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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | August 13, 1999
CLEVELAND -- Mike Timlin remembers the frustration and the sense of helplessness compounded by his inconsistent usage and uneven performance. He remembers unprintable words that greeted him from every angle in every ballpark, especially within Camden Yards. He can remember because the words are still there, even if Timlin says he isn't listening.His contract a source of organizational controversy before he even threw a pitch, Timlin has righted himself within his team's listing season. The poster boy for a chaotic bullpen during the season's first half, he enters this weekend's three-game series against the Cleveland Indians with more confidence, a string of six straight converted saves and less sensitive hearing.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | September 25, 2005
The Orioles played in a meaningful September game yesterday at Camden Yards, where the fans hung on every pitch and the managers used their bullpens as if it were the American League Championship Series. And then a large majority of the 48,612 that witnessed the 3-hour, 44-minute game departed the stadium in a celebratory mood. Camden Yards had once again turned into Fenway Park South. Boston shortstop Edgar Renteria dumped a broken-bat two-run single off closer B.J. Ryan into left field to break a ninth-inning tie and beat the Orioles, 4-3, pulling the Red Sox into a first-place tie with the New York Yankees in the AL East.
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By Joe Strauss | July 23, 2000
Sidney Ponson -- DOWN -- He continues to tease with his potential but frustrate with his inconsistency. He should be further along, a point made by resident Hall of Famer Jim Palmer on Thursday. The Thrill -- UP -- Who'd have thought Will Clark would have more home runs in July than Albert Belle? Mike Mussina -- DOWN -- Left Tuesday's start trailing Florida 3-0 after 83 pitches. Is the league leader in innings showing wear? Give him Ponson's support and he's a 12-game winner. Corp. at Camden Yards -- DOWN -- Come on, warehouse.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 18, 2003
CLEVELAND - Convinced that the remaining soreness in his finger will subside by the weekend, Rodrigo Lopez said he'll make tomorrow's start against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Camden Yards. After yesterday's bullpen session, Lopez said he felt some pain in his right middle finger while throwing his slider, which also happens to be his most effective pitch. The fingernail split in his last start, but Lopez said the discomfort is caused by a callus that has been shaved down. "For Saturday's game, I'll be fine," he said.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 21, 2000
OAKLAND, Calif. - Whatever hope might have been generated by the just-completed 6-3 homestand perished Monday night inside Network Associates Coliseum. The Orioles suffered a flashback to April as they managed to turn leads of 8-1 and 12-7 into a 13-12, 10-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics. Any sense of deja vu was misplaced, however. The Orioles had never lost a game this way. Never. The game marked the first time since the franchise came to Baltimore in 1954 that the Orioles have lost when scoring 12 runs or more.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 4, 2000
Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 6-4 victory over a Cincinnati Reds split squad in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.: UP - Calvin Maduro: Two scoreless innings and the early lead in the race for the fifth starter's job. UP - Mike Timlin: Every bit as effective as Maduro in same number of innings. UP - Harold Baines: Homers on the first pitch thrown to him this spring. DOWN - Buddy Groom: Gets roughed up in his debut. UP - Jeff Conine: His two-run single gives Orioles the lead for good.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 23, 1999
Sensing that his closer wasn't being aggressive enough, Orioles manager Ray Miller went to the mound in the ninth inning yesterday with instructions for Mike Timlin to "throw the ball down the middle of the plate.""Maybe," Miller said later, "I should have said, `If you get the ball, throw it to second base.' "Timlin didn't, and the Orioles found another bizarre and exasperating way to lose.Timlin's decision to try for a force at third with two runners on and none out, rather than begin a double play at second, ignited an 8-7 loss to the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 28, 1999
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Given eight innings by Sidney Ponson, the Orioles celebrated a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Angels on Wednesday night but left the field wondering about the game's ending.His patience exhausted by a string of poor late-inning performances, manager Ray Miller bypassed closer Mike Timlin in favor of left-hander Arthur Rhodes during a tense ninth inning that ended nervously, with a drive by the Angels' Todd Greene chasing B. J. Surhoff to the left-field wall.The save was the seventh of Rhodes' career and the first by any reliever other than Timlin this season.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 24, 2001
With two rocks falling from their rotation, the Orioles understood they needed to strengthen their bullpen to prevent the entire staff from crumbling. Any deficiencies among their starters could be masked with the proper support from their relievers. Apparently, most of the construction - if not all of it - will be an inside job. The Orioles were spurned by the free agents they pursued this winter. Jeff Nelson, who attended Catonsville High and figured to welcome a return home, chose Seattle despite the opportunity to close.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | October 2, 2000
The reshaped Orioles yesterday completed a season of two directions at 74-88, 13 1/2 games off the division lead and riding their longest win streak since June. Its greatest irony, however, might have waited until after the final game when the Orioles' 40-year-old third baseman sat in an empty clubhouse and announced his plan to return for a 21st season. Cal Ripken stands to become the only player to return to the same position from last Opening Day to next. "The reality of our situation is we're in a rebuilding situation," Ripken said moments after receiving a prolonged standing ovation in his final at-bat.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | July 31, 2000
After a weekend of virtually nonstop negotiating, joke-telling, obfuscating and trigger-pulling, Orioles vice president of baseball operations Syd Thrift took a breather yesterday. He spent the afternoon watching a clubhouse of diminished payroll and diminished name recognition beat the Cleveland Indians behind a rookie starting pitcher and a rookie center fielder. Then he bounced through the post-game clubhouse ecstatic at what he had seen. "The people loved it, I thought," he said, beaming.
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By Joe Strauss | July 23, 2000
Sidney Ponson -- DOWN -- He continues to tease with his potential but frustrate with his inconsistency. He should be further along, a point made by resident Hall of Famer Jim Palmer on Thursday. The Thrill -- UP -- Who'd have thought Will Clark would have more home runs in July than Albert Belle? Mike Mussina -- DOWN -- Left Tuesday's start trailing Florida 3-0 after 83 pitches. Is the league leader in innings showing wear? Give him Ponson's support and he's a 12-game winner. Corp. at Camden Yards -- DOWN -- Come on, warehouse.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 15, 2000
The All-Star break couldn't have arrived at a worse time for Orioles reliever Mike Timlin. It also couldn't have come soon enough. On one hand, it interrupted his momentum. Timlin had recorded two saves during the three-game series in Philadelphia that proceeded the break. He retired all five batters he faced, striking out two on Sunday. He looked the part of the $16 million closer the Orioles had sought when they signed him to a four-year deal in November 1998. But the three-day layoff for the mid-summer classic also signaled that the season's second half was approaching, when Timlin has converted 18 of 19 save chances the past two summers.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 21, 2000
OAKLAND, Calif. - Whatever hope might have been generated by the just-completed 6-3 homestand perished Monday night inside Network Associates Coliseum. The Orioles suffered a flashback to April as they managed to turn leads of 8-1 and 12-7 into a 13-12, 10-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics. Any sense of deja vu was misplaced, however. The Orioles had never lost a game this way. Never. The game marked the first time since the franchise came to Baltimore in 1954 that the Orioles have lost when scoring 12 runs or more.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2000
OAKLAND, Calif. - Whatever hope might have been generated by the just-completed 6-3 homestand and whatever optimism may have been sprouted by an improving pitching staff perished last night inside Network Associates Coliseum. The Orioles suffered a flashback to April as they managed to turn leads of 8-1 and 12-7 into a 13-12, 10-inning loss to the Oakland Athletics. Instead of gaining a half-game on the American League East lead, the Orioles were reminded of their horrendous road woes.
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