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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | August 23, 2006
Nick Markakis ducked his head in the home dugout and disappeared into a mob of smiling Orioles. He walked to the bat rack to put down his helmet when hitting coach Terry Crowley playfully nudged him forward. The noise grew louder and louder and Markakis re-emerged and acknowledged the applause with a tip of his helmet. Twins@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Twins' Matt Garza (0-2, 11.74) vs. Orioles' Rodrigo Lopez (9-12, 6.03)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Grant Balfour will be pitching in the American League East after all. And he'll have up to 19 chances in 2014 to show a little “Balfour Rage” against the Orioles, the team that spiked a free-agent deal with him in December. The 36-year-old Australian right-hander signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Tampa Bay Rays, one of his former teams, that is reportedly worth $12 million total. Balfour had converted 62 of 67 save opportunities since becoming the Oakland Athletics' full-time closer in 2012.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter | September 24, 2006
He paced around the mound shaking his head after one hit and then stared into the plush outfield grass after another. With poor command of his fastball and changeup, there was little Erik Bedard could do to turn around his fortune. True, Bedard's defense let him down on two occasions, possibly costing the pitcher as many as five runs. But that aside, it had been at least 3 1/2 months since the Orioles' top starter was treated so rudely by opposing hitters. Twins@Orioles Today, 1:35 p.m., Ch. 54, 1090 AM Starters: Twins' Matt Garza (2-5, 5.40)
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
The Orioles have money to spend - perhaps as much as $17 million for this upcoming season - and are still looking to do so, according to the club's top executive. Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the New York Yankees on Wednesday as the free-agent market appeared to open for a second act. The ongoing negotiations with Tanaka - which did not include the Orioles, who never agreed to pay the $20 million posting fee to talk with him - seemingly had held free agency hostage after a flurry of activity in early December.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | April 1, 2008
Opening Day 2008 in Baltimore started so well. The persistent rain let up in time for the fans to give an enthusiastic welcome to the new-look Orioles, saving one of their loudest pre-game greetings for new center fielder Adam Jones, who described his reception and run down the orange carpet as bone-chilling. Then, three of the most prominent holdovers got the home team off to a promising start, with Kevin Millar smacking a first-inning double through the damp air, driving in Brian Roberts and Nick Markakis.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | April 2, 2008
The nerves officially left Matt Albers when he made the jog down the orange carpet during pre-game introductions on Opening Day. By the time bullpen coach Alan Dunn told him to start getting loose, Albers was more than ready to make his Orioles debut Monday. And it showed as he relieved an ineffective Jeremy Guthrie and threw 2 2/3 perfect innings, providing one of the few highlights in the Orioles' 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. After an off day yesterday, the series resumes tonight.
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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 Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | August 25, 2007
It all happened so fast. In a span of three pitches by Jeremy Guthrie in the seventh inning last night, the Orioles' seemingly comfortable four-run lead was whittled to an extremely uncomfortable one-run advantage. And for anybody who has watched the Orioles bumble through the late innings on this homestand, it was easy to predict what would happen next. The Minnesota Twins scored twice in the eighth inning, both on sacrifice flies, and Torii Hunter hit a two-run shot off Danys Baez in the ninth, dealing the slumping Orioles another deflating loss, 7-4, in front of an announced 29,742 at Camden Yards.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | March 31, 2008
Day ................. Time ............................ TV .......................... Starters (2007 stats) Today .............. 3:05 ...................... MASN, 13 .............. James Shields (12-8, 3.85) ........................................ .......................................................vs. Jeremy Guthrie (7-5, 3.70) Wednesday .... 7:05 ...................... MASN2 ..................... Matt Garza (5-7, 3.69) ........................................ .................
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By CHILDS WALKER | August 22, 2006
Minnesota Twins@Orioles Day ............... Time .............. TV ........................... Starters Tonight ....... 7:05 ............CSN ..............Carlos Silva (8-10, 6.30) ............................................................. vs. Adam Loewen (3-4, 6.12) Tomorrow .... 7:05 ............ CSN .............. Matt Garza (0-2, 11.74) ........................................................... vs. Rodrigo Lopez (9-12, 6.03) Thursday ...... 7:05 ............ CSN ..........
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2013
Today is Black Friday, and some of you might still be defrosting from a night of waiting in line outside your local Best Buy to get that coveted flat-screen television to replace the one you got this time last year. Or maybe you saw the lines at the local mall and just turned around and headed home. While we're on the topic, let's gather around the hot stove, warm up and have a discussion about the Orioles offseason. Over the past two weeks, the Orioles have made some rather low-profile acquisitions to their 40-man roster.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
The Orioles main priority heading into July 31's non-waiver trade deadline is adding a starting pitcher, and the club has been actively scouting potentially available arms, according to several sources. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette would only say, “We're looking,” when asked about his team's pursuit of a starter earlier this week. As is his policy, Duquette won't reveal names, but, according to several industry sources, the Orioles are currently monitoring a group that includes Miami's Ricky Nolasco, San Diego's Edinson Volquez and Andrew Cashner, the Chicago Cubs' Matt Garza and Scott Feldman, the Chicago White Sox's Jake Peavy and Houston's Bud Norris.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2012
The Orioles maintain some interest in slugger Manny Ramirez and have had internal conversations, but there are plenty of issues that would have to be rectified before the club would make a decision on whether to even offer him a contract. In other words, if it happens at all, it wouldn't happen soon. Ramirez, 39, is hoping to come out of retirement, though he'd have to serve a 50-game suspension for failing a drug test before he could play again in the majors. An ESPN Deportes report said Friday that Ramirez is choosing between the Oakland A's, Toronto Blue Jays and Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
MLB.com and its prospects guru Jonathan Mayo listed the top 100 prospects in the sport this week. There's great news and not-so-good news for Orioles fans. First, the good: The Orioles are the only team in baseball to have two players in the top 10 -- shortstop Manny Machado and pitcher Dylan Bundy. Both have huge upsides, though neither will be at Camden Yards in 2012 without a ticket. Still, having two players in the top 10 shows just how much upside the organization's most recent first-round picks possess.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2011
The list of pitchers who have dominated the Orioles is long and mostly distinguished. It includes top-of-the-rotation studs like Jon Lester and CC Sabathia, who give everybody fits, but are a combined 30-2 in 39 career starts against the Orioles, and less heralded pitchers like Matt Garza (9-1) and Dallas Braden (5-1, 1.41 ERA) Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero's numbers against the Orioles aren't as dominant, but he's quickly working his way on that list. Romero allowed just two Mark Reynolds homers, including one of the longest in Camden Yards history, over eight dominant innings as the Orioles went down 7-2 in front of an announced 13,824 on a steamy afternoon in Baltimore.
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By Phil Rogers | December 8, 2010
Apparently Darek Braunecker, Cliff Lee's agent, can find mystery teams as well as Scott Boras. There are media reports of two seven-year offers for Lee, but the Yankees, Rangers, Nationals and Angels all have indicated they will not go that long. The Twins covet Lee, so they could be flying under the radar. Carl Pavano, who earned $7 million last year, is a free agent; Joe Nathan and Michael Cuddyer (a combined $21.75 million in 2011) could come off the books after next season.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | May 5, 2009
WATCH OUT Orioles leadoff man Brian Roberts entered Monday's game in an 0-for-16 slump, so he had plenty on his mind as he stepped to the plate and faced Scott Kazmir for the first time. He got even more to think about when Kazmir's first pitch sailed behind him. Eight of Kazmir's first nine pitches were balls and his 12th pitch was pounded into the right-field seats by Nick Markakis for a three-run homer. GETTING IT DONE Orioles manager Dave Trembley said before the game that Danys Baez was not being considered for the closer's role because he is too valuable in his current position.
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By The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2010
Matt Garza's vow that he would "shove it down" the Orioles' throats Friday night proved to be more rhetoric than reality. The Tampa Bay Rays starter's performance was more of a gentle nudge, yet it was still plenty good enough to quiet an Orioles team that continues to struggle against the American League East. Garza allowed one earned run in 52/3 innings as the Rays dealt the Orioles their third straight defeat, a listless 4-1 decision in front of an announced 13,507 at Camden Yards.
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By Don Markus and Baltimore Sun reporter | September 4, 2010
Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked before Saturday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays about not letting good teams -- and good starting pitchers -- off the hook. His team had done that in a loss to the Boston Red Sox and Jon Lester Wednesday, and in another to the Rays and Matt Garza Friday. Instead of allowing James Shields to do the same, the Orioles helped the 28-year-old righthander get the hook in a little more than four innings of what turned out to a be an 8-4 victory before an announced crowd of 18,943.
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