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By Jason LaCanfora | July 6, 1996
On the field: The game's first flyout came in the fifth inning. Unfortunately for Orioles starter David Wells, it wasn't in the Red Sox's half of the inning -- Jose Canseco hit a fly to center that dropped for a double. Luis Polonia then hit the first flyout of the game leading off the bottom of the fifth.In the clubhouse: Manager Davey Johnson expressed his expectations for the Orioles in the second half of the season. "There's only one place to get and that's the World Series," Johnson said.
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By Buster Olney | August 4, 1996
Bobby Bonilla -- UP -- Even he was shocked he was still around after the trade deadline passed.David Wells -- UP -- If the Orioles are going to make a run at the playoffs, then he and Mike Mussina must lead them.Wild-card chances -- HORZ -- It's all in the hands of the pitchers, Wells, Mussina and the two relievers coming off the disabled list, Arthur Rhodes and Roger McDowell.Roberto Alomar -- UP -- With all the trade talk, his on-field performance has been staggering - 18 runs scored in the last seven games, even though he's had two homers taken away at the fences.
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By Buster Olney | August 4, 1996
Bobby Bonilla -- UP -- Even he was shocked he was still around after the trade deadline passed.David Wells -- UP -- If the Orioles are going to make a run at the playoffs, then he and Mike Mussina must lead them.Wild-card chances -- HORZ -- It's all in the hands of the pitchers, Wells, Mussina and the two relievers coming off the disabled list, Arthur Rhodes and Roger McDowell.Roberto Alomar -- UP -- With all the trade talk, his on-field performance has been staggering - 18 runs scored in the last seven games, even though he's had two homers taken away at the fences.
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By Buster Olney | July 8, 1996
On the field: Luis Polonia has made several base-running blunders in his two months with the Orioles, and in his attempt to be conservative last night, he was thrown out again. Polonia was on second and Brady Anderson was on first when Rafael Palmeiro hit a looper toward left. Reggie Jefferson, a converted left fielder, staggered and dropped the ball. Polonia, trying to avoid being doubled off second, was moving back toward second when the ball hit Jefferson's glove. Jefferson got up and threw to third to force out Polonia on a close play.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | May 20, 1994
When the Orioles and Yankees open a three-game series in New York tonight, it will feature a duel of left-handers who don't have a lot in common.Jim Abbott (4-2, 2.98) is a hard thrower who has been dominant against the Orioles in the past, with a 6-1 career record. As a contrast, Jamie Moyer (1-2, 5.91) is a soft-tosser who is looking for his first career win against the Yankees.First place will be at stake during the series, but it won't be available to the Orioles. The Red Sox took care of that piece of business with a 3-2 win last night at Camden Yards.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Sun Staff Writer | June 15, 1994
While everyone kept waiting for the New York Rangers to complete their collapse in the Stanley Cup finals, the Orioles were doing a nice impersonation of a fold of their own at Camden Yards.Leading 3-2 in the ninth, with their ace closer, Lee Smith, seemingly close to nailing down a win that would have once again tightened the American League East race to one game, the Yankees staged a two-run, ninth-inning rally to win 4-3.The Orioles, who fell to three games off the pace, came completely unglued, committing two errors in the inning, as Smith, the major league saves leader, blew his second save at home in the last three weeks.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | September 2, 1991
MINNEAPOLIS -- Reliever Mark Williamson returned from the 15-day disabled list yesterday, but he probably wishes he had taken one more day off.Williamson came on in relief in the seventh inning and gave up three runs, including a two-run homer to pinch hitter Paul Sorrento.The inning started inauspiciously. Third baseman Scott Leius reached base on a third-strike wild pitch and Gene Larkin lined a double down the left-field line, before pinch hitter Al Newman brought home a run with a sacrifice fly.Sorrento, who was recalled from the Class AAA Portland Beavers on Saturday, pinch hit for Dan Gladden and sliced a long fly ball into the right-center field bleachers.
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By BUSTER OLNEY | April 28, 1996
Brady Anderson --UP -- Dislikes questions about his hitting. Will have to get used to it if he keeps swinging like this.Arthur Rhodes -- UP -- Davey Johnson would prefer to keep him in the bullpen, but Rhodes just may be too good as a starter to do that.Kent Mercker -- DOWN -- That transition from the NL to AL may be a little tougher than the other way around. Mercker can just ask Leo Gomez (.313 for Cubs).Manny Alexander -- EVEN -- A life in limbo. Shows up, takes batting practice, fields fungoes, watches and waits.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1996
There was a new sound during batting practice yesterday, courtesy of the Orioles' newest designated hitter.Luis Polonia brought an aluminum bat into the batting cage, and nearly all of his Orioles teammates decided to try it."It was pretty popular," Cal Ripken said.Polonia also looked like he was using an aluminum bat in the first inning last night, hitting a two-run homer off the Seattle Mariners' Bob Wolcott. It was Polonia's first home run as an Oriole in his first appearance at Camden Yards.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1996
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Luis Polonia is sure of this: He will hit eventually, and he will hit .300. Now, it's just a matter of identifying the reasons he is hitting .239 and dragging down the Orioles' attack.Polonia struggled so badly at the plate over the recent homestand that manager Davey Johnson has asked hitting coach Rick Down to attend to him. "He's a table-setter," Johnson said, "and he's not doing that right now."Polonia, signed by the Orioles as a free agent in April and promoted from Triple-A Rochester in Polonia May, went into last night's game hitless in his last 12 at-bats.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | July 5, 1996
The Boston Red Sox began to rally in the ninth inning yesterday, and some of the Orioles immediately went into stress-management mode. Mike Mussina, the Orioles starter who left after eight innings with a six-run lead, paced in the clubhouse. Manager Davey Johnson sat on the bench, his body contorted as always, and wished he never quit chewing tobacco.Boston scored four runs, had the potential tying run on base and masher Mo Vaughn at the plate with two outs -- and closer Randy Myers retired him on a flyout to left.
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By Buster Olney | June 30, 1996
(Through Thursday's games)UPS AND DOWNSCurrent road trip -- DOWN -- No big deal, many players said, it's no more important than the rest of the road trips. Well, with all the losing, it is now.Emotion -- DOWN -- When is someone on this team going to get mad on the field, while the disaster is in progress? Why is it the Orioles only get rough on the umpires and schedule-makers, rather than the real culprits - the Orioles?Texas Rangers -- UP -- Think all the ex-Orioles love beating up on their old acquaintences?
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1996
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Luis Polonia is sure of this: He will hit eventually, and he will hit .300. Now, it's just a matter of identifying the reasons he is hitting .239 and dragging down the Orioles' attack.Polonia struggled so badly at the plate over the recent homestand that manager Davey Johnson has asked hitting coach Rick Down to attend to him. "He's a table-setter," Johnson said, "and he's not doing that right now."Polonia, signed by the Orioles as a free agent in April and promoted from Triple-A Rochester in Polonia May, went into last night's game hitless in his last 12 at-bats.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | June 25, 1996
ARLINGTON, Texas -- As the All-Star break approaches, several Orioles are close to achieving incentives written into their contracts, and others are far off.The sure things:Cal Ripken will receive $75,000 for being voted to the All-Star team; Roberto Alomar, $50,000.Jesse Orosco will get $50,000 for his 30th appearance, and another $50,000 when he achieves 35, 40, 45 and 50 and so on. Orosco already has 25 appearances.Likely achievements:Brady Anderson will get $50,000 for being elected to the All-Star team, $30,000 for being selected by Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | May 18, 1996
There was a new sound during batting practice yesterday, courtesy of the Orioles' newest designated hitter.Luis Polonia brought an aluminum bat into the batting cage, and nearly all of his Orioles teammates decided to try it."It was pretty popular," Cal Ripken said.Polonia also looked like he was using an aluminum bat in the first inning last night, hitting a two-run homer off the Seattle Mariners' Bob Wolcott. It was Polonia's first home run as an Oriole in his first appearance at Camden Yards.
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By BUSTER OLNEY | April 28, 1996
Brady Anderson --UP -- Dislikes questions about his hitting. Will have to get used to it if he keeps swinging like this.Arthur Rhodes -- UP -- Davey Johnson would prefer to keep him in the bullpen, but Rhodes just may be too good as a starter to do that.Kent Mercker -- DOWN -- That transition from the NL to AL may be a little tougher than the other way around. Mercker can just ask Leo Gomez (.313 for Cubs).Manny Alexander -- EVEN -- A life in limbo. Shows up, takes batting practice, fields fungoes, watches and waits.
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