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By John Eisenberg and John Eisenberg,Sun Staff Writer | February 3, 1995
When a new movie about Babe Ruth was being planned several years ago, a researcher called a sportswriter known for his knowledge of Ruth." Is it true," the researcher asked, " that the Babe once hit a ball that went between a pitcher's legs and over the center fielder's head for a home run?"The sportswriter laughed. " Of course not," he said, explaining that such a feat was physically impossible.Yet it is true that Ruth once hit a ball between a pitcher's legs and over the center fielder's head.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones wasn't worried at all that participating in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby would mess with his swing in the second half of the season. Jones said he seldom deviates from his swing-from-the-heels power stroke. And while he didn't win the Home Run Derby, he has put on quite a power display for the Orioles since returning for the start of the second half. In Monday night's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels, Jones hit a pair of two-run homers off rookie right-hander Matt Shoemaker for his fifth career multihomer game, providing the Orioles with all the offense they needed in a 4-2 victory in front of an announced 39,028 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - With the nonwaiver trade deadline around the corner, we have our latest rumor about veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett pitching for the Orioles. We had enough of those in the offseason before Burnett signed a one-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. According to a Fox Sports report, the Orioles and Phillies have had “preliminary talks” about a trade. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. The Orioles' rotation had a 3.17 ERA over the past 34 games heading into Saturday night.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - Once again, the Orioles bounced back from a tough loss Saturday night, putting Friday night's nightmare ending behind them with a commanding, 8-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics. The Orioles now have won four of five games after a walk-off loss. Here's a look at the previous four: Date       Walk-off result            Next game 4/20        6-5 loss at Boston          7-6 win at Boston 5/27        7-6 loss at Mil (10 inn.)
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2013
The solitary orange banner waved over the left field wall at old Memorial Stadium for years. “HERE” is all it said in blocky black lettering. No other words were necessary. Everyone knew what it meant: here's where Frank hit it out. Wednesday marks the 47th anniversary of that historic home run, when Orioles outfielder and future Hall of Famer Frank Robinson became the only player to hit a baseball completely out of the old ballpark on 33rd Street during a game. It happened on May 8, 1966, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians, when Robinson hit a mammoth two-run shot off Indians starter Luis Tiant in the first inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - Orioles closer Zach Britton hadn't allowed a run over his previous 10 outings heading into the ninth inning of Friday night's series opener against the Oakland Athletics, converting six straight save opportunities along the way. Britton had slid into the role of closer nicely in the first half of the season, but in his first appearance since the All-Star break, a save opportunity turned into a disaster in just six pitches....
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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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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, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Before Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked about how difficult it is to get a reliever back into a routine after the All-Star break. “It's always a tough time because you have bullpen guys who have had six, seven days off, and you're trying to get everybody back in the flow,” Showalter said. “It's hard. You don't even have this in the start of the season because you try to make sure everybody's got a couple days off, but not too many days off. This is always a tough time for bullpens around baseball, getting them in the flow.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2014
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters still has his right arm in a metal splint after season-ending Tommy John surgery last month. And while he returned to the team for the first time Thursday since surgery, Wieters said he expects to be around the team, and have the splint off, when he rejoins the team for good after the Orioles' West Coast trip following the All-Star break. Before Friday's game, Wieters talked about being back with his teammates, making the All-Star Game and his rehabilitation.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - The Orioles hope to escape O.co Coliseum with a series win in Sunday's series finale against the Oakland Athletics. Right-hander Kevin Gausman, who held Oakland to one run and four hits in a career-high seven innings June 7 at Camden Yards, takes the mound for the Orioles on Sunday. He is 1-0 with a 0.79 ERA in two road starts this season. Right-hander Sonny Gray will start for the Athletics. He is 4-0 with a 2.41 ERA over his last five starts. He allowed five runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings June 7 against the Orioles.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 20, 2014
A familiar process plays out each time you see the descendant of a baseball legend in an obscure minor league ballpark. It's something both observers and the player himself have to deal with - the realization that he is not his namesake, then the understanding that such a standard is unfair and, finally, an appreciation for all the things the new generation does well. Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, has dealt with it all, and now he is earning notice for more than just his name.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Before Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked about how difficult it is to get a reliever back into a routine after the All-Star break. “It's always a tough time because you have bullpen guys who have had six, seven days off, and you're trying to get everybody back in the flow,” Showalter said. “It's hard. You don't even have this in the start of the season because you try to make sure everybody's got a couple days off, but not too many days off. This is always a tough time for bullpens around baseball, getting them in the flow.
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Triple-A Norfolk IF Ivan De Jesus played all nine innings of the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday and went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the International League's 7-3 win. … RHP Tyler Wilson , who joined the Tides earlier this month, entered the All-Star break tied for the minor league lead in wins with 12. … 1B Christian Walker , who joined the Tides on Thursday, walked three times in his Triple-A debut that day and collected...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
As they try to rebound from a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum, the Orioles will face right-hander Jason Hammel - Baltimore's Opening Day starter in 2013 - for the first time this season. Hammel signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs in the offseason and was dealt to Oakland along with Jeff Samardzija earlier this month. The Orioles player who has had the most success against Hammel? Catcher Nick Hundley, who is 7-for-14 with one homer and two RBIs.
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The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
The  Orioles  have been in trade talks with the  Philadelphia Phillies  about acquiring starting right-hander  A.J.  Burnett , according to Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. "Phillies and Orioles have had very preliminary talks on a trade that would send A.J. Burnett to Baltimore, sources tell @FOXSports1," he tweeted Saturday, adding that there has been "no substantial progress made yet. " The Orioles entered Saturday with a four-game lead in the American League East but are looking to add a starting pitcher.
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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 John Steadman | April 27, 1992
All the movie-maker had to do was tell the story as Babe Ruth lived it. Fiction wasn't needed because his accomplishments on the field, and off, set him apart. A singular identity. There was never anyone to compare to the "Babe", the title of the latest film that takes enormous liberties with the facts. Historians deserve to be indignant.We never knew the "Babe" and that's our loss. His wife, Claire, we interviewed on three occasions. She was filled-up with her importance and for no other reason than she was married to probably the most talented and colorful athlete the world has known.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - A day after blowing his third save opportunity of the season in a 5-4, walk-off loss Friday to the Oakland Athletics, Orioles closer Zach Britton wanted to get back on the mound as soon as possible. “I hope we either have a huge lead or I have to opportunity to be out there,” Britton said. “I think the one thing about being a reliever is that you're able to turn the page much quicker. You understand it's one bad inning, and you just kind of move on. You make adjustments, and if the same situation comes in, you know how to attack it differently than I did last night.” Britton failed to retire a batter in the ninth inning, and Oakland won on Josh Donaldson's three-run homer to center field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - With the nonwaiver trade deadline around the corner, we have our latest rumor about veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett pitching for the Orioles. We had enough of those in the offseason before Burnett signed a one-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. According to a Fox Sports report, the Orioles and Phillies have had “preliminary talks” about a trade. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. The Orioles' rotation had a 3.17 ERA over the past 34 games heading into Saturday night.
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