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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | February 16, 1992
Here are some of the spring subplots that will be played out during the six weeks the Orioles will spend in Sarasota, Fla., and at their temporary Grapefruit League home in St. Petersburg:Who will lead?The Orioles have been looking for a true leadoff hitter since Al Bumbry played his last season in 1984. The search will continue this spring, with prospects Luis Mercedes and Darrell Sherman each hoping to convince manager John Oates that he can do the job.Mercedes made a good first impression with his aggressive play last spring and just won a batting title in winter ball.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2011
As it turns out, Brian Roberts ' reluctance to steal bases wasn't a result of concern over his back. It was because of a sore right hamstring. A day after stealing third base in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox — his second stolen base of the season and first since April 6, a span of 18 games — Roberts revealed Friday that he has been dealing with hamstring discomfort since the season began. "I wanted to be on the field, and I knew if I was trying to run recklessly, I probably wouldn't have been able to stay in the lineup," Roberts said.
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April 20, 1997
Athletics: Damon Mashore is batting .448 (13-for-29) with nine runs scored in seven games as the leadoff batter.Brewers: Jeromy Burnitz broke an 0-for-15 slump against his former team, the Indians, with a single in the sixth.Cubs: Chicago lost its final three road games in 1996, and is 0-7 away from Wrigley Field this year.Giants: Barry Bonds, who went 0-for-3, with a walk, has reached base in all 15 games this season.Indians: The team hit back-to-back homers for the first time since September, when Jim Thome, Albert Belle and Julio Franco went deep against the Angels.
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By Matt Vensel | March 14, 2011
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has been sidelined with back spasms for a week now, and it's unclear when he'll return to the diamond down in Sarasota. Manager Buck Showalter says he isn't worrying yet, but he will be soon if Roberts remains sidelined. The 33-year-old was limited to 59 games in 2010 because of a herniated disk in his back, and without a legitimate leadoff guy to fill his spot, the offense struggled in his absence. The Orioles still don't have a clear replacement for Roberts should his injury keep him out of the lineup when the regular season begins next month.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writer | May 5, 1995
The leadoff job is Brady Anderson's.Forget about Curtis Goodwin, at least for now.Anderson is showing no signs of giving up the top spot. Since going hitless in his first 10 at-bats, he has a five-game hitting streak and leads the team with 10 runs scored and six extra-base hits.The only three-hit (or even two-hit) man in yesterday's 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers, Anderson singled, stole a base, doubled twice, drove in a run and scored two.And he has erased manager Phil Regan's thoughts about moving him down in the order and beginning his lineup with Goodwin.
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December 25, 1990
Ivy League rolls to win over Japan in footballThe smaller Japanese college all-stars looked as if they were going to make a battle out of their annual football game with a team of Ivy League stars, countering the Ivy League's initial, 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive by moving to within 1 foot of the Ivy goal line.But the Japanese fumbled, John Sparks of Harvard recovered and the Ivy stars were on their way to a 47-10 victory before an estimated 28,000 fans in Yokohama, Japan.Asked whether a Japanese touchdown could have turned the momentum around, Ivy coach Carm Cozza of Yale replied: "You bet. I don't think physically they could have beaten us, but it certainly would have been a lot tougher."
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | May 17, 1995
It doesn't get any better than this for Brady Anderson. He is hitting well -- .318 going into last night's game -- and he is playing center field again, though that may be a temporary arrangement.He always has preferred to play center. There was a point last spring when it appeared he would push teammate Mike Devereaux over to right and establish himself as the Orioles' full-time center fielder, but ended up back in left and figured to play every day there this year once the club signed free agent Andy Van Slyke.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | April 7, 2010
When Brian Roberts flew back to Baltimore for an epidural March 15, even the most optimistic Orioles fans had to wonder whether the team's second baseman and leadoff hitter would be back in time to play on Opening Day. Roberts himself wondered whether he could overcome the pain in the herniated disk in his back. But he made it, leading off the Orioles' season Tuesday by flying out to left field on the first pitch of the game from the Tampa Bay Rays' James Shields . "I feel blessed just to have the opportunity to be here because I had no idea a couple weeks ago, a month ago, where I'd be," Roberts said before Tuesday's opener.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | November 24, 2006
I don't know about you, but I could have sworn that Major League Baseball introduced a new labor agreement at the World Series and forecasted a new era of economic sanity. Now comes the news that Gary Matthews Jr., fresh off his first strong season as a full-time player, has agreed to a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels worth $50 million, and suddenly the baseball world seems to have spun out of its orbit once again. Let's stipulate right here that Matthews is a fine young man with tremendous talent.
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By Pat O'Malley and Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF | July 4, 2005
The addition of ninth-round draft choice Paco Figueroa as a leadoff man and improved pitching and defense have the Delmarva Shorebirds off to a 7-3 start in the second half of the Single-A South Atlantic League. "We have a much better ballclub than we had in the first half," said manager Gary Kendall, whose Shorebirds were 30-40 in the first half of the league's split schedule of 140 games. The Shorebirds were tied for first in the Northern Division with the Lakewood (N.J.) BlueClaws and the Hickory (N.C.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 15, 2005
CHICAGO - Though Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts keeps gaining attention for his unexpected power outbursts this season, he's hardly been hit-or-miss through the first six weeks. Including going 3-for-5 last night, Roberts is batting .500 (13-for-26) during his past six games and has hit safely in 32 of 36 - precisely what the Orioles want at the top of their order. It's obvious that playing every day agrees with Roberts. "It makes a world of difference," he said. "When you know that you're going to be able to go through the ups and downs and still be in the lineup, you have that comfort level and you're not worrying about every at-bat.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | May 22, 2003
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles second baseman Jerry Hairston was on crutches with his broken right foot in a protective boot early yesterday morning, and as teammates walked by to console him, all they could do was shake their heads. Hairston had a chance to make the All-Star team this season, but he's expected to miss the next six to eight weeks after breaking the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot. The injury came in the second inning of Tuesday night's 7-6 loss to the Anaheim Angels at Edison International Field, when Hairston fouled off a pitch and rolled all his weight over onto the foot.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | October 12, 2002
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Though his left fielder was fighting a horrendous postseason slump, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't make a change for Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. Before last night, Jacque Jones had one hit in his past 17 at-bats, and none since Game 4 of the AL Division Series. He struck out seven times, and his struggles were magnified as the Twins' leadoff hitter. "I've hit some balls hard," he said. "I sent Garret Anderson back to the track, and Tim Salmon, too. I'm just in a bad stretch right now."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2002
The grand experiment that has defined Orioles second baseman Jerry Hairston this spring still keeps him under a microscope. Any time he lifts a ball into the air, it seems to contradict his duties as the Orioles' newest leadoff hitter. It's as though he's committed a sin of the highest order, and there's no place higher that he can go in this order. Out to prove he could alter his approach at the plate, Hairston batted .315 this spring and posted a .400 on-base percentage. Good enough to stay on top of the lineup.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2000
The St. Louis Cardinals sent a message to the rest of the National League over the past couple of weeks. They pitched and pounded their way to the top of the NL Central standings, and they did it largely without superstar slugger Mark McGwire. McGwire, who has been coping with a sore back, returned to the lineup Thursday night and took part in a lopsided victory over the San Diego Padres, but the Cardinals have proved that they finally are a complete team even when Big Mac is stuck on the sideline.
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