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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | April 11, 1991
Jose Mesa is getting closer to where the Orioles want him to be, but he hasn't acquired the finishing touch."He got ahead of a lot of hitters, which is good," said pitching coach Al Jackson. "But he still stretches it out too much. He's using up too many pitches going to 3-and-2 counts."Mesa worked six strong innings, but came away a loser in last night's 2-0 White Sox win. He might have left with the game scoreless had it not been for a momentary lapse against Sammy Sosa.With two outs, Mesa got two quick strikes on Sosa before issuing his fourth and final walk of the night.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
MESA, Ariz. - There was a time, before the 2012 Olympics, when swimming became a grim exercise for its greatest practitioner, Michael Phelps.  The pool felt like a place of obligation, not joy, and thus Phelps walked away from the sport after bringing his record gold-medal total to 18 in London. That dread was nowhere in evidence Thursday when Phelps made his triumphant return to competitive swimming after a 20-month retirement. Phelps beamed on the starting block before his first race, acknowledging the effusive roar he'd received from a sellout crowd at the Mesa Grand Prix.  Then, he showed he could still swim a little bit. In a performance that wiped away any doubts about his form, Phelps posted the day's fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter butterfly at 52.84 seconds.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | September 13, 1991
Joe Orsulak gave Jose Mesa all the assists he could muster last night. They weren't enough to keep the righthander from sinking a little deeper into a sea of uncertainty.Manager John Oates gave Mesa every possible chance to survive, probably one more than was prudent, but the Cleveland Indians eventually got more opportunities than they could run their way out of on the basepaths. The result was a 6-5 loss for the Orioles, made all the more agonizing by a three-run flourish in the ninth inning after a potential rally in the eighth was squelched by a gamble that backfired on third base coach Cal Ripken Sr.When Mesa finally left, with the bases cluttered and nobody out in the fifth, the Orioles were on the verge of seeing a 3-2 deficit grow to 6-2. By that time, the Indians had put 12 runners on base, six via walks, and Mesa had thrown only 34 strikes in 72 pitches.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
MESA, ARIZ. - Michael Phelps couldn't say it enough times, even joking that he would bore questioners with his repetitive explanation for returning to competitive swimming. “I'm having fun,” he answered over and over Wednesday in his first public remarks since his comeback became official last week. Phelps, 28, will swim at the Mesa Grand Prix Thursday, his first race since he won his record-setting 18th gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. He said then he'd never be back, that he'd be relieved to live away from the pool for the first time in his life.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | September 18, 1991
BOSTON -- Whatever problems Jose Mesa had last night, they were more typical than physical. His record (5-11) is more indicative of the way he pitched than his arm, which alternately delivers 90-mph boomers and extra-base rockets.The big righthander ranks right alongside Ben McDonald as one of the major mysteries of the Orioles' pitching staff. McDonald is down for the third time this year, and the fourth in his brief career, because of an injury.Mesa has two operations on his resume and has also done a turn on the disabled list this year (17 days)
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | August 15, 1995
Jose Mesa and Dennis Eckersley.Bet you never thought you'd see those names in the same sentence when the Orioles traded Mesa for Kyle Washington three years ago.But now here's Mesa, needing just two more saves to tie Eckersley's record of 36 consecutive saves in a season.He's not just a Cy Young candidate, he's an MVP candidate. No other team has more saves.Mesa earned No. 34 with a perfect ninth inning last night in Cleveland's 9-6 victory over the Orioles.He could tie Eckersley before he leaves town.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | March 6, 1992
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Francisco de la Rosa was announced yesterday as one of the players to be named in last week's trade with the New York Yankees that brought Alan Mills to the Orioles.And there continues to be speculation that Jose Mesa, another right-hander, could be the next to go.De la Rosa, a reliever who was injured almost the entire month after being promoted to the major leagues last September, had been designated for assignment when the Orioles obtained Mills, also a right-handed reliever.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent | March 26, 1991
BRADENTON, Fla. -- Jose Mesa came into spring training a bit behind other Baltimore Orioles pitchers, but he had an excuse -- Mesa spent the winter in Rochester, N.Y.The Orioles right-hander took it easy, rarely venturing outside, because "it was really, really cold. But my wife lives over there, so I went."The weather curtailed off-season throwing for Mesa, who came back last year from two operations on his pitching elbow and was one of the Orioles' most dependable starters during the last five weeks.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | April 27, 1992
NEW YORK -- It may not have made a difference, but on a day Jose Mesa was two pitches shy of a potential win, Johnny Oates came up short one left-hander in the bullpen.The result was a 3-1 loss to the Yankees that kept the Orioles from taking over second in the American League's Eastern Division.Except for a solo home run by Kevin Maas in the fourth inning and a double by Roberto Kelly in the eighth, Mesa was effective throughout the 7 1/3 innings he worked. But when Andy Stankiewicz, who tortured the Orioles all weekend, opened the eighth with a ground single to left, both Mesa and Oates were in trouble.
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By Ken Rosenthal | February 25, 1992
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles' most difficult spring decision revolves around a pitcher who is their No. 7 starter. Jose Mesa is out of minor-league options. Either the Orioles trade him, or risk losing him on waivers.Mesa, 25, opened last season as the club's No. 2 starter, but the way things stand, he won't make this team. The rotation is set with five other righthanders, and veteran lefthander Dennis Rasmussen is the logical replacement if one of them gets hurt.Problem is, Mesa can't be demoted without being exposed to the waiver process, which makes him available to every team.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
For almost a year, the question was "if" Michael Phelps would return to competitive swimming. Now that Phelps is scheduled to end his 20-month retirement Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., a more nuanced question looms: Why? Phelps sounded fairly certain he no longer wanted to confine his life to the pool when he walked away from the sport after the 2012 Olympics. He had seemingly put the perfect exclamation point on his career, winning gold in his last race to bring his record medal haul to 22, including 18 golds.
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By Jean Marbella and Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Less than two years after he retired as the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps is diving back into competition next week - a move that could lead the Baltimore swimmer to his fifth Summer Games in 2016. Phelps will compete in the Arena Grand Prix, held in Mesa, Ariz., from April 24 to 26, USA Swimming announced Monday. It is his first competition since the London 2012 Games that brought his total medal count to 22, 18 of them gold. "The One has returned," swimming analyst Mel Stewart said, in what was typical of the delighted response to Phelps' decision.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,sun reporter | February 16, 2007
A U.S. District Court judge ordered yesterday that a suspected drug dealer whose girlfriend was found dead in the trunk of her car last month be held in federal custody while awaiting trial on heroin distribution charges. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Catherine C. Blake reversed an earlier decision by a federal magistrate judge to release Jermarl A. Jones to a Baltimore halfway house until his June trial. Referring to the unsolved homicide of Jones' longtime girlfriend, Sintia Mesa, the judge mentioned "the uncertainty of the circumstances of what happened with Ms. Mesa" among her reasons for detaining the defendant.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,sun reporter | February 3, 2007
After speaking privately with homicide detectives investigating the death of the girlfriend of a man charged with dealing heroin, a judge ordered that the man be released to a Baltimore halfway house while awaiting trial on federal drug charges. But federal prosecutors immediately appealed the ruling, effectively blocking the release of Jermarl A. Jones before a U.S. district judge conducts another hearing next week. The decision came at the end of a detention hearing during which a deputy U.S. marshal detailed his nearly seven-month search for Jones and the ways he believed Jones and his girlfriend attempted to evade authorities hunting for him. Jones, 31, of Hyattsville was arrested last month on a year-old federal indictment that charged him with conspiring to sell heroin.
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By Nick Shields and Matthew Dolan and Nick Shields and Matthew Dolan,sun reporters | January 31, 2007
A woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car this week in Northwest Baltimore had been tracked by federal agents as part of a drug investigation involving her boyfriend, authorities said yesterday. Sintia Mesa had been monitored by agents searching for Jermarl A. Jones, who is charged with conspiring to sell heroin, according to federal law enforcement officials. Jones was in Mesa's car when he was arrested Jan. 3 in North Baltimore, a deputy U.S. marshal said yesterday. No one has been charged in Mesa's death, which police are investigating as a homicide.
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By Nick Shields and Nick Shields,Sun reporter | January 30, 2007
Sintia Mesa's friends and relatives spent the weekend hoping the missing woman would be found alive. Yesterday, her sister passed out fliers near the Randallstown beauty salon where the woman, and her car, had last been seen. Within hours, the car, and the 25-year-old woman's body were found. Mesa's body was discovered in the trunk of a car in the parking lot of the Park Place Garden Apartments in Northwest Baltimore, city police said. It was unclear yesterday evening where or how Mesa died, authorities said.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | May 26, 1992
SEATTLE -- Jose Mesa had to be perfect in spring training to win a spot on the Orioles' pitching staff.Now the time is rapidly approaching when the righthander may have to duplicate that effort to keep his job.After a decent start, when he pitched well enough to win his first three starts, Mesa (1-5) has lost four in a row after last night's 7-3 setback to the Seattle Mariners. And with the Orioles (26-17) still clinging to first place in the American League's Eastern Division, every loss Mesa suffers is magnified.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | July 25, 1995
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians designated Orioles all-time saves leader Gregg Olson for assignment last week. Sent him packing because they already had the dominant closer in the American League. Let him go because Jose Mesa wouldn't let him pitch.How's that for a telling episode of "How the Baseball World Turns"?Mesa suddenly is on top of it. He watched for years while Olson built a reputation as one of the game's top closers, never suspecting that he someday might be the guy looking down from the mountain in the bottom of the ninth.
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By New York Times News Service | January 25, 2007
PHOENIX -- On a one-to-10 scale, 10 being the most volatile personality, Jonathan G. Ornstein, chief executive of Mesa Air Group Inc., cheerfully admitted, "I used to be an 11." Ornstein, 49, will not hazard a guess as to his current level of hot-headedness, but some in the airline business say he still rates double-digits. "I don't know that I've ever hung up on anyone in my life - except Jonathan," said Scott Kirby, president of US Airways, which employs Mesa to fly smaller planes on shorter routes and is the regional airline's biggest customer.
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December 12, 2006
Lee Mazzilli, replaced as a bench coach for the New York Yankees, will move across town to become the lead studio analyst for the New York Mets on SportsNet New York. Mazzilli, whose contract wasn't renewed by the Yankees, will join pre- and post-game studio host Matt Yallof for 85 of the 125 games on the Mets' network. The SportsNet New York broadcast team includes former Mets teammates Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling and lead booth announcer Gary Cohen. The Brooklyn native played outfield and first base for the Mets from 1976 to 1981 and returned in 1986 to play for the World Series championship team.
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