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By JOHN EISENBERG | August 1, 1992
BOSTON -- A crisis is the Orioles starting 26-year-old rookie Richie Lewis in the second game of a doubleheader last night at Fenway Park -- after wasting a Mike Mussina start and losing the first game.A crisis is Todd Frohwirth standing in the clubhouse between games, shaking his head and saying, "I don't know what's gone wrong."A crisis is Alan Mills coming out of the bullpen to make his third career start today because manager Johnny Oates has no other choice.Proclaiming the Orioles in crisis might sound extreme with two months left in the season, but can you name one area of the Orioles' pitching on which Oates can depend right now?
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The Orioles came into the American League Division Series knowing they couldn't match the Detroit Tigers ace for ace. No single Oriole could comfortably compare resumes with Detroit's Game 1 starter, Max Scherzer, the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner. But as they have all season, the Orioles found a less traditional way to outduel flashier talent. Two first-time postseason performers, starter Chris Tillman and reliever Andrew Miller, combined to produce a better line than Scherzer before the Orioles blew the game open against the Tigers bullpen and won, 12-3.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | March 22, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- So far, so good. No warts on any pitching hands. No career- threatening neck and shoulder injuries. No line drives caroming off foreheads.The Orioles' starting pitchers are cruising through a spring season as uneventful and effective as last year was calamitous."I'd say we're due," said former pitching coach Mike Flanagan, temporarily in uniform these days as a spring instructor.Sure, it's way too early to get excited. Grapefruit League innings pitched against obscure opponents wearing offensive linemen's numbers are hardly a meaningful barometer.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
While introducing Dave Wallace and Dom Chiti to Camden Yards this offseason, Orioles manager Buck Showalter pointed out the bronze statues of the team's six Hall of Famers beyond the left-center-field fence. “You know, if you two guys figure out this pitching here,” Showalter joked, “there will probably be a statue out there of you two guys.” And after the strides the pitching staff has made under Wallace, the pitching coach, and Chiti, the bullpen coach, in their first year working with the Orioles, Showalter recently joked that he's going to have to make good on his promise and give the duo miniature statues of themselves.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | March 15, 1994
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sorry, but the answers scheduled for today's column have been postponed. This is spring training. It's too early for answers. They're all at the beach.But as the Orioles establish themselves as the official flops of early spring, sinking to the bottom of the heap with 0-21 authority, it's not too early to ask a few questions.So, let's go ahead and cut right to the biggie: Do the Orioles really have enough pitching to beat out the Blue Jays and Yankees?It's not clear that they do. And not just because their pitchers are getting hammered down here as consistently as the noonday sun is hot.Even before the first tobacco juice splatter hit the dirt in mid-February, it was clear that the Orioles' pitching would be their biggest obstacle.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | April 5, 1992
Orioles manager John Oates apparently likes a good mystery. He kept the makeup of his starting rotation a secret all spring, which is an indication of how much the pitching staff has changed for the better.It was the first time the Orioles rotation has kept anyone in suspense since 1989.The team finally had enough pitching depth to force a few hard choices, but the air of mystery will remain until the Orioles can shake off the residue of two very discouraging seasons. The spring has been very promising, but these kinds of promises have been broken before:* Second-year starter Mike Mussina opened the spring with 10 1/3 hitless innings and was the most effective pitcher on the staff for much of the exhibition season.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 18, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Orioles pitching prospect Steve Bechler, who made his major- league debut five months ago at Camden Yards, died yesterday morning of multisystem organ failure caused by heatstroke. He was 23. Bechler was rushed to North Ridge Medical Center toward the end of Sunday's spring training workout after becoming pale and disoriented on one of the back fields of the Orioles complex. He was attempting to complete his final conditioning run. His body temperature later peaked at 108 degrees, a team physician said.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | April 21, 1993
Ben McDonald turned in his best performance of the young season. So did Todd Frohwirth. But the Orioles pitching staff could not wait forever for the offense to get into the game.The Chicago White Sox finally scored a run off right-hander Alan Mills in the top of the 14th inning last night to outlast the Orioles, 2-1, before what was left of the p9,20l club's 65th consecutive sellout crowd at Camden Yards.McDonald gave up one run over 8 2/3 innings. Frohwirth pitched 4 1/3 innings of hitless relief.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | March 19, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - When they played together for the Orioles in 1971-72, Davey Johnson asked Pat Dobson a lot of questions about pitching, and Dobson's knowledge impressed him.Dobson knew mechanics, offered sound logic in his approach to pitching to hitters, and Johnson thought Dobson possessed a veritable master's degree in the art of throwing a slider. Dobson had to know something about pitching, Johnson figured, because he didn't have a great arm and still figured out a way to win.Every time Johnson interviewed for a managerial job, he thought about hiring Dobson.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 20, 1997
It's 9: 30 a.m. and Ray Miller already has laid his cards on the table. Spread about his suburban apartment are the tendencies of Ken Griffey, Edgar Martinez, Alex Rodriguez and every other Seattle Mariner who might do his pitchers harm. Less than two months into Miller's return home, the cards are dealing.Back in Baltimore after a 10-year tour of the National League, Miller's return as Orioles pitching coach has coincided with one of the game's most remarkable transformations. In a place transfixed by longball a year ago, ground-ball outs, quality starts and first-pitch strikes have become the rage.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been shuffling his pitching staff all season. If he can find a way to get a starter some rest or bring an extra pitcher into the bullpen for a day or two, he'll do it. The obvious result is that his relievers, for the most part, have maintained their health while pitching effectively. Heading into Saturday's game against the New York Yankees, Orioles relievers had the fourth-best ERA in the American League and sixth-most innings pitched. Only closer Zach Britton was among the league's top 10 in appearances, with 66. Darren O'Day was tied for 25th, with 62, and neither pitched in Saturday's 3-2 loss.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
Hunter Harvey, the Orioles' top pick in last year's amateur draft and one of their best pitching prospects, is out for the season with an elbow injury that at this point will require rest, not surgery, according to executive vice president Dan Duquette. “Hunter saw our doctors yesterday, and he has an issue with his elbow, and so he won't be pitching any more the rest of the season,” Duquette said before Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels at Camden Yards. “I need to learn a little more about it. He's had a good year, and he has distinguished himself as a top young pitcher.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2014
Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy will be limited to 75 pitches per outing this year. That didn't get him very far Thursday. The right-hander, starting at High-A Frederick, was pulled after surrendering a pair of singles in the fourth inning. He exited having allowed three earned runs in three innings during the Keys' game against Salem . Bundy gave up five hits while striking out two batters and walking a pair. Thursday was Bundy's second start with the Keys, after making three appearances for short-season Single-A Aberdeen.
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By Alejandro Zúñiga and The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2014
Chris Tillman has his own prediction to uphold when he starts for the Orioles this afternoon against the Toronto Blue Jays. The right-hander was the club's Opening Day starter in March and was expected to develop into an ace after a 16-win, All-Star season in 2013. Instead, Tillman is 5-3 with a 4.91 ERA nearing the midway point of the season. His past five games have been even worse, having allowed a combined 21 earned runs in 20 1/3 innings (9.30 ERA). While Tillman has struggled with inconsistency, starters such as left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and right-hander Bud Norris have established themselves as the Orioles' most reliable pitchers.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
The Orioles have been lobbing some tasty pies. For the past two years, outfielder Adam Jones has been smashing shaving cream pies into teammates' faces to celebrate big wins. This year, the pie smashes have gotten a lot more fun thanks to a daily delivery from Baltimore's Dangerously Delicious Pies.  Notice catcher Caleb Joseph's sugary sweet grin in the photo the team posted to Instagram following last night's 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.   People with a faceful of shaving cream don't look quite so happy.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 15, 1998
Around the hornPalmeiro entered last night needing two RBIs to tie Lee May for 10th all-time on the Orioles RBI list at 487. Miller rested shortstop Mike Bordick. Bordick owns a .179 career average against Roger Clemens. Jeff Reboulet contributed his third RBI on a second-inning suicide squeeze. Nobody can say Orioles pitching isn't balanced. The rotation entered last night 24-26 with a 5.28 ERA. The bullpen entered 8-9 with a 5.27 ERA. The 11th annual Orioles Wives Food Drive to benefit the Maryland Food Bank takes place at Camden Yards on June 19-20.
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