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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
The Orioles lost their final season tuneup, 6-4, to their top affiliate, the Norfolk Tides, on Wednesday, but the important thing for the big league club is that lefty Brian Matusz again pitched well. Matusz allowed three hits and one walk while striking out five in four scoreless innings, throwing 57 pitches (35 for strikes). “He threw well. Very good,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He's been good about every time out.” Matusz, who had a 10.69 ERA in 12 starts with the Orioles in 2011, made this year's club with a 3.65 ERA in 24 2/3 big league innings.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 24, 2012
After more than a year of being out of big league baseball while attempting to rise above concussion symptoms, second baseman Brian Roberts is back in the game. He started his rehab assignment Wednesday in Double-A Bowie. The clock now starts ticking. He has 20 days to be activated by the big league club, though the team can halt the clock if he suffers a relapse or another injury. Otherwise, they would have to waive him, and the Orioles won't do that with their most veteran player and $10 million man. So the next three weeks are going to be interesting.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2013
Orioles left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada, who is recovering from last May's Tommy John surgery, will make his first minor league rehab start for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday afternoon at Lehigh Valley. It will be the first time Wada pitches in a minor league game since last April, when he lasted just 2 2/3 innings in a minor league rehab start for Norfolk. Wada, a former standout in the Japanese Pacific League who signed a two-year, $8.14 million contract before the 2012 season, has yet to pitch in a regular season game for the Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Right-handed reliever Heath Bell, who was released by the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, signed a minor league deal with the Orioles on Friday night and will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. A former, three-time All Star closer with the San Diego Padres, the 36-year-old Bell has struggled since signing a three-year, $27 million deal with the Miami Marlins before the 2012 season. He has been traded twice since then and compiled a 7.27 ERA in 13 games with the Rays this year before being released.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles are working on a minor league deal with right-hander Luis Ayala, according to industry sources. Ayala, who was a valuable reliever on the Orioles' 2012 playoff team, was released by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday following a rough spring training in which he allowed nine runs and 10 hits in six innings. The move would give the Orioles added bullpen depth with a familiar reliever. The 36-year-old reliever would report to minor league camp in Twin Lakes Park.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles reduced their camp roster to 46 (with nine non-roster invitees) on Friday by optioning injured right-hander Dylan Bundy to Double-A Bowie. It was a procedural move, because Bundy needed to be placed on the minor league disabled list by Friday. “It just changes where I am going to be,” Bundy said. “I'm going to be working with [minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker] down there [at the minor league complex] and that's who I've been working with the first six months of my rehab.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
PHOENIX -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was planning to go over potential September call-ups on the flight home from Arizona on Wednesday night. With Triple-A Norfolk competing for a wild-card spot in the International League playoffs, Showalter said he will try not to raid the Tides' roster, but he will rely heavily on the input of Norfolk manager Ron Johnson, whom Showalter lauds for his ability to know who can help the major league club. “I was looking at it a little bit today,” Showalter said before Wednesday's game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia, who was signed to a minor league deal on Friday, arrived at the Orioles' minor league facility at Twin Lakes Park on Sunday morning, passed his physical and threw a bullpen session in front of Orioles coaches. Wearing a No. 9 jersey without a name on the back, the 14-year veteran said he feels ready for the season - he threw five innings and about 80 pitches in last Saturday in his final start with the Padres before his release - and hopes he can get back to the big leagues with the Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2013
-- The Orioles made a few more cuts Monday, optioning three members of their 40-man roster to Triple-A Norfolk while bringing the number of players in big league camp to 53 with three weeks remaining in spring training. It was no surprise that outfielder Xavier Avery, right-hander Zach Clark and lefty Mike Belfiore, all of whom could have roles with the big league club at some point this season, were sent out to get more consistent playing time. The 23-year-old Avery, who hit .223 in 32 games for the Orioles in 2012, had just two singles in 11 at-bats this spring.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun reporter | September 6, 2006
Cal Ripken Jr. says he would consider purchasing the Orioles if owner Peter G. Angelos put the club up for sale. "I think I could have value to a group, an ownership group," the former Orioles star said in an interview. "I like Mr. Angelos, and I don't know what's going to happen to his club, but if it were for sale, it would be interesting to explore." Ripken was careful to speak in hypotheticals because the team is not for sale. He said he considers Angelos "brilliant" and "a friend."
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