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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
BOSTON - Everyone knew that the American League East would be a battle this season, and that's certainly shaping up to be the case. Heading into Sunday, all five teams in the division are separated by just two games. The teams are constantly shuffling within the standings. And here in Boston, with the Red Sox coming off their third World Series title in a decade, it's not too soon for fans here to start panicking. The Red Sox came into Saturday's game with a 7-10 record, and in the first few weeks of the season, losses seem magnified when you're getting further away from .500.
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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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Peter Schmuck | April 20, 2014
There is still a winter chill in the air, and the American League East race has already gotten hot and heavy. The Orioles and Boston Red Sox are embroiled in an intense four-game series at Fenway Park that is building toward Monday's emotional crescendo. The Tampa Bay Rays spent Friday and Saturday pounding some of the starch out of the first-place New York Yankees before losing in 12 innings Sunday for a split in their four-game series. By most accounts, it's going to be like this all season.
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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 | April 19, 2014
BOSTON - Whether the Orioles' dust-up with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park galvanizes their clubhouse remains to be seen over the course of a season still in its infancy. Regardless, the dugout-emptying confrontation between Orioles pitcher Bud Norris and Red Sox catcher David Ross in the Orioles' 4-2 loss is an example of the intensity of life in the American League East no matter the calendar date. All was normal until Ross stepped to the batter's box with a man on first and no outs in the seventh inning with the game tied at 2. Looking to bunt, he believed some of Norris' deliveries were coming close to his head, and he didn't like that.
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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 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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who agreed to terms Friday on a one-year deal in his first year of arbitration eligibility, said he is looking forward to going into the spring without his contract status looming over his head. The sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million for 2013, avoiding the arbitration process. The deadline to file arbitration figures was Friday at 1 p.m. “It's a good feeling,” Wieters said Friday night at the premiere of 'The BUCKLe Up Birds: An Underdog Story,' a movie about the team's 2012 season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
BOSTON - Whether the Orioles' dust-up with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Fenway Park galvanizes their clubhouse remains to be seen over the course of a season still in its infancy. Regardless, the dugout-emptying confrontation between Orioles pitcher Bud Norris and Red Sox catcher David Ross in the Orioles' 4-2 loss is an example of the intensity of life in the American League East no matter the calendar date. All was normal until Ross stepped to the batter's box with a man on first and no outs in the seventh inning with the game tied at 2. Looking to bunt, he believed some of Norris' deliveries were coming close to his head, and he didn't like that.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Playing against a division rival, attempting to climb back to .500 and facing what likely will be an emotionally charged upcoming series in Boston, the Orioles certainly needed a complete effort like their 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon. They also needed to get back into the clubhouse and thaw out - that's what happens when the temperature at first pitch is 39 degrees and you play for nearly three hours. “I think it is more mental than anything else.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
The results that right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez has received in his first three starts with the Orioles - an unsightly 0-3 record and a 7.31 ERA - would have most pitchers searching for answers, especially while trying to meet the expectations of a club-record four-year, $50 million contract. Jimenez looks at the situation differently. Following the Orioles' 11-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon, Jimenez can draw from recent experience and know that he can rebound from his rocky first few outings in an Orioles uniform.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Chris Tillman battled through the early innings of his outing Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. In his mind, he wasn't carrying his best stuff, so he huddled with catcher Matt Wieters between innings to figure out how to maneuver through a dangerous Toronto lineup. The results were worthy of a win. Tillman held Toronto to two unearned runs and three hits over eight innings. But despite another spectacular start, Tillman was a tough-luck loser in the Orioles' 2-0 loss because of some rare fielding miscues behind him. An Orioles team that committed the fewest errors (54)
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The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
A collection of what other media outlets are saying about the Orioles as they prepare to complete their road trip with a 7:05 p.m. game against the New York Yankees tonight: * While Orioles fans wait for Manny Machado to return to the lineup, they can be happy knowing that the 21-year-old third baseman is among the "toolsiest" players in baseball, according to FiveThirtyEight.com's Jeff Sullivan . Also, according to Sullivan's data, Orioles...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
NEW YORK -- Inside the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium, there might have been some relief that the Orioles' vaunted offense finally put together a game to be proud of in their 14-5 drubbing of the Yankees on Tuesday afternoon, but the Orioles didn't put any greater value on this much-needed victory than any other. “It's a 162-game season,” said center fielder Adam Jones, who hit one of the Orioles' three home runs. “It's kind of just go with the flow and understand that this [season]
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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 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 Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
Hey, I can be optimistic for only so long. (I'm kidding. Optimism isn't my strength). By Game 4, with the Orioles having dropped three straight and struggling on the mound and in the batter's box, it's worth mentioning a few of their most troubling numbers so far. To be fair, it's also worth pointing out that the Orioles have played four games. That's 2 percent of the season. There is absolutely, positively no reason to panic yet, especially considering that the two teams they have played met in a six-game American League Championship Series last year.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
J.J. Hardy, who sat out Friday's game because of “light lower back spasms,” was back in the lineup Saturday, playing shortstop and hitting sixth. He said he dealt with the spasms for two days and just wanted to get themresolved. He believes the rest helped greatly - especially because he didn't have to deal with wet and cold conditions Friday at Comerica Park. It's cold again here - the ballpark scoreboard says 38 degrees - but it is clear. “Definitely, a lot (better),” said Hardy, who missed two games last year with back spasms.
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