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By BRAD SNYDER and BRAD SNYDER,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1995
They have 53 years of service to the Detroit Tigers among them.Shortstop Alan Trammell and second baseman Lou Whitaker probably are retiring after 18 seasons and an American League-record 1,918 (counting today) games together. Manager Sparky Anderson will be looking for work after nearly 17 seasons in Detroit.All three have the utmost respect of the Orioles.The autographed balls above Mike Mussina's locker say everything. One from Whitaker, one from Trammell, both of them for Mussina's personal collection.
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By JoAnne C. Broadwater and JoAnne C. Broadwater,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 5, 1999
When Orioles pitching ace Mike Mussina packs his suitcases for a road trip, he's certain to toss in a few good books for some pre- and post-game reading -- perhaps the latest horror tale from Stephen King, a Tom Clancy thriller and an intriguing science fiction novel."
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | April 13, 1996
Mike Mussina has pitched three regular-season games for Davey Johnson, and the Orioles manager has seen enough to draw a conclusion."I've had some awfully good pitchers," Johnson said last night, after Mussina pitched a complete-game two-hitter and beat the Minnesota Twins, 3-2. "But I haven't had as much confidence [in the others] as I do in him."More confidence than he had in Dwight Gooden in Gooden's glory years? More than he had in Jose Rijo?"Moose just doesn't make mistakes," Johnson said.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1999
BOSTON -- It may be too late for the Orioles to alter the course of a 41-53 season. But for their signature and often star-crossed starting pitcher, the last several days may represent an opportunity to turn a merely excellent year into a historic one.Mike Mussina (13-4) pitched eight innings to take the 6-1 decision over the Boston Red Sox before 33,690 at Fenway Park, lifting the Orioles out of last place in the American League East. Only a day after being rear-ended in a traffic mishap, Mussina may have widened a sliver of opportunity to make the Cy Young Award race more than a coronation for Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | May 5, 1996
What a difference good starting pitching makes. The games are completed by midnight, the box score is guaranteed to be part of the morning paper, relievers aren't burnt out and, for the Orioles, it's the difference between winning and losing.Mike Mussina shut down the Milwaukee Brewers as the Orioles built a big lead yesterday, on their way to a 10-5 victory before 44,175 at Camden Yards. A three-run homer to Jose Valentin in the seventh inning muddied Mussina's final pitching line -- five runs (two earned)
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 7, 1998
Greg Maddux pointed to his own battle wound, a black-and-blue mark on his left thigh three times the size of the baseball that created it.But the ball that struck Mike Mussina?Maddux couldn't even imagine."I can't comprehend something like that," the four-time Cy Young winner said yesterday. "It's never happened to me."I know every time they show it on TV, I don't watch it. I saw it one time. That was it. I never saw it again. You just look the other way."Mussina, too, has seen the replay only once.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF ARLINGTON, Texas | April 18, 1998
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Orioles placed pitcher Mike Mussina on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of a lacerated wart on his right index finger and promoted Sidney Ponson from Triple-A Rochester.The roster move may only be the first of two. Manager Ray Miller may compensate for Mussina's absence by requesting a 12th pitcher as a safeguard against bullpen burnout. Counting Scott Erickson's 2 2/3 innings last night against Texas, the rotation has given Miller only 11 2/3 innings in its last three starts.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1995
TORONTO -- Mike Mussina wants to be the best there is, pitching coach Mike Flanagan said by way of explanation. The Orioles faded around him this year, and he's kept on winning.They started slowly and he won. They surged in July and he led the way. The Orioles died in August and he took over the league lead in victories. They were eliminated early this month, and he's rolled along unaffected, the way everybody should be and very few actually are.Mussina pitched his third shutout and picked up his 18th victory of the year -- matching a career high -- as the Orioles beat Toronto, 5-0, last night before 35,414 at SkyDome.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 26, 1997
MILWAUKEE -- The professional relationship that exists between Mike Mussina and Ray Miller is a simple one. For four days, ideas flow freely between pitcher and coach. On the fifth day, Mussina's day, silence is golden.Yesterday afternoon before 21,042 at County Stadium, Mussina pitched beyond words. By the second inning of a 9-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, Miller believed he could be witnessing a no-hit performance. After three innings, the Orioles had built a six-run lead and the game no longer appeared in doubt.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 7, 1998
Mike Mussina couldn't give the Orioles a win over the Atlanta Braves yesterday. However, in his first appearance in more than three weeks, the team's ace did deliver reassurances that he is the same pitcher who has carried the team during its best times this season.Beaten 10-5 by Braves fifth starter Kevin Millwood (8-2) and a powerful lineup before 48,098 at Camden Yards, Mussina pitched well enough and long enough to further erode a painful memory. It was May 14 when Cleveland catcher Sandy Alomar crushed a line drive off Mussina's face, leaving him with a fractured nose and more than 30 stitches above his right eye.Mussina says he watched the replay only once.
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By Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko and Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 5, 1999
NEW YORK -- Tonight Mike Mussina makes his final start before All-Star reserves are announced Wednesday. He will be throwing perched atop the bubble as New York Yankees manager Joe Torre juggles politics with qualifications to finalize his 28-man roster.It would be perversely typical of Mussina's productive but frustrating first half if he wasn't named because of the Orioles' last-place standing. Mussina enters tonight's start 9-4 with a 3.70 ERA. Mussina's record is deceptive because of lacking bullpen support and his ERA distorted due to a single 10-run outing against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on April 21."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 5, 1998
Mike Mussina had been down this road before, chasing perfection into the late innings. He made another exhausting run last night. Out of breath at the end, the Orioles' ace also was out of luck.Working the corners of a wide strike zone to perfection, Mussina retired the first 23 batters before a two-out double by rookie Frank Catalanotto in the eighth inning assured that the Orioles' 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers would stay out of the record books.Twice forced to the disabled list in a stop-and-start season, Mussina struck out Gabe Alvarez and walked off to another standing ovation from a crowd of 47,519 at Camden Yards, then allowed a one-out single to Deivi Cruz in the ninth before completing his second two-hitter this year.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 7, 1998
Mike Mussina couldn't give the Orioles a win over the Atlanta Braves yesterday. However, in his first appearance in more than three weeks, the team's ace did deliver reassurances that he is the same pitcher who has carried the team during its best times this season.Beaten 10-5 by Braves fifth starter Kevin Millwood (8-2) and a powerful lineup before 48,098 at Camden Yards, Mussina pitched well enough and long enough to further erode a painful memory. It was May 14 when Cleveland catcher Sandy Alomar crushed a line drive off Mussina's face, leaving him with a fractured nose and more than 30 stitches above his right eye.Mussina says he watched the replay only once.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 7, 1998
Greg Maddux pointed to his own battle wound, a black-and-blue mark on his left thigh three times the size of the baseball that created it.But the ball that struck Mike Mussina?Maddux couldn't even imagine."I can't comprehend something like that," the four-time Cy Young winner said yesterday. "It's never happened to me."I know every time they show it on TV, I don't watch it. I saw it one time. That was it. I never saw it again. You just look the other way."Mussina, too, has seen the replay only once.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF ARLINGTON, Texas | April 18, 1998
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Orioles placed pitcher Mike Mussina on the 15-day disabled list yesterday because of a lacerated wart on his right index finger and promoted Sidney Ponson from Triple-A Rochester.The roster move may only be the first of two. Manager Ray Miller may compensate for Mussina's absence by requesting a 12th pitcher as a safeguard against bullpen burnout. Counting Scott Erickson's 2 2/3 innings last night against Texas, the rotation has given Miller only 11 2/3 innings in its last three starts.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1998
This is supposed to be the year Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina wins his first Cy Young Award. Instead, he has been touched by the Fickle Finger of Fate, which could earn him a trip to the disabled list.A wart in the middle of the tip of Mussina's right index finger has become so problematic that club officials are prepared to lose their ace for at least two starts. It cracked open during the first inning of yesterday's 8-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, and Mussina was removed after the fifth in his shortest outing of the season.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1999
BOSTON -- It may be too late for the Orioles to alter the course of a 41-53 season. But for their signature and often star-crossed starting pitcher, the last several days may represent an opportunity to turn a merely excellent year into a historic one.Mike Mussina (13-4) pitched eight innings to take the 6-1 decision over the Boston Red Sox before 33,690 at Fenway Park, lifting the Orioles out of last place in the American League East. Only a day after being rear-ended in a traffic mishap, Mussina may have widened a sliver of opportunity to make the Cy Young Award race more than a coronation for Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 17, 1998
This is supposed to be the year Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina wins his first Cy Young Award. Instead, he has been touched by the Fickle Finger of Fate, which could earn him a trip to the disabled list.A wart in the middle of the tip of Mussina's right index finger has become so problematic that club officials are prepared to lose their ace for at least two starts. It cracked open during the first inning of yesterday's 8-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, and Mussina was removed after the fifth in his shortest outing of the season.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | October 11, 1997
More than just the hearts of Orioles fans will be on the line when Mike Mussina takes the mound today against the Cleveland Indians.For Mussina and a handful of other prominent Orioles, the postseason represents a rare opportunity to attract national attention and the lucrative endorsement contracts that can follow."
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | August 26, 1997
This has been a good season for Mike Mussina. No longer is he the pitcher who must throw through walls.On the cusp of a first division title with the only organization he's ever known, baseball's highest percentage pitcher finds himself enjoying the enviable success that until recently also fatigued him. With rare exception, such as last Saturday's too-short start that briefly put him at odds with manager Davey Johnson, Mussina has rediscovered satisfaction from...
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