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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 Alejandro Zuniga, The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
The Orioles have reached the All-Star break, and Caleb Joseph can't believe he's still on the team. Joseph, who made his major league debut May 7, has emerged as the regular catcher in the lineup since Matt Wieters went on the disabled list in early May. Since the Orioles traded for Nick Hundley on May 24, Joseph has played in 11 more games than the seven-year veteran. "It's pretty fast-moving," Joseph said. "Before you know it, you're in the big leagues, and then it's the All-Star break, and you're still in the big leagues.
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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- Through the Orioles' ups and downs this season -- and there have been plenty already -- there has been one constant: Nelson Cruz. Boy, has that guy been tremendous. Cruz hit two more homers last night, and he now leads the major leagues with 19. He has 48 RBIs, the most in the American League and just one shy of the Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton for the major league lead. He's batting .306 -- 10th in the AL -- with a .376 on-base percentage and an awesome .663 slugging percentage.
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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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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
After a 3-3 week that saw them split a two-game series on the road with the Pittsburgh Pirates and a four-game series at Camden Yards with the Cleveland Indians, the Orioles have tumbled down national power rankings. The updated rankings, which came out before Monday's win over the Milwaukee Brewers, reflect a week in which Orioles pitching surrendered 34 runs in the six games. The club also traded for catcher Nick Hundley from the San Diego Padres on Saturday. -- Sports Illustrated dropped the Orioles from 11th to 14th , explaining that the fall “has more to do with the teams behind them getting hot than the Orioles doing anything in particular wrong,” but the ranking cited pitching as a major concern.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The drama of Thursday's night game had little to do with the Kansas City Royals' impressive hard-throwing rookie Yordano Ventura or another short but solid performance from the Orioles' Wei-Yin Chen. No, this one was mostly about who the Orioles would use to close out their 2-1 victory over the Royals. The answer was lefty Zach Britton, who had never had a save in his professional career - not in the minors nor the majors. And he handled it flawlessly, the way he has pitched this season.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
A pair of former major leaguers are heating up this month for Triple-A Norfolk, adding to a list of veteran position players who are vying for a call-up should the Orioles have a need. Outfielder Quintin Berry and infielder Alexi Casilla are both hitting well over .300 in the past 10 days, after each saw his average plummet below the Mendoza line in mid-April. Berry, the speedster who won a World Series ring as a reserve for the Boston Red Sox last season, is batting .333/.438/.407 with three stolen bases in the past 10 games to put his line at .270/.365/.351 on the year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Catcher Caleb Joseph was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday and made his major league debut, batting ninth against the Rays. He was 0-for-3 in the game. To create 25-man roster space for Joseph - a 40-man roster spot was already available - the team optioned infielder Jemile Weeks to Norfolk. Joseph, the Orioles' seventh-round pick in 2008, was hitting .261 with two home runs and 11 RBIs at Norfolk. He was the Eastern League Player of the Year in 2013 after hitting 22 home runs and driving in 97 runs for Double-A Bowie.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
First baseman-outfielder Steve Pearce was claimed on unconditional release waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, according to an industry source, but he rejected the claim, became a free agent and re-signed with the Orioles. Pearce now will re-join the club after being designated for assignment last Tuesday and put on release waivers Sunday. He could play for the Orioles on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Camden Yards, if rain doesn't force a postponement for a second straight day. It has been a whirlwind week for Pearce, but it had to be. The Orioles needed to make the move with Pearce quickly, because they were utilizing a rule that allowed them to bypass a 30-day waiting period to re-sign a released player.
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Sports Digest | April 21, 2014
The Chesapeake Bayhawks hosted three other Major League Lacrosse teams at a scrimmage day Saturday at Severn. The Charlotte Hounds, Denver Outlaws and Florida Launch traveled to the Severna Park private school for one last test before next weekend's season openers. Each team played two three-quarter games. Chesapeake coach Dave Cottle had mixed feelings after watching the Bayhawks defeat Florida, 11-5, and lose to Denver, 8-5. "Right now, I think we are an average team. I didn't see anything out there today that made me think we're a good team at this point, but we'll keep working to get there," Cottle said.
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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 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 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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