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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
The Orioles made a second trade Saturday night, acquiring infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Boston Red Sox for minor league infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus Jr. It came on the heels of a trade with the Chicago White Sox that yielded the Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza for two low-level minor leaguers. Johnson, 32, has played with the New York Yankees and Red Sox this season. The left-handed hitter and 10-season veteran has hit a combined .212 with six homers in 87 games this season.
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By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette mentioned several times this month that he would like to bolster his bench depth, especially from the left side of the plate. Well, in a matter of four days, he added four left-handed hitters to the roster. No sexy names, but potentially role fillers, and that's a Duquette specialty. Catcher and left-handed hitter Steve Clevenger came up from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday. Switch-hitting utility player Jimmy Paredes arrived from the Tides on Thursday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The Orioles have reinstated third baseman Michael Almanzar, the club's Rule 5 pick, from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment, the club announced Monday. The Orioles took Almanzar in the Rule 5 draft in December following a season in which he hit .268/.328/.432 with 16 homers and 81 RBIs with the Boston Red Sox's Double-A club in Portland. But Almanzar, 23, opened the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 6. Almanzar was on a minor league rehabilitation assignment since June 20, hitting .156 with one homer and four RBIs with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club, High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
The Orioles will make a number of moves when rosters expand Monday, including recalling at least two pitchers from Triple-A Norfolk. The club is expected to add right-hander Ryan Webb and left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides to give the team additional bullpen depth. Despite being a key part of the Orioles bullpen all season, Webb was optioned to Norfolk on Aug. 1. He was 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 games (11 1/3 innings) at Norfolk. In 42 2/3 innings with the Orioles this year, Webb has a 3-2 record and a 3.80 ERA. Saunders, a former Orioles starter who was signed to a minor league deal Aug. 5, had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings for Norfolk while working as a multiple-inning reliever.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
After a tough first half, the Frederick Keys have received lineup and bullpen reinforcements that could improve the team's fortunes in the Carolina League. Frederick received infielder Michael Almanzar on a rehab assignment, plus first baseman Trey Mancini, outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, and reliever Jimmy Yacabonis from Low Class-A Delmarva in the past week, and though the team is 1-5 in the second half so far and those four players haven't done much, it represents a big step for both the ballclub and those players.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
The Orioles sent infielder Michael Almanzar back to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday after he cleared waivers. The club selected Almanzar, 23, from the Red Sox in December's Rule 5 draft for $50,000. He had to stay on the Orioles' roster all season or be offered back to the Red Sox for half the cost of the selection. Almanzar could have been claimed by any team, but then he would have had to remain on the claiming team's 25-man roster (or disabled list) for the rest of the year or be returned to Boston.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The MRI on Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar's left knee revealed patella tendinitis, which will shelve the young corner infielder for a few days and may require a stint on the 15-day disabled list, according to executive vice president Dan Duquette. Almanzar, 23, injured the knee while playing first base Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. If he has to go on the disabled list - and that seems like a possibility, Duquette said - the Orioles won't have to make an immediate roster decision involving Almanazar.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- In Dan Connolly's 25-man Opening Day roster breakdown , he said that the battle for the final two bench spots -- between Steve Pearce, Nolan Reimold, Delmon Young and Michael Almanzar -- will be the top roster battle as spring training winds down. I asked Orioles manager Buck Showalter about Young, the 28-year-old former No. 1 overall pick who has a bona fide track record as a hitter. Young went through a 1-for-19 stretch this spring, but is 6-for-12 recently with two doubles and a homer.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez didn't know what to expect in his return to the mound after taking a hard shot off his shin in a start against the Boston Red Sox last week. "I thought it would be worse," he said after pitching three innings in the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium. "Getting hit last time and being able to be under control this time, it was fun to be out there again. ... I felt good throughout all three innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The Orioles have agreed to terms with former Houston Astros first baseman Brett Wallace on a minor league contract. Wallace was at the Ed Smith Stadium complex this morning taking his physical, and he is expected to report to minor league camp at Twin Lakes Park. The 27-year-old hit .221/.284/.431 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs for Houston last season. He was released by the Astros 11 days ago after he was invited to camp as a nonroster player and hit just .143 in 14 spring training at-bats.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
During this first-place run, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is continually asked about the resiliency of his club, primarily the way it has been able to bounce back after absorbing injuries to key players. And he usually delivers the same answer: The Orioles don't wallow in self-pity. Instead, someone else steps up. On Saturday night, in a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins, the Orioles didn't pitch well and squandered several scoring opportunities, but they ultimately squeaked out another win, thanks to the legs of a veteran and the bat of a newcomer.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
The Orioles made a second trade Saturday night, acquiring infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Boston Red Sox for minor league infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus Jr. It came on the heels of a trade with the Chicago White Sox that yielded the Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza for two low-level minor leaguers. Johnson, 32, has played with the New York Yankees and Red Sox this season. The left-handed hitter and 10-season veteran has hit a combined .212 with six homers in 87 games this season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
The Orioles sent infielder Michael Almanzar back to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday after he cleared waivers. The club selected Almanzar, 23, from the Red Sox in December's Rule 5 draft for $50,000. He had to stay on the Orioles' roster all season or be offered back to the Red Sox for half the cost of the selection. Almanzar could have been claimed by any team, but then he would have had to remain on the claiming team's 25-man roster (or disabled list) for the rest of the year or be returned to Boston.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
The Chris Davis experiment at third base lasted just one day. The Orioles slugger will start at first base tonight in the second game of the series against the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards, a day after he filled in for Manny Machado at the hot corner. Davis committed an error at third base Monday, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided against putting him there again tonight. Including tonight, Machado has four games remaining on his suspension for throwing the bat beyond third base against the Oakland Athletics on June 8. With Davis back at first base, Ryan Flaherty will play third base and Steve Pearce will start in left field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The Orioles have reinstated third baseman Michael Almanzar, the club's Rule 5 pick, from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment, the club announced Monday. The Orioles took Almanzar in the Rule 5 draft in December following a season in which he hit .268/.328/.432 with 16 homers and 81 RBIs with the Boston Red Sox's Double-A club in Portland. But Almanzar, 23, opened the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 6. Almanzar was on a minor league rehabilitation assignment since June 20, hitting .156 with one homer and four RBIs with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club, High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
After a tough first half, the Frederick Keys have received lineup and bullpen reinforcements that could improve the team's fortunes in the Carolina League. Frederick received infielder Michael Almanzar on a rehab assignment, plus first baseman Trey Mancini, outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, and reliever Jimmy Yacabonis from Low Class-A Delmarva in the past week, and though the team is 1-5 in the second half so far and those four players haven't done much, it represents a big step for both the ballclub and those players.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
The Orioles will make a number of moves when rosters expand Monday, including recalling at least two pitchers from Triple-A Norfolk. The club is expected to add right-hander Ryan Webb and left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides to give the team additional bullpen depth. Despite being a key part of the Orioles bullpen all season, Webb was optioned to Norfolk on Aug. 1. He was 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 games (11 1/3 innings) at Norfolk. In 42 2/3 innings with the Orioles this year, Webb has a 3-2 record and a 3.80 ERA. Saunders, a former Orioles starter who was signed to a minor league deal Aug. 5, had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings for Norfolk while working as a multiple-inning reliever.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez overcame a rocky first inning to allow two runs over five hits over six innings in a 3-3, 10-inning tie with the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon at Charlotte Sports Park. Jimenez fell behind 2-0 four batters into the game after allowing a towering two-run homer in the first inning to James Loney. Despite going deep into counts early, Jimenez avoided further damage in the opening frame and retired 10 of the final 12 batters he faced.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The MRI on Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar's left knee revealed patella tendinitis, which will shelve the young corner infielder for a few days and may require a stint on the 15-day disabled list, according to executive vice president Dan Duquette. Almanzar, 23, injured the knee while playing first base Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla. If he has to go on the disabled list - and that seems like a possibility, Duquette said - the Orioles won't have to make an immediate roster decision involving Almanazar.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Orioles Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar is scheduled for a MRI of his left knee Monday afternoon, according to manager Buck Showalter . Showalter said the 23-year-old corner infielder injured his knee while playing first base Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla., and there has continued to be swelling. The Orioles need to keep Almanzar on the major league roster all season or offer him back to the Boston Red Sox for half of the original $50,000 purchase price. If he started the season on the 15-day disabled list it would buy the Orioles some time and roster flexibility.
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