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By Jon Meoli and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2014
Manager Buck Showalter isn't waiting for rosters to expand Monday to give the Orioles the kind of position player depth that he thinks they will need for the stretch run. The Orioles selected the contract of utility player Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, giving the team a five-man bench for the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards, and potentially, the weekend series with the Minnesota Twins. Showalter said Paredes likely would have been promoted when rosters expand next week, but the ability to send right-hander Kevin Gausman to the minor leagues after Wednesday's start without having him miss a turn in the rotation allowed Paredes to be brought up sooner.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter had hoped to get trade acquisition Alejandro De Aza into the starting lineup Sunday, especially since he had previous success against Minnesota Twins starter Ricky Nolasco. But De Aza, who is 3-for-9 with two home runs in his career against Nolasco, was delayed when he missed his flight to Baltimore from Chicago. De Aza arrived on a later flight, and he was in the Orioles dugout by the fourth inning. “I missed the flight, and once I missed the flight, I knew I was going to be late, so I just called and let them know,” De Aza said after the game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
CHICAGO -- Being swept out of the Windy City this weekend by a Chicago Cubs team already auditioning for 2015 roster spots didn't sit well with Orioles manager Buck Showalter. By the end of their 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, the Orioles had seen enough of historic Wrigley Field. Held hitless by former teammate Tsuyoshi Wada for six innings, they managed just one hit overall on the day. The Orioles (73-55) left Chicago having scored just one run -- Steve Pearce's seventh-inning solo home run, which broke up Wada's no-hit bid -- over 16 innings after play resumed Saturday following a three-hour, nine-minute rain delay.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
The Orioles will make a number of moves when rosters expand Monday, including recalling at least two pitchers from Triple-A Norfolk. The club is expected to add right-hander Ryan Webb and left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides to give the team additional bullpen depth. Despite being a key part of the Orioles bullpen all season, Webb was optioned to Norfolk on Aug. 1. He was 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 games (11 1/3 innings) at Norfolk. In 42 2/3 innings with the Orioles this year, Webb has a 3-2 record and a 3.80 ERA. Saunders, a former Orioles starter who was signed to a minor league deal Aug. 5, had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings for Norfolk while working as a multiple-inning reliever.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
While Chris Davis' season has been a struggle at the plate, there's no question the Orioles first baseman still can change a game with one swing of his bat.   Davis is hitting just .189 this season, but regardless of his place in the club's lineup, he still gets respect at the plate - so much so that opponents recently have chosen to make his teammates beat them rather than keep the bat in Davis' hands.   The Minnesota Twins, however, had no choice but to pitch to Davis with the bases loaded in the fourth inning Friday night, and Davis made them pay by crushing a grand slam off Twins right-hander Trevor May, the pivotal blast in a 9-1 drubbing before an announced 27,464 at Camden Yards.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
After the Orioles' 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in a lackluster game that lasted three hours and 37 minutes and featured 319 pitches, manager Buck Showalter played an impromptu word game with reporters. “That was a grind-out win,” Showalter said. “That was such a, I wouldn't say lethargic.” Sluggish? “Nope wasn't sluggish, that's a bad word,” Showalter said. Tedious? “No.” Grueling? “That's close,” Showalter said.
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Dan Rodricks | August 18, 2012
"Did you ever notice Mike when he came off the mound after a good inning?" asks Alex Flanagan, widow of the Orioles Hall-of-Famer who committed suicide a year ago. "He always had his head down. " That provokes a vivid memory of No. 46, the smart pitcher who studied all and fooled many of the 11,684 batters he faced over 18 major league seasons. He was the long-haired lefty with a mustache who won the American League Cy Young Award in the Orioles' 1979 World Series season. He was all business on the mound, and Alex is correct about Mike's demeanor during his walk to the dugout after most of his 2,770 innings: head down, serious, pondering what he had just done well or not so well.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Despite his obvious power and previous success, Orioles infielder Chris Davis has been struggling so much this season that it has become business as usual when pitchers challenge him. So, in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, it was somewhat surprising that Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon chose to have rookie right-hander Kirby Yates (0-2) intentionally walk Davis with two outs and a runner on second base in a tied game. Shortstop J.J. Hardy made the move backfire, dumping a bloop single into right field to score Nelson Cruz from second base for the eventual game-winner in front of an announced 16,915 at Camden Yards.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles are back home after their first losing road trip of the season and will open an 11-game homestand Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. They still maintain a six-game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East, but the standings have the potential to become bunched up again quickly. And Chris Davis continues to struggle at the plate. He was 2-for-22 with eight strikeouts in the six games in Chicago this past week. The Orioles scored just four runs in three games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, including one run over a 16-inning span after Saturday's rain delay, and the offensive problems can't be pegged just on Davis.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles scored just four runs in their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. But the club's power was on display with its return to Camden Yards on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles have hit five home runs on their way to a 9-1 lead in the eighth inning. Trailing, 1-0, Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce hit back-to-back homers in the third inning. The Orioles then hit three consecutive home runs in their six-run fifth inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
As the Orioles enter the final month of the regular season, their accomplishments are starting to mount along with their win total. They currently have the second-best record in baseball and a nine-game lead in the American League East division. And as the calendar turns to September, they even can claim a magic number of 19 to clinch their first division title in 17 years. Meanwhile, the Orioles continue to let their bats lead the way, hitting three homers - including a grand slam from shortstop J.J. Hardy that capped a seven-run sixth inning - in a 12-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon in front of an announced 40,905 at Camden Yards.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Two years ago, when the Orioles unleashed the region's pent-up baseball passion with their first playoff run in years, they did it by walking baseball's version of a tightrope. They played a lot of nail-biters - winning 29 games by just one run. They snatched 16 of 18 in extra innings. They didn't nab a wild-card playoff spot until the last week of the season. This year has been a steadier march. These O's have seen no major streaks, good or bad, but they've won six or so games out of every 10, climbing to the top of the American League East, where they've been since early July.
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By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette mentioned several times this month that he would like to bolster his bench depth, especially from the left side of the plate. Well, in a matter of four days, he added four left-handed hitters to the roster. No sexy names, but potentially role fillers, and that's a Duquette specialty. Catcher and left-handed hitter Steve Clevenger came up from Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday. Switch-hitting utility player Jimmy Paredes arrived from the Tides on Thursday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
First baseman Steve Pearce said the right abdominal strain that forced him out before the fourth inning of Friday's 9-1 win over the Minnesota Twins was more uncomfortable than painful, and he hopes he won't have a lengthy absence from the Orioles' lineup. He'll know more after an MRI scheduled for 9:30 this morning. “I'm not all that concerned,” Pearce said after the game. “It's not affecting me during anything else. I'm not in pain doing [anything], even when I swing. I just feel something there, and so I just want to get ahead of it. Hopefully, I can get back and get back pretty soon.” Pearce said he first felt discomfort Thursday and thought it might be a cramp.
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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
During this first-place run, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is continually asked about the resiliency of his club, primarily the way it has been able to bounce back after absorbing injuries to key players. And he usually delivers the same answer: The Orioles don't wallow in self-pity. Instead, someone else steps up. On Saturday night, in a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins, the Orioles didn't pitch well and squandered several scoring opportunities, but they ultimately squeaked out another win, thanks to the legs of a veteran and the bat of a newcomer.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Even though the Orioles have made plans to honor late public relations director Monica Barlow as part of a pregame ceremony on Opening Day, players would like to have another way to remember Barlow on the field throughout the season. That's not the easiest thing to do, because Major League Baseball has strict uniform regulations that prevent players from making alterations to uniforms on their own. The Orioles will honor Barlow - as well as team investor and Baltimore-born novelist Tom Clancy, former Gold Glove outfielder Paul Blair and 10 other members of the Orioles family who passed away since last Opening Day - during a pregame video tribute Monday before the Orioles play their season opener against the Boston Red Sox. Barlow died Feb. 28 after a nearly four-and-a-half - year battle with lung cancer at age 36. But Orioles first baseman Chris Davis said this past week that Barlow meant so much to them as players that they have discussed ways to carry her memory onto the field with them during every game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
CHICAGO -  Wrigley Field is known as the “Friendly Confines,” but the Orioles have had their share of challenges in two games this weekend here on Chicago's North Side. The Orioles waited through a 3-hour, 9-minute rain delay Saturday in a game that began in a heavy fog. And while this Orioles club has overcome its share of adversity - including the loss of catcher Matt Wieters and now third Manny Machado to season-ending injuries - over the course of the season, they have stumbled against a Cubs club that's out of the playoff race and motivated only by pride.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
The Orioles made a second trade Saturday night, acquiring infielders Kelly Johnson and Michael Almanzar from the Boston Red Sox for minor league infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus Jr. It came on the heels of a trade with the Chicago White Sox that yielded the Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza for two low-level minor leaguers. Johnson, 32, has played with the New York Yankees and Red Sox this season. The left-handed hitter and 10-season veteran has hit a combined .212 with six homers in 87 games this season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Despite his obvious power and previous success, Orioles infielder Chris Davis has been struggling so much this season that it has become business as usual when pitchers challenge him. So, in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, it was somewhat surprising that Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon chose to have rookie right-hander Kirby Yates (0-2) intentionally walk Davis with two outs and a runner on second base in a tied game. Shortstop J.J. Hardy made the move backfire, dumping a bloop single into right field to score Nelson Cruz from second base for the eventual game-winner in front of an announced 16,915 at Camden Yards.
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