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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2010
It's been a tumultuous season for outfielder Nolan Reimold , but it looks as if it is going to end the way it started: in an Orioles uniform. Reimold, one of the organization's brightest stars in 2009, was demoted to Triple-A Norfolk on May 12 after hitting .205 with a .302 on base percentage in 96 at-bats. He was even worse when he joined the Tides, finishing May in the minors with just six hits in 49 at-bats (.122 average). This month at Triple-A, however, he's looked like the Reimold of 2009, hitting .357 with a .519 on-base percentage and a .554 slugging percentage in his first 17 August games.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2010
The Orioles, who have scored just five total runs in three games since the All-Star break, are hoping the return of designated hitter Luke Scott will give their punchless offense a boost. Out since June 30, when he strained his left hamstring while rounding first base on a home run, Scott will rejoin the Orioles on Monday, and it's expected that he'll be in the lineup for the series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. "If he gets here [Monday] and the decision is to activate Luke, he is going to be in the lineup," interim manager Juan Samuel said.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2010
The Orioles soon should get two players back who were considered keys at the beginning of the season, but exactly where they fit in now hasn't been fully determined. Outfielder Felix Pie, who has been on the disabled list since April 16 with a torn muscle in his back, and reliever Michael Gonzalez, who has been on the DL since April 14 with a strained left shoulder, are nearing returns, possibly as early as the start of Friday's road trip in Boston. Pie, who hit .400 in 20 at-bats this season, went 4-for-5 with a double for Double-A Bowie on Tuesday night after a short stint at Single-A Frederick, while Gonzalez pitched 11/3 innings of scoreless relief for short-season Single-A Aberdeen on Tuesday after he threw one inning (two earned runs)
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | April 9, 2010
Orioles manager Dave Trembley met with Nolan Reimold before Thursday night's game to clear up confusion the young outfielder might have had about his role with the club. Reimold, who established himself as the Orioles' regular left fielder last season but isn't close to 100 percent after having surgery on his left Achilles in September, didn't play in the season opener and started in the outfield Wednesday only because Felix Pie aggravated a shoulder injury. He was in the lineup for Thursday's series finale at designated hitter, with Luke Scott getting the start in left field.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | April 8, 2010
With two young left fielders vying for playing time, the Orioles devised an initial blueprint for the start of the season: Use Felix Pie on the Tropicana Field turf while Nolan Reimold continues rehabilitating his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon. Let Reimold be the designated hitter in the third game of the season and then have him play in the field once the club gets back to Camden Yards. That carefully scripted plan lasted a day. Pie was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with a strained left rotator cuff, forcing Reimold to start in left earlier than expected.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | May 10, 2009
Luke Scott has started in left field just five times in 31 games, not exactly what the second-year Oriole had in mind before the season began. Scott, who was the Orioles' regular left fielder last year, made it clear during spring training that he wasn't comfortable with the idea of being an everyday designated hitter. That's primarily what his role has been so far in 2009, though Scott isn't complaining. That's because serving as the team's DH has allowed Scott to remain in the lineup most days, even if left-handed pitchers are on the mound.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | February 25, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Outfielder Felix Pie stepped out of minor league director Dave Stockstill's rental car yesterday morning and right into the debate about how the former Chicago Cubs prospect will be used with his new team. Pie, whose arrival at Fort Lauderdale Stadium was delayed six days after he experienced passport problems in his native Dominican Republic, took his physical yesterday and said he's excited to have the opportunity to play every day in left field. "I've waited for that for a long time, to let me play every day," said Pie, who was acquired from the Cubs last month for starter Garrett Olson and minor league pitcher Henry Williamson.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly and,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com and dan.connolly@baltsun.com | January 19, 2009
When the Orioles were in extensive trade talks with the Chicago Cubs last year about Brian Roberts, they wanted young outfielder Felix Pie and were told that he was unavailable. Yesterday, with the Cubs running out of both patience and opportunity for their one-time top prospect, they sent him to the Orioles for starting pitcher Garrett Olson and Single-A pitcher Henry Williamson. The trade was Orioles president Andy MacPhail's latest attempt to make the team's roster younger and more athletic, and add to the organization's young position-player depth, which has been lacking for years.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | June 13, 2008
This is more of a mild protest over a slight irritant, but it'll do in a pinch. Jon Heyman of SI.com came out with a list of No-Stars earlier this week that paid tribute to players who shouldn't be allowed to punch an All-Star ballot, let alone play in next month's game. He puts together a pretty unimpressive rotation, with the likes of the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander and Nate Robertson, Seattle Mariners' Carlos Silva and Jarrod Washburn and Minnesota Twins' Boof Bonser - who should at least get some credit for having the most creative name of the bunch.
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