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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | February 1, 1996
The Orioles are discussing a multi-year contract with arbitration-eligible pitcher Kent Mercker, the left-hander acquired from the Atlanta Braves in a December trade.General manager Pat Gillick said last night that the Orioles want to lock up Mercker with a two-year deal, and a club option for a third year. The package likely is similar to the two-year, $6 million deal signed by right-hander Scott Erickson two weeks ago.On other Orioles fronts:* Gillick expressed mild interest in Lenny Webster, Philadelphia's backup catcher, available because of the Phillies' signing of free agent Benito Santiago on Tuesday.
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August 15, 2006
Vinny Castilla couldn't contain the ear-to-ear grin. He smiled as photos were snapped, and grinned when he answered questions. Castilla was elated to be back with the Colorado Rockies, agreeing to terms on a minor league contract yesterday for his third stint with the franchise. He previously played for the Rockies from 1993 to 1999, and again in 2004. Castilla will spend a few weeks with Triple-A Colorado Springs as a designated hitter to work on his swing and test his sore knee. If everything goes as scheduled, Castilla will be brought up Sept.
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By Ken Rosenthal | April 30, 1996
Jimmy Haynes was terrific last night, but make no mistake about it:The Orioles need another starting pitcher.Kent Mercker looked like a steal when the Orioles acquired him from Atlanta, but he didn't get it done in spring training, and he's not getting it done now.Haynes is a logical candidate to replace him in the rotation, but he hasn't proven himself as a starter, and neither has Arthur Rhodes.Depth of starting pitching was one advantage the New York Yankees had over the Orioles at the start of the season, and the difference is growing even more pronounced with the two AL East leaders meeting tonight for the first time.
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By Paul Sullivan and Paul Sullivan,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 8, 2004
SAN FRANCISCO - Like a plane flying under the radar, Greg Maddux tried to sneak to his locker without notice late yesterday afternoon at SBC Park. But Maddux was quickly ambushed by a dozen Chicago Cubs teammates who had been waiting for this moment for a week. Kerry Wood popped the first champagne cork, and in a matter of seconds, Maddux was drenched and drained at the same time. On a cloudless afternoon in the heat of a playoff race, Maddux, 38, had just joined baseball's immortals, earning his 300th career victory in the Cubs' 8-4 victory over the Giants.
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | April 9, 1994
LOS ANGELES -- "Fab Four!" was the ringing headline splashed across the top of a newspaper hanging in the locker of Atlanta Braves left-hander Kent Mercker, who is certainly not one of the four -- not with guys like Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Steve Avery and Greg Maddux around -- and until last night he wasn't all that "fab" either.In five years with the Braves he'd won all of 15 games.But the 26-year-old Mercker out-Fabbed the other Four, big time, pitching a no-hit, no-run game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning, 6-0, before a Dodger Stadium crowd of 36,546 that got on his side from the seventh inning on.Mercker had come close a couple of times before -- once, in 1991, he even shared in a Braves' no-hitter -- but this time it was his all the way."
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1995
Orioles general manager Pat Gillick, seeking to balance a starting rotation heavy with right-handed starters, acquired left-hander Kent Mercker from the Atlanta Braves last night for pitching prospects Joe Borowski and Rachaad Stewart."
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Buster Olney contributed to this article | May 2, 1996
The Orioles' murky pitching situation got a little clearer yesterday, when manager Davey Johnson announced that left-hander Arthur Rhodes has been returned to the bullpen and rookie Jimmy Haynes will start Sunday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.The status of left-hander Kent Mercker is clearer, too -- he has been dropped to the fifth spot in the rotation. Johnson said that Mercker had volunteered to pitch out of the bullpen until his next start -- which, because of days off today and Monday, may not come until May 11 against the Brewers -- but there is no firm timetable yet for his return to the rotation.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | May 5, 1996
Kent Mercker walked into the clubhouse yesterday and called across the room to pitching coach Pat Dobson. "Hey, can you give me nine Monday?" Mercker asked.Dobson paused, not sure what to think. He and had asked Mercker to pitch a few innings in tomorrow's exhibition against Triple-A Rochester, but Mercker had declined, saying he had nothing to gain by doing so.And now here was Mercker doing an about-face, asking to throw nine innings. "Are you serious?" Dobson asked.Yes, Mercker is. Figuring that he probably wouldn't get much of a chance to pitch out of the bullpen before his next start next Saturday, Mercker decided it was better to throw against Rochester than not pitch at all."
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | June 15, 1996
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Orioles manager Davey Johnson asked reporters yesterday to repeat the comments that Kent Mercker made after being pulled in the third inning of the 10-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.Then he responded to Mercker's complaint that he was pulled too soon, after allowing eight hits, three walks and five runs in 2 2/3 innings.Without singling out Mercker, Johnson said: "Most guys, if they have trouble, should worry less about when they're coming out. They should worry about what they're doing."
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1996
The contrasting performances of rookie Jimmy Haynes and veteran Kent Mercker eventually could force manager Davey Johnson to shake up the starting rotation again, but he said yesterday that he has the time and the scheduling flexibility to try and help Mercker pull his game together."
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April 8, 2000
Quote: "I seem to concentrate more with the bases loaded." -- Indians' Omar Vizquel after hitting his fourth grand slam It's a fact: The game at Tampa Bay was the first in the majors played on FieldTurf, a new artificial surface that looks and plays more like grass. Who's hot: The Rangers are averaging 8.6 runs after five games. Who's not: The Angels' Kent Mercker is 46-47 since pitching a no-hitter for the Braves six years ago. On deck: Former Yankees teammatesDavid Wells and Kenny Rogers are the starters today when the Blue Jays visit the Rangers.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF Sun staff writers Joe Strauss and Peter Schmuck contributed to this article | March 5, 1998
JUPITER, Fla. -- The Orioles have gotten through spring training without any major injuries, but the minor ones are beginning to pile up. Each day that manager Ray Miller speaks with trainer Richie Bancells seems to bring more bad news.The latest mishap involves outfielder Danny Clyburn, who broke the fourth metatarsal bone in his left foot while running the bases Tuesday and will be out four weeks.Clyburn, who will turn 24 next month, dumped a two-run single into center field in the eighth inning of the Orioles' 6-6 tie with the Minnesota Twins.
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By John Eisenberg | March 19, 1997
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The baseball gods reached down, touched him and gave him a chance to be a World Series hero, that rarest and most extraordinary of baseball creatures.And then Mike Bielecki's chance was swept away in the gathering tide that carried the New York Yankees to a victory over the Atlanta Braves in the World Series last fall."But how can I complain?" Bielecki said five months later, sitting in the Braves' spring training dugout the other day.It's a valid point. Bielecki, a 37-year-old native of Dundalk, now living in Crownsville, thought his major-league career was over a year ago. He grew his hair long, bought a Harley and started thinking about becoming a high school or college coach.
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July 28, 1996
Upholding StandardbredsI congratulate John Eisenberg on a thoughtful and even-handed column on slot machines at racetracks in Maryland in the July 19 edition of The Sun. He fairly presented the upside and the downside of slot machines at racetracks, both in Delaware and in Maryland. I have only one criticism. Nowhere is any mention made of Standardbred racing or the two Standardbred tracks in Maryland at Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs. To be fair, Eisenberg is not alone in failing to mention Standardbred racing.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1996
BOSTON -- Eddie Murray left Baltimore after the 1988 season on bad terms with the Orioles' front office. But he returns eight years later to open arms, by a team that desperately needs him to produce runs.The Orioles traded slump-ridden pitcher Kent Mercker for Murray yesterday, announcing the deal after the Orioles' 10-6 win over Boston. The Orioles also will add cash to the deal, to make up the difference between Mercker's $2.825 million salary and Murray's $2 million. According to a source familiar with the terms of the deal, the Orioles will pay Cleveland the pro-rated difference between the players' salaries every two weeks, a sum that could add up to between $300,000 and $400,000.
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By BUSTER OLNEY and BUSTER OLNEY,SUN STAFF | July 21, 1996
BOSTON -- Eddie Murray is back.Almost, anyway. The Orioles are on the verge of reacquiring the slugger, according to league sources, in a trade with the Cleveland Indians that may be completed as soon as today.The Orioles are expected to deal left-hander Kent Mercker for Murray, who has waived a no-trade clause in his contract to rejoin his former team. Murray, 40, needs nine more homers to reach 500 for his career. He will serve as the team's designated hitter, and the switch-hitter will give the Orioles a better lineup against left-handed pitchers.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | March 27, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Manager Davey Johnson does not have many secrets left. He announced his regular-season starting rotation yesterday -- as if there were ever any mystery about that -- and left little doubt about the makeup of the Opening Day roster.Mike Mussina will be on the mound when the Orioles open the season against the Kansas City Royals on Monday at Camden Yards. David Wells will pitch the second game and Scott Erickson the series finale."You can probably figure out the rest of it from there," Johnson deadpanned.
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By Buster Olney | July 14, 1996
On the field: It had been nearly four weeks since Manny Alexander and Kent Mercker appeared in the field, before they entered the second game of the doubleheader yesterday in the same inning. Alexander took over second base in the sixth after Bill Ripken was ejected, just as Mercker took the mound in relief of Arthur Rhodes.In the dugout: When the managers took their lineup cards to the umpires before Game 2, Davey Johnson argued the final play of NTC Game 1 with umpire Larry Barnett. The ump had ruled Roberto Alomar out for leaving the baseline, part of a game-ending double play.
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