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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 and Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2011
Orioles manager Buck Showalter called his Red Sox counterpart , Terry Francona , before Sunday's game between the teams to address his recently published comments about Boston general manager Theo Epstein . "I just felt like I owed him a call. I know Terry, and I like him a lot. I have a lot of respect for him," Showalter said. He didn't provide details as to the nature of the call. The issue arose after Francona was again asked about Showalter's recent comments in a Men's Journal article before the Orioles' 4-3 victory Sunday over Boston.
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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 Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2011
Orioles right-hander Koji Uehara said he has e-mailed with his extended family members in Japan and believes they are all fine after an 8.9-magnitude earthquake and tsunami hit the country's Eastern coast Friday. "This morning, I heard about the news," Uehara said through interpreter Jiwon Bang . "The families are safe; some of the friends I can't get a hold of at this moment. I couldn't use phones, but e-mail I can use. " Uehara's wife and son are in Baltimore, but the rest of his family resides in or around Tokyo.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2011
The question didn't even have time to slide safely into Buck Showalter's consciousness when the Orioles manager politely interrupted and motioned with his hands to indicate that the topic was premature. "So far, so good," Showalter said when asked about the Orioles' revamped bullpen. "It would be nice to break camp with all the pieces. That would be something that we didn't have last year. " The early returns on the Orioles' offseason bullpen makeover have been positive. Kevin Gregg, signed to a two-year, $10 million deal in January, has thrown four scoreless innings.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2011
Questions about the health of several of the Orioles' top players dominated conversation at Ed Smith Stadium Thursday as the club learned that first baseman Derrek Lee and starter Justin Duchscherer could get game action soon, while pitchers Brian Matusz and Koji Uehara could be sidelined for a little while. Uehara, who is expected to battle newly acquired Kevin Gregg for the closer role this spring, got a cortisone shot in his right elbow after experiencing what he described as "arm fatigue" in recent days.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2011
Koji Uehara and Kevin Gregg played catch Monday before the first workout for Orioles pitchers and catchers, a fitting arrangement for two relievers who figure to be linked all spring. Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't expected to settle on a closer much before Opening Day, but both Gregg and Uehara have made it clear that they want that responsibility. They also reiterated Monday that their competition will only help the bullpen become a strength of the club. "The situation is going to bring out the best in everybody," said Gregg, who signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Orioles in January after saving 37 games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2011
In a two-week span late in 2006, top Orioles executives Mike Flanagan and Jim Duquette attempted to solidify the team's bullpen by signing three relievers to three-year contracts totaling approximately $42 million. The moves proved disastrous as Danys Baez, Chad Bradford and Jamie Walker all failed to make it through three full seasons with the club. Current president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail's bullpen makeover, which includes Thursday's official signing of Kevin Gregg to a two-year, $10 million deal, is far less costly, both in terms of dollars and commitment.
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