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By Sports Digest | March 16, 2010
Left-handed reliever Ron Villone has been released by the Washington Nationals. The Nationals signed Villone to a minor league contract last month and invited him to spring training. But Villone had a 16.20 ERA in three relief appearances covering 1 2/3 innings. The Nationals also sent five pitchers to their minor league camp, including righty Collin Balester .
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By Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
A 23-year-old Halethorpe man was stabbed outside a Brooklyn Park 7-Eleven store early Sunday morning, Anne Arundel County police said Monday. Police said the victim got into a fight with the suspect inside the convenience store on Ritchie Highway, shortly before 2:30 a.m. The fight became physical outside the store and the suspect stabbed the victim. The victim told police the suspect then fled toward Church Street with a white male and white female. The victim sustained a minor stab wound to the upper part of his body, as well as a laceration to an extremity, and was treated at Harbor Hospital.
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By Dan Connolly and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 3, 2010
Reliever Dennis Sarfate, who was designated for assignment last week when the Orioles re-signed Miguel Tejada, has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Sarfate, 28, was 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA in 20 games last year for the Orioles after going 4-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 2008. He missed nearly four months last year with a circulatory condition that caused numbness in his right hand, but he came back in September and then pitched in the Mexican Winter League.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
When the writer Peter Mehlman was working on the television show "Seinfeld," he could be counted on to come up with the tiniest, most insignificant - and ultimately, the most memorable - plots. It was Mehlman, now 58 and a Los Angeles resident, who explored snack-eating etiquette at parties, and Mehlman who decided that the show's female lead, Elaine, would hoard contraceptive sponges. And it was Mehlman who coined several catchphrases that have entered the cultural lexicon, from "yada yada" to gloss over a conversation, "sponge-worthy" to describe a hot date and "double-dipping" to refer to the practice of dunking a snack into a sauce at a party, taking a bite and then dunking it again into the same container.
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By Erik Maza and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2011
Five Howard County businesses, including Zapata's True Mexican Food in Columbia, were cited by Howard County police for selling alcohol to minors, police said Monday. The businesses are: the 7-Eleven on Frederick Road in Ellicott City; Absolutely Wine & Spirits in Columbia; All Saints Liquors in Laurel; Owen Brown Wine & Spirits in Columbia; and Zapata's True Mexican Food in Columbia. Each of the businesses have been cited with one count of selling alcohol to minors. Zapata's was charged with two counts of "selling [alcohol ]
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By Larry Carson | December 6, 2009
Owners of a liquor store in Waverly Woods were fined $2,000 and ordered to stop selling alcoholic beverages for three days starting at 6 a.m. Dec. 16 after a second incident this year of selling to minors. Howard County's Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board issued the order Tuesday to Richard Brunatti and Michael Platt, the two licensees of Your Wine and Spirit Shoppe at 10805 Birmingham Way, Ellicott City. On Jan. 24, county police found three underage people in a car with three bottles of alcohol after a traffic stop.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2010
Owners of five Howard County liquor stores and restaurants are facing liquor law violations for allegedly selling alcohol to underage customers without asking for any identification in a police sting tried on 20 county outlets. County police said two teenage volunteers were able to buy alcoholic beverages at Centennial Cue and Karaoke in Ellicott City, Dobbin Square Liquors in Columbia, Friendship Liquors in West Friendship, Montpelier Liquors in North Laurel, and Woodbine Wine and Spirits in Woodbine.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
The Orioles have signed left-hander Aaron Laffey, a Cumberland native and Allegany High graduate, to a minor league contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal does not include an automatic invitation to major league spring training camp. Laffey will report to the organization's minor league minicamp to open the spring, and from there, he would try to earn some innings in major league camp, according to a source. Ultimately, he'd be competing for a rotation spot at Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 3, 2013
ANAHEIM, Calif. - As a veteran of 14 major league seasons, it took a while for right-hander Freddy Garcia to get used to those long bus rides in Triple-A. But when the 36-year-old pitcher decided to sign a minor league deal with the Orioles before this season - and then agreed to remain with the organization past his initial opt-out date earlier this week - he had the faith that he'd soon pitch again in the big leagues. Garcia will make his Orioles and 2013 major league debut on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium, where he is 8-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 16 career starts.
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By Sports Digest | March 23, 2010
The Houston Astros reassigned right-handed pitcher Josh Banks (Severna Park) to minor league camp. Banks, 27, who had been invited to major league camp as a nonroster player, has appeared in 26 big league games, including eight starts, with the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres, with whom he was 1-1 with a 7.15 ERA last year. MLS: D.C. United signed Academy midfielder-forward Andy Najar to a Generation adidas contract to join the first team. Najar, 17, a native of Honduras, is the second player to sign with the first team directly from United's Academy.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been shuffling his pitching staff all season. If he can find a way to get a starter some rest or bring an extra pitcher into the bullpen for a day or two, he'll do it. The obvious result is that his relievers, for the most part, have maintained their health while pitching effectively. Heading into Saturday's game against the New York Yankees, Orioles relievers had the fourth-best ERA in the American League and sixth-most innings pitched. Only closer Zach Britton was among the league's top 10 in appearances, with 66. Darren O'Day was tied for 25th, with 62, and neither pitched in Saturday's 3-2 loss.
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Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
University System of Maryland schools have had mixed success in improving the graduation rates of minority and low-income students, according to an annual progress report released this week. Some colleges, including the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, have been able to boost minority and low-income achievement. But at other schools, the gaps between those students and middle-class whites have increased in recent years. "I was shocked to see the numbers," said Frank M. Reid III, a university system regent and pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore.
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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 Yvonne Wenger and The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
The project manager who oversaw the development of Baltimore's food truck policy is expected to lead a review of charging fees for items set outside homes and businesses, under a contact the city's spending panel is asked to approve Wednesday. The Board of Estimates will decide whether to approve a $73,300 one-year contract for Babila Lima, who is the mayor's cousin, to work under the director of the Department of General Services. The city's ethics policy doesn't recognize the relationship between an elected official and their cousin in its nepotism rules.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
The Orioles, who over the last few years have proven that they don't like to be unprepared, will hold a taxi-squad-type camp at their complex in Sarasota, Fla., starting Saturday. The whole point is for players on the roster bubble -- guys who were on the fringes of being September call-ups but weren't initially added to the team -- to stay active in case they are needed this month. Knowing the way the Orioles have done things in the past few seasons, it would be a surprise if at least one wasn't recalled at some point before the regular season ends.
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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 Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2010
A 35-year-old Baltimore County man pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to sexually abusing two teen boys and producing child pornography by photographing the acts with his iPhone, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. Joseph Lawhorn, of the 4000 block of Marjeff Place, had sexual intercourse with two minor males between the ages of 12 and 16 on multiple occasions throughout 2008, according to a statement of facts contained within his plea agreement. Authorities said they found at least 22 images on Lawhorn's computer of the boys engaged in sexual conduct, along with several others on his cell phone, court records show.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
The Orioles have signed outfielder Quintin Berry to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league spring training camp, the club announced Friday. Berry, 29, made his major league debut two years ago with the Detroit Tigers, hitting .258/.330/.354 with 10 doubles, two homers, 29 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 330 plate appearances. Known mostly for his speed on the basepaths, Berry is a perfect 29-for-29 on stolen-base attempts in his big league career, including the playoffs.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
The Orioles have until Sunday at midnight to add players from other organizations who can be eligible for their playoff roster. Club executive vice president Dan Duquette said he is still trying to make a move, but it's not easy to find a fit. “We've been active. We are keeping active,” Duquette said. “It's just, this time of the year, it's a very limited pool of players that you can add externally to your ballclub. Probably the best resource is in the minors, the minor leagues.” For a player to be dealt this time of year, he must first be placed on trade waivers, which are revocable.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Minor league catcher Alex Murphy, who injured his left shoulder Aug. 15 while diving back to second base on a pickoff play, will undergo left shoulder surgery next week, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday. Murphy, who was selected out of Calvert Hall in the sixth round of the 2013 first-year player draft, was batting .277 with three home runs, 15 doubles, and 25 RBIs in 54 games for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. Showalter said Murphy will miss the Fall Instructional League in Sarasota, Fla., but he will be ready for spring training.
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