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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2012
Nolan Reimold didn't have to wait long to find out if Orioles manager Buck Showalter was thinking seriously about him hitting in the leadoff spot if veteran leadoff man Brian Roberts is not ready to start the season . Reimold was at the top of the lineup when the Orioles opened their home exhibition schedule against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night at Ed Smith Stadium. Showalter said Sunday that he was weighing all the possibilities, but Reimold seemed like the most obvious, based on his career numbers and his overall skill set. He might not look like a typical leadoff man. He's a big, rangy guy with good power, which are qualities that lend themselves more to a place in the middle of the order, but Showalter liked the way Reimold extended at-bats last year and sees him as someone who can be a solid on-base threat.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
DETROIT -- As left-handed reliever Andrew Miller spoke to the media in the clubhouse hallway Sunday night after the Orioles' American League Division Series clincher in Detroit, he was interrupted by a bellow. "You did it, Andrew," said the excited voice. "You did it. " Miller smiled and shook hands with the giddy man to his right: Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who acquired Miller in a July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline deal with the Boston Red Sox. Whether you're an Orioles fan or you just happen to run the organization, it's hard not to be pumped about what Miller has done in his two-plus months in Baltimore.
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By Matt Vensel | February 28, 2013
It isn't even March 1 yet, so the Orioles are a long way away from choosing which 25 players will start out on the Opening Day roster, let alone which hitter will bat first in the order when the season opens in Tampa Bay. But, for me, one of the interesting subplots of spring training will be discovering which player will lead off. The Orioles can no longer pencil in Brian Roberts as a sure thing atop the order. Roberts was the best one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball before his body began to break down and he began having concussion issues.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Perhaps it was fitting that the first leadoff home run in Nick Markakis' career would stand as the game-winner Sunday in a 1-0 pitchers' duel victory over the Seattle Mariners at Camden Yards. In his nine years with the Orioles, Markakis has been both a consistent contributor and someone who often has been overlooked while flashier players take center stage. “He is probably the epitome of consistency,” Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter said. “If you can wrap it up and put it in a bottle and give it to somebody - whatever he does on a daily basis - you'd be a rich man. He's a big-time part of this team, part of this organization and he just continues to play baseball.” A first-inning solo homer normally would go unnoticed over the course of a game, but Markakis' shot onto the right-field flag court on the sixth pitch from Seattle right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma became more crucial as the afternoon played out. It was the only run Iwakuma or Orioles starter Chris Tillman would allow in an old-fashioned pitchers' duel.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
The primary goal of any leadoff man is to get on base, and Orioles left fielder Nate McLouth is beginning to fill that role nicely. McLouth reached base in his first four plate appearances in the Orioles' 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon. He finished 2-for-3 with a single, double and two walks while scoring three runs and adding an RBI. In his past 19 plate appearance, McLouth has reached base 12 times. "I do feel comfortable there," McLouth said of batting leadoff.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS - The Orioles' experiment batting right fielder Nick Markakis in the leadoff spot is paying off. Markakis began hitting leadoff in the Orioles' first game after the All-Star break. In seven games since moving there, Markakis is batting .387 (12-for-31). He was 1-for-5 with an RBI in Thursday's 4-3 win over the Twins. "It's something I always had in the back of my head," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "I think Nicky's capable of hitting just about anywhere in the order.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
CLEVELAND - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman didn't deny it: A pair of leadoff walks that led to runs hurt him in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to Cleveland. Make no mistake, the Orioles offense - gangbusters one day and inept the next - could have done its part to help. Tillman undoubtedly would have worked better with a lead, as right-hander Bud Norris did in Monday's series opener when they spotted him five runs in an eventual 7-2 win. Tillman allowed a run in the fourth inning without allowing a hit, mainly because he issued back-to-back leadoff walks to Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana.
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By Dan Connolly | July 13, 2012
The Orioles resume play tonight with a second-half kickoff against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. And they are doing it with a wrinkle you have never seen before. Right fielder Nick Markakis, who will be playing for the first time for the Orioles since having surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right wrist on June 1, is batting leadoff. He's never done that in his seven-year big league career, which spans 996 games. He has most frequently batted third (543 starts)
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By Eduardo A. Encina | July 19, 2012
The Orioles' experiment batting right fielder Nick Markakis out of the leadoff spot is paying off. Markakis began hitting leadoff in the Orioles first game after the All-Star break. In seven games since moving there, Markakis is hitting .429  (12-for-28) following his third-inning single Thursday.  “It's something I always had in the back of my head,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I think Nicky's capable of hitting just about anywhere in the order. But really got his attention when I told him he could get another 50 at-bats, he was all for that.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
DETROIT -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said during spring training that left fielder David Lough could be eased, at some point, into the leadoff role against right-handers. Six games into the season, Lough has started four times and batted first twice - in consecutive games against right-handers Saturday and Sunday - after hitting second in his first two starts of the year. Showalter hasn't committed to the speedy Lough as the permanent leadoff hitter yet, instead of right fielder Nick Markakis, but it looks like it could end up that way. “It's an option.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Standing in the home clubhouse after the shortest outing of his career, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen pondered why he has given up so many home runs lately, including three in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon. After allowing just three in his first eight games of the season, he's yielded 12 in his past eight outings. Chen tried to answer the question as honestly as he could, but the truth is that he doesn't know why he is suddenly elevating pitches and why the opposition - including a struggling offense like the Rays' - now is making him pay. “For every game, you don't want to give up any home runs.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Miguel Gonzalez threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings for Double-A Bowie against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday night in an injury rehabilitation start as the right-hander recovers from a strained right oblique. Gonzalez, who is eligible to return to the Orioles from the 15-day disabled list Sunday, allowed four hits and struck out five batters on 70 pitches (45 strikes). He was pulled after striking out the leadoff batter in the fifth inning. A wild pitch and a walk helped the Fisher Cats load the bases with two outs in the second, but Gonzalez induced a groundout to escape the inning unscathed.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Hereford senior pitcher LeAnne Collins has improved in each of her four seasons playing varsity softball, and so have the Bulls. She believes it can make for a special season. A lefty on the mound and at the plate, where she's the team's leadoff batter, Collins has been the catalyst as the No. 6 Bulls have gone 8-1. As a pitcher, she's 7-0 and has struck out 76 batters in 38 innings. At the plate, she's batting .833 with 19 runs, 11 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Control is her key when pitching, as she likes to keep batters guessing with pitch selection and location.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
DETROIT -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said during spring training that left fielder David Lough could be eased, at some point, into the leadoff role against right-handers. Six games into the season, Lough has started four times and batted first twice - in consecutive games against right-handers Saturday and Sunday - after hitting second in his first two starts of the year. Showalter hasn't committed to the speedy Lough as the permanent leadoff hitter yet, instead of right fielder Nick Markakis, but it looks like it could end up that way. “It's an option.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- In today's Baltimore Sun, I gave a projected Orioles Opening Day lineup now that the club has added designated hitter/outfielder Nelson Cruz as a middle-of-the order bat. Here was my batting order, as it ran in the paper today: Nick Markakis RF: The favorite to assume leadoff position after hitting .335 in that spot in 2012 Manny Machado 3B: Lineup shifts if Machado has not recovered from knee surgery by Opening Day ...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles manager Buck Showalter had praise for new outfielder David Lough, but also tempered expectations for the 28-year-old. The Orioles acquired Lough in December for third baseman Danny Valencia, who emerged as the team's right-handed designated hitter against left-handed pitching. “Kansas City is a very good organization, and I hope and I think that the reason why we got him is because they really had a need for Danny Valencia,” Showalter said. Danny will fit them well.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2012
As the Orioles open their Grapefruit League schedule Monday with a day-night, split-squad doubleheader, expect manager Buck Showalter to examine all of his potential leadoff hitter options with Brian Roberts' health still uncertain. "We'll move some things around, look at some different scenarios," Showalter said Sunday. "You'll see a number of guys there. I want to take a look at how it feels and how it looks. If we're comparing all of them to Brian Roberts, they're all going to finish second.
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By Dan Connolly | July 12, 2012
Last night we posted a story that the Orioles are looking, in Dan Duquette's words, for a "set-up hitter" in the next few weeks. Duquette said it will be difficult to get a “bona fide” leadoff hitter, but he wants someone at the top or near the top of the lineup that has a high on-base percentage. Why? Well, Duquette's a big believer in on-base percentage, and the Orioles' .302 mark as a team is 26th of 30 clubs in the majors. Even more startling, the team's leadoff hitters this season have a collective .264 on-base percentage.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - With his offense failing to score more than three runs in four of the previous five games, Orioles manager Buck Showalter shuffled his lineup rather drastically on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays and their ace, lefty David Price. Showalter flooded his lineup with right-handed hitters and jumbled the top of the order, though he downplayed the mixing and matching before the game. “We have the same people playing, I think we just get so involved in the order,” Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2013
CLEVELAND - Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman didn't deny it: A pair of leadoff walks that led to runs hurt him in the Orioles' 4-3 loss to Cleveland. Make no mistake, the Orioles offense - gangbusters one day and inept the next - could have done its part to help. Tillman undoubtedly would have worked better with a lead, as right-hander Bud Norris did in Monday's series opener when they spotted him five runs in an eventual 7-2 win. Tillman allowed a run in the fourth inning without allowing a hit, mainly because he issued back-to-back leadoff walks to Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana.
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