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By Dan Connolly | January 11, 2012
Melvin Mora's retirement has been greatly exaggerated. Or at least exaggerated for this country, he claims. A report out of Venezuela last month said that Mora, who played most of his career with the Orioles, issued a tearful retirement announcement while playing winter ball in Venezuela. The story ran in several places, including The Sun. But Mora said that was news to him. Despite multiple reports to the contrary out of Venezuela, Mora said what he announced was that he was no longer going to play in Venezuela because he didn't want to leave his family every year.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | October 15, 2014
For Nancy and Bob Reigle, the call came down to America's Colonial showplace versus the Orioles in the playoffs. "We have wanted to go to Williamsburg for some time," said Nancy Reigle, a retired teacher in the Baltimore County public schools who had scheduled a trip to begin Oct. 20 - the day before the start of the World Series. "I was keeping an eye on the schedules, and then I noticed that the American League has home field advantage [for the World Series], and that they could be playing in Baltimore that Tuesday and Wednesday.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 7, 2010
Nick Markakis' expression and demeanor never changed amid some of the most challenging moments of his young career. But he acknowledged that the weight of being a first-time husband and father, starting a charitable foundation, making Maryland his family's year-round home and trying to justify the six-year, $66.1 million contract he signed with the Orioles last January took its toll. So did the Orioles' continued losing and his own on-field struggles that left the normally unflappable outfielder questioning himself at times last season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Even if the Orioles end up losing to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series this week, there's a sense that the experience itself will help the club going forward - especially for the younger players who didn't participate in the 2012 postseason. "It's huge, especially because I hope we are back here next year and the near future, and hopefully I am starting one of these games," rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman said. "Any time you have success in the postseason, it definitely helps, not only yourself but your confidence level and also says a lot about your career.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2013
Second baseman Brian Roberts' wife, Diana, gave birth to the couple's first child Friday, a son named Jax Isaac, who weighed six pounds, seven ounces. “Everything seems to be going well,” Showalter said. “He was up for most of the night.” Roberts was still on paternity leave for Saturday night's game against the Seattle Mariners, with Alexi Casilla - who is starting his first game since July 8 - taking his place in the field. Showalter said Roberts could return for Sunday's season finale, but he wasn't sure yet. The current plan is for Roberts to return to the Orioles on Monday and fly with the team to San Diego.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
The Orioles have acquired minor league catcher David Freitas as the player to be named later in the deal that sent closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for infielder Jemile Weeks last week. Freitas, 24, was selected in the 15th round out of the University of Hawaii by the Washington Nationals in 2010. The right-handed hitter was traded by the Nationals to the Athletics for catcher Kurt Suzuki in August 2012. Freitas is a .276 hitter with a .377 on-base percentage in four minor league seasons.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2012
Jason Hammel didn't arrive at Turner Field on Saturday night with many fond memories. He'd seen enough of the Braves in his three seasons in the National League. “These guys have given me nightmares, especially here,” he said. But it was here where the Orioles' 29-year-old right-hander would give his team its best pitching performance of the season. Hammel threw the best game of his seven-year career, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning and finishing with his first complete-game shutout win. He allowed just one hit on the night - Jason Heyward's single to left with two outs in the seventh - propelling the Orioles to a 5-0 win over the Braves at Turner Field.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | May 28, 1994
CHICAGO -- She sat in Suite No. 450 at Comiskey Park, her 2-year-old son munching a hot dog, her 2-month-old daughter letting out an occasional cry.Now came the true test for Frank Thomas' wife.All right, Elise, White Sox or Orioles?The question might seem ridiculous, considering that her husband is one of the biggest sports heroes in Chicago, with a contract that could keep him in a White Sox uniform through the year 2000.But let's talk roots.Elise Thomas is formerly a Silver, a Rochester Silver, a Rochester Red Wings Silver.
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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 Peter Schmuck | April 2, 2011
Just when everyone was starting to feel all warm and fuzzy about the opening of the regular season, reality crept into the visiting clubhouse at Tropicana Field late Friday afternoon. Left-hander Brian Matusz, who is widely regarded as the cornerstone of the club's pitching future, walked disconsolately to his locker and put his street clothes back on. Instead of getting ready to chart pitches in advance of Saturday night's scheduled start against the Tampa Bay Rays, he was getting ready to undergo an MRI to determine the cause of soreness beneath his left shoulder blade.
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Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Orioles will have to wait another day to attempt to cut into the Kansas City Royals' 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series. Rain fell at Kauffman Stadium throughout the day Monday, and the Orioles were going through their usual gameday preparations when Major League Baseball announced around 4:30 p.m. ET that Game 3 would be postponed until Tuesday. Games 4 and 5 also will move back a day, eliminating Thursday's scheduled day off. Peter Woodfork, MLB's senior vice president of baseball operations, said more than an inch of rain had fallen at the time of the postponement, with the forecast calling for storms to continue throughout the night.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 13, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Don't let all the predictable denials fool you. The steady rain that postponed Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was just what the doctor ordered for an Orioles team that could use a little celestial intervention to cool off the sizzling Kansas City Royals. Who cares if it was a doctor of meteorology? The Royals have won six straight postseason games and seven straight overall dating back to the last day of the regular season, so anything that interrupts their biorhythms should be more than OK with the Orioles.
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Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Heavy rain forecast through the night in Kansas City prompted Major League Baseball to postpone American League Championship Series Game 3 between the Orioles and Royals in Kansas City. Nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain had fallen there as of 3 p.m. central time, and as much as another half inch of rain is possible through Monday night, according to the  National Weather Service 's Kansas City forecast office. Game 3 is now set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, with Game 4 at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Game 5, if necessary, at 4 p.m. Thursday.
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Frederick N. Rasmussen, Jessica Anderson and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
WEATHER Mostly cloudy today with a shower, and a high of 69, and a low of 61.   TRAFFIC Get the latest on delays for this morning's commute from baltimoresun.com    TRENDING THIS MORNING Happy Columbus Day! You won't be able to go to the library to pay that fine in some counties, so check our list of closings of government offices, public transit options, and, of course, local libraries before you head out today. And while the Ravens took an easy win over the Tampa Bay  Buccaneers  yesterday, the   Washington Redskins had no such luck, losing to the Arizona Cardinals 30-20.
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
We're back at Connolly's, where we're gonna start pricing our rail drinks based on how many points the suddenly, high-powered Ravens offense scores weekly. I'm kidding about that - I'm gouging you people with ridiculous prices, because you can't stay away from the witty banter - and I'm not turning to football yet. The bartending crew - Pete Schmuck is really just a keg lifter, but we try to include him - is all in Kansas City. We're chewing on barbecue and the idea of the Orioles' season ending in Kauffman Stadium.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Facing a daunting 0-2 deficit in the American League Championship Series, the Orioles will need more than a little luck to make it to the World Series. They need some magic. For more than three decades, the team's penchant for comebacks has been captured in a song many fans still sing today. "Orioles Magic (Feel It Happen)" has accompanied the O's through the heyday of Wild Bill Hagy, through a 1983 World Series championship, through Cal Ripken Jr. 's 2,632-consecutive-game streak and through a 14-season playoff drought that ended in 2012.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 23, 2010
More than two years after Miguel Tejada was traded to the Houston Astros for five players to start a massive rebuilding project, he will return to the Orioles with a lot less fanfare and at a different position. In a somewhat surprising move that goes against several of Andy MacPhail's tendencies, the Orioles agreed to terms Saturday on a one-year, $6 million deal with Tejada to be the team's regular third baseman, a role that he's never filled in his 13-year big league career. The deal won't be complete until Tejada passes a physical, which is scheduled for Tuesday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
Late Monday night the Orioles traded former All-Star closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for second baseman Jemile Weeks and a minor league player to be named later. Johnson, who saved 101 games for the Orioles in the past two seasons, was set to make more than $10 million in arbitration in 2014. Instead of paying that much for a closer - and one who had led the majors with nine blown saves last season - the club picked up a young infielder and another minor leaguer and will be able to use the money allocated for Johnson in other ways.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
For some fans, it's not enough in this memorable, extended Orioles' season to merely watch the games. They yearn to preserve the all-too-fleeting moments - to touch them - by buying pieces of the season. They want to own the one-of-a-kind lineup cards that manager Buck Showalter displayed in the dugout during the American League Division Series and in the championship series that continues tonight against the Royals in Kansas City. Monday's game was rained out in the best-of-seven series, in which the Orioles trail, 2-0. Fans want to own the ball J.J. Hardy hit for a home run in the division series sweep of the Detroit Tigers.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, MO. -- The Orioles will attempt an unprecedented climb out of a 2-0 hole as the American League Championship Series shifts to Kauffman Stadium. It won't be easy because the Kansas City Royals are a team brimming with confidence. The Royals arrived home having won all six of their postseason games - pulling out two tightly-contested wins over the Orioles at Camden Yards with their share of late-inning hits and celebratory histrionics - to put the Orioles' season on the brink.
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