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By Stephen M. Woods | March 7, 1999
HEY STEVOE: Why is Charles Barkley such a jerk? I just watched a sports highlight of him yelling at some fans and then giving them a middle-finger salute. It's good to know that the NBA is now "fan friendly." What do I tell my kids when they see one of their sports heroes flipping someone the bird? By the way, where did the middle-finger salute ever come from?-- Jason R.A: First of all, Sir Charles Barkley has historically had difficulty fitting his size-14 shoes in his size-13 mouth. Barkley is a great player who sometimes gets lost within the cartoon caricature that has taken over his body.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Pot, meet kettle. Former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, who now plays in Tennessee, had some thoughts on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel flipping the middle finger to the Washington sideline last night on ESPN, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Bernard Pollard said Johnny Manziel set a bad example for kids with his obscene gesture on Monday night #Titans - Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 19, 2014 Pollard, an eight-year veteran, hasn't exactly covered himself in glory when it comes to positively influencing the youth of America.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Pot, meet kettle. Former Ravens safety Bernard Pollard, who now plays in Tennessee, had some thoughts on Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel flipping the middle finger to the Washington sideline last night on ESPN, according to Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. Bernard Pollard said Johnny Manziel set a bad example for kids with his obscene gesture on Monday night #Titans - Jim Wyatt (@jwyattsports) August 19, 2014 Pollard, an eight-year veteran, hasn't exactly covered himself in glory when it comes to positively influencing the youth of America.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Despite pitching with a blister on his middle finger that prevented him from throwing breaking balls, Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta felt good about his final tune-up before Friday's regular season home opener against the Minnesota Twins. Arrieta threw five innings against a collection of Orioles minor leaguers, throwing fastballs and changeups exclusively. Arrieta said the blister should be fine by Friday. “Just didn't throw the slider or the curveball today because those two pitches put pressure on the inside of my middle finger and it needs a couple days for that nail to grow out and let that skin to generate, but I'm all good to go,” Arrieta said.” Just fastball changeup [today]
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 17, 2002
PHILADELPHIA - Orioles pitcher Rodrigo Lopez got a reprieve when his scheduled start tomorrow in Arizona didn't pair him with one of the Diamondbacks' imposing aces. Now, he might miss the entire team. Lopez has been moved to Thursday's game because of a sore middle finger on his right hand, and pitching coach Mark Wiley indicated he might be held back until Friday's series opener in San Francisco against the Giants. If he pitches in Arizona, he would oppose four-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson rather than Brian Anderson.
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By Katie Leslie and Katie Leslie,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2004
In between the delicate pages of Adam Blank's Field Guide to the North American Bird (Ten Speed Press, $9.95) are specimens of all shapes and sizes. There are birds for the bold and birds for cowards. Birds for sports fanatics and birds for the office worker. Even birds for musicians! Perhaps Vice President Dick Cheney should take a look. It's been more than two weeks since Cheney dropped an F-bomb on Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat with whom he had been spatting. Cheney said he felt better for his outburst, but the utterance still reverberates within the hallowed halls of Congress and beyond.
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March 24, 1991
Reliever Rob Dibble got a swollen finger on his pitching hand yesterday by trying to knock down a hard grounder in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies.Dibble reached for a ninth-inning grounder by John Kruk and wound up with an injury that forced him from the game. The Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds, 10-8.Dibble said he bruised a fingertip on his middle finger. Dibble said it wasn't serious, and the Reds' medical staff had to take his word for it -- he wouldn't let trainers examine it."
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Despite pitching with a blister on his middle finger that prevented him from throwing breaking balls, Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta felt good about his final tune-up before Friday's regular season home opener against the Minnesota Twins. Arrieta threw five innings against a collection of Orioles minor leaguers, throwing fastballs and changeups exclusively. Arrieta said the blister should be fine by Friday. “Just didn't throw the slider or the curveball today because those two pitches put pressure on the inside of my middle finger and it needs a couple days for that nail to grow out and let that skin to generate, but I'm all good to go,” Arrieta said.” Just fastball changeup [today]
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May 5, 1991
Nolan Ryan may have to wait a while to see whether he can join Johnny Vander Meer as the only major-league pitcher to throw consecutive no-hitters.And the Toronto Blue Jays -- the victims of Ryan's seventh no-hitter -- may be spared another meeting with the Texas Rangers right-hander because of cracked skin on the middle finger of his pitching hand.Rangers manager Bobby Valentine said Friday night that Ryan's next start -- scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday in Toronto -- could be delayed.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2005
Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli wasn't sure what encouraging words to offer center fielder Luis Matos after seeing Matos' mangled right ring finger late Tuesday night. "I went over and gave him a hug. Man, when I saw his hand like that ... " Mazzilli said, "because I feel for the kid. In this case, he was down." Matos, who was batting .289 and was second on the team with seven stolen bases, broke the finger while attempting to bunt in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
Here's another tale of toughness from inside the Orioles' clubhouse. Manager Buck Showalter said he had two different lineup cards filled out just more than 30 minutes before the first pitch of the Orioles' 12-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday - one with shortstop J.J. Hardy in it and another without. For the past two days, Hardy has been dealing with a painful hangnail on his right middle finger, and on Wednesday Hardy said it became so difficult to throw that he was gripping the ball with just three fingers.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2012
Needing to make room on the roster for Friday's starter Dana Eveland , the Orioles decided to place reliever Matt Lindstrom on the 15-day disabled list with a right middle finger injury. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after the game that Lindstrom's injury is being classified as a ligament sprain at this time. But the club hopes to get him a MRI on the finger Saturday. The belief was that the Orioles might have place a pitcher on the disabled list , but that conjecture surrounded starter Jason Hammel , who is dealing with a sore knee.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun Reporter | May 20, 2007
The Boston Red Sox knew all about the quality of Josh Beckett's right arm when they traded for him before the 2006 season. They also were aware of the fingers that came with it, the ones prone to blisters. Accept the good with the bad and hope for the best. Beckett was the majors' only seven-game winner when he took the mound last weekend for a start against the Orioles at Fenway Park. But he couldn't build on his impressive start, leaving after four innings because of a cut on the upper pad on his right middle finger.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2005
Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli wasn't sure what encouraging words to offer center fielder Luis Matos after seeing Matos' mangled right ring finger late Tuesday night. "I went over and gave him a hug. Man, when I saw his hand like that ... " Mazzilli said, "because I feel for the kid. In this case, he was down." Matos, who was batting .289 and was second on the team with seven stolen bases, broke the finger while attempting to bunt in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | October 15, 2004
ASHBURN, Va. - Never mind that, as one of the Washington Redskins' go-to guys, he has yet to catch a touchdown pass. And don't ask him to dwell on the injuries that have hampered his productivity during what is becoming a testy season for him and the rest of his teammates. Laveranues Coles said he feels good. The ailing middle finger and thumb on his right hand are healing. He is enjoying a crisp week of practice. Regardless of how he performs Sunday in Chicago, if Washington reverses a four-game losing streak, with or without an awakening by its struggling offense, Coles' world will look a little brighter.
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By Katie Leslie and Katie Leslie,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2004
In between the delicate pages of Adam Blank's Field Guide to the North American Bird (Ten Speed Press, $9.95) are specimens of all shapes and sizes. There are birds for the bold and birds for cowards. Birds for sports fanatics and birds for the office worker. Even birds for musicians! Perhaps Vice President Dick Cheney should take a look. It's been more than two weeks since Cheney dropped an F-bomb on Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat with whom he had been spatting. Cheney said he felt better for his outburst, but the utterance still reverberates within the hallowed halls of Congress and beyond.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
Here's another tale of toughness from inside the Orioles' clubhouse. Manager Buck Showalter said he had two different lineup cards filled out just more than 30 minutes before the first pitch of the Orioles' 12-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday - one with shortstop J.J. Hardy in it and another without. For the past two days, Hardy has been dealing with a painful hangnail on his right middle finger, and on Wednesday Hardy said it became so difficult to throw that he was gripping the ball with just three fingers.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | October 15, 2004
ASHBURN, Va. - Never mind that, as one of the Washington Redskins' go-to guys, he has yet to catch a touchdown pass. And don't ask him to dwell on the injuries that have hampered his productivity during what is becoming a testy season for him and the rest of his teammates. Laveranues Coles said he feels good. The ailing middle finger and thumb on his right hand are healing. He is enjoying a crisp week of practice. Regardless of how he performs Sunday in Chicago, if Washington reverses a four-game losing streak, with or without an awakening by its struggling offense, Coles' world will look a little brighter.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | October 7, 2002
OAKLAND, Calif. - Denny Hocking walked across the champagne-soaked carpeting inside the Minnesota Twins' clubhouse yesterday and lifted his middle finger. No, this wasn't another message for Bud Selig. Hocking didn't miss many opportunities to criticize Selig during the months when Major League Baseball was threatening to contract the Twins, but Hocking is pretty much over that now. He had better things on his mind after playing a big role as Minnesota finished off the Oakland Athletics with a 5-4 victory in Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 17, 2002
PHILADELPHIA - Orioles pitcher Rodrigo Lopez got a reprieve when his scheduled start tomorrow in Arizona didn't pair him with one of the Diamondbacks' imposing aces. Now, he might miss the entire team. Lopez has been moved to Thursday's game because of a sore middle finger on his right hand, and pitching coach Mark Wiley indicated he might be held back until Friday's series opener in San Francisco against the Giants. If he pitches in Arizona, he would oppose four-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson rather than Brian Anderson.
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