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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 Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Two years ago, when the Orioles unleashed the region's pent-up baseball passion with their first playoff run in years, they did it by walking baseball's version of a tightrope. They played a lot of nail-biters - winning 29 games by just one run. They snatched 16 of 18 in extra innings. They didn't nab a wild-card playoff spot until the last week of the season. This year has been a steadier march. These O's have seen no major streaks, good or bad, but they've won six or so games out of every 10, climbing to the top of the American League East, where they've been since early July.
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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 | August 29, 2014
While Nelson Cruz has previously made it clear that he would like to make Baltimore his long-term home, Cruz said for the first time Friday that he and the Orioles have had preliminary discussions about keeping him in an Orioles uniform beyond 2014. The 34-year-old Cruz said his representatives have had discussions with the Orioles about a possible long-term deal since the All-Star break, but he didn't describe the talks as anything serious.  “[They've been] talking, but nothing serious … since the All-Star break,” Cruz said.
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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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Peter Schmuck | August 24, 2014
Now that it has become clear the Orioles will be without third baseman Manny Machado for the remainder of the season, the club's front office is going to have to decide just how confident it is in the ability of the current roster to hold on to the top spot in the American League East and make a strong postseason run. And that's not the only troublesome question Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter will have...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
CHICAGO - Here's a complete transcript of what Orioles third baseman Manny Machado had to say before today's game against the Chicago Cubs regarding his decision to undergo season-ending surgery to repair a partially torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his right knee. Machado said he hopes to have the procedure done next week in Los Angeles. On when he knew surgery could be a possibility: From the get-go, we knew it was partially torn, so it was in the back of my mind.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
CHICAGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter still is trying to figure out baseball's new rule on home plate collisions. In the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, third baseman Chris Davis was called out at home as he tried to score from second base. It was obvious that Cubs catcher John Baker made a clean tag on Davis. What wasn't clear was whether he was blocking home plate. Under a new rule Major League Baseball implemented this year, in an effort to avoid collisions at the plate, a base runner has the right to an unobstructed path to home.
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Peter Schmuck | August 19, 2014
There was a time when such a scene exceeded the imagination of a new generation of Orioles fans. On the fourth floor of the B&O Warehouse, Orioles employees stuffed envelopes with playoff ticket order forms and dispatched them to season-ticket holders Tuesday in the hope and anticipation of an Orange-and-Black October. This is not a unique phenomenon. It's going on all over the major leagues, and the same scene played out the past two years in the Warehouse, but there seems to be general agreement that it all feels more real this year.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Welcome back to the bar. Missed you. Really, I primarily missed your tips, but our lack of interaction created a void, too (a subtle plea for better tips). The Orioles received news on two of their injured players Tuesday. Third baseman Manny Machado underwent a MRI and was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right knee. There doesn't appear to be a tear, which is good news. The likelihood is that he ends up on the disabled list - that's “under consideration,” said Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette -- but that won't officially be determined until Wednesday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Chris Davis, who was batting .193 in 99 games through Sunday, didn't start Monday against New York Yankees left-hander Chris Capuano. But after third baseman Manny Machado injured his right leg during an at-bat in the bottom of the third inning, Davis entered as a defensive replacement at third base to start the top of the fourth. The left-handed-hitting Davis' struggles this season have been well-documented, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he also wanted to get Steve Pearce a start.
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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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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
TORONTO -- Caleb Joseph's new upright stance and growing confidence have done wonders for the Orioles rookie catcher, transforming untapped potential into unexpected power. While Joseph might have never received the opportunity to be a starter in a major league pennant race had Matt Wieters not needed season-ending elbow surgery - or had Joseph not worked tirelessly in the minors to improve behind the plate - he has given the Orioles a tremendous boost with his bat in his past four starts.
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July 16, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles have passed the mid-season mark sitting on a comfortable perch - first place in the American League East with a four game lead (five in the loss column) over the Toronto Blue Jays. It's difficult to know whether to be overjoyed or deeply suspicious. Oh, we knew the birds had the necessary credentials to contend for a playoff spot going into the season after a third place finish in the division last year and second place the season before. Not even the devastating injury to All-Star catcher Matt Wieters requiring season-ending Tommy John surgery could entirely dampen expectations of O's fans who have finally put all those years of last-place finishes behind them.
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