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October 10, 2012
When I heard the news, I thought it was a joke. My alma mater, Towson University, has made an entirely irrational decision to drop both men's baseball and soccer programs ("Angry coach says officials kept quiet about folding team," Oct. 4). Apparently, there is a collegiate rule that strives for gender equality participation in sports, and there was some imbalance in the numbers of female athletes versus male athletes. Once again, political correctness rears its ugly head, and who loses?
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The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
For all that's gone wrong lately in sports, there's Sean Smith. The outfielder for the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League has played in the minor leagues for 14 seasons. He's 32. He'll likely never play in the major leagues. But on Friday night he became an Internet sensation. Smith hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning of the Revolution's playoff game against Sugar Land, but as he hit first base he slipped, tearing his right ACL, according to reports.
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By Sports Digest | April 5, 2010
The Tampa Bay Rays, who will open their season Tuesday night against the Orioles, trimmed their roster to the 25-man limit by placing relief pitcher J.P. Howell on the 15-day disabled list (left shoulder strain) and reassigning pitcher Joaquin Benoit and infielder Hank Blalock to the minor leagues. Blalock, a former Texas Ranger, signed a minor league deal last month; the deal included a clause allowing him to try to sign with other teams if he was not going to be part of the roster coming out of spring training.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
The Orioles announced their organizational minor league player and pitcher of the year award winners Thursday. And while neither player started the season among the team's top 10 prospects, both worked their way to the doorstep of the major leagues with breakout years. First baseman Christian Walker was named the team's Brooks Robinson Player of the Year, while right-hander Tyler Wilson is the Jim Palmer Pitcher of the Year recipient. Walker, the Orioles' fourth-round selection from the University of South Carolina in 2012, hit .288/.357/.489 with 26 home runs and 96 RBIs in 139 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- This is the time in the offseason when savvy clubs are able to make some under-the-radar minor league signings that can help them down the road. And while the Orioles' signings of Delmon Young and Alexi Casilla over the past few days aren't groundbreaking -- I know a lot of fans just see it as more frustrating examples of bargain-bin shopping -- and by no means are they going to push the team over the top, they definitely fill some needs. Because of his strong splits against left-handed pitching, Young -- signed to a minor league deal Monday evening -- can fill the right-handed designated hitter spot left open when the Orioles traded Danny Valencia to the Kansas City Royals.
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September 4, 2004
Minor Leagues Yesterday Triple-A International League Ottawa 9, Buffalo 2: Pedro Swann hit three doubles (4-for-5) and scored four runs for the Lynx (83-58). Double-A Eastern League Bowie 9, Norwich 4: Ed Rogers homered for the Baysox (71-68). Single-A Carolina League Frederick 9, Lynchburg 6: Mike Done went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Keys (31-36). Single-A South Atlantic League Lakewood 0, Delmarva 0, suspended after 10 innings Lake County 8, Hagerstown 5: Aaron Hornostaj went 3-for-5, including a double, but the Suns (20-46)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has been placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list with a right lat strain, the club announced Thursday. Bundy injured the muscle after his last start at High-A Frederick, and ge did it while running. The injury isn't related to his arm, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. Bundy was evaluated by Orioles team doctors Thursday in Baltimore before the decision was made to place him on the DL. Bundy, 21, returned to the mound in June after he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow ligament surgery last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
In scouring the trade waiver wire, the Orioles hoped to add a left-handed bat to balance their righty-dominated lineup. The club accomplished that on Saturday by acquiring veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. De Aza, 30, spent the past five seasons with the White Sox and hit .246/.312/.358 with five homers and 31 RBIs in 121 games with Chicago this season. Last season, De Aza set career highs in homers (17)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
CHICAGO -- Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez said his transition to the bullpen was made easier Saturday when the Orioles brought him in following their three-hour, nine-minute rain delay. The delay allowed Jimenez to make his first relief appearance since his major league debut in 2006 with the same routine to which he has been accustomed as a starting pitcher over the past eight seasons. “It's pretty much the same because I had time to get loose,” said Jimenez, who allowed one run in four innings during the Orioles' 7-2 loss.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Triple-A Norfolk Two Norfolk players, OF Julio Borbon and OF Quintin Berry , rank in the top eight in the International League in stolen bases. Borbon, who is hitting .291, has 30 steals through Friday, and Berry, who is batting .287, has 23. … OF Dariel Alvarez has hits in 17 of 20 games in August through Friday, and an 11-game hitting streak in which he's hit .381 and raised his season average to .294. … RHP Mike Wright carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning, and struck out 11 while lowering his ERA to 4.83.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
CHICAGO -- Orioles minor league catcher Alex Murphy suffered an injury to his left shoulder over the weekend that likely will end his season at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Murphy, a Calvert Hall graduate, has been diagnosed with a left shoulder subluxation. He suffered the injury to his non-throwing shoulder while diving into second base on a pickoff play Friday. He left that game and hasn't played since. An MRI was performed on the shoulder this week, and player development director Brian Graham said it showed “some minor changes.” The MRI is still being evaluated by team doctors, Graham said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Orioles top pitching prospect Dylan Bundy has been placed on the seven-day minor league disabled list with a right lat strain, the club announced Thursday. Bundy injured the muscle after his last start at High-A Frederick, and ge did it while running. The injury isn't related to his arm, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. Bundy was evaluated by Orioles team doctors Thursday in Baltimore before the decision was made to place him on the DL. Bundy, 21, returned to the mound in June after he underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow ligament surgery last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
With right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez returning from the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Orioles must make a difficult roster decision in order to clear room for him. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Friday's game that either a reliever or starter could be sent to the minor leagues in order to clear 25-man space for Jimenez's return, but that decision won't be made until he sees how the team's pitching...
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - When the Orioles were discussing trades last month with various teams, they fielded requests targeting their top four pitching prospects: right-handers Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who they ultimately dealt Thursday to the Boston Red Sox for reliever Andrew Miller. But there was another wave of inquiries this summer, too. According to multiple sources, teams asked about the availability of several Orioles position prospects, including Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Dariel Alvarez and first baseman Christian Walker, Double-A Bowie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and Low-A Delmarva catcher Chance Sisco.
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