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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who left Sunday night's game in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring, said following the game that he doesn't know the severity of the injury. Hardy has already missed six games this season with lower back spasms, and while he has recovered from those issues, he said they might have had something to do with his hamstring injury. "Never had this before,” Hardy said. “When I came back from the back thing, I felt this hamstring was really tight.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON - Orioles manager Buck Showalter, the king of early ballpark arrivals on the road, admitted it was a little difficult to turn off his alarm around 6 a.m. coming off Sunday night's game. Thank goodness for the cup of coffee Showalter had sitting on his desk in the visiting clubhouse at Fenway Park on Monday morning. The Orioles will have an extremely quick turnaround, with an 11:05 a.m. start against the Red Sox for the annual Patriots' Day game, which coincides with the Boston Marathon.
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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 21, 2014
BOSTON - During every game, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has a card with him that tells him which plays are reviewable and which ones aren't. The color coding is simple. The plays in green can be reviewable, the plays in red cannot. But it's not always that easy, and that was the case in the Orioles' 6-5 loss to the Red Sox on Sunday night . After the Red Sox scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth, Showalter wanted the umpires to review whether Dustin Pedroia tagged up at third base before running to the plate on an errant throw home.
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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 21, 2014
BOSTON - Everything seemed to go the Orioles' way for 5 1/2 innings against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park. But after an ESPN nationally broadcast returned from a commercial break for the bottom of the sixth, everything unraveled for the Orioles. They lost a five-run lead and Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy to injury. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez lost his groove with one pitch that was sent into the Boston night, and the sure-handed Orioles defense committed three errors in the final three innings to set the stage for a walk-off loss, 6-5, to the Red Sox. “That's part of baseball,” Jimenez said.
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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 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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
Right-hander Kevin Gausman was scratched from his scheduled start for Triple-A Norfolk tonight. With inclement weather expected Friday in Detroit, he could join the Orioles and be available to pitch in a possible doubleheader against the Tigers on Saturday. Gausman, one of the final cuts in spring training, was set to start the Tides' season opener in Norfolk, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter called Norfolk manager Ron Johnson this afternoon to tell him the club might need Gausman this weekend.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 6, 2012
Chris Davis hadn't thrown a pitch in nearly six years, dating to his days as a draft hopeful playing at a small junior college in Corsicana, Texas. But more than five hours - and 15 innings - into the Orioles' series finale with the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon-turned-evening, manager Buck Showalter turned to Davis, the club's everyday first baseman, in the visiting dugout and directed him toward the bullpen to warm up. The Orioles had exhausted all other relief options - eight relievers combined to allowed one run over seven innings - in a game tied at 6. Davis shrugged.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON -- Even though Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has just one home run three weeks into the season, he has still found a way to be productive in the middle of the lineup. After leading the majors with 53 homers last year, Davis knows that teams are attacking him differently. With two walks and a single in his first three plate appearances Monday, he has now reached safely in 17 straight games, tying his career high. Davis hasn't seen very many pitches to hit. He's not seeing many fastballs, and the ones he does see seem to be consistently inside.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
Nelson Cruz didn't become a two-time All-Star with Texas by picking on any particular team, but his track record of success against one Orioles rival is becoming evident. Cruz's first-inning home run Sunday was his third this season against the Boston Red Sox, and his third-inning RBI single Monday morning gave him his ninth RBI of the season against Boston. Cruz entered Monday's game with a .304/.360/.696 batting line against Boston - an output that, if sustained, would make Cruz well worth his one-year deal.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON -- As the Orioles left Boston on Monday afternoon with their bullpen depleted from accounting for 7 2/3 innings in two games over the past 24 hours, left-hander T.J. McFarland was on his way to Toronto to meet up with the club for some relief help. The Orioles are expected to officially recall McFarland before Tuesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, according to an industry source. In the Orioles' 7-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday, three Orioles relievers pitched for the second consecutive day, including both left-handed relievers -- Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON - Everything seemed to go the Orioles' way for 5 1/2 innings against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park. But after an ESPN nationally broadcast returned from a commercial break for the bottom of the sixth, everything unraveled for the Orioles. They lost a five-run lead and Gold Glove shortstop J.J. Hardy to injury. Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez lost his groove with one pitch that was sent into the Boston night, and the sure-handed Orioles defense committed three errors in the final three innings to set the stage for a walk-off loss, 6-5, to the Red Sox. “That's part of baseball,” Jimenez said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2014
BOSTON -- Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy, who left Sunday night's game in the seventh inning with a strained right hamstring, said following the game that he doesn't know the severity of the injury. Hardy has already missed six games this season with lower back spasms, and while he has recovered from those issues, he said they might have had something to do with his hamstring injury. "Never had this before,” Hardy said. “When I came back from the back thing, I felt this hamstring was really tight.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
BOSTON - The Orioles will play tonight in the third game of their four-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in front of a national television audience on ESPN. Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will try to reverse his fortunes after starting 0-3 with a 7.31 ERA in his first three Orioles starts. Here are tonight's starting lineups: Orioles Nick Markakis RF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C J.J. Hardy SS David Lough LF Jonathan Schoop 2B Ryan Flaherty 3B Ubaldo Jimenez RHP Red Sox Grady Sizemore CF Dustin Pedroia 2B David Ortiz DH Mike Napoli 1B Jonny Gomes LF Daniel Nava RF Xavier Bogaerts SS A.J. Pierzynski C Brock Holt 3B Jake Peavy RHP
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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 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 20, 2014
BOSTON - Everyone knew that the American League East would be a battle this season, and that's certainly shaping up to be the case. Heading into Sunday, all five teams in the division are separated by just two games. The teams are constantly shuffling within the standings. And here in Boston, with the Red Sox coming off their third World Series title in a decade, it's not too soon for fans here to start panicking. The Red Sox came into Saturday's game with a 7-10 record, and in the first few weeks of the season, losses seem magnified when you're getting further away from .500.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
BOSTON - With Manny Machado still recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, Orioles rookie infielder Jonathan Schoop has filled in for him for much of the first three weeks of the season. Schoop had made 11 straight starts (out of 13 overall) at third base before Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. But Schoop competed for the second base job in spring training, and with Machado coming off a breakout season, Schoop's immediate future seems to be at second base.
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