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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Left-handed relief pitcher Mike Belfiore has been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers , the Orioles announced Thursday before their game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. Belfiore, whom the Orioles acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in May 2012 as the player to be named later in the trade for third baseman Josh Bell -- was designated for assignment Sunday. That move cleared space on the 40-man roster for right-hander Evan Meek and outfielder-designated hitter Delmon Young , who both made the Opening Day roster.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Left-handed relief pitcher Mike Belfiore has been claimed off waivers by the Detroit Tigers , the Orioles announced Thursday before their game against the Boston Red Sox at Camden Yards. Belfiore, whom the Orioles acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in May 2012 as the player to be named later in the trade for third baseman Josh Bell -- was designated for assignment Sunday. That move cleared space on the 40-man roster for right-hander Evan Meek and outfielder-designated hitter Delmon Young , who both made the Opening Day roster.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2013
May 12 has been a pretty important day for left-hander Mike Belfiore. Last year, on May 12, Belfiore was traded to the Orioles as the player to be named later in the deal that sent infielder Josh Bell to Arizona. And on Sunday, he was called up from Triple-A Norfolk to provide bullpen insurance after consecutive four-inning outings by Orioles starters. So Belfiore stepped into a big league clubhouse for his potential debut one year to the day of joining the organization. “It's pretty crazy because last year at this time I got traded the exact same day,” said the 24-year-old Belfiore.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis might not play in Monday's regular-season opener at Camden Yards against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox because of lingering neck stiffness. Manager Buck Showalter said Markakis, who was scratched from the starting lineup for the club's exhibition game at Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday, was feeling better Sunday. But Showalter said Markakis could sit Monday so he can receive two additional days - the Orioles have a scheduled off day Tuesday - to see if it would help to eradicate the discomfort.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2012
In preparation for setting their roster before December's Rule 5 draft, the Orioles added two players to their 40-man roster on Tuesday, infielder Jonathan Schoop and left-hander Mike Belfiore. To make room, the Orioles took pitcher Oliver Drake off the roster and outrighted him to Triple-A Norfolk. Schoop, 21, was the organization's 2011 minor league player of the year and held his own at Double-A Bowie (.245 average and .324 on-base percentage) in 2012 despite being one of the youngest players at that level.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Norfolk outfielder L.J. Hoes highlights the list of Orioles farmhands that have been chosen to play in the 2012 Arizona Fall League, considered the top venue for young prospects. The others are all on Bowie's roster: left-handed pitchers Chris Petrini and Mike Belfiore, right-handers Mike Wright and Clay Schrader and infielder Jonathan Schoop. All will play for the Mesa Solar Sox. Catcher Brian Ward is on Mesa's taxi squad, meaning he will be eligible to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays only.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Here is the roster of pitchers who will throw one inning each in Saturday's exhibition opener against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium: Zach Britton Jake Arrieta Tommy Hunter Steve Johnson Dylan Bundy T.J. McFarland Todd Redmond Zach Clark Adam Russell Seven pitchers have been announced for Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Dunedin: Jair Jurrjens Troy Patton Mike Belfiore ...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
Wednesday will mark the first of two consecutive days of Orioles intrasquad games leading up to Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. The Orioles will play a pair of three-inning intrasquad games Wednesday starting at 10:15 a.m. Each pitcher is scheduled to throw one inning. The games are open to the public. On Field 3 at the Ed Smith Stadium complex, Steve Johnson, Zach Clark and Mike Wright will pitch in the top half of innings, and Todd Redmond, Dylan Bundy and T.J. McFarland will throw the bottom half of innings.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2013
The Orioles have signed the remaining 17 players on their 40-man roster that had zero to three years service time. All received one-year contracts. They are: Right-handers Jake Arrieta, Zach Clark, Miguel Gonzalez, Steve Johnson, Pedro Strop and Chris Tillman; Lefties Zach Britton, Mike Belfiore and T.J. McFarland; catcher Luis Exposito; outfielders L.J. Hoes and Xavier Avery and infielders Ryan Flaherty, Manny Machado, Yamaico Navarro, Jonathan Schoop and Danny Valencia. All players on the 40-man roster are now signed for 2013.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2013
Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman struggled with his control early, but recovered well in 2 2/3 innings of work in his first career spring training start on Thursday afternoon against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Gausman, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft, walked the first two batters he faced, including a four-pitch walk to Desmond Jennings to open the game. But he was able to get out of the inning unscathed thanks to two fielder's choice ground balls and a swinging strike three change-up to former Oriole Luke Scott.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA. -- Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez left Friday's home Grapefruit League game against the Philadelphia Phillies just three batters into his outing after suffering a a bruised left tibia when he was hit by a sharp comebacker in the top of the fifth inning. Gonzalez left the Ed Smith Stadium complex to get precautionary X-rays, but the club believes he will be fine. “It looked liked it hit him in a pretty meaty spot, I would say, so we'll see what happens as the trainers and doctors look at him, but hopefully it's nothing serious,” said Orioles bench coach John Russell, who served as manager for part of Friday's game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. -- Chris Tillman didn't waste any time reminding everyone why he was the winningest pitcher on the Orioles staff last year. He opened the Orioles' Grapefruit League season by striking out three and giving up just one hit over two innings against a representative Tampa Bay Rays lineup in the Orioles 4-2 win at Charlotte Sports Park. The only hit was a one-out double by Yunel Escobar. Tillman struck out David DeJesus, James Loney and Will Myers and got his other three outs on fly balls.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 25, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - When the Orioles first contacted Dave Wallace in October about their pitching coach vacancy, the 66-year-old baseball veteran took pause. Wallace already had a nice job as the minor league pitching coordinator for the Atlanta Braves. He was fulfilling his passion of developing young pitchers. He didn't like to leave a job unfinished, either, and he felt there was still work to do in Atlanta. There was nothing left to prove. As a major league pitching coach for four organizations, he had guided staffs to two pennants and won the World Series with the 2004 Boston Red Sox. After more than four decades in professional baseball, he'd been at every rung of the organizational ladder, from player to minor league coach to front-office official.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2013
Orioles left-hander Troy Patton said he took an Adderall pill four days before this past season ended as a temporary fix to improve focus and then was tested for banned substances the next day. On Friday, Major League Baseball announced that Patton was suspended for 25 games without pay, starting next season, for testing positive for a banned amphetamine. He will be placed on the restricted list for the start of 2014. “I took one because I was stupid,” said Patton, who was 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA in 56 games in 2013.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis and his wife, Christina, have worked to enrich the lives of distressed children across Maryland through their non-profit charity, The Right Side Foundation, while contributing to other philanthropic causes throughout the Baltimore area. For that, Markakis was awarded this year's annual Tim Wheatley Award, which was created in 2010 by the Baltimore Sun Media Group to honor a local athlete whose contributions off the field are as important as those on the field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
The Orioles optioned left hander Zach Britton and right-hander Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk after the team's 8-4 loss to the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. The club will make a pair of corresponding moves before tonight's game - one will be activating left-hander Wei-Yin Chen from the disabled list to start. The move to option Britton was expected. Regardless of how well he pitched in Tuesday's start - he allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings - next week's All-Star break allows the team to send him to the minors, get a start for Norfolk, fulfill the mandatory 10-day option window and the Orioles can recall him for the start of the second half of the season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2012
Two Orioles minor leagues played in Saturday night's Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz. Infielder Jonathan Schoop, the Orioles' third-ranked prospect, was 0-for-2 with a run scored, and left-handed reliever Mike Belfiore was perfect through 2/3 inning in relief in a winning cause in the AFL East's 9-4 win over the AFL West. Both players have had impressive fall seasons with the Mesa Solar Sox. Playing mostly third base, the 21-year-old Schoop has put up a .292/.452/.500 line with two homers and seven RBIs in 16 games, displaying an improved plate discipline (12 walks in 60 plate appearances)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
This may come as a surprise to loyal Orioles fans, but the club is going to make a roster move on Sunday. I was kidding about the surprise part. The Orioles' Norfolk Express, which in the last three weeks has brought Josh Stinson, Zach Britton, Luis Exposito, Zach Clark, Steve Johnson, Freddy Garcia and Alex Burnett (twice), will be running again Sunday morning. Technically, the reliever that will be called up will be coming from Syracuse, where the Tides are this weekend.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
Right-hander Jake Arrieta will join the Orioles today as an extra-bullpen arm for tonight's game against the Red Sox, according to an industry source. If Arrieta, who will replace right-hander Kevin Gausman on the team's 25-man roster, does see action tonight, he would be working on normal rest after he last pitched Sunday for Triple-A Norfolk. Right-hander Freddy Garcia, who went to the bullpen Wednesday night in extra innings, will also be available out of the bullpen tonight in a pinch.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
The Orioles signed veteran right-hander Jon Rauch to a minor league deal, and the reliever will report to Triple-A Norfolk on Monday, the team announced Saturday. Rauch, 34, started the season with the Miami Marlins before he was released on May 23 after going 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA in 15 games. He allowed 23 hits and 14 runs in 16 2/3 innings for the Marlins. He allowed runs in seven of his 14 relief appearances with Miami. Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the club had interest in Rauch in the offseason, but the two sides couldn't agree on a deal.
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