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By Matt Vensel | April 15, 2011
Before last night's loss to the Yankees, Buck Showalter had made all the right moves when managing the Orioles bullpen. He was playing the matchups, using his top relievers in key situations before the ninth inning and going with his gut in save situations. But last night, Showalter's moves ended up looking like the wrong ones because Kevin Gregg blew a save opportunity in the ninth inning and Michael Gonzalez allowed the game-winning run in the tenth. The 6-5 loss was the Orioles' fourth straight.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | April 6, 2009
Mon Yankees, 4:05 p.m., Ch. 13, MASN Starters: Yankees' CC Sabathia (17-10, 2.70 in 2008) vs. Jeremy Guthrie (10-12, 3.63) The Orioles will get their first look at the retooled Yankees, who spent $423.5 million on three players this offseason. Sabathia, who signed a seven-year, $161 million deal, is 5-0 with a 2.38 ERA in nine career starts against the Orioles. New York's lineup will have a new look as manager Joe Girardi has moved Derek Jeter atop the order and shifted Johnny Damon to the second spot.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | March 16, 2010
Six Orioles pitchers threw eight shutout innings against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, but it was center fielder Jeff Salazar who should be credited with the save. Salazar, a veteran signed to play center in Triple-A Norfolk, made several strong running catches in the Orioles' 3-1 win before an announced 8,232 at Hammond Stadium, including an over-the-back snag of a soaring fly ball by Michael Cuddyer to end the first inning. Salazar's grab was the key play that settled starter David Hernandez, who threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and walking one. "I told Salazar, 'As long as you catch the ones going over your head, we'll be OK,' " Hernandez joked.
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By Steve Gould, The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2010
How it happened: The Orioles didn't give Brad Bergesen much support -- the team's only two runs coming on a second-inning homer by Ty Wigginton, his 10th home run of the season -- but the starting pitcher didn't need it. Bergesen pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings on the way to his second victory of the season -- and second in two starts since returning from his brief demotion to Triple-A Norfolk. Reliever Will Ohman struck out Jim Thome to record the third out of the seventh inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 5, 2013
A pitcher who could have possibly replaced Jim Johnson as the Orioles' closer came off the board on Thursday when the Boston Red Sox signed former St. Louis Cardinals reliever Edward Mujica to a two-year, $9.5-million deal. The signing is like a punch to the gut for two reasons. First, Mujica appeared to be one of the best value options on the free-agency market. He was projected to cost in the $4-6 million range annually, and he signed a deal toward the lower half of that estimate.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
There's roughly 80 minutes left before the nonwaiver trade deadline expires, and the Orioles have not yet made a move. I don't think that's necessarily indicative of what will occur in the next hour-plus. I talked to one guy today who joked that Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette should be wearing a watch that keeps track of seconds -- because that's how he often plays these deadlines. The trade for Bud Norris last year on this day went down at the last minute, so it would be no shock if an 11th-hour deal like that happens again.
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By Dan Connolly | December 14, 2011
With news that the Orioles have agreed to terms with Japanese lefty Tsuyoshi Wada, that they are pursuing Taiwanese lefty Chen Wei-Yin and that they attempted but failed to sign Korean Chong Tae-Hyon, it's obvious the club's international program is stepping up to a new level under new executive vice president Dan Duquette. There needs to be some caution here, though. The three players mentioned above - and Koji Uehara, who was signed by the Orioles before the 2009 season - are all established pros.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2010
While second baseman Brian Roberts (herniated disk) could be shut down from baseball activities for another couple of weeks, the other injured Orioles could be returning a lot sooner than the club originally expected. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Monday that outfielder Felix Pie and relievers Michael Gonzalez, Koji Uehara and Jim Johnson could be ready to return to the club by the end of the month, a development interim manager Juan Samuel appreciates.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2013
Sometimes statistics don't mesh with perception. In the case of Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen and his struggles in the late innings, things match up. Chen was cruising on Sunday afternoon when he got to the seventh. He had given up just four hits, a walk and one run through six innings. He got a strikeout to start the seventh - his fifth of the afternoon. He then walked Michael Saunders and picked him off trying to steal. Chen issued another walk, to eighth hitter, Brendan Ryan, before giving up a two-run, two-out homer to ninth hitter Henry Blanco on his 106th pitch of the game.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2010
Looking for bullpen help after trading four relievers, including three from their 40-man roster last week, the Orioles have signed right-hander Jeremy Accardo to a one-year, $1.08 million deal, according to an industry source. Accardo, 28, pitched in just five games with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010, compiling a 0-1 record and 8.10 ERA in 6 2/3 big league innings. In fact, he spent most of the past two seasons at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he was the closer, saving 37 games in two years.
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