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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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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | March 5, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Trying to locate Scott Moore at Orioles camp has become a game in itself. All that's missing is the red-and-white striped shirt and he could be featured in a children's book. "Where's Scott?" He might be taking ground balls at third base, unless he has joined the group at first. And don't be fooled into only searching the infield. If everyone else is breaking for lunch, Moore probably is breaking back on fly balls in left. Moore has been employed at all three positions during the first six exhibition games.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | November 28, 2007
Jose Guillen is looking for $30 million over three years. He has been a headache for more than one manager because of his anger-management issues. He has a short fuse and a shorter shelf life. And ESPN Deportes has the Orioles in the running to sign him. They must want him in left field - the same place this rumor came from. Don't be shocked if it's a figment of someone's imagination. Guillen, based only on his tools, would be a tremendous upgrade over Jay Payton. The guy hits for average and power, and he has a cannon for an arm. But it would take 27 bellhops to handle all his baggage, and they'd each have to make two trips.
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By Peter Jensen | July 7, 2007
A group of 12-year-old girls from Lutherville needed a miracle last weekend, and for a while it looked like they had one. Down by a handful of runs to a team that had beaten them twice previously, the Tigers softball team was staging a late-inning rally. Despite two outs, an unlikely combination of walks, timely hits and smart base-running had allowed them to tie the game 8-8. And now one of the team's best power hitters was at the plate with a speedster on first base. Before you could say "Barry Bonds," the youngster had launched the ball deep into left field - well past the reach of the outfielder, who could only turn and run. The ball kept rolling.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | April 8, 2007
NEW YORK -- Long before Alex Rodriguez had hit a walk-off grand slam against closer Chris Ray, giving the New York Yankees a 10-7 victory, Steve Trachsel had retreated to the visiting clubhouse, satisfied with his Orioles debut. Trachsel struggled early, serving up a two-run homer to Rodriguez in the first inning yesterday. But he settled down and turned in an impressive 6 2/3 innings, holding the Yankees to four hits and three runs. It was the second-longest outing by an Orioles starter this season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter | March 27, 2007
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Orioles have said all spring that their roster logjam at first base and in left field would work itself out, but the last thing they wanted was an injury to make it happen. Jay Payton, whom manager Sam Perlozzo had anointed as the starter in left field, left the Orioles' exhibition game yesterday in the first inning, clutching his left hamstring. He later was diagnosed with a Grade I hamstring strain, an injury that not only puts him in jeopardy of not playing on Opening Day, but also could force him to miss the first week or two of the season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | March 13, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- After a total of 10 spring innings and zero ground balls hit in his direction, Jay Gibbons is essentially finished competing for the Orioles' first base job. At a meeting late last week, Gibbons and manager Sam Perlozzo agreed Gibbons should concentrate more on getting in work in left field rather than first base. Though Perlozzo and Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan said Gibbons will still take ground balls at first base and the experiment isn't being totally scrapped, they acknowledged it is doubtful he'll play there regularly anytime soon.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTER | March 8, 2007
JUPITER, FLA. -- Only once was Orioles pitcher Hayden Penn reminded about his sprained left ankle yesterday. His memory received a jolt, as did the ankle, when he threw a full-count curveball to the Florida Marlins' Joe Borchard in the fourth inning. Borchard walked. So did Penn a short time later - back to the dugout, without a limp. And without allowing a run in his first appearance of the spring. "I felt it give a little," he said, "but other than that, it was fine." Finally cleared to pitch, Penn replaced starter Erik Bedard and went one inning in the Orioles' 2-2 tie with the Marlins.
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