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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | March 23, 1999
SARASOTA, Fla. -- When he was coming out of high school in northern California, Matt Riley wasn't sure he was prepared for professional baseball."I thought if I went to junior college, it would increase my chances to be a better player and raise my stock a little, money-wise," said the left-hander, who was the talk of the Orioles' farm system last season. "I was taken in the third round in high school and I thought I wasn't quite ready."Whether or not he was is now a moot point. Riley was certainly in high gear last May when he signed before the amateur draft out of Sacramento Junior College and went on to register some glittering statistics for the Single-A Delmarva Shorebirds.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2005
Three candidates for the fifth starter's job in the Orioles' rotation took turns yesterday watching the Florida Marlins circle the bases in a 13-8 loss. Matt Riley allowed four runs in two innings, Kurt Ainsworth gave up five runs in two innings and Eric DuBose surrendered a three-run homer to Miguel Cabrera. The Orioles sent 10 batters to the plate in the second inning against Florida left-hander Al Leiter, scoring seven times to wipe out an early deficit. Chris Gomez and Tim Raines Jr. had two-run singles and Enrique Wilson followed with a two-run double.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | March 7, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - First of all, the vanity plate wasn't Matt Riley's idea. That's one thing his father wants to make clear. With a group of veteran Orioles teammates that included Cal Ripken, Mike Mussina and B.J. Surhoff, Riley didn't exactly endear himself to his peers when he rolled into the parking lot four years ago in a Mercedes-Benz with a license plate that said, "24KTARM." It was a brash statement for a 20-year-old whose big league career spanned all of 11 innings. "Matthew never would have gotten that plate," Jesse Riley said.
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By Rock Kubatko and Rock Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Tabbed as the starter yesterday after Sidney Ponson was scratched because of a visa-related issue, nonroster pitcher James Baldwin tossed four scoreless innings to lead the Orioles past the Florida Marlins, 5-0. Baldwin allowed three hits, walked one and struck out one. No other Orioles starter had gone more than three innings before yesterday. Midre Cummings and Sal Fasano, both nonroster players, hit back-to-back homers in the eighth off Marlins reliever Todd Jones.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 31, 1999
If Matt Riley is on the fast track to the major leagues, why does it feel so slow?It's a pace only Riley senses. What looks like a sprint through the Orioles' farm system, with the possibility of reaching Camden Yards later this summer in only his second professional season, somehow seems more like plodding to the talented left-hander.He's the organization's jewel, and he's fighting to stay patient while he shines. Lower Single-A Delmarva turns to Single-A Frederick, which becomes Double-A Bowie, which leads to more speculation that the 19-year-old -- he'll turn 20 on Monday -- will soon join the Orioles.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2000
The changes in Matt Riley aren't that evident on the outside. His hair has picked up a reddish tint, but it's nothing a little bleach won't cure. Otherwise, he has the same face, the same mannerisms, the same collection of tattoos and body piercings. And, as always, the same air of confidence that can fill a room faster than a free buffet. But there also are some subtle differences in the Orioles' 20-year-old left-hander, ones that should serve him well in the long run. They're mostly stored on the inside, but are obvious to members of an organization starved for an impact player to rise from its farm system.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2005
Three candidates for the fifth starter's job in the Orioles' rotation took turns yesterday watching the Florida Marlins circle the bases in a 13-8 loss. Matt Riley allowed four runs in two innings, Kurt Ainsworth gave up five runs in two innings and Eric DuBose surrendered a three-run homer to Miguel Cabrera. The Orioles sent 10 batters to the plate in the second inning against Florida left-hander Al Leiter, scoring seven times to wipe out an early deficit. Chris Gomez and Tim Raines Jr. had two-run singles and Enrique Wilson followed with a two-run double.
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By Rock Kubatko and Rock Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Tabbed as the starter yesterday after Sidney Ponson was scratched because of a visa-related issue, nonroster pitcher James Baldwin tossed four scoreless innings to lead the Orioles past the Florida Marlins, 5-0. Baldwin allowed three hits, walked one and struck out one. No other Orioles starter had gone more than three innings before yesterday. Midre Cummings and Sal Fasano, both nonroster players, hit back-to-back homers in the eighth off Marlins reliever Todd Jones.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2005
The Orioles scored three times in the sixth inning to take their first lead and defeat the Florida Marlins, 8-4, in their exhibition opener yesterday at Roger Dean Stadium. Brian Roberts singled to break a 4-4 tie, and an error allowed Chris Gomez to score. Melvin Mora's sacrifice fly increased the lead to 7-4. Trying to win a spot in the back end of the rotation, Orioles left-hander Matt Riley allowed three runs and three hits in two innings. He also walked three and threw 53 pitches - 29 for strikes.
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By Joe Strauss | April 23, 2000
Sidney Ponson - UP - Ponson is perhaps the biggest reason a modified rotation pulled the Orioles to a 9-5 start. No longer does he look for the exit door. Matt Riley - DOWN - Organization's 24KTARM is on the shelf at Rochester with shoulder soreness. Left-handed partyer is still paying for his lost spring training. Harold Baines - DOWN - Ageless DH had one RBI in 49 at-bats and didn't get his first extra-base hit until Game 14. The swing remains pure, but is it as quick? Cal 3,000 - UP - A magical moment long in coming and adorned with typical class.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Matt Riley turned in a scoreless appearance for the Orioles yesterday. It was just too brief, and more than a little unnerving. Replacing starter James Baldwin in the fifth inning, Riley left the game after four pitches when a line drive from Florida Marlins infielder Alex Gonzalez struck him above the left biceps. Riley threw the ball past first base and fell to the ground, but he escaped with only a bruise. "He crushed it. I had no shot. I tried to put my glove up and it was already there," he said.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 4, 2005
The Orioles scored three times in the sixth inning to take their first lead and defeat the Florida Marlins, 8-4, in their exhibition opener yesterday at Roger Dean Stadium. Brian Roberts singled to break a 4-4 tie, and an error allowed Chris Gomez to score. Melvin Mora's sacrifice fly increased the lead to 7-4. Trying to win a spot in the back end of the rotation, Orioles left-hander Matt Riley allowed three runs and three hits in two innings. He also walked three and threw 53 pitches - 29 for strikes.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 17, 2004
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Matt Riley hasn't started for Triple-A Ottawa since being demoted by the Orioles after a July 2 game against the Philadelphia Phillies, but the tendinitis in his left shoulder has subsided enough that he could resume pitching within two weeks. The Orioles shut down Riley because of some stiffness in his shoulder that cropped up while he threw on the side. He played catch Thursday without discomfort and expects to throw off a mound in the next five days. "I had some tendinitis, but it's pretty much taken care of," Riley said by phone from Ottawa.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | July 4, 2004
Former Orioles manager Mike Hargrove wasn't afraid to admit he didn't know a lick about pitching, because in Mark Wiley, his trusted pitching coach, he had someone who did. Theirs was a close-knit relationship that stretched back more than a decade to their time together with the Cleveland Indians. Together, they helped guide Cleveland to the World Series in 1995 and 1997, and while those teams were known for their offense, the Indians also posted the American League's best ERA in 1995 and 1996.
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By Roch Kubatko | June 25, 2004
At Oriole Park at Camden Yards Day Time TV Starters Tonight 7:35 CSN Paul Byrd (1-0, 0.00) vs. Daniel Cabrera (3-3, 4.02) Tomorrow 4:35 13, 20 Russ Ortiz (6-6, 4.18) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (5-3, 4.01) Sunday 1:35 13, 20 Jaret Wright (5-5, 3.47) vs. Matt Riley (1-3, 8.56) Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) Braves update This isn't a typical season for the Braves, who no longer have a star-studded rotation or reserved seating in first place in the National League East. Winning a 13th straight division title now seems like a long shot.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2004
A few years ago, Orioles pitcher Matt Riley would have bristled at the club's decision to take him out of the rotation, even on a temporary basis. Humility wasn't one of his strengths. But Riley said he understands why manager Lee Mazzilli put him in the bullpen after Sunday's rainout in Cleveland. And if he stays out of the rotation until May 15, when the club needs a fifth starter, he'll accept his new role without complaint. "This is a team thing. This isn't a Matt Riley thing," he said.
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By Joe Christensen | April 16, 2004
Scouting report: Orioles vs. Blue Jays At SkyDome, Toronto Day Time TV Starters Tonight 7:05 54, 20 Matt Riley (0-0, 1.42) vs. Miguel Batista (0-1, 5.25) Tomorrow 1:05 13, 20 Kurt Ainsworth (0-1, 37.80) vs. Josh Towers (0-0, 0.00) Sunday 1:05 13, 20 Eric DuBose (0-2, 5.56) vs. Pat Hentgen (0-1, 7.27) Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) Blue Jays update Toronto has had a rough start, going 3-6 in its first three series against Detroit, Boston and Detroit again. The Orioles caught a break by missing last year's Cy Young Award winner, Roy Halladay, who went the distance in yesterday's 11-0 victory in Detroit.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2004
In the span of about 20 minutes yesterday, Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli made changes to his posted lineup that put two regulars on the bench and a Rule 5 draft pick in right field for his first major league start. A bottle of white-out was more valuable to Mazzilli than a pitching chart. Jay Gibbons was scratched because of a mild back strain, and David Segui took a seat next to him because of sore knees. B.J. Surhoff went from being a reserve to replacing Gibbons in right field to serving as the designated hitter, and his two-run double gave the Orioles a 4-0 lead in the third inning.
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