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By Matt Vensel | July 19, 2011
Red Sox reliever Matt Albers ticked off Orioles fans and his former teammates on July 8 -- you know, Friday night fight night -- with a few furious fist-pumps while striking out four Orioles in two innings of garbage time. Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reported that several Orioles told him afterward that they were more irritated with Albers for his on-mound theatrics and for allegedly hurling an expletive at the Baltimore dugout than they were at Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz for charging after Orioles closer Kevin Gregg . Before Boston's 15-10 win on Monday night, Albers told WEEI's Alex Speier that he understood their anger . “I think maybe after the fact, I think I got maybe a little carried away.
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By Matt Vensel | July 19, 2011
Red Sox reliever Matt Albers ticked off Orioles fans and his former teammates on July 8 -- you know, Friday night fight night -- with a few furious fist-pumps while striking out four Orioles in two innings of garbage time. Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reported that several Orioles told him afterward that they were more irritated with Albers for his on-mound theatrics and for allegedly hurling an expletive at the Baltimore dugout than they were at Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz for charging after Orioles closer Kevin Gregg . Before Boston's 15-10 win on Monday night, Albers told WEEI's Alex Speier that he understood their anger . “I think maybe after the fact, I think I got maybe a little carried away.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | September 13, 2008
The Orioles have shut down Jim Johnson. They have done the same with Matt Albers and Chris Ray. And they should play it completely safe with Jeremy Guthrie and make sure his "tired" arm gets all the rest it needs. Guthrie is a gamer who wants to get back out there and make his last three starts of the season. But this is a situation that makes me think of that moment in Casablanca when Ingrid Bergman tells Humphrey Bogart he'll have to do the thinking for both of them. (For more, go to baltimoresun.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2010
They are getting quality starts, proper aggressiveness on the bases, sure-handed defense and an avalanche of hits with runners in scoring position. Dave Trembley and Juan Samuel probably aren't the only ones wondering, "Who are these guys?" For the second straight night, Buck Showalter's Orioles got the best of the Los Angeles Angels in all facets, and the result is their first two-game winning streak since the All-Star break. The Orioles certainly made it interesting, watching an eight-run, seventh-inning lead get whittled to two before holding on for a 9-7 victory before an announced 13,467 at Camden Yards.
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April 30, 2008
ALL GAMES ON 105.7 FM TODAY Rays, 7:05 p.m., MASN Starters: Rays' Andy Sonnanstine (3-1, 5.28) vs. Orioles' Matt Albers (2-0, 1.65) TOMORROW Rays, 12:35 p.m., MASN Starters: Rays' Matt Garza (0-0, 7.62) vs. Orioles' Brian Burres (3-1, 2.49) FRIDAY @Angels, 10:05 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Orioles' Jeremy Guthrie (0-3, 4.34) vs. Angels' Jered Weaver (2-3, 4.21) SATURDAY @Angels, 3:45 p.m., Chs. 5, 45 Starters: Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (2-0, 4.14) vs. Angels' Jon Garland (3-3, 5.94) SUNDAY @Angels, 3:35 p.m., MASN2 Starters: Orioles' TBA vs. Angels' Joe Saunders (5-0, 2.08)
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By BILL ORDINE | December 15, 2007
I know I'm going to be sorry for opening this can of worms again, but I just can't resist. About that Miguel Tejada trade. When I first wrote about this on the blog, some readers were upset that I was dismissive of some of the players coming to Orioleland. I referred to some of them as not being household names. Well, for a much better rundown of the haul Baltimore might have made, I refer you to Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec's excellent scouting report earlier this week in The Sun. But I was taken by some readers being particularly keen on the notion that two of the players, pitcher Troy Patton and third baseman Mike Costanzo, were the No. 3 and No. 6-rated prospects in the Houston Astros' organization, according to Baseball America.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | March 27, 2009
JONES KEEPS HITTING There haven't been as many positives as the Orioles would like this spring, but the organization is certainly feeling good about the development of center fielder Adam Jones. The second-year Oriole went 3-for-4 to raise his spring average to .378. He singled in the first inning, doubled in the Orioles' four-run fourth and hit a two-run homer in the fifth. BULLPEN STRUGGLES It wasn't a good day for a couple of the relievers who will be in the team's Opening Day bullpen.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | April 21, 2009
WHAT O? The Orioles' offense cooled down significantly after scoring seven runs in the second inning in Friday's series opener. Over the final 34 innings of the series, the Orioles managed just seven runs; in the last 22 innings, they scored just twice. On Monday, their only run came on Cesar Izturis' infield single in the third inning. THERE'S NO RELIEF Mark Hendrickson did a serviceable job holding things together Monday, persevering through a rocky start and defensive miscues behind him to allow three runs in five innings.
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By Steve Gould, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2010
How it happened: Cesar Izturis' had a stellar night, driving in three runs -- half his season total entering the game -- including the tying run on a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning, but he was the only Oriole who was able to do any damage offensively. Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie turned in a solid outing, giving up just one run on seven hits in six innings, but left after only 90 pitches. He lost his chance for a third straight victory when the Rangers scored two runs off reliever Matt Albers in the seventh inning.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | March 16, 2010
Six Orioles pitchers threw eight shutout innings against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, but it was center fielder Jeff Salazar who should be credited with the save. Salazar, a veteran signed to play center in Triple-A Norfolk, made several strong running catches in the Orioles' 3-1 win before an announced 8,232 at Hammond Stadium, including an over-the-back snag of a soaring fly ball by Michael Cuddyer to end the first inning. Salazar's grab was the key play that settled starter David Hernandez, who threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and walking one. "I told Salazar, 'As long as you catch the ones going over your head, we'll be OK,' " Hernandez joked.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | May 21, 2010
When asked during his pre-game media conference about the importance of David Hernandez's start against the Washington Nationals on Friday, Orioles manager Dave Trembley offered four words. "It speaks for itself." Trembley wouldn't specifically say that Hernandez needed to pitch well to keep his rotation spot and hold off Triple-A Norfolk starters Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta. But the implication was made. What Trembley and the Orioles witnessed in their 5-3 win over the Nationals was the best and worst of the 25-year-old right-hander.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2010
A clutch two-out RBI single by Cesar Izturis off former teammate Chris Ray in the eighth inning set off a celebration in the Orioles' dugout -- and set the stage for another disappointing loss. Nelson Cruz's sacrifice fly in the ninth off Jason Berken scored Michael Young and gave the Texas Rangers a 4-3 victory before an announced 22,321 on Wednesday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It was the Orioles' fourth loss in the past five games and dropped them to 13-28 on the season.
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By Steve Gould, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2010
How it happened: Cesar Izturis' had a stellar night, driving in three runs -- half his season total entering the game -- including the tying run on a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning, but he was the only Oriole who was able to do any damage offensively. Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie turned in a solid outing, giving up just one run on seven hits in six innings, but left after only 90 pitches. He lost his chance for a third straight victory when the Rangers scored two runs off reliever Matt Albers in the seventh inning.
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By Steve Gould, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2010
How it happened: After a gritty performance by Orioles starter Kevin Millwood (eight innings, two runs on five hits and four walks) and two scoreless innings of relief from Will Ohman and Matt Albers, this one came down to two great at-bats in the bottom of the 10th inning. With the score tied at 2, Nick Markakis fell behind 1-2 to Boston's All-Star closer, Jonathan Papelbon, before drawing an eight-pitch walk. That brought up Ty Wigginton, who fouled off five straight pitches -- interrupted by an errant pickoff attempt by Papelbon that allowed Markakis to advance to second -- before ripping a double to left-center, scoring Markakis and sealing not only an Orioles victory, but also the team's first home sweep of the Red Sox since 1998 (a four-game affair)
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2010
After one strong outing at Triple-A Norfolk, Brad Bergesen will be back in the majors, reclaiming his spot in the rotation with a start today against the Boston Red Sox. "We feel like he went down there and did the things we asked him to do," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. "He's right on schedule to come, and he'll pitch [Saturday]." Bergesen was demoted to Norfolk on April 20 after going 0-2 with a 12.19 ERA in three starts. Because the club did not need a fifth starter until today, Bergesen was sent down — but there were no guarantees he would be brought back up for the open start.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2010
With two potential roster moves pending within the next week, reliever Matt Albers' future with the Orioles could be in jeopardy, something the right-hander said he is not thinking about. "I have got to go out there and pitch and take care of my business," said Albers, who is 0-3 with a 9.35 ERA in 10 games. "That part of the game is going to happen. There's nothing really I can do except just pitch and try to do my best." The Orioles will have to make a roster move Saturday, when they recall Brad Bergesen from Triple-A Norfolk to start against the Boston Red Sox. They also will need to remove another player from the big league roster when reliever Koji Uehara (strained left hamstring)
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 28, 2010
- David Hernandez and four relievers shut down the Boston Red Sox in the Orioles' 6-1 victory Saturday before an announced sellout crowd of 8,037 at sun-splashed Ed Smith Stadium. Bidding to win the Orioles' fifth starter job over Chris Tillman, Hernandez tossed five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out six. The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs against Hernandez in the fourth, but the Orioles' right-hander, mostly relying on a buckling curveball, struck out the side, fanning Mitch Dening, Marco Scutaro and Josh Reddick.
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