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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Your browser does not support iframes. In the top of the fourth inning, Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion knocked a base hit just over third base and down the left field line. And then the Orioles' ballgirl made a nice play, as shown in the MLB.com video above. Unfortunately for her, third base umpire Paul Emmel had signaled that the ball was fair. The play might have helped to momentarily save a run for the Orioles as the Blue Jays' Adam Lind had to stay at third base.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
BOSTON -- Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman has had more success against the Red Sox than any other American League East opponent, so it's no wonder why manager Buck Showalter pushed him back to pitch tonight in the first game of this weekend's four-game series at Fenway Park. Tuesday's rainout provided the opportunity. Tillman, who celebrated his 26th birthday on Tuesday, is 4-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 12 career starts against the Red Sox, including an Opening Day no-decision against Boston on March 31. He is 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in five career starts at Fenway Park.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
The last time Grant Balfour was in Baltimore, he thought he had landed in the place where he'd spend the next two years of his career. In December, Balfour arrived at the Warehouse to take a club physical that he believed would be the last step in finalizing a two-year, $15 million deal to replace Jim Johnson as Orioles closer. But instead of being introduced as the Orioles' new closer as he had expected, Balfour left town frustrated after being told that team doctors found something in the physical that they did not like.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Left-hander Troy Patton , who is currently serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for an amphetamine, is eligible to come off the restricted list on April 30, and the Orioles might have a tough time finding a spot for him when he is able to return. Patton has no minor league options remaining, so the team must add him to the active roster when he is eligible or would risk losing him on waivers. The Orioles don't currently have a very flexible bullpen, with only Brian Matusz and Darren O'Day having minor league options.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
The results that right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez has received in his first three starts with the Orioles - an unsightly 0-3 record and a 7.31 ERA - would have most pitchers searching for answers, especially while trying to meet the expectations of a club-record four-year, $50 million contract. Jimenez looks at the situation differently. Following the Orioles' 11-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon, Jimenez can draw from recent experience and know that he can rebound from his rocky first few outings in an Orioles uniform.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
NEW YORK - Orioles third baseman Jonathan Schoop knows he will have his share of growing pains at the major league level, but as he struggled through the first five games of the season, one of his teammates noticed that something was amiss with the 22-year-old. Schoop, the club's top position player prospect, is an aggressive hitter at the plate. He jumps on mistakes and can send them into the seats. And that's why he's here in the majors -- because he showed that in spring training, when he hit .385 to earn one of the Orioles' final Opening Day roster spots.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Like much of Baltimore, the Orioles organization has watched with interest as former closer Jim Johnson has struggled this early season with the Oakland Athletics. Interest probably isn't the right word. Try empathy. “Everybody's been there. Everybody's had a time where they're not pitching up to their potential,” said Orioles' set-up man Darren O'Day, who was one of Johnson's closer friends on the club. “I've been there. Tommy [Hunter] has been there. When I was with the [Texas]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
The flu that hit the Orioles clubhouse last week affected two more players Tuesday. The Orioles sent center fielder Adam Jones and right-handed relief pitcher Evan Meek home from Camden Yards before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays was postponed because of rain. Neither player would have been available if the Orioles and Rays would have played. “From what I understand, it's going on all over,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It's not just in our locker room. Unfortunately, a lot of it is unavoidable other than don't touch or communicate with people all day. That's pretty hard to do in this sport.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Chris Tillman battled through the early innings of his outing Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. In his mind, he wasn't carrying his best stuff, so he huddled with catcher Matt Wieters between innings to figure out how to maneuver through a dangerous Toronto lineup. The results were worthy of a win. Tillman held Toronto to two unearned runs and three hits over eight innings. But despite another spectacular start, Tillman was a tough-luck loser in the Orioles' 2-0 loss because of some rare fielding miscues behind him. An Orioles team that committed the fewest errors (54)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Playing against a division rival, attempting to climb back to .500 and facing what likely will be an emotionally charged upcoming series in Boston, the Orioles certainly needed a complete effort like their 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon. They also needed to get back into the clubhouse and thaw out - that's what happens when the temperature at first pitch is 39 degrees and you play for nearly three hours. “I think it is more mental than anything else.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz remembers laughing when he opened the piece of fan mail in Sarasota, Fla., last month. He immediately showed the contents of the manila envelope to Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells before informing manager Buck Showalter. "I'm like, Richie, can you believe this?' Then I told Buck about it," Matusz said recently, chuckling. "That's probably the most unusual, interesting item any fan has ever asked me to sign. I thought it was hilarious.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who was scheduled to pitch in Tuesday's rainout, will get the start in Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. Chris Tillman was supposed to start Wednesday, and he's pitched extremely well on regular rest, posting a 3.20 ERA since the beginning of the 2013 season on four days off. But Gonzalez has pitched pretty well against the Rays over his career, posting a 3.94 ERA in eight career starts against them. Comparatively speaking, Tillman owns a 4.90 career ERA against Tampa Bay in 11 career starts, including a 1-3 mark and 5.09 ERA during his 16-win season last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter's decision to pitch right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in today's series finale against Tampa Bay appears to have paid off. Gonzalez held the Rays scoreless for five innings this afternoon, yielding just three hits while recording six strikeouts and walking three batters. After the scoreless outing today, Gonzalez has allowed three earned runs over 11 innings in his past two starts. Gonzalez was scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Rays, but after it was rained out, Showalter pushed Gonzalez to today.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
The Orioles are still battling a lingering flu as they head into this afternoon's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. Tomorrow's off day probably couldn't come at a better time. Illness has struck so many players that the entire home clubhouse at Camden Yards was disinfected, all the way down to the ping-pong paddles and pool sticks. “Unfortunately, a lot of it is contagious before you really know you've got it,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Playing against a division rival, attempting to climb back to .500 and facing what likely will be an emotionally charged upcoming series in Boston, the Orioles certainly needed a complete effort like their 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon. They also needed to get back into the clubhouse and thaw out - that's what happens when the temperature at first pitch is 39 degrees and you play for nearly three hours. “I think it is more mental than anything else.
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April 16, 2014
The Sun has done an excellent job commemorating the 60th anniversary of the St. Louis Browns becoming the Baltimore Orioles ("The Orioles: Sixty Years in Baltimore," March 30). It was a class act for the Orioles to invite former shortstop Billy Hunter to throw the ceremonial pitch on the exact date of the first home game. Billy Hunter's outstanding double-play partner at second base was the late Bob Young, the only native Marylander to arrive in Baltimore with the former Browns.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles added another player to their infield mix Monday, acquiring switch-hitting local product Steve Lombardozzi Jr. in a trade that sent veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez to the Detroit Tigers. Lombardozzi, 25, who is from Fulton in Howard County and graduated from Atholton High School in Columbia, immediately becomes an option at second and third base while the Orioles fill the temporary hole created by the club's decision to place third baseman Manny Machado on the 15-day disabled list to start the season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
The Orioles have set their 25-man roster, although it will not become official until Sunday. The Orioles will need to take two members off their 40-man roster to make room for Evan Meek and Delmon Young. Here is the roster: Catchers (2): Matt Wieters, Steve Clevenger Infielders (5): Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop, J.J. Hardy, Ryan Flaherty, Steve Lombardozzi Outfielders/DH (6): Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, David Lough, Nelson Cruz, Steve Pearce, Delmon Young Pitchers (12)
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Over the first two weeks of the season, left-hander Zach Britton has become a valuable weapon for the Orioles out of the bullpen. Britton provided more evidence of that during the Orioles' 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday afternoon, tossing three shutout innings to serve as the bridge between starter Miguel Gonzalez and closer Tommy Hunter . Britton, a former starter who made the full-time move to the bullpen this spring,...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2014
With heavy rain coming down for much of Tuesday in the Baltimore area, there was little doubt that the Orioles' scheduled game against the Tampa Bay Rays would be postponed. But both teams arrived at Camden Yards with hope that the clouds would give way in time to play. A little more than 90 minutes before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start, however, the game was officially postponed. No makeup date was immediately announced. Orioles manager Buck Showalter hinted earlier Tuesday that the two clubs could have played a doubleheader Wednesday, but they'll only play the regularly scheduled 12:35 p.m. game.
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