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By Matt Slovin and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2012
A rocky marriage involving a former Orioles pitcher seems to be coming to a close ­ - for real, this time. Kris Benson, who pitched in Baltimore from 2006 to 2007, and his wife, Anna, have filed for divorce, according to an interview Fox News conducted with Anna recently . According to Anna, she caught Kris in an affair with one of her friends, who Kris was supposed to be advising financially. In 2006, during Kris' stint as an Oriole, Anna caught Kris cheating and decided to file for a divorce.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The Orioles starting rotation had a 3.61 ERA in the regular season, the fifth-best mark in the American League. But in the postseason, the club's starters have struggled. Right-hander Bud Norris lasted just 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, allowing four runs and nine hits. Norris struck out three batters and walked none. In five postseason games, four of the five Orioles starters have failed to go more than five innings. The exception was Norris' ALDS Game 3 outing, in which he tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings against the Detroit Tigers, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2012
Orioles pitcher Zach Britton went into his second throwing session today feeling optimistic about the left-shoulder inflammation that's been bothering him since August. Britton, 24, threw for this first time this spring Thursday in a long-toss session. He's planning to throw again today. If all goes well, he will throw on back-to-back days for the first time Monday and Tuesday, take Wednesday off, then throw Thursday and Friday. It seems like this is just the beginning of Britton's "throwing progression," as the club called it. He threw from a mound just once this offseason and doesn't figure to do so here in camp for about two weeks.  Britton couldn't seem to shake the pain in the shoulder, despite having gone on and off anti-inflammatory medication since returning from the disabled list in last August and shutting himself down for two weeks after his first offseason throwing session.
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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 16, 2012
Former Oriole lefty Dana Eveland has agreed to a one-year deal with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization, according to an industry source. Eveland, who made $750,000 with the Orioles last season, will receive $675,000 guaranteed from the Eagles with another $225,000 available through performance bonuses, bringing the total potential package to $900,000. The 29-year-old lefty was 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in 14 games, two starts, with the Orioles in 2012. He allowed 32 hits and walked 13 while striking out 18 batters in 32 1/3 innings.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2011
The 17-year-old Dominican boy who police suspect was shot in the right arm by Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon during a New Year's party told a reporter Tuesday that it was indeed Simon who had fired the shots that wounded him and killed his 25-year-old half brother. Simon, who is in custody pending charges, told police after turning himself in Monday that he had been firing celebratory shots into the air and that the death of Michael Esteban Castillo Almonte and the wounding of his sibling were accidents.
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By Dan Connolly and Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2011
Alfredo Simon, a 29-year-old pitcher who became a key component of the Orioles' bullpen last season, is suspected of fatally shooting a man and wounding another during a New Year's Eve celebration in the Dominican Republic, police there said Sunday. Police in the northern coastal province of Puerto Plata obtained an arrest warrant for Simon and said they wanted to question him about the incident, which they said occurred as revelers gathered in a park in the resort town of Luperon.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2011
What's certain is that Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon is scheduled to start against the Cleveland Indians on Saturday night before heading to his native Dominican Republic on Sunday. What's uncertain is what comes next for Simon. The team hopes Monday's hearing in the Jan. 1 shooting death of Simon's cousin will be the end of the case, but based on how things have progressed this year, the Orioles aren't sure what will happen. "We simply don't know. It's a legal process," Orioles director of player development John Stockstill said.
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May 24, 2007
Jeremy Guthrie, Orioles pitcher Is it distracting to you when rumors start circulating about a manager's job status? For me, it's not a distraction. As players, we really don't hear a lot. Fans think we hear and read everything, but we don't know nearly as much as the people asking the questions or the fans think we know.
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May 9, 2007
What was the hardest part about having a torn anterior cruciate ligament? Just being away from baseball for that long. It happened right about a year and two weeks ago. I missed a whole season of baseball. To try to sit there and watch it on the couch is next to impossible.
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By Dan Connolly | August 15, 2014
Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who pitched for the Indians from July 2011 through last season, returned to Progressive Field for the first time Friday. “Being in the visitors' clubhouse is kind of weird,” said Jimenez, who left Cleveland for a four-year, $50 million deal with the Orioles in February. “I have to get used to it.” He is slated to start Saturday against the Indians for the second time this year. On May 24 at Camden Yards he lasted just four innings and gave up five earned runs against his old club.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 13, 2014
Chris Tillman may not have 11 wins like he did at the midway point last season, but his numbers have been far from disappointing. Including Saturday's loss to the New York Yankees, the Orioles right-hander is 7-5 with a 4.11 ERA going into the All-Star break. Last year, when he was invited to the All-Star Game, his ERA was only a few ticks lower, at 3.95. “I think it bodes well, hopefully for the rest of the season, because he seems to be getting more consistent mechanically as we go,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
NEW YORK -- Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez had a special gift for rookie Kevin Gausman on Friday at Yankee Stadium: a new Rolex watch. It was payment for uniform No. 31, which Gausman switched to in the offseason after Dave Wallace joined the club. When Jimenez signed this winter he wanted either No. 30 - which Tillman had - or 31, which was Gausman's. Orioles equipment manager Chris Guth asked Gausman if he would give up his number, and the rookie agreed. Gausman then chose No. 39, which had been Jason Hammel's number.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
The Orioles didn't have any selections until the third round of the first-year player draft, but Gary Rajsich, the club's director of scouting, was surprised by how much talent other teams left on the board. The club used its first five picks on pitchers, taking advantage of what Rajsich said was the strength of this year's draft. “I was surprised that quite a few of those guys were still there,” he said. “We didn't count on getting the four or five first guys that we got. We thought we would get maybe one or two. So we're extremely satisfied with what we were able to get.” With the 90th overall pick, the Orioles selected Brian Gonzalez, a hard-throwing left-hander from Archbishop McCarthy (Fla.)
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
Bud Norris has been in Baltimore for almost a year, but it appears he's kept a keen eye on the goings-on back in Houston. The Orioles right-hander took to Twitter Tuesday morning to tear into the contract extension the Astros signed prospect Jon Singleton to yesterday, and said the deal is "terrible. " Norris added Singleton should have listened to the players union, not his agent. Singleton, who was promoted to the majors Monday, signed a club-friendly extension without ever taking a swing in the big leagues.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
It's an obvious question. And there really isn't an obvious answer. What's wrong with Chris Tillman? “I don't know,” said shortstop J.J. Hardy, when asked about the Orioles' top starter. “I don't think he is hitting his spots as well. People are getting some cheap hits, and they just keep rolling. I think everyone knows Tillman's going to be all right, but he's going through a little funk right now.” Tillman said his problems are mechanical. He said he's not hitting his spots with his fastball or his breaking stuff, and if you don't have command, it's hard to get away with mistakes in the majors.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 21, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - As Orioles pitcher Tony Saunders packed for his trip to spring training, a friend wanted to make sure the left-hander hadn't forgotten any of the necessities. Or the importance of having a sense of humor. "He asked if I had all my syringes," Saunders said, the joke going over well for a player who otherwise hasn't laughed much lately. Saunders, 30, remains bitter at the accusations of steroid use that appeared in Jose Canseco's new book. They were teammates briefly with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999 - about six weeks before Saunders broke his arm for the first time while throwing a pitch.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | July 18, 2003
The widow of Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler has filed a $600 million lawsuit against the maker of the ephedra-based diet drug and stimulant that was in his system when he died of heatstroke in February. New York attorney David Meiselman, representing Kiley Bechler, filed the suit Wednesday against Cytodyne Technologies, the company that produces Xenadrine RFA-1, and named New York-based manufacturer Phoenix Laboratories and Cytodyne president Robert Chinery as codefendants. The suit alleges the controversial nutritional supplement was directly responsible for Bechler's collapse during a spring training workout at the Orioles' training facility in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 16. Bechler lost consciousness and his body temperature rose to 108 degrees, causing his major organs to fail.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 14, 2014
When Kevin Gausman made his major league debut last year with the Orioles, he was welcomed as the latest in a line of saviors to come to Baltimore from the farm system. Gausman's numbers weren't in line with that, though, and as he makes his 2014 debut Wednesday, there's nowhere near the fanfare we experienced last year. That doesn't much matter to Gausman, who will face a relentless Detroit Tigers lineup. Miguel Gonzalez, who is being held in reserve in case Chris Tillman or Bud Norris can't make their next start, will piggyback Gausman.
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