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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones glides through the home clubhouse in a T-shirt and basketball shorts, razzing everyone he passes with a bellowing voice and an even louder cackle. On the other side of the room is right fielder Nick Markakis, sitting quietly at his locker, rarely looking up. Markakis' choice of nonbaseball duds is often tan and green camouflage. Earlier this season Markakis walked into Camden Yards in head-to-toe camo, looking as if he had just vacated a tree stand in the woods.
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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
When the Orioles clinch their first division title in 17 years, outfielder Delmon Young will be in the middle of another postseason celebration - his sixth in six years with four different teams. “I've been fortunate enough to be on teams where you have good players, good managers, a good front office, good young players that come up and a knack for winning,” said Young, who has batted .288 with seven homers in 77 games with the Orioles through Monday. Heading into this season, the Cleveland Indians' Nick Swisher had the longest playoff streak among active players with six consecutive from 2008 to 2013, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
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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 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 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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Eight games is not a large sample size, so we can't go overboard with this. It's possible that by the time the postseason rolls around, Alejandro De Aza will have fallen back to earth and to mere mortal numbers as an Oriole. But for now, De Aza, the left-handed-hitting outfielder the Orioles acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 30, has exceeded all expectations. Perhaps more importantly, he has been exactly what the Orioles were missing: a left-handed-hitting outfielder who can get on base consistently and do some damage once he's there.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
Eight games is not a large sample size, so we can't go overboard with this. It's possible that by the time the postseason rolls around, Alejandro De Aza will have fallen back to earth and to mere mortal numbers as an Oriole. But for now, De Aza, the left-handed-hitting outfielder the Orioles acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 30, has exceeded all expectations. Perhaps more importantly, he has been exactly what the Orioles were missing: a left-handed-hitting outfielder who can get on base consistently and do some damage once he's there.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter had hoped to get trade acquisition Alejandro De Aza into the starting lineup Sunday, especially since he had previous success against Minnesota Twins starter Ricky Nolasco. But De Aza, who is 3-for-9 with two home runs in his career against Nolasco, was delayed when he missed his flight to Baltimore from Chicago. De Aza arrived on a later flight, and he was in the Orioles dugout by the fourth inning. “I missed the flight, and once I missed the flight, I knew I was going to be late, so I just called and let them know,” De Aza said after the game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
In scouring the trade waiver wire, the Orioles hoped to add a left-handed bat to balance their righty-dominated lineup. The club accomplished that on Saturday by acquiring veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league right-handed pitchers Miguel Chalas and Mark Blackmar. De Aza, 30, spent the past five seasons with the White Sox and hit .246/.312/.358 with five homers and 31 RBIs in 121 games with Chicago this season. Last season, De Aza set career highs in homers (17)
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
BOWIE -- As a free-agent outfielder playing in Venezuela last winter, Adam Loewen hoped to show enough to earn a chance in spring training. And then he realized that his best shot to get back to the major leagues might be what originally got him there: his prized left arm. Now with the Reading Fightin Phils, the Philadelphia Phillies' Double-A affiliate, Loewen came with his team to Double-A Bowie this week. "It's like I'm starting over every five years at something different," Loewen said Tuesday.
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Sports Digest | August 20, 2014
Former Orioles and current Washington Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday to repair a torn right labrum. The Nationals feared the veteran's lingering shoulder injury was bad when it didn't respond as well as expected to rest and treatment, and recent doctors' evaluations and an X-ray with contrast dye revealed the tear. McLouth has been playing with a hurt labrum all season, manager Matt Williams said, but the symptoms worsened when he made a diving attempt for a triple late last month.
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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 | 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, 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 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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