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By Kevin Eck and Kevin Eck,Contributing Writer | July 28, 1995
When you continually face Will Clark in crucial situations, you have to expect to lose eventually.That's true even for Orioles left-handed reliever Jesse Orosco, who had been nearly untouchable in his recent outings.With the Orioles clinging to a one-run lead over the Texas Rangers in the eighth inning last night, Orosco was called on to face Clark with the tying run on first.It was the third time this series and the fifth time this season that Orosco and Clark had met with the left-handed first baseman representing the tying or lead run.Orosco retired Clark the first four times, but the slugger gained a measure of revenge last night by smashing a game-tying double to right field.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | September 27, 2004
Jesse Orosco looks like he could pick up a baseball and start pitching again, so little has changed about his appearance since he retired, but he was content yesterday to relive the memories from his time with the Orioles. And they weren't in short supply. "I played five years here," said Orosco, who took part in pre-game ceremonies honoring fans' choices of their 50 all-time favorite Orioles, "and I loved every minute of it." Thirty of the players were available for the festivities, including Brooks Robinson, Mike Cuellar, Cal Ripken and Brady Anderson.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | April 19, 1996
Jesse Orosco had a poor spring training, and he didn't pitch well yesterday, but manager Davey Johnson says Orioles fans shouldn't worry about the left-hander who was the team's most consistent relief pitcher last season.Orosco just needs a little work."He's a little rusty," Johnson said.Orosco got some work yesterday, but it wasn't pretty. He gave up four runs in two innings, including home runs by Mo Vaughn and Mike Stanley, allowing the Red Sox to stretch their lead from 6-4 to 10-5 en route to a 10-7 victory.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2002
When Jesse Orosco says his career isn't over yet, and he's talking years rather than months, it's easy to forget how many miles have spun on his body's odometer. Not many pitchers are still active at 45, let alone discussing their futures as if fresh out of college. Orosco is visiting Camden Yards for the first time since the Orioles chose not to resign him after the 1999 season. Invited to spring training by the Los Angeles Dodgers, he has become a valuable left-hander in their bullpen.
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By Ken Rosenthal | August 3, 1998
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jesse Orosco has never met Hoyt Wilhelm, the all-time leader in games pitched. But he talks to the Hall of Famer in a way that Cal Ripken never did to Lou Gehrig."
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | September 13, 1995
Several weeks ago, Jesse Orosco mused over his career, expressing the hope that sometime, before he retired, he would get some chances to finish some games. He loved saving games when he pitched for the New York Mets.Lo and behold, Orosco has been given that opportunity; on the night Cal Ripken played in his 2,130th consecutive game, Orosco picked up his first save in almost two years, and last night he saved the Orioles' 6-5 win over Boston before 40,282 at Oriole Park.Mark Smith's bloop single scored Harold Baines with the winning run with two outs in the seventh inning, and the Orioles staved off elimination for one more night (the magic number for the inevitable is one)
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | May 4, 1995
In a way, Orioles reliever Jesse Orosco said yesterday, the question about whether Ricky Bones scuffs the ball will help the Milwaukee pitcher.Orosco played with Bones the last three seasons. "Whether he did or not," Orosco said, "we'll probably be like, 'What can he come up with now?' . . . It'll be in our minds, and give us something else to think about."Orosco has firsthand experience in this mind-game stuff. He used to fool around with a knuckleball when playing catch with teammates, and last year before he made his last appearance of spring training, Brewers manager Phil Garner told Orosco to mix in a knuckleball or two against Oakland.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | September 13, 1995
Several weeks ago, Jesse Orosco mused over his career, expressing the hope that sometime, before he retired, he would get some chances to finish some games. He loved saving games when he pitched for the New York Mets.Lo and behold, Orosco has been given that opportunity; on the night Cal Ripken played in his 2,130th consecutive game, Orosco picked up his first save in almost two years, and last night, he saved the Orioles' 6-5 win over Boston, before 40,282 at Oriole Park.Mark Smith's bloop single scored Harold Baines with the winning run with two outs into the seventh inning, and the Orioles staved off elimination for one more night (the magic number for the inevitable is one)
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1999
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Orioles moved to address two of their most pressing needs as baseball's winter meetings opened yesterday by trading team elder Jesse Orosco to the New York Mets for reliever Chuck McElroy and nearing a deal with free-agent catcher Greg Myers to back up Charles Johnson.The exchange of left-handed middle relievers was influenced by the Orioles' desire for greater flexibility from their bullpen and Orosco's uncomfortable past with new manager Mike Hargrove. Both situations were addressed by the team's willingness to buy out Orosco's no-trade protection and director of player personnel Syd Thrift's ability to rekindle interest initially expressed by the Mets last summer.
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By Buster Olney and Jason LaCanfora and Buster Olney and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | October 18, 1996
The Orioles' current theme is left-handed pitching: They're interested in trading for Montreal Expos left-hander Jeff Fassero, and they're negotiating a new contract with left-handed reliever Jesse Orosco.The Orioles, according to league sources, have contacted the Expos and asked about the availability of Fassero, who went 15-11 with a 3.30 ERA last season. But like several other teams that have inquired, the Orioles will have to wait and see if the Expos decide to trade Fassero, who will turn 34 in January.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,Sun Staff | February 16, 2000
The Orioles will report to spring training Tuesday with purpose. They hope to replace a soap opera with a bullpen. Gone are the subplots that typified a 78-84, fourth-place season that culminated in October's double firing of manager Ray Miller and first-year general manager Frank Wren. With the installation of Mike Hargrove as manager and Syd Thrift as a newly defined executive vice president of baseball operations, an underachieving franchise devoted itself this winter to overhauling a bullpen transformed from enforcer to weak link within two years.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | December 11, 1999
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Orioles moved to address two of their most pressing needs as baseball's winter meetings opened yesterday by trading team elder Jesse Orosco to the New York Mets for reliever Chuck McElroy and nearing a deal with free-agent catcher Greg Myers to back up Charles Johnson.The exchange of left-handed middle relievers was influenced by the Orioles' desire for greater flexibility from their bullpen and Orosco's uncomfortable past with new manager Mike Hargrove. Both situations were addressed by the team's willingness to buy out Orosco's no-trade protection and director of player personnel Syd Thrift's ability to rekindle interest initially expressed by the Mets last summer.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | September 21, 1999
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Speaking of Cal Ripken's breakneck run at 3,000 career hits, manager Ray Miller recently contemplated its significance and said succinctly: "I'd like to see it happen."An enigma to the end, the Orioles topped an 11-game winning streak on Sunday, the same day their postseason chances died. Sunday's three singles allowed Ripken to move to within 10 hits of the career milestone. Now, as he supervises the franchise's longest run since 1987, Miller increasingly refers to his tenure as manager in the past tense.
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By Roch Kubatko and Jamison Hensley and Roch Kubatko and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | August 21, 1999
Orioles first baseman Will Clark had his left elbow examined by team doctors yesterday, and it appears more likely that he will go on the disabled list for the second time this season.Only last night's rainout kept Clark from missing his sixth consecutive game because of soreness in the elbow that prevents him from throwing. He's able to swing the bat without discomfort, and manager Ray Miller suggested Clark could remain on the active roster as a designated hitter and pinch hitter."I don't think there's any progression as far as throwing," Miller said.
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August 19, 1999
PITCHING has been described as the most unnatural act one can commit in polite society.If just typing can cause wrenching nerve damage, imagine the effect of heaving your arm forward thousands of times with so much force that you might be trying to eject the limb itself. If God truly meant for humans to throw a curveball, wrists would turn on ball bearings.So it is amazing from the standpoint of science alone that Jesse Orosco, 42, has thrown a baseball so well for so long at such a level of competition.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 19, 1999
A black and orange reminder of Jesse Orosco's historic appearance on Tuesday stretches above the facing of the upper-level press box at Camden Yards. It reads: "Congratulations Jesse," serving as the latest tribute to baseball's all-time leader in games pitched.Orosco passed Dennis Eckersley in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 8-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins, retiring Todd Walker on a deep fly to center field for the last out in his 1,072nd trip to the mound. Brady Anderson, who made the catch, gave Orosco the ball.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | March 7, 1997
Jesse Orosco knows the routine when his agent comes over for dinner.Orosco and his wife, Leticia, will chat about their kids with Orosco's agent, Alan Meersand, and sit down to eat. But soon the talk will turn to baseball. And then to the length of Orosco's career.That's when the Orioles' 39-year-old middle reliever knows he's in trouble. Meersand and Leticia Orosco are of one mind; the man Orioles pitchers call "El Viejo" (Spanish for old man) can pitch until he's 50 years old."He might not be able to go until he's 50, but Alan and I feel the same way, that he can go for a while longer," Leticia Orosco said.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | July 26, 1998
Jesse Orosco walked through the bullpen gate yesterday to begin a jog he had made 999 times before for five major-league teams in 19 seasons. Since he was to start the ninth inning,there was no manager nor catcher to greet him. Only a blue-collar milestone.The Orioles' ancient left-hander pitched in his 1,000th game yesterday when he followed Alan Mills into a two-run loss to the Seattle Mariners. The 41-year-old left the game savoring an achievement made only more remarkable by his unflagging consistency.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | August 18, 1999
Once in a while, if you look hard enough, you can see why the Orioles were considered a legitimate playoff contender at the start of this disappointing season.Take, for instance, last night's 8-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins, which featured every aspect of championship-caliber baseball, including Mike Mussina's 15th victory and a historic two-pitch appearance by venerable reliever Jesse Orosco -- who became the major leagues' all-time leader in pitching appearances in the seventh inning.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | August 18, 1999
Once in a while, if you look hard enough, you can see why the Orioles were considered a legitimate playoff contender at the start of this disappointing season.Take, for instance, last night's 8-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins, which featured every aspect of championship-caliber baseball, including Mike Mussina's 15th victory and a historic two-pitch appearance by venerable reliever Jesse Orosco -- who became the all-time leader in pitching appearances in the seventh inning.It wasn't Mussina's best performance of the year, but it was complemented by a resourceful offensive attack and even some stylish defensive play by oft-maligned outfielder Albert Belle.
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