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By Dan Connolly | August 21, 2012
A lot of times, coaches and managers - especially Orioles skipper Buck Showalter - will make a point that their young or inexperienced player is still learning. On Monday, after he turned in his worst statistical start since July 25, Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez stressed the same thing. “I'm still learning, still trying to do my best,” said Gonzalez, who allowed four runs in five innings in a 5-1 loss to the mighty Texas Rangers. “It wasn't my best outing tonight.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't announcing his starters for Monday and Tuesday yet. But assuming neither one is needed out of the bullpen Saturday, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start Game 3 and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will pitch Game 4 of the American League Championship Series against the Kansas City Royals. Right-hander Bud Norris gets the nod for Game 2, partially because Chen has fared much better against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium than at home -- he has a 4.17 ERA in six starts overall, but a 2.84 ERA in two starts in Kansas City.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
Miguel Gonzalez was so good down the stretch last season - remember he was 6-1 with a 2.49 ERA in 10 starts after Aug. 1 in 2012. Things hadn't been so good for him since he last won on July 20. In those six starts, he was 0-4 with a 6.97 ERA. That's why Thursday night's performance in a 3-1 win was so big for Gonzalez . He allowed just one run in seven innings. He struck out six. He cruised through a spotty, but potentially dangerous Chicago White Sox lineup. Most important, he looked like the Gonzalez we remember from last September.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
There will be no baseball played over the next two days, after the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants both punched tickets to the National League Championship Series with Game 4 wins Tuesday night. No baseball until the Orioles open the American League Championship Series on Friday night at Camden Yards against the Kansas City Royals. The Nationals were knocked out by the Giants on Tuesday, so there will be no Beltway World Series. The elimination of the Nats also means that the Orioles, who won 96 games in the regular season, are alone as the winningest team remaining.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2013
The Orioles have not specified the schedule for Miguel Gonzalez yet. Gonzalez threw a side session this morning and indicated things went fine with the blister on his right thumb. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it is still a possibility that he could fill the Orioles' need for Tuesday's open rotation spot, but said the club is more focused on making sure he is 100 percent healthy. Jake Arrieta had some tightness in his shoulder when he began a throwing session Tuesday at Triple-A Norfolk, but that subsided as he continued to throw fastballs.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2013
The Orioles play the Boston Red Sox this afternoon in Sarasota. Or they're playing a team in Red Sox uniforms anyway. Boston has a split squad today, and let's just say they didn't send their A lineup to Ed Smith Stadium. Or their B or C lineup. That's OK, Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez is pitching at Twin Lakes Park against Boston's Double-A squad. Manager Buck Showalter's not a fan of having his rotation members facing AL East rivals at this point in spring. It's a little of a reach, since many of these lineups aren't exactly littered with regulars.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
The Orioles will face a tough decision on right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, whose next start hinges on whether the blister on his right thumb heals in time for him to pitch Saturday.   Gonzalez was originally scheduled to make his next start on Thursday, but he's already been pushed back two days to allow the blister to heal. Monday's off day allows the Orioles to start Freddy Garcia on Thursday and Jason Hammel on Friday on regular rest to give Gonzalez that extra time. But before tonight's game, Gonzalez said he wasn't confident the blister would be healed in time to pitch Saturday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2013
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez learned on Saturday night that he would be getting the start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon because Chris Tillman is dealing with abdomen soreness. It was no big deal for Gonzalez, who made 15 starts for the Orioles last year and is expected to be in the rotation to begin this season. Gonzalez said everything went well in the bullpen, but his control abandoned him once he took the mound in a 5-2 Orioles loss to the Pirates.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2012
In an attempt to keep their most consistent pitcher fresh for the stretch run, the Orioles have pushed back rookie lefty  Wei-Yin Chen's next start. With Thursday's day off, Chen, who beat the Tigers in Detroit on Sunday, could have pitched with an extra day's rest this Saturday. Instead, he'll pitch Monday at home against the Chicago White Sox. Rookie right-hander Miguel Gonzalez will be also pushed back and pitch Tuesday, as a way to limit his innings. Lefty Zach Britton will start Friday's series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays and right-hander Chris Tillman will pitch Sunday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2013
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was encouraged by his three-inning simulated game on Tuesday afternoon at Camden Yards and said he hopes to be able to return to the mound in a major league game Tuesday against the New York Yankees. Gonzalez, who has been dealing with a slow-healing blister on the inside of his right thumb, threw 25 pitches in the bullpen and then 50 to 55 in the simulated game, throwing all of his pitches - including breaking balls - to teammates Alexi Casilla, Chris Dickerson and Chris Snyder.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
DETROIT - Right-hander Bud Norris is now scheduled to be the Orioles' Game 3 starter on Sunday at Comerica Park.  Even though the Orioles had never officially announced a Game 3 starter, right-hander Miguel Gonzalez had been expected to pitch that game. Showalter left open wiggle room to tweak his ALDS rotation, and both pitchers were available to pitch in relief for Games 1 and 2. But Showater said that Gonzalez would have only been used in relief in case of an emergency. In the postseason, the next day's scheduled pitcher usually has a news conference with the media.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
On Friday morning, Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn't officially announce his starting pitcher for Game 3 of the American League Division Series, but right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is expected to start that game. Both Gonzalez and right-hander Bud Norris will continue to be available out of the bullpen in Game 2 on Friday afternoon -- as they were in Game 1 -- but Showalter said he would only use Gonzalez in an emergency. “[Gonzalez] is down in the pecking order of options out of the 'pen as opposed to Bud,” Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he is considering carrying just 10 pitchers for the best-of-five ALDS. Showalter added that the club's Game 3 and 4 starters - - likely to be right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and right-hander Bud Norris, respectively - will be probably be available out of the bullpen in Games 1 and 2. “So you really have more guys, and depending on who we play,” Showalter said. “[That's] going to have a lot to do with how we go.” Because of that, it appears that the Orioles will carry no more than 11 pitchers.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
TORONTO - Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is slated to start the Orioles' regular-season finale against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter plans to give his relievers some work on Saturday and Sunday, with a three-day layoff looming before the playoffs start, so it's unclear how deep Gonzalez will go. “Obviously, Toronto will have something to say about that, but it won't be a normal outing,” Showalter said....
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2014
NEW YORK - It is scheduled to rain here throughout the day, and there's a 70 percent chance of rain when Thursday night's series finale against the New York Yankees is supposed to begin. That's throwing the locals into a frenzy because of the possibility that Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter's final home game could be rained out. If the game cannot be played Thursday, it likely wouldn't be made up if it's a meaningless game in the standings. The Orioles are still chasing the American League's best record - and home-field advantage throughout the postseason - but they're running out of games to catch up with the Los Angeles Angels.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
The Orioles' September surge to the cusp of an American League East championship has been characterized by their strong starting pitching in general, and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in particular. Gonzalez could tell early on against the New York Yankees that he didn't have his best stuff Saturday afternoon. His fastball command was off, making it difficult to put away opposing hitters. Still, Gonzalez held the Yankees to just three runs over six innings, giving the Orioles their 10th quality start over their past 12 games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
There was a sense of relief in the Orioles clubhouse Saturday when starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez proclaimed that his left shin was fine, if a little achy. Gonzalez had to leave Friday's game in the fifth inning after being struck in the left leg by a vicious liner off the bat of Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp. “It's a little sore, but not bad. It could have been worse. No bone, no nothing,” Gonzalez said Saturday. “Everything is fine.” X-rays on the shin were negative, and Gonzalez is expected to pitch Tuesday against Boston.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Miguel Gonzalez isn't going to say it. In fact, the Orioles right-hander was asked point blank Monday night whether he felt he is making a statement that he should be one of the club's starters in the postseason. And he called an audible, talking about well things are going in general. “I got to keep doing what I've been doing and stay focused,” Gonzalez said. “And we're in a good spot right now. Pretty happy about it. We are doing good.” OK, so he isn't addressing it -- smartly, on his part, by the way -- so we'll say it for him. With his tremendous run in his last 10 starts -- he has allowed two runs or fewer in nine of them -- Gonzalez has put himself squarely on the postseason starter map. He's probably still behind Chris Tillman, which is only fair.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
After throwing his first career shutout Wednesday, Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was being interviewed by MASN's cameras when his teammate, Adam Jones, smashed a pie in the starter's face. As it was happening, Gonzalez uttered an expletive that was broadcast. “I knew [Jones] was coming, but I didn't know when, that's why he got me off guard,” Gonzalez said. “And I honestly didn't even realize it until someone told me what I said.” Gonzalez said he saw references to his slip up on Twitter and Facebook and he received texts from friends and family.
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