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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2014
Calvert Hall outfielder Troy Stokes was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Friday afternoon. Stokes went 116th overall. He was an All-Metro first-team selection this season, and batted .325 with four doubles and three home runs for the No. 4 Cardinals. Asked what his initial reaction was upon hearing the news, Stokes said: “Just a big smile.” Stokes is committed to play at Maryland next season. He said on Friday that he's not ready to comment on whether he'll go to school or head to the minor leagues, adding that he will make his decision within the next couple of days with the help of his family.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
Orioles minor league outfielder Mike Yastrzemski was promoted to Double-A Bowie on Wednesday, Single-A Frederick announced, making him the club's first 2013 draft pick to reach that level. Yastrzemski, who is the grandson of Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, hit .312/.364/.462 with a home run and 19 RBIs in 23 games for the Keys, highlighted by a cycle on July 5 against Lynchburg. He was promoted to the Keys on June 19, after earning a South Atlantic League All-Star nod with a .306/.365/.554 batting line for Low-A Delmarva.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
The Orioles have outrighted outfielder Steve Pearce to Triple-A Norfolk, the team announced today. Pearce spent two separate stints with the Orioles last season, hitting .254/.321/.437 in 28 games with the big league club. He also spent time with the Houston Astros and New York Yankees last season. The Orioles signed Pearce to a major-league contract just before last month's deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players. So the move could be an indicator that the Orioles need Pearce's 40-man roster spot to make an upcoming move.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
There's a distinct dichotomy that surrounds Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in Baltimore. He is the club's most consistent performer and surely one of its most ardent community ambassadors. His No. 10 jersey is the most prevalent on any given night in the stands at Camden Yards. On a team known for its grittiness, no one plays harder or more often. On Monday night, Jones competed in the annual Home Run Derby, hitting three home runs in the second round but didn't advance to the final. On Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis, Jones will join teammates Nelson Cruz and the injured Matt Wieters - all of whom were elected to start by the fans - in representing the Orioles at baseball's annual All-Star Game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2012
The Orioles have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with Cuban outfielder Henry Urrutia, a club source has confirmed. The 25-year-old Urrutia received a signing bonus of $778,500. Executive vice president Dan Duquette said the team hasn't officially signed Urrutia, but he said the player was taking a physical. "We like him. He is a good hitter," Duquette said. "He's had several good years in Cuba. He's established residency in Haiti. Currently, he is in the Dominican.” While Urrutia didn't draw the attention that fellow Cuban defector outfielders Yoenis Cespedes and Jorge Soler did -- he doesn't project to have the upside of the other two -- the 6-foot-3, 180-pound corner outfielder is still one of the top players available out of Cuba.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
The Orioles are close to signing outfielder Francisco Peguero, according to an industry source. A deal is not complete and there are several teams interested in the 25-year-old, the source said Tuesday afternoon. Peguero, who was designated for assignment by the San Francisco Giants last week and non-tendered on Monday, spent most of the past season at Triple-A Fresno, hitting .316/.354/.408 in 70 games and playing at all three outfield positions. He missed 12 games after a concussion in June.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2013
BOSTON - Outfielder Chris Dickerson, who was abruptly removed in the first inning of Tuesday's game at Triple-A Norfolk, will join the Orioles Wednesday in Boston. A corresponding 25-man roster move to add Dickerson is uncertain. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday he was optimistic outfielder Nolan Reimold, who left Sunday's game with a right hamstring injury, could avoid a disabled list stint with Tuesday's off day and a right-hander pitcher slated to pitch for Boston on Wednesday - which would give the right-handed hitting Reimold two extra days off. Since Dickerson is under a minor league contract, the Orioles would need to add him to the 40-man roster.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Orioles are pushing to add another outfielder, and if they can't re-sign free agent left fielder Nate McLouth, they are trolling for other options, including former New York Yankees first baseman-outfielder Nick Swisher and former Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Nate Schierholtz. During the second day of baseball's annual winter meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he met with about a half dozen representatives of free agents and another five teams about potential trades.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
He's the forgotten Oriole, one who helped the club soar in 1966 and then fell off the radar. Brooks, Frank and Boog were stars in that championship season. But who remembers Russ Snyder? "I had a pretty good year, too," said Snyder, 79. Did he ever. A slap-hitting, sharp-fielding outfielder, Snyder batted .306 for the World Series champion Orioles that year. He led the American League in hitting (.347) at the All-Star break. His glove served the team down the stretch.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
Outfielder Chris Dickerson will remain in the Orioles organization as the club announced it has outrighted him to Triple-A Norfolk. Dickerson cleared waivers Sunday afternoon and could have refused the assignment to Norfolk. But the Orioles wanted to keep Dickerson -- who plays all three outfield positions -- for his versatility. And Dickerson knows that he can be back in the majors quickly, considering the Orioles make so many roster moves. The Orioles had previously been trying to deal Dickerson, who was designated for assignment July 19. Dickerson recorded a .245/.274/.412 line with four homers and 13 RBIs in 46 games, primarily as a left-handed designated hitter.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Nelson Cruz presents a deep rooting dilemma for the modern baseball fan. Is the Orioles outfielder the well-mannered son of teachers who built himself into a slugger step by painstaking step? In this version of the story, Cruz is the perfect baseball hero - a humble guy from the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic with Popeye forearms and a beatific countenance, one who belts home runs at a league-leading pace and still takes time to say hello to his young fans. Or is he just another in the stained mass of baseball stars who seemingly took the easy way out by turning to performance-enhancing drugs?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
BOSTON - Three days after designating him for assignment, the Orioles placed outfielder Nolan Reimold on waivers Friday, according to an industry source. It's likely no coincidence that the club placed Reimold, who was on the 60-day disabled list and is returning from his second neck surgery, on waivers over the holiday weekend. Clubs have 48 hours to place a claim on him before he clears at 1 p.m. Sunday. If another club claims Reimold, it must pick up what remains of his $1.025 million salary for this season, which is roughly $500,000.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Nelson Cruz thought he had his 27th home run of the season in the second inning Wednesday night when Texas Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin leaped at the wall and pulled the ball back in what arguably was the year's best defensive play at Camden Yards so far. A few hours later, Cruz received a text. “I'm Sorry,” Martin wrote. Cruz laughed. “I said, 'Don't be sorry. It's OK. It's part of the game,' ” Cruz said. “He's out there competing and trying to win. We'll be friends no matter what.” Cruz and Martin played parts of three seasons together in Texas; they still keep in touch.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Nolan Reimold has reached the end of his 20-day injury rehabilitation assignment, but the Orioles have yet to decide whether they will designate the outfielder for assignment or add him to the club's 25-man active roster, executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday. Reimold, 30, remains on the 60-day major league disabled list after finishing his rehab stint Sunday. He had been recovering from complications surrounding corrective neck surgery last July. “We're still talking to Nolan and trying to figure out a way to keep him with the ballclub,” Duquette said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
BOWIE -- Nolan Reimold has a reason to be optimistic again. Reimold, who has spent most of the past three seasons clinging to small victories with his health and hoping to eventually put his injury-plagued past behind him, is currently in the final days of a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Bowie. And he said recently that he feels "a lot better. " The 30-year-old outfielder's 20-game rehab assignment window ends Sunday, so the Orioles almost certainly need to find a way to add him to the 25-man roster on Monday to keep him in the organization.
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The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
Despite a slow start to the season away from Ripken Stadium, short-season Single-A Aberdeen will receive a lot of attention when the club returns home this weekend. After going 1-5 on a six-game road trip to begin the year, the IronBirds will host Brooklyn in a 7:35 p.m. game Friday. On Saturday night, top prospect Dylan Bundy will pitch for Aberdeen. And there will be a new "Ripken orange" glow in the outfield. The IronBirds, who changed their colors this season to match the Orioles' orange-and-black scheme , completed the installation of orange padding -- called "Ripken orange" in a news release -- on the outfield fence at the ballpark Thursday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2012
Former Orioles outfielder Danny Clyburn was shot and killed early this morning in his home town of Lancaster, S.C., according to a report in the Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald. According to police reports, Clyburn, who played sparingly for the Orioles in 1997 and 1998, was seen by witnesses arguing with a man shortly before he was shot. He was found dead in the front yard of a home at 2 a.m. Derrick Lamont Mcilwain, 36, has been arrested and charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2013
Outfielder Chris Dickerson cleared waivers Sunday and can now be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk by the Orioles, according to an industry source. Dickerson, who was placed on outright waivers Friday, can choose to not accept the minor league assignment and can elect free agency, which would allow him to sign with any club. The Orioles, however, are now attempting to keep Dickerson in the organization, according to a source. Because he can play all three outfield positions, he adds valuable defensive versatility in the minors and would be a call away from getting back to the majors.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
When you play nine seasons with one club, and you are a career .293 hitter, eventually you are going to start moving up the organization's all-time lists. With a single in the first inning and a double in the seventh Thursday, right fielder Nick Markakis tied and then passed former teammate Brian Roberts for seventh on the Orioles' all-time hits list with 1,453. Next up for Markakis is sixth place and longtime right fielder Ken Singleton, who leads Markakis by two hits. The rest of the list is a "who's who" in Orioles' lore: Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is the organization's all-time leader with 3,184 hits.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and catcher Matt Wieters continue to lead their respective positions in American League All-Star voting, according to fan balloting figures released Sunday night. Center fielder Adam Jones jumped from sixth to fourth among AL outfielders, and he is on the cusp of being one of the leaders at his position. The top three outfielders in votes start the game. Jones has 820,336 votes, trailing Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera (1,096,784) for the third spot.
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