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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1999
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Admitting a failed project, the Orioles yesterday made room for first baseman Will Clark's return to active duty by designating 26-year-old rookie third baseman Willis Otanez for assignment. The move, announced after the club completed Monday's six-hour trek from Baltimore to Orange County, Calif., effectively severs Otanez's ties to Otanez the organization one season after he drove in 100 runs at Triple-A Rochester and less than two months after the club exposed its delicate pitching staff in order to protect him from a waiver claim.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | July 9, 1999
There were no late-inning fireworks. There was no heartbreaking bullpen breakdown. The Orioles went down in a hail of home runs and completed one of the most disheartening divisional stretches in the history of the franchise.The 16-game stretch against American League East opponents provided the perfect opportunity for the Orioles to re-assert themselves, but they did just the opposite. Their 11-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays yesterday afternoon at Camden Yards completed a three-game sweep and closed out the 2 1/2-week divisional run with a 3-13 record that all but ended any hope of salvaging a lost season.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | March 3, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- He is 25 with three years of professional experience and hears his career clock ticking. Because of it, in addition to tightening his swing, accepting a few ground balls at first base and granting a disproportionate number of interviews for a minor-league infielder, Ryan Minor must devote spring training to practicing patience.The former NBA draftee and last year's camp phenom now finds himself hindered by roster considerations and a troubled '98 season lowlighted by 152 strikeouts, frustrating lapses in power and perhaps unrealistic expectations.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1999
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Orioles and third baseman Willis Otanez officially parted ways yesterday when the Toronto Blue Jays claimed the 26-year-old rookie off waivers.The loss was noted by a number of Otanez's ex-teammates but manager Ray Miller downplayed the significance of his transferring to an American League East foe. The Orioles obtained Otanez through a waiver claim after the 1996 season and were resigned to losing him in the same manner when they attempted to remove him from the major-league roster earlier this week.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | February 13, 1996
The Orioles made what figures to be their final off-season acquisition yesterday, claiming 22-year-old third base prospect Willis Otanez off waivers from the Seattle Mariners' organization.Otanez hit 19 home runs for Single-A Vero Beach in 1994 and reached Double-A with the Los Angeles Dodgers last year. He went to the Mariners in the deal that sent veteran Mike Blowers to the Dodgers Nov. 29.The acquisition filled the final spot on the Orioles' 40-man roster. The club opens spring training this week, with pitchers and catchers reporting to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Thursday and the first pitcher/catcher workout scheduled for Friday.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | August 28, 1998
CHICAGO -- As promised, manager Ray Miller closed the clubhouse about two hours before last night's game to remind his players of the importance of remaining professional, whether in a pennant race or not.The 10-minute meeting provided Miller a forum to express his displeasure over the team's performance while losing five of its previous six games, effectively removing it from any pursuit of the wild-card-leading Boston Red Sox, who lead the Orioles by...
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Though the Orioles refuse to confirm any linkage, the future of longtime catcher Chris Hoiles appears woven to the team's willingness to retain rookie Willis Otanez as its right-handed designated hitter and backup corner infielder.Hoiles acknowledged after yesterday's exhibition tie against the Boston Red Sox that he is uncertain about his status and hasn't spoken with manager Ray Miller since Feb. 21. No longer able to handle the rigors of catching because of a degenerative hip condition, Hoiles conceded he will retire if the Orioles release him and has no plans to play beyond the 1999 season.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1999
CLEVELAND -- Ray Miller said he would waste no time getting Cal Ripken back into the Orioles' lineup once the third baseman is activated. What he left unsaid is that rookie Willis Otanez hasn't exactly claimed the position in the Iron Man's absence.In the throes of an 8-for-51 (.157) slump, Otanez sat out last night in part because his manager believes the slump has begun to affect his defensive play as well. "He hasn't been reacting," Miller said.Sensing that Otanez is pressing, Miller gave Jeff Reboulet the start at third last night, as he had tried to do the past two games before scratching second baseman Delino DeShields from the lineup.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | April 3, 1999
ATLANTA -- The Orioles will place starting pitcher Scott Kamieniecki and second baseman Delino DeShields on the disabled list today retroactively and now concede that Kamieniecki will be out of the starting rotation until at least the end of the month.In order to backdate injuries [to March 25 in the two Orioles' case], teams must place players on the disabled list by 12 tonight. There has been no question about either player's status to open the season, but the duration of Kamieniecki's unavailability due to a strained hamstring remains a riddle.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 26, 1999
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Admitting a failed project, the Orioles yesterday made room for first baseman Will Clark's return to active duty by designating 26-year-old rookie third baseman Willis Otanez for assignment. The move, announced after the club completed Monday's six-hour trek from Baltimore to Orange County, Calif., effectively severs Otanez's ties to the organization one season after he drove in 100 runs at Triple-A Rochester and less than two months after the club exposed its delicate pitching staff in order to protect him from a waiver claim.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 12, 1999
CLEVELAND -- Ray Miller said he would waste no time getting Cal Ripken back into the Orioles' lineup once the third baseman is activated. What he left unsaid is that rookie Willis Otanez hasn't exactly claimed the position in the Iron Man's absence.In the throes of an 8-for-51 (.157) slump, Otanez sat out last night in part because his manager believes the slump has begun to affect his defensive play as well. "He hasn't been reacting," Miller said.Sensing that Otanez is pressing, Miller gave Jeff Reboulet the start at third last night, as he had tried to do the past two games before scratching second baseman Delino DeShields from the lineup.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 11, 1999
CLEVELAND -- In a game the Orioles frequently led but never controlled, it took Roberto Alomar only four plate appearances to remind his former team of his worth.The former Orioles second baseman capped a night of quick comebacks by his new team with a seventh-inning sacrifice fly that broke a tie and sent the Cleveland Indians toward a 6-4 win before 40,615 at Jacobs Field. Alomar insisted before the game there were no hard feelings. So why did the Orioles leave the game bruised?Ask Juan Guzman.
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By Ken Rosenthal | April 10, 1999
It's about time Cal Ripken stopped dogging it, got his butt out of the training room and started earning his money. (That, dear reader, was a joke. A tongue-in-cheek opening. A real back-slapper -- check that, rib-tickler).Seriously, who ever thought it would be news for Ripken to be in the Orioles' lineup?Such was the case last night, when the Iron Man started at third base after missing consecutive games for the first time since, oh, September 1981.The game began in a light rain and 49-degree temperatures after a rain delay of 1 hour and 35 minutes.
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