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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
When the Orioles drafted Mychal Givens in the second round of the 2009 first-year player draft, he was a two-way prospect who owned a high-90s fastball as a pitcher. And while Orioles initially developed Givens as shortstop, the 24-year-old has gained new life in a transition to a relief pitcher that began last season. Givens took a huge step in his career over the weekend as he was promoted from High-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie. He's also given the Orioles' 2009 draft class some renewed hope -- no player from that class has made it to the major leagues.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
When the Orioles drafted Mychal Givens in the second round of the 2009 first-year player draft, he was a two-way prospect who owned a high-90s fastball as a pitcher. And while Orioles initially developed Givens as shortstop, the 24-year-old has gained new life in a transition to a relief pitcher that began last season. Givens took a huge step in his career over the weekend as he was promoted from High-A Frederick to Double-A Bowie. He's also given the Orioles' 2009 draft class some renewed hope -- no player from that class has made it to the major leagues.
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August 19, 2011
In their first game back from the All-Star break, the Aberdeen IronBirds squandered an early lead in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the host-team Auburn Doubledays. At 20-37 on the year, the IronBirds were still at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division as of Wednesday, seven games behind third-place Hudson Valley. Aberdeen kicked things off in the opening frame of Wednesday's matchup, scoring once. Glynn Davis led off the inning with a ground ball single between short and third, promptly stole second base, then moved to third on Mychal Givens' groundout.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - As pitchers conducted their first workout of the spring at the Orioles' minor league camp Monday, the beginning of two comebacks took place in the bullpen area of the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex at Twin Lakes Park. It's been nearly four years since the Orioles made highly touted high schoolers Matt Hobgood and Mychal Givens their top two picks in the 2009 draft. Both have struggled to live up to expectations, but they both arrive in camp this spring with renewed hope for their careers.
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August 26, 2011
The IronBirds failed to score until the bottom of the ninth Thursday night at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen and lost their second straight to the Connecticut Tigers. With the 10-2 loss, Aberdeen fell to 22-43 on the year, and through Thursday's contest the IronBirds were in the cellar of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division. "We have two weeks left, and you just have to tell the guys to keep playing hard," Aberdeen skipper Leo Gomez said after Thursday's game. "That's something I've been telling these guys all year.
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July 28, 2011
The Aberdeen IronBirds' Wednesday-night match up was decided in the fifth frame, during which the host-team Jamestown Jammers exploded for five runs, putting themselves far enough ahead to hand the guests an 8-3 defeat. The loss dropped Aberdeen to 12-27 on the season, and through Wednesday, the IronBirds were at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's four-team McNamara Division, 7.5 gams behind third-place Hudson Valley. Trailing 1-0 heading into the fourth frame, Aberdeen tied things up 1-1. After Joe Velleggia and Connor Narron started the inning with back-to-back strikeouts, Austin Knight poked a two-out single through the infield, and Adam Davis followed by taking a pitch off his body.
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August 31, 2011
The Aberdeen IronBirds are truly a Baltimore Orioles farm team. On a night the Orioles were clobbered, 13-0, in Baltimore by the Toronto Blue Jays, the IronBirds were equally inept in Aberdeen. The IronBirds made two dubious marks Wednesday evening, suffering their worst loss of the season, 16-1, drubbing to visiting Tri-City, and tied a franchise record for losses in a season with 48. The defeat dropped Aberdeen to 22-48 on the year, which puts the IronBirds in the cellar of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, 11.5 games behind third-place Hudson Valley.
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July 16, 2011
The Aberdeen IronBirds exacted some revenge on Friday for the previous night's extra-inning loss, beating the visiting Vermont LakeMonsters 9-8 in 10 innings. The victory put Aberdeen at 7-21 on the year, still in last place in the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division. With the score tied 8-8 in the bottom half of the 10th, Aberdeen's Glynn Davis earn a one-out walk after Martin Serrata struck out. On a heads up running play, Davis broke for third when Austin Knight hit a high bouncer between first and second.
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July 13, 2011
Prior to Aberdeen's Wednesday-night home matchup with the Vermont LakeMonsters, the IronBirds had failed to win back-to-back games this season. But that streak ended as the hosts prevailed with a 6-4 win Wednesday. Aberdeen, which beat Tri-City Monday, was 6-20 on the year through Wednesday, putting the IronBirds at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, seven games in back of the Brooklyn Cyclones. "We played some good baseball the last couple games, won on the road, then came back today and did a good job," Aberdeen manager Leo Gomez said after the game.
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July 25, 2011
One night after breaking out of a terrible offensive slump in which the IronBirds were outscored 35-5 in three games, Aberdeen watched as its pitching staff had one of its finest outings of the season Monday. Three Aberdeen hurlers combined to toss a three-hit shutout in the IronBirds 4-0, home-field win over the Batavia Muckdogs. The whitewash was Aberdeen's second of the 2011 campaign. The last was back on July 9, when the IronBirds two-hit Tri-City in a 2-0 victory. The win pushed Aberdeen to 12-26 on the season, and through Monday the IronBirds were still at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, 7.5 games behind third-place Hudson Valley.
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September 7, 2011
The IronBirds wrapped up their losingest season in the franchise's 10-year history on Sunday with a defeat, knocked off 3-2 by the Hudson Valley Renegades in New York. The loss knocked down Aberdeen to 24-51 for the year, which put the IronBirds 12.5 games behind third-place Hudson Valley in the New York-Penn League's three-team McNamara Division. Prior to the 2011 season, Aberdeen's worst record was in 2005, when the team finished 27-48. Aberdeen scored both its runs in the top of the second inning, which began with Joe Velleggia and Wynston Sawyer earning back-to-back walks.
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August 31, 2011
The Aberdeen IronBirds are truly a Baltimore Orioles farm team. On a night the Orioles were clobbered, 13-0, in Baltimore by the Toronto Blue Jays, the IronBirds were equally inept in Aberdeen. The IronBirds made two dubious marks Wednesday evening, suffering their worst loss of the season, 16-1, drubbing to visiting Tri-City, and tied a franchise record for losses in a season with 48. The defeat dropped Aberdeen to 22-48 on the year, which puts the IronBirds in the cellar of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, 11.5 games behind third-place Hudson Valley.
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August 26, 2011
The IronBirds failed to score until the bottom of the ninth Thursday night at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen and lost their second straight to the Connecticut Tigers. With the 10-2 loss, Aberdeen fell to 22-43 on the year, and through Thursday's contest the IronBirds were in the cellar of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division. "We have two weeks left, and you just have to tell the guys to keep playing hard," Aberdeen skipper Leo Gomez said after Thursday's game. "That's something I've been telling these guys all year.
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August 26, 2011
Riding a two-game winning streak into Wednesday's home contest with the Connecticut Tigers, the IronBirds came close to tying the contest, and possibly taking their third straight victory, but left two men on with the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth in a 4-2 defeat. Matt Hobgood (0-6), Baltimore's first-round pick two years ago, had his longest start of the season, going five full innings, but took the loss after he allowed three earned runs on six hits. The loss, which put the Ironbirds at 2-4 since last Thursday, dropped Aberdeen to 22-42 on the year, and as of Wednesday the IronBirds were at the bottom of the McNamara Division in the New York-Penn League, nine games behind third-place Hudson Valley.
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August 19, 2011
In their first game back from the All-Star break, the Aberdeen IronBirds squandered an early lead in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the host-team Auburn Doubledays. At 20-37 on the year, the IronBirds were still at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division as of Wednesday, seven games behind third-place Hudson Valley. Aberdeen kicked things off in the opening frame of Wednesday's matchup, scoring once. Glynn Davis led off the inning with a ground ball single between short and third, promptly stole second base, then moved to third on Mychal Givens' groundout.
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August 9, 2011
The Aberdeen IronBirds extended their season-best winning streak to five games on Monday night, overcoming a pair of deficits to best the visiting Hudson Valley Renegades, 6-4. With the victory, the IronBirds improved to 18-32 on the year. Through Monday, Aberdeen was in the cellar of the New York-Penn League's McNamara Division, 7.5 games behind third-place Hudson Valley. Monday's contest had a paid attendance of 6,544. "I'm happy with the way they were playing tonight, and to get another win," Aberdeen skipper Leo Gomez said.
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By Dean Jones Jr., The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2010
Orioles minor league infielder Mychal Givens' positive outlook has been put to the test this year. First, Givens wasn't assigned to any of the Orioles' full-season affiliates out of spring training. Then, after he joined Single-A Delmarva in late May, the 20-year-old only played in seven games before suffering a torn ligament in his left thumb. And a year after Givens was selected by the Orioles in the second round of the 2009 first-year player draft, the team took Manny Machado — a standout Florida high school shortstop just like Givens — with the third overall pick.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2010
In a move that was expected to go down to the wire, the Orioles agreed to terms with their first-round pick, high school shortstop Manny Machado, with three minutes to go before baseball's signing deadline of midnight Monday. According to a source, Machado, the third pick overall in June's amateur draft, will receive, pending a physical, a $5.25 million bonus, the second-largest in Orioles history. Catcher Matt Wieters, who, like Machado, is represented by agent Scott Boras, signed for $6 million as the fifth overall pick in 2007.
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July 28, 2011
The Aberdeen IronBirds' Wednesday-night match up was decided in the fifth frame, during which the host-team Jamestown Jammers exploded for five runs, putting themselves far enough ahead to hand the guests an 8-3 defeat. The loss dropped Aberdeen to 12-27 on the season, and through Wednesday, the IronBirds were at the bottom of the New York-Penn League's four-team McNamara Division, 7.5 gams behind third-place Hudson Valley. Trailing 1-0 heading into the fourth frame, Aberdeen tied things up 1-1. After Joe Velleggia and Connor Narron started the inning with back-to-back strikeouts, Austin Knight poked a two-out single through the infield, and Adam Davis followed by taking a pitch off his body.
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July 26, 2011
Following a wretched three-game stretch which saw them defeated by a combined score of 35-5, the IronBirds got back on track in their two most recent match-ups, beating the Batavia Muckdogs on consecutive nights with the help of some dandy pitching performances and high-octane offense. In Monday night's home contest, three Aberdeen hurlers combined to toss a three-hit shutout, helping the IronBirds to take a 4-0 win over Batavia. The whitewash was Aberdeen's second of the 2011 campaign.
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