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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2012
Buck Showalter not only has baseball talents, Baltimore -- he's also quite a believable prankster. The folks at Major League Baseball's Fan Cave just posted a really funny video where Showalter "punks" relief pitcher Darren O'Day. Here's the setup: O'Day thinks he's being interviewed by a Wall Street Journal reporter about his fondness for something called a "Solowheel," a unicycle-type thing that he's apparently getting paid to endorse. In the middle of demonstrating the device, Showalter storms up and asks him what the heck he thinks he's doing.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Chris Tillman knows it will be a special moment Monday afternoon when he takes the mound at Camden Yards to officially open another baseball season in Baltimore. But all of the festivities - running through the outfield on the orange carpet, the sellout crowd and the optimism that accompanies a new season - will all take a back seat once he stares in to catcher Matt Wieters for the first time. "The baseball field is our home," Tillman said. "That's where we feel comfortable at. " There is a certain cachet that comes with being named Opening Day starter, but you wouldn't know it from listening to him speak.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2012
Dave Boswell, a former Minnesota Twins pitcher who led the American League in winning percentage in 1966 and ended his career with the Orioles, died of a heart attack Monday at his Joppatowne home. He was 67. Born in Baltimore, he was a 1963 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School. A Baltimore Sun article in 1967 said that in his senior year there, "he was followed by a pack of major league scouts. " According to news accounts, he was whipped into condition by his father, Buck Boswell, a Baltimore steelworker, and an uncle who had played for the International League Orioles.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - At age 20, Delmon Young was the top prospect in the game - a former No. 1 overall pick in a hurry to make his mark in the major leagues. But these days, after eight years in the big leagues, Young is definitely more patient with the process. Most veterans dread the hours spent on bus rides throughout Florida during spring training, but that's no problem for Young now that he's finally healthy following nearly three years of essentially playing on one leg. "It's actually fun," Young said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2012
When Joe Mahoney arrived in Southern California on Thursday to fill the Orioles' empty roster spot created when Chris Tillman was optioned to the minor leagues, he didn't know when - or if - he'd see his first major-league action before the All-Star break. On Saturday, he received his answer. Mahoney made his first major-league start at first base against the Los Angeles Angels and ace right-hander Jered Weaver. "It's pretty special, the first time, and it's against a good pitcher," Mahoney said.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | February 29, 2012
Top position prospects Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop joined the major leaguers for drills on Wednesday and brought a few smiles to the face of manager Buck Showalter. "It's exciting to see them," Showalter said. "You give them as much as they can take. There are so many coaches here that have been with them. It's fun to watch them. It's as much for us as it is for them. It makes us feel good about the future when you see L.J. (Hoes) and Xavier (Avery) and those two guys and Dylan (Bundy)
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2012
CHICAGO - Nolan Reimold admitted his uneasyness in stepping into the leadoff spot in the Orioles batting order - unsure how he'd be able to adapt in an unfamiliar role -- but over the past few games, he certainly seems more than comfortable there. Over his past four games, the 28-year-old Reimold has sparked the Orioles offense -- hitting home runs in each of those games -- his latest a two-run shot that broke a scoreless tie in the sixth and helped the Orioles to a 3-2 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
Orioles rookie third baseman Manny Machado hit his third homer in his fourth big league game Sunday.  Machado, who hit two homers in his second game Friday, took a 2-2 high sinker from Royals starter Bruce Chen over the right-center field fence to give the Orioles an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. Machado's homer was originally ruled a ground-rule double, but the umpires found that the ball hit off the back of the right-center field fence and over and ruled it a home run. The 20-year-old rookie is now 6-for-13 with five extra-base hits (three homers, one triple, one double)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
Here are some quotes from L.J. Hoes, the Mitchellville resident who received his major league call-up on Tuesday. On what he's done since Norfolk's season ended “I was just enjoying my time off. I hadn't had any time off in a while. Good to spend some time with my family. My grandfather passed away a couple weeks ago so it's just been hectic with all that stuff going on. Finally, I was glad to relax and be back with my family a little bit.” On what it means to be in Baltimore “It's great.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2012
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez kept a black Rawlings glove given to him by an old teammate five years ago tucked away in his bag, waiting for the perfect time to use it. Gonzalez and Nick Adenhart played together through the Los Angeles Angels minor league system for parts of three seasons. Adenhart gave him the glove during major league spring training in 2007. They were good friends, even though their careers went different ways. While Gonzalez's career was derailed by injury, Adenhart became the top pitching prospect in the Angels organization, poised for a bright future under the Southern California sun. Then, Adenhart, who was raised in Western Maryland, was killed in a car accident by a drunken driver after making a start April 9, 2009, at the age of 22 -- a tragedy the Angels organization is still reeling from to this day. On Friday night, Gonzalez took the spotlight at Angel Stadium, making his first major league start and doing it against his former organization.
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The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
STX, the Baltimore-based sports gear manufacturer, announced Tuesday that it has partnered with Major League Lacrosse to provide equipment to its players for the 2014 season. As part of the one-year official equipment partnership, STX will equip the league's teams' sticks, gloves and pads. This deal follows on the heels of one announced Friday to supply the Team USA, the U.S. men's national lacrosse team, with gloves and padding for the next three years. The deal came in time to supply the team, which includes Kyle Harrison, the STX brand spokesman and former Johns Hopkins University star, in advance of the FIL World Championships starting July 10 in Denver.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 5, 2014
The Orioles have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Evan Meek on a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, according to an industry source. Meek, 30, spent five years with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008 to 2012, going 7-7 with a 3.34 ERA in 156 relief appearances. His best season came in 2010, when he was 5-4 with a 2.14 ERA, 15 holds and four saves in 80 relief innings. Meek pitched the entire 2013 season with the Texas Rangers' Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles pitching prospect Tim Berry's ascension from 50th-round pick to the organization's 40-man roster is a remarkable one. But when you hear the 22-year-old talk about his progress - and how realistic and mature he seems to be about his bright future - it doesn't seem so surprising. The left-hander is one of the Orioles organization's high risers. Following a year at high Class-A Frederick in which he went 11-7 with a 3.85 ERA on the season and won nine of his last 13 decisions, Berry was dominant in the Arizona Fall League, pitching to a 1.84 ERA in 14 2/3 innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Today is the first official workout day for Orioles minicamp here in Sarasota, and it's currently raining. So, instead of working outside, camp participants will retreat to the indoor batting cages and into meetings for now. The players who have reported today include pitchers Tommy Hunter, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, T.J. McFarland, Steve Johnson, Ryan Webb, Eduardo Rodriguez, Josh Stinson, Mike Wright, Brad Brach, Liam Hendriks, Tim...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 19, 2013
The Orioles' signing of pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz on Monday was the latest addition to the club's growing group of left-handed relievers who could compete for bullpen spots in 2014. Last season, the Orioles carried three lefty relievers -- Brian Matusz, Troy Patton and T.J. McFarland -- all season long, which to some could already seem excessive. Earlier this month, the Orioles added Chris Jones -- the left-handed reliever who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the trade for Luis Ayala and pitched well at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this past year -- to their 40-man roster.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis and his wife, Christina, have worked to enrich the lives of distressed children across Maryland through their non-profit charity, The Right Side Foundation, while contributing to other philanthropic causes throughout the Baltimore area. For that, Markakis was awarded this year's annual Tim Wheatley Award, which was created in 2010 by the Baltimore Sun Media Group to honor a local athlete whose contributions off the field are as important as those on the field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
The Orioles' roster-move revolving door continued before Sunday's 9-8 series-finale loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. As expected, the club purchased the contract of outfielder Xavier Avery from Triple-A Norfok. In two corresponding moves, the Orioles optioned right-handed reliever Stu Pomeranz back to Norfolk to make room on the 25-man roster and also designated Norfolk infielder Matt Antonelli for assignment to clear space on the organization's 40-man roster. The 22-year-old Avery made his major league debut Sunday, batting leadoff and starting in left field.
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The Sports Network | April 27, 2012
The future has arrived for the Nationals. In the midst of its best start since moving to Washington from Montreal, 19-year-old phenom Bryce Harper will make his much-anticipated MLB debut for the Nationals on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Washington will place third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list to make room for him on the roster. "We thought that we needed to bring in an impactful left-handed bat," said Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo of Harper.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2013
CHESTER, Pa. -- After a physically and emotionally draining 13-12 victory over the Hamilton Nationals in Saturday's semifinal of the Major League Lacrosse playoffs at PPL Park, the Chesapeake Bayhawks probably won't have to do much studying on their last opponent of the 2013 season. That's because the No. 2 seed and reigning league champion tangled with the No. 4 seed Charlotte Hounds on Aug. 10, emerging with a 16-14 decision at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
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Peter Schmuck | August 17, 2013
It's impossible to pinpoint exactly when baseball commissioner Bud Selig got religion on the expansion of video replay to correct faulty umpiring decisions, but it's not so hard to pick the watershed moment in the long-running replay debate. There have been blown calls for as long as there have been bats and balls, but it was on June 2, 2010, that it became almost impossible to make a legitimate case against using the technology already available in every major league ballpark to rectify what - in that instance - was a historic injustice.
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