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September 28, 2012
Congratulations to Maria and Matt Wieters on the birth of their new son, Maverick Luther, who arrived very early on Friday morning. It is customary in this day and age for a player to take a day or two off to be with his wife and new baby, so backup catcher Taylor Teagarden is in the lineup for tonight's series opener against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. Wieters is expected to be back in the lineup for tomorrow's game. Wieters has been the hardest-working catcher in the American League this year, so getting two consecutive days off (with the offday Thursday)
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
If the circumstances were different, Matt Wieters might have been surrounded by reporters during Thursday's media availability at Camden Yards. As his Orioles teammates faced cameras and questions, the injured catcher faced the reality of sitting out the team's first American League Championship Series in 17 years. Wieters, who hasn't played since early May and underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June, said the 2014 playoffs are the most significant games that he has missed since he had to sit out a summer All-Star game as a 13-year-old in Goose Creek, S.C. “It's difficult in the aspect that you want to be out there with your guys, you want to be out there on the battlefield playing, but at the same time, the way the guys have played have really made it easier for me,” Wieters said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
Matt Wieters  and his wife, Maria, had their first child, a boy, this morning at 5:11. Maverick Luther Wieters was 8 pounds, 2 ounces. He cries from both sides of the crib. No word on how long Wieters will be away from the team - he can go on paternity leave for a few days - but knowing Matt it won't be long. Wieters' mom and dad were in town this week and on Wednesday I joked with his dad about what he was more excited about -- the pending birth of his grandson or the Orioles in a pennant race.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
All Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to do was watch the Kansas City Royals' comeback win over the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game last week to see how dangerous his team's AL Championship Series opponent can be on the base paths. The Royals erased a four-run, sixth-inning deficit by running circles around the Athletics, stealing a postseason-record seven bases in the game on their way to a 9-8 win in 12 innings. They've been successful on 12 of 13 stolen-base attempts in the postseason heading into the ALCS.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2013
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters says if there have been contract extension talks between the Orioles and his agent, Scott Boras, he doesn't know about them. And he won't unless Boras thinks things are getting close. “I told Scott that I am leaving that in the hands of my agent and right now I am focused on playing this year,” Wieters said. “And I told him to make me aware if it comes down to making a decision. Then I'll ask Scott's advice and go from there. But right now I am just focused on playing baseball and I'm going to let any negotiations stay behind the scenes.” CBSSports.com reported Wednesday that the Orioles have reached out to Boras about a Wieters' extension, which is at least five years in length.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2012
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who was away from the team yesterday for the birth of his first child, Maverick Luther, is back with the team. He's in the starting lineup, batting cleanup and catching. Also back is Lew Ford, who had been dealing with a hip injury since Sunday. He will be the team's DH. Here's the Orioles lineup versus the Red Sox on Saturday: McLouth 7, Hardy 6, Jones 8, Wieters 2, Davis 3, Reynolds 3, Machado 5, Ford dh, Andino 4, Steve Johnson 1.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2012
The Orioles hope to salve a win this afternoon against the A's and avoid a three-game sweep here at Camden Yards. After sitting out the past two games with tightness in his right biceps, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is back in the starting lineup today. “It feels good,” Wieters said. “There's a little bit of soreness, but no more tightness or pain at all.” The switch-hitting Wieters, who is currently mired in a 1-for-30 slump, said two days ago he felt pain extending his left-handed swings.
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By Dan Connolly | August 23, 2012
In the carnage that was the Orioles' 12-3 loss to the Texas Rangerson Wednesday night, there was one moment that was particularly disconcerting. In the second inning, All-Star catcher Matt Wieters was struck in his right shoulder joint by a foul tip. Wieters said it hurt when it happened, but he stayed in the game. As the night progressed, he began to feel more discomfort. “It was in a tough spot in the shoulder,” Wieters said. “It got a little tired as the game went on. I'm pretty sure it is just a bruise.” Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to remove Wieters for precautionary reasons in the seventh.
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By Matt Vensel | March 1, 2011
A couple of weeks ago, the folks over at Baseball Prospectus said that Orioles catcher Matt Wieters would be the team's biggest disappointment in 2011 . Now they have labeled the 24-year-old former first-round pick as one of the " most disappointing prospects of all time . " Really. "As we were among the first to hop on the Wieters bandwagon, let us be among the first off of it," wrote Steven Goldman. "The backstop is heading into his age-25 season. Whatever his .343/.
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By Matt Vensel | February 15, 2011
Baseball Prospectus gave us an early look at their predictions for the 2011 season, and there was a lot to like about what they had to say unless your name is Matt Wieters. The highly-regarded statheads say the Orioles will finish 82-80 , giving Baltimore its first summer of winning baseball since the days when Hanson was considered to be good music. But based on PECOTA -- which stands for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm -- Baseball Prospectus believes that catcher Matt Wieters is poised to be the Orioles' biggest disappointment in 2011.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Sitting at the media dais under the glare of television lights Thursday, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen made a prediction about his start Friday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. “Well, I think tomorrow when I get up to the mound, I will be all sweating and nervous, just like I am now,” Chen said through interpreter Louis Chao as reporters in the room laughed. Chen then wiped his brow for effect. The Taiwanese left-hander has been through this before. In 2012, he allowed just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win in Game 2 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones glides through the home clubhouse in a T-shirt and basketball shorts, razzing everyone he passes with a bellowing voice and an even louder cackle. On the other side of the room is right fielder Nick Markakis, sitting quietly at his locker, rarely looking up. Markakis' choice of nonbaseball duds is often tan and green camouflage. Earlier this season Markakis walked into Camden Yards in head-to-toe camo, looking as if he had just vacated a tree stand in the woods.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
TORONTO -- Moments after their 1-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, the Orioles finally found out who they would face in the American League Division Series. It had been a 12-day wait since the Orioles clinched the AL East. But inside the visiting clubhouse of the Rogers Centre, as the Orioles packed their bag for the trip home to Baltimore - it wasn't baseball, but NFL football on the televisions. The Orioles believe they are ready for the Detroit Tigers, who will travel to Camden Yards to open the ALDS on Thursday.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | September 27, 2014
If there were such an academic discipline, Orioles manager Buck Showalter would have a Ph.D. in Roster Science. He has spent the past three years manipulating personnel at the major and minor league levels so deftly that the Orioles have averaged more than 90 victories and been in playoff contention for all but a couple of weeks last September, despite never being accused of having the best talent in the American League East. Clearly, he knows what he's doing, which should be comforting to Orioles fans who are waiting to see how he and executive vice president Dan Duquette configure the 25-man roster for the upcoming AL Division Series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
TORONTO - The starting lineup the Orioles fielded in Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre was missing 98 homers and 304 RBIs. Without Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones, Steve Pearce and J.J. Hardy, the Orioles were minus a significant amount of offensive punch. In Saturday's 4 p.m. game, expect to see Nick Markakis and Alejandro De Aza taking their day of rest. And expect Orioles manager Buck Showalter to begin using the bullpen en masse behind left-hander Wei-Yin Chen.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Dick Hall can put his mind at rest. The Orioles are division champions. "I've been counting down, like everyone else," said Hall, 83, a reliever on Baltimore's World Series champs of 1966 and 1970. Back then, he would compute pitchers' earned run averages in his head in the bullpen. "But this was a lot easier," said Hall, a retired accountant. "And more fun. " When the Orioles clinched the American League East title Tuesday night, the victory struck a chord with alumni who've gone this route before.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is an All-Star and a Gold Glove winner. He's regarded as one of the best gamecallers in the game. But he's not known for his speed. However, in Saturday night's 4-0 win over the Rays, Wieters stole second twice, the first time an Orioles catcher has tallied two stolen bases in one game since the Nixon administration. He entered the night with two stolen bases --- in his entire four-year career. But the Orioles found they could exploit Rays right hander Jeremy Hellickson's deliberate time to the plate.
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By Matt Vensel | March 2, 2011
My post on Baseball Prospectus labeling Orioles catcher Matt Wieters as one of the " most disappointing prospects of all time " was on fire yesterday and continued to simmer today. Most of you vehemently disagreed with those highly-regarded statheads making that assessment before Wieters' 25th birthday , though a few folks didn't think it was too premature. I haven't once thought about giving up on Wieters. Of course, he needs some work at the plate; He's 24 and hasn't even played two full major-league seasons.
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September 17, 2014
Not long ago, it was suggested by more than one sportswriter that the Baltimore Orioles would never again win the American League East. Not merely because they were bad (although during the post-1997 cellar-dwelling years, they certainly were) but because the checkbook-advantaged franchises in New York and Boston had too great an advantage in the age of free agency. So that raucous celebration by players and fans alike Tuesday evening at Camden Yards after the Orioles clinched the division with an 8-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays was understandable and well-deserved.
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Peter Schmuck | September 16, 2014
It's almost hard to get your arms around. Three years ago, the Orioles were a divisional doormat with a 14-year losing streak and a frustrated fan base that didn't know if the franchise would ever figure out which way was up. Six months ago, they were a projected third-place team - at best - with a one-dimensional offense and a questionable pitching staff. Today, they are American League East champions and they are headed for the postseason with a chance to reach the World Series for the first time since 1983.
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