog yesterday morning, Kamieniecki felt a pull, notified pitching coach Bruce Kison and was soon replaced by Doug Linton.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | September 16, 1998
Orioles pitcher Scott Kamieniecki had surgery yesterday morning to remove a herniated cervical disk in his neck and part of the sixth vertebra in his spine. The 90-minute procedure was done by Dr. Henry Bohlman at University Hospital of Cleveland.Once the disk was removed, Bohlman took a bone graft from Kamieniecki's left pelvic area and tapped it into the vertebra.Kamieniecki, who went on the disabled list for a third time Aug. 22, could return to his home in Flint, Mich., as early as today.
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