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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2011
It has been an interesting two months for catcher Craig Tatum . He lost his big league job, became a first-time father and thought his career might be in jeopardy when he heard his shoulder pop on a throw this month. And now the 28-year-old is back in the majors, officially recalled Thursday after the Orioles demoted Brandon Snyder to Triple-A Norfolk. "It's been up and down. Of course, I wanted to be up here, but I had some stuff to work on," said Tatum, who hit .200 in 21 games at Norfolk.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2011
Since the day Vladimir Guerrero walked into the Orioles' spring training clubhouse for the first time, his mere presence has been the source of much fascination from his new teammates. It wasn't just his prodigious batting practice blasts, his Hall of Fame-worthy statistics and his ability to make contact with pretty much any pitch in the same area code as home plate. It was the boyish enthusiasm the 36-year-old plays with, and the smile that's on his face no matter what he does on a baseball field.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2011
Orioles reliever Koji Uehara said he feels better than he did at any time last season. It just hasn't shown in his results recently. Uehara started the year with 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his first five games, allowing just one hit and two walks. In his past six appearances, covering seven innings, Uehara has given up seven hits, two walks, five runs and three homers. His ERA during that span is 12.60, pushing his season ERA to 3.86. "The major leagues is all about results," Uehara said through interpreter Jiwon Bang . "So to give up runs is really frustrating.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2011
Orioles closer Kevin Gregg isn't getting too excited after converting three consecutive save opportunities or making four straight hitless appearances. That seems fitting since he stayed calm after his first five outings, which included allowing hits in each and blowing a save at Yankee Stadium on his first pitch, a homer by Jorge Posada . "I don't think I would be here right now if I doubted [my ability]," Gregg said. "There are days when you are not throwing the ball the best and you still have to believe in your ability and what's going on. As soon as you panic, that's when things are going to go haywire for you. I didn't panic; I believe in what I was doing and my preparation was there, and I knew it was going to come back around.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2011
The return of a healthy Brian Matusz would be a welcome development for an Orioles rotation in flux. However, the young left-hander appears to be several weeks away from making his 2011 debut. The Orioles had initially hoped that Matusz would rejoin the club on their 11-day homestand, which begins Monday, and start throwing bullpen sessions off the mound in front of pitching coach Mark Connor and bullpen coach Rick Adair . But Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday that the 24-year-old is still feeling effects from a strained left intercostal muscle and hasn't been cleared to throw off the mound.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2011
Reliever Michael Gonzalez put his fastball right where he wanted it to go against Orlando Cabrera in the seventh inning. Then, he watched the Cleveland Indians second baseman pull his hands in and send it over the left-field wall in the Orioles' 8-3 loss Saturday. That's about how things have been going for the 32-year-old left-handed reliever, who has a 10.38 ERA and has given up runs in four of his five outings this season. "It's one of those things where I can't think about it too much, but I was definitely frustrated today," said Gonzalez.
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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 Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2011
One Orioles starting pitcher simply was tuning up for Opening Night, while another was trying to make the club for the final time this spring. The pitching lines weren't impressive and the game results were mixed Sunday as the Orioles' reserves lost, 9-5, to the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin and the starters beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, before an announced sellout crowd of 8,495 at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota. Jeremy Guthrie, who was making his final start of the spring before pitching the regular season opener versus the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night, allowed four runs on 12 hits in five innings against a Blue Jays lineup that featured all nine regulars in Dunedin.
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By Matt Vensel | March 18, 2011
Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine. Running it back: With the help of a pair of home runs from catcher Jake Fox , the Orioles smacked around the Pirates, 13-3, on Thursday. Matt Wieters went 4-for-5 in the win . ... Coach Fang Mitchell rejected an offer to remain at Coppin State , saying the contract was "unacceptable.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2011
On a day when they performed terribly on the field, the Orioles got much-needed positive news on the injury front as the imaging results on Brian Roberts and Justin Duchscherer turned up no new concerns and Derrek Lee and Koji Uehara moved closer to seeing game action. Still, there is no timetable on any of the four, and they are running out of time with Opening Night on April 1. Orioles manager Buck Showalter described Duchscherer's chances of making the Opening Day rotation as being "in peril" and said Roberts' opening the season with the club remains a "possibility," a softening of the stance team officials have taken on the second baseman for much of the spring.
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