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By Matt Vensel | July 22, 2011
After stringing together five straight scoreless appearances and picking up his first save of 2011 in the Indians series, Michael Gonzalez allowed three runs in Monday's 15-10 loss to the Red Sox. To make matters worse, the Orioles reliever was picked for this week's "Not Top 10" segment on SportsCenter after falling off the mound Monday while throwing a pitch. Poor Gonzalez. The guy just can't win. He is the Orioles' Charlie Brown.
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Sports Digest | December 29, 2012
Baseball Ex-Oriole Gonzalez signs with Brewers The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a one-year deal with former Orioles left-handed reliever Michael Gonzalez , according to a Fox Sports report Friday. Gonzalez, 34, flourished last season with the Washington Nationals as a midseason addition on a one-year minor league deal and pitched in key situations against left-handed batters down the stretch. According to a CBS Sports report, his deal with the Brewers is worth $2.25million with incentives, making him the second Nationals left-handed reliever to head to the Brewers, a team starved for them.
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By Matt Vensel | October 19, 2011
Two months ago, Michael Gonzalez stood at his stall in the Orioles clubhouse before a game against the Blue Jays. Having just found out that he had been traded to the Rangers, he packed his gear and changed into jeans and a pair of flip flops, but he was still wearing his Orioles undershirt when reporters surrounded his stall. "I'm excited. I'm going to go out there and I'm going to try to win a championship now," Gonzalez, who was traded for fellow reliever Pedro Strop , said at the time.
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By Matt Vensel | October 19, 2011
Two months ago, Michael Gonzalez stood at his stall in the Orioles clubhouse before a game against the Blue Jays. Having just found out that he had been traded to the Rangers, he packed his gear and changed into jeans and a pair of flip flops, but he was still wearing his Orioles undershirt when reporters surrounded his stall. "I'm excited. I'm going to go out there and I'm going to try to win a championship now," Gonzalez, who was traded for fellow reliever Pedro Strop , said at the time.
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By Matt Vensel | May 19, 2011
Orioles reliever Michael Gonzalez -- who is in the final year of a two-year, $12 million deal -- is wearing out his welcome with even the most patient of Orioles fans. The 32-year-old surrendered four runs in Monday’s come-from-ahead loss to the Red Sox. On Wednesday, he couldn’t get out of a jam against the Yankees. And he put the Orioles in another bad situation when he plunked Chris Dickerson , sending the Yankees outfielder to the hospital for a CT scan and Gonzalez, who was quickly ejected, to the showers early.
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By Baltimore Sun staff | April 9, 2010
How it happened: A day after Michael Gonzalez stranded the bases loaded to convert a save and three days after he blew a save on Opening Day, the new Orioles closer issued a leadoff walk to Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion and then a game-tying double to Travis Snider. After a sacrifice bunt moved Snider to third, Jose Bautista drove in the eventual game-winning run with a sacrifice fly, giving the Blue Jays a 7-6 win Camden Yards in the O's home opener. He said it: "It's definitely not the way I wanted to start off, but I have the utmost confidence in my ability.
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By Matt Vensel | April 15, 2011
Before last night's loss to the Yankees, Buck Showalter had made all the right moves when managing the Orioles bullpen. He was playing the matchups, using his top relievers in key situations before the ninth inning and going with his gut in save situations. But last night, Showalter's moves ended up looking like the wrong ones because Kevin Gregg blew a save opportunity in the ninth inning and Michael Gonzalez allowed the game-winning run in the tenth. The 6-5 loss was the Orioles' fourth straight.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2011
Right-hander Jake Arrieta pitched two innings and gave up a run on two hits and two walks in his 2011 exhibition debut against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on Friday, but he didn't seem too concerned about his inconsistent command the first time out. "I felt great," he said. "It's just that the first time out there at game speed, the sinker's got more life. The fastball has more life to it. The breaking balls were sharp. Now, it's just a matter of being more consistent around the strike zone.
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By Matt Vensel | July 11, 2011
Ten days ago, I asked on the blog if the 2011 Orioles season could get any worse. Nine losses, 75 runs allowed and one demotion of Zach Britton later, the answer is a resounding yes -- a Marv Albert-type yes. This weekend’s four-game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox was so ugly, it’s hard to imagine that things could get any uglier for the Orioles. At least we know most of Baltimore won’t be watching if they do. The Orioles were outscored 32-13 in the series -- the only fight they showed was when Kevin Gregg got in a slap fight with David Ortiz on Friday and when Michael Gonzalez chucked a pitch behind Ortiz on Sunday -- and they entered the All-Star break on a seven-game losing skid.
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By Matt Vensel | April 18, 2011
Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with some reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine. Running it back: The Orioles on Sunday went down meekly and quietly to the surging Indians in a 4-2 loss, their seventh straight. ... Orioles starting pitcher Brian Matusz appears to be several weeks away from making his 2011 debut . ... Former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott said coach John Harbaugh changed the team’s brash, fun-loving style . ... Alex Ovechkin's own goal cost the Capitals in Game 3 and let the Rangers back in their first-round playoff series.
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By Matt Vensel and Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2011
Two months ago, Michael Gonzalez was trying to regain a late-inning role out of the bullpen for the last-place Orioles. Lately, though, the left-hander has been so dominant that the Texas Rangers had to have him for their playoff run. On Wednesday, the day before the deadline for teams to acquire players eligible for the postseason, the Orioles dealt Gonzalez to the American League West-leading Rangers in a waiver trade for 26-year-old reliever Pedro...
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By Matt Vensel and Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2011
Michael Gonzalez 's career in Baltimore hasn't played out as he had hoped when he signed a two-year, $12 million deal before the 2010 season. But as his turbulent Orioles career possibly winds down, the left-handed reliever is finally doing what the club paid him to do — pitch with the game on the line, and do it well. "Being in the bigger situations, that's what has driven me my whole career," Gonzalez said before Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. "That's an adrenaline rush for me. That puts me on another level.
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By Matt Vensel | July 22, 2011
After stringing together five straight scoreless appearances and picking up his first save of 2011 in the Indians series, Michael Gonzalez allowed three runs in Monday's 15-10 loss to the Red Sox. To make matters worse, the Orioles reliever was picked for this week's "Not Top 10" segment on SportsCenter after falling off the mound Monday while throwing a pitch. Poor Gonzalez. The guy just can't win. He is the Orioles' Charlie Brown.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2011
The Orioles were already a little angry about the way they were treated in Boston, and that fire has been flamed by Major League Baseball's ruling Thursday to suspend two Orioles players and manager Buck Showalter and only one Red Sox player, slugger David Ortiz, after last weekend's bean-brawl series at Fenway Park. "I definitely think they need to go back and do their homework," said Orioles left-hander Michael Gonzalez, who was suspended three games and fined $1,500 for throwing behind Ortiz on Sunday.
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By Matt Vensel | July 11, 2011
Ten days ago, I asked on the blog if the 2011 Orioles season could get any worse. Nine losses, 75 runs allowed and one demotion of Zach Britton later, the answer is a resounding yes -- a Marv Albert-type yes. This weekend’s four-game sweep at the hands of the Red Sox was so ugly, it’s hard to imagine that things could get any uglier for the Orioles. At least we know most of Baltimore won’t be watching if they do. The Orioles were outscored 32-13 in the series -- the only fight they showed was when Kevin Gregg got in a slap fight with David Ortiz on Friday and when Michael Gonzalez chucked a pitch behind Ortiz on Sunday -- and they entered the All-Star break on a seven-game losing skid.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2011
A contentious four-game series with the Boston Red Sox ended Sunday with four more ejections, Michael Gonzalez 's not denying that he threw a purpose pitch behind David Ortiz , and Buck Showalter and Jeremy Guthrie criticizing the umpiring crew. "I've said it before: Sometimes those who are in control of the game — I know the umpires have to control it — show a lack of feel by not understanding what is going on," said Guthrie, who hit Kevin Youkilis with a changeup to load the bases with two outs in the fourth inning, resulting in plate umpire Marty Foster 's warning both benches.
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By Peter Schmuck | April 9, 2010
From the earliest days of spring training, we fretted about Brian Roberts and wondered about new closer Michael Gonzalez, but the Orioles told us everything was going to be OK. Roberts was sidelined for most of the exhibition season after suffering a herniated disk in his lower back. Gonzalez was simply a mystery, pitching on an uneven schedule and raising eyebrows with his inconsistent velocity and unconventional mechanics. We fretted because Roberts means everything to the Orioles and Gonzalez was going to assume the most important role in the bullpen at a point in the Orioles' rebuilding process when every win would be precious.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2011
When Michael Gonzalez signed a two-year, $12 million deal before the 2010 season, he envisioned entering the game in the ninth inning and closing out an Orioles' victory against a tough divisional foe. Gonzalez did that in the Orioles' victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night, but not under the circumstances that he or anybody else expected. The Orioles had a seven-run lead and manager Buck Showalter originally planned to bring back Koji Uehara for a second inning of work, but Nick Markakis ' two-run double in the bottom of the eighth convinced him to go to Gonzalez.
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By Matt Vensel | May 19, 2011
Orioles reliever Michael Gonzalez -- who is in the final year of a two-year, $12 million deal -- is wearing out his welcome with even the most patient of Orioles fans. The 32-year-old surrendered four runs in Monday’s come-from-ahead loss to the Red Sox. On Wednesday, he couldn’t get out of a jam against the Yankees. And he put the Orioles in another bad situation when he plunked Chris Dickerson , sending the Yankees outfielder to the hospital for a CT scan and Gonzalez, who was quickly ejected, to the showers early.
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