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By Los Angeles Times | April 5, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- A University of California at Los Angeles study due next month is likely to help settle the long-simmering dispute over whether left-handed people die earlier than their right-handed counterparts.Contrary to the highly publicized claims that a statistical shortage of elderly left-handers in the population means that left-handers do die earlier, the UCLA study suggests that there is no significant difference in the death rates of the two groups. The researchers found that many older persons classified as right-handers were born lefties whose parents and teachers forced them to convert.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
There will be no baseball played over the next two days, after the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants both punched tickets to the National League Championship Series with Game 4 wins Tuesday night. No baseball until the Orioles open the American League Championship Series on Friday night at Camden Yards against the Kansas City Royals. The Nationals were knocked out by the Giants on Tuesday, so there will be no Beltway World Series. The elimination of the Nats also means that the Orioles, who won 96 games in the regular season, are alone as the winningest team remaining.
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By Tracy Ringolsby and Tracy Ringolsby,Dallas Morning News | May 12, 1991
Jerry Don Gleaton came out of the University of Texas in June 1979, the Texas Rangers' No. 1 draft pick. He made his major-league debut that September.The quick trip to the big leagues has been followed by a slow odyssey of survival. Gleaton didn't spend a full season in the big leagues for the first time until 1990, his 12th year in professional ball.With a career that has taken him from the Rangers to Seattle to the Chicago White Sox to Kansas City and now Detroit, Gleaton is testimony to the mystique of the left-hander.
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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 Newsday | April 3, 1991
Southpaws face more than their share of woe living in a world that is biased to the right. Now there is a new worry: Scientists say they have found that left-handers die nine years sooner than right-handers."
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2013
When Oakland A's switch-hitter Coco Crisp , batting left-handed in the ninth inning Saturday evening, lifted a Darren O'Day pitch over the right-field wall for a homer, it wasn't just an eventual game-winner. It was also the continuation of a disturbing trend for the reliable O'Day. The side-arming right-hander's difficulties against left-handed hitters continue. "I'm just not commanding on that side of the plate, really," O'Day said. "I just have to be more refined with my control out there.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | May 12, 2007
BOSTON -- The Orioles are scheduled to face Curt Schilling, Josh Beckett and A.J. Burnett over the next five days, but they are not scheduled to face a left-handed starter during that stretch. In past seasons, that would have been good news for the Orioles, but that's not necessarily the case this year. After beating Tampa Bay Devil Rays starter Casey Fossum on Thursday, the Orioles improved their record to 6-7 in games started by an opposing left-hander, and the record is slightly misleading considering that the Orioles pounded New York Yankees left-hander Kei Igawa, but saw their bullpen blow a big lead.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | July 7, 2004
During his four-year NBA career, Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher Mark Hendrickson probably heard a scouting report like the one that's been written and rewritten about the Orioles this season. They can't go to their left. Hendrickson, a 6-foot-9 former power forward, became the latest in a long line of left-handers to baffle the Orioles last night, holding them to six hits in eight shutout innings as the Devil Rays claimed a 3-1 victory before 22,192 at Camden Yards. After beating two right-handers in their doubleheader sweep over Tampa Bay on Monday, the Orioles fell to 9-17 in games started by opposing left-handers.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | April 27, 2006
TORONTO -- They had just the man they wanted on the mound to help break a relatively short but frustrating losing streak, rest a beat-up bullpen and reverse momentum for a starting rotation that has unexpectedly sputtered. But Erik Bedard did nothing to change the Orioles' fortunes last night. Nor did a slightly altered batting order or a rare early lead. Their former closer, B.J. Ryan, pitched a perfect ninth and Vernon Wells hit two home runs for the Toronto Blue Jays, who dealt Bedard his first loss and the Orioles their season-high fourth straight defeat, 8-2, before 19,336 at Rogers Centre.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Left fielder Nate McLouth is one of the Orioles' hottest hitters at the plate over the past two weeks, but it still hasn't been enough to earn everyday starts against left-handed pitching. Over his past 10 games entering Thursday, the left-handed hitting McLouth had recorded a .432/.523/.676 batting line. He's reached safely in 17 of the 20 games he's started this season. "When you see guys spitting on balls a couple inches off the plate….you can tell he's seeing the ball good and letting it travel," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Sitting at the media dais under the glare of television lights Thursday, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen made a prediction about his start Friday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. “Well, I think tomorrow when I get up to the mound, I will be all sweating and nervous, just like I am now,” Chen said through interpreter Louis Chao as reporters in the room laughed. Chen then wiped his brow for effect. The Taiwanese left-hander has been through this before. In 2012, he allowed just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win in Game 2 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton won't lie about it. Yes, in the past year, he considered what it would be like to wear a different uniform, to get a second chance elsewhere. Heading into last fall, Britton had struggled through consecutive rocky seasons in which a shoulder injury, lack of command and cracking confidence had thrust him into a career crossroads. Once considered a future ace, Britton weathered a brutal final month last season, pitching poorly in a spot start against the Cleveland Indians before being jettisoned to instructional league while his teammates were fighting in a pennant race.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Left-hander Joe Saunders, who started the Orioles' victory in the American League wild-card game two years ago, rejoined the club Monday in a much different role. The Orioles, who purchased Saunders' contract from Triple-A Norfolk as rosters expanded at the beginning of September, plan to use him as a multiple-inning reliever. “It feels awesome,” Saunders said. “It's been a winding road this year, for sure. It's good to be back, good to be contributing again.” The Orioles -- Saunders' third organization this year -- signed him to a minor league deal Aug. 5 with the goal of converting him to a reliever for the stretch run. Saunders was released by the Texas Rangers in July after going 0-5 with a 7.26 ERA, and he was released by the Kansas City Royals later that month after four starts with their Triple-A club.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Just about every time the Tampa Bay Rays have been mentioned to Buck Showalter in the past month, he can't help but talk about Drew Smyly, the left-handed starter the Rays received from the Detroit Tigers in last month's blockbuster deal that included All-Star left-hander David Price. Showalter has gushed about Smyly for parts of three seasons. The Orioles had inquired about his availability periodically during that span, but they never could land him. Based on his performance in the Rays' 3-1 victory Wednesday at Camden Yards, the Orioles can't be happy about facing Smyly a whole lot over the next four-plus seasons.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
CHICAGO -- Being swept out of the Windy City this weekend by a Chicago Cubs team already auditioning for 2015 roster spots didn't sit well with Orioles manager Buck Showalter. By the end of their 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, the Orioles had seen enough of historic Wrigley Field. Held hitless by former teammate Tsuyoshi Wada for six innings, they managed just one hit overall on the day. The Orioles (73-55) left Chicago having scored just one run -- Steve Pearce's seventh-inning solo home run, which broke up Wada's no-hit bid -- over 16 innings after play resumed Saturday following a three-hour, nine-minute rain delay.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
CHICAGO -- The way the red-hot Orioles are playing these days, no deficit seems insurmountable. So when left-hander Wei-Yin Chen quickly fell behind the Chicago White Sox in the first inning Wednesday night, it seemed as if it was only a matter of time before the Orioles would come back. The Orioles were clearly the superior team this week on Chicago's South Side, completing their first series sweep of the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in 19 years with a 4-3 victory in front of an announced 15,137 that included a significant amount of Orioles fans.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 13, 2004
After months of whispers and insinuations, Orioles vice president Mike Flanagan finally stepped forward with an admission last weekend. It was time to explain the eye-opening developments involving the Orioles' starting pitching staff. In Eric DuBose, Matt Riley and Erik Bedard, they have three left-handers in their rotation. The four other teams in the American League East have two left-handed starters combined - the Toronto Blue Jays' Ted Lilly and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' Mark Hendrickson.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | March 27, 1998
MOSCOW -- Natalia Kamynina smiled indulgently as 8-year-old Vika Vorobyova carefully and precisely wrote out her name on the blackboard at School No. 186, her left fist wrapped tightly around the chalk and her script tilting just slightly uphill as she went along."
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
BOWIE -- As a free-agent outfielder playing in Venezuela last winter, Adam Loewen hoped to show enough to earn a chance in spring training. And then he realized that his best shot to get back to the major leagues might be what originally got him there: his prized left arm. Now with the Reading Fightin Phils, the Philadelphia Phillies' Double-A affiliate, Loewen came with his team to Double-A Bowie this week. "It's like I'm starting over every five years at something different," Loewen said Tuesday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Manager Buck Showalter said he has had preliminary discussions with his coaching staff and the Orioles player development staff this week about potential call-ups when rosters expand Sept. 1. The Orioles' 40-man roster is currently full, so the club would have to clear space to add and promote any nonroster players. But one spot can be created by transferring catcher Matt Wieters to the 60-day disabled list. “There's obviously some roster issues we have to manage with the 40, but we have a couple guys we haven't even put on the 60-day disabled list yet,” Showalter said.
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