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By KEN ROSENTHAL | May 11, 1995
BOSTON -- One night they erupt, the next night they get shut down. It is this way every time the Orioles are in contention. Their offense is never as good as they claim.That's why Sherman Obando suddenly looms as a very important player for this team, especially now with Andy Van Slyke suffering from an injured left forearm.Manager Phil Regan said last night that Obando is a "better outfielder than I was led to believe." He has started Obando four of the past six games, and now he's going to play him even more.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Orioles manager Mike Hargrove seems fairly certain that Pat Hentgen, 17 months removed from ligament-transplant surgery on his right elbow, will be included on the pitching staff this season. And that probably means a spot in a starting rotation that won't include Scott Erickson, who will have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum. "I don't look for Pat Hentgen to not be on this club," Hargrove said. "I think he's going to go out and do the job, and do it very well.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | May 28, 1995
When you have an option, it's generally a good idea to use it. That's especially true in baseball, as the Orioles demonstrated, once again, two days ago.Actually, in this case the Orioles had two options and exercised both. It wasn't the way it was planned, but they had no other choice(s). Or option(s).Arthur Rhodes is supposed to be an integral part of the club's starting rotation. And Sherman Obando has the kind of raw hitting ability that has caused two Orioles managers to drool over his potential.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 19, 1997
The offensive problems that were expected to creep up and bite the Orioles took a large chunk out of them yesterday.Starter Jimmy Key was perfect through five innings and good enough to win under normal circumstances. But what's normal about a team that has to start a backup middle infielder in right field and send up its switch-hitting second baseman batting from the wrong side? Or one that has to give consecutive starts to its reserve catcher and use a player in a horrendous slump as designated hitter?
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1994
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Last year, when Sherman Obando put on a batting practice exhibition like he did here yesterday, it drew a lot of attention. This time, it goes unnoticed.Almost."He put on a show," said Orioles manager Johnny Oates. "It was just like last year. He wasn't hitting them onto the grass [behind the fence], he hit them into the parking lot."He had a couple of guys who didn't know who he was 'oohing and aahing,' " said Oates. "Jim Poole wasn't trying to get him out, he was just laying the ball in there -- but it was still an impressive performance.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | May 30, 1995
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Sherman Obando has proven he can hit in the minors, and he's proving it again. Playing his first game for Triple-A Rochester yesterday, he went 4-for-4, including a home run in his first at-bat.Obando then drove in the winning run in the ninth with a deep fly over a drawn-in infield, and the Red Wings beat visiting Charlotte, 7-6. Obando, Rochester's designated hitter, drove in three runs and scored twice.Obando was demoted by the Orioles last Friday. "I really didn't see it coming," he said afterward.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | May 6, 1993
MINNEAPOLIS -- Sherman Obando had not started a game since April 24, but he took advantage of his first major-league start as a designated hitter to make a positive impression on Orioles manager Johnny Oates.He had two hits, a run and an RBI to help the Orioles build an early three-run lead yesterday, which was enough for starter Mike Mussina in a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins at the Metrodome.Obando's performance figures to earn him some more playing time this weekend while the Orioles wait for Harold Baines to recover from a rib-cage strain.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer | June 4, 1993
It was an exhibition game and no one won, but the Orioles' Sherman Obando got to test his left hamstring last night.In the first game of his rehabilitation assignment, Obando went 3-for-4 with a triple for the Bowie Baysox, who played to a nine-inning, 2-2 tie with the Rochester Red Wings before 5,275 at Memorial Stadium. The designated hitter had a two-out, run-scoring triple into the right-field gap that broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning."The legs are back to where they were," said Obando, who also ran out an infield single in the ninth inning.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | March 17, 1993
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Manager Johnny Oates won't give any hints, but it's becoming obvious that he has a lot of flexibility in determining the final makeup of the Orioles' 25-man roster.It was originally thought that carrying 11 pitchers wouldn't leave room for rookie outfielder Sherman Obando. But that no longer appears to be the case, and Obando looks to be a virtual lock to go to Baltimore.And if Oates decides to go with 10 pitchers, especially early in the season, he'll have room for another outfielder, most likely Luis Mercedes or Jack Voigt.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | August 3, 1993
Nothing fazed the young guns on the Orioles' bench last night.Not their relative inexperience. Not their inactivity. Not a game the team needed to win badly after four straight losses in the middle of a pennant race.Jack Voigt, Sherman Obando and late-entry Jeff Tackett got up off their bench seats and delivered all the clutch hits in a 7-5 conquest of Milwaukee that enabled the Orioles to stay five games behind division-leading Toronto."It is just amazing how long they can sit on the bench and then stroke the ball the way they do," manager Johnny Oates said of his reserves.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | March 14, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - They spent hours together yesterday, did Orioles general manager Pat Gillick and Montreal GM Jim Beattie, and all the talk paid off: The Orioles traded outfielder Sherman Obando to Montreal for outfielder Tony Tarasco after last night's game.Tarasco, a 25-year-old left-handed hitter who batted .249 with 14 homers and 24 stolen bases for Montreal last season, figures to be a semi-regular for the Orioles, starting in right field or left or as designated hitter. He'll share time with Jeffrey Hammonds and Mike Devereaux, and because of his strong throwing arm and slightly above-average range, he'll be used as a defensive replacement.
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By BUSTER OLNEY and BUSTER OLNEY,SUN STAFF | March 14, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - They spent hours together yesterday, did Orioles general manager Pat Gillick and Montreal GM Jim Beattie, and all the talk paid off: After the Orioles' exhibition game with the Expos yesterday, the Orioles traded outfielder Sherman Obando to Montreal for outfielder Tony Tarasco.Tarasco, a left-handed hitter who batted .249 with 14 homers and 24 stolen bases for Montreal last season, will be an extra outfielder for the Orioles, someone to play against tough right-handers and possibly platoon with Mike Devereaux.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1996
VIERA, Fla. -- Gregg Zaun and Sherman Obando both have something to prove this spring, and they made early points in the Orioles' first exhibition, a 10-1 victory over the Florida Marlins yesterday.Obando had three hits, including a long bases-empty homer off Florida closer Robb Nen and a two-run double he rocketed into the right-center-field gap. Zaun had a couple of hits, performed well defensively and made a heads-up base-running play, scoring from second base on an infield error.Zaun wants to let his new set of bosses -- general manager Pat Gillick, assistant GM Kevin Malone and manager Davey Johnson -- know there's no need to acquire another catcher.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | March 1, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Sherman Obando had another good day at the plate in yesterday's intrasquad game, but he knows that isn't likely to improve his chances of making the major-league roster.Everyone knows he can hit. He has to show he can do more than that."Hitting is my best part," said Obando, who doubled off the center-field wall and had a home run snatched off the top of the fence by left fielder Mike Devereaux. "I'm trying to do the rest of it."The rest of it used to be catching.
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By SportsTicker | July 20, 1995
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Sherman Obando had three hits and two RBIs, and Rick Krivda pitched seven solid innings to lead the Rochester Red Wings to a 5-3 triumph over the Norfolk Mets last night in a Triple-A International League game.Krivda gave up three hits and two runs, and Armando Benitez pitched 1 1/3 innings for his fifth save.Alex Ochoa had two hits and one RBI for Rochester.Loser Chris Roberts surrendered three runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | May 30, 1995
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Sherman Obando has proven he can hit in the minors, and he's proving it again. Playing his first game for Triple-A Rochester yesterday, he went 4-for-4, including a home run in his first at-bat.Obando then drove in the winning run in the ninth with a deep fly over a drawn-in infield, and the Red Wings beat visiting Charlotte, 7-6. Obando, Rochester's designated hitter, drove in three runs and scored twice.Obando was demoted by the Orioles last Friday. "I really didn't see it coming," he said afterward.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | June 24, 1993
Sherman Obando's locker in the Orioles clubhouse is next to Damon Buford's, but their proximity seems about to change.Obando, who has been on the disabled list since May 25 with a strained right hamstring, is due to return from a minor-league rehabilitation assignment today and his re-appearance could spell a return to the minors for Buford.Obando, who was hitting .318 with one home run and nine RBI before going on the DL, was selected for $50,000 from the New York Yankees roster last winter in the Rule V draft.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer | July 13, 1994
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The opportunities have arisen, but Sherman Obando has not received the call.While the Orioles have summoned outfielders Damon Buford, Mark Smith and Bruce Dostal from the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings at various times, Obando has quietly gone about the business of pounding the baseball.Obando, a Rule V draft choice from the New York Yankees before last season, batted .272 in 92 at-bats with the Orioles in 1993, during which they were required to keep him in the major leagues.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | May 28, 1995
When you have an option, it's generally a good idea to use it. That's especially true in baseball, as the Orioles demonstrated, once again, two days ago.Actually, in this case the Orioles had two options and exercised both. It wasn't the way it was planned, but they had no other choice(s). Or option(s).Arthur Rhodes is supposed to be an integral part of the club's starting rotation. And Sherman Obando has the kind of raw hitting ability that has caused two Orioles managers to drool over his potential.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | May 21, 1995
NEW YORK -- In air combat, they call it a surgical strike. Identify a target and hit it, again and again if necessary. This is sort of what the New York Yankees did with the Orioles yesterday.Orioles manager Phil Regan once joked that Sherman Obando's best position is at the plate. To keep him in the lineup, however, Regan must play Obando in the field as well. Yesterday, the Yankees identified their target -- Obando -- and kept hitting balls into right field, and they kept falling.Sid Fernandez pitched poorly, again, but he got little help from his defense, from Obando, in the Orioles' 7-2 loss at Yankee Stadium.
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