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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
The Orioles raised some eyebrows when reliever Pedro Strop was seen taking grounders at shortstop and making throwing to first before Wednesday's game. Strop, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain, was signed out of the Dominican Republic as a shortstop and was converted into a pitcher as a minor leaguer in the Colorado Rockies system. But the Orioles have no plans to return Strop to his original position. The drill, which Strop said was the idea of pitching coach Rick Adair, was performed in order for Strop to repeat his natural throwing motion.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
CHICAGO -  Former Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta said it was different pitching against his old team Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, facing so many familiar faces for the first time. Arrieta was a home-grown Oriole, once a can't-miss piece of the club's vaunted “calvary” group of young pitchers. But he struggled to find consistency in an Orioles uniform, leading to a trade that sent him to the Chicago Cubs in July 2013. But now Arrieta is flourishing with his new team, and on Friday he stifled the Orioles' bats, allowing just one run on four hits over seven innings in a 4-1 Orioles' loss to the Cubs, snapping the Orioles' four-game winning streak.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2013
One of Wilson Betemit's best friends in the Orioles' clubhouse is fellow Dominican native Pedro Strop. Strop talked about what it was like to watch his friend crumble to the ground after the fifth inning Monday and then be carted off the field with a ligament sprain in his right knee. Betemit had homered in the game and had six RBIs in his past two contests. “It was hard for me because we are always talking in the offseason, we are in contact, and I know how hard he worked this offseason to get his swing ready and everything," Strop said.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
The Orioles added another reliever to their roster on Friday, but also learned that two members of the 2013 club have gone elsewhere, including fan favorite Nate McLouth. According to sources, the Orioles on Friday signed right-handed reliever Ryan Webb to a two-year, $4.5 million deal, pending a physical, but lost left fielder McLouth to the Washington Nationals and right-hander Scott Feldman to the Houston Astros. McLouth, who had spent the last season and a half with the Orioles, agreed to a two-year, $10.75 million deal that includes a $6.5 million option for 2016, pending a physical, according to an industry source.
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By Everett Cook and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2012
In the eighth inning of the Orioles' 5-3 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday night, home plate umpire Mike Everitt looked over to Boston's dugout and ejected Adrian Gonzalez, who had just grounded out to lead off the inning. Everitt didn't like what he heard from the dugout, and Boston manager Bobby Valentine was also forced to leave the game shortly after. But the chirping from the dugout wasn't because of balls and strikes. Rather, it was because of a pitching maneuver O's reliever Pedro Strop had just pulled on Gonzalez.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
For all the important moments in Thursday's victory, two in particular stood out. Pedro Strop's two scoreless innings for the win and Jim Johnson's perfect 13th for the save. Johnson had just blown Game 3's save by allowing a homer to Raul Ibanez in the ninth. He also gave up four runs - including a Russell Martin homer - in the ninth in Game 1. He admitted he badly wanted the ball as soon as possible. “Yeah, it was the same response from Game 1 to Game 2. You want the ball right away,” Johnson said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2012
Following Pedro Strop's forgettable eighth-inning performance in the Orioles' 10-6 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night, the right-handed setup man immediately retreated to the clubhouse film room to review his performance. Nobody needs to tell the 27-year-old reliever that he isn't pitching well. Despite some unsettling wildness, Strop's 23 holds are tied for fifth-most in the American League. But he has blown leads in two of his last three outings, both against the Yankees.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
Orioles setup man Pedro Strop probably won't get any opportunities to close games for the Dominican team during the World Baseball Classic. “I don't think so," he said, “since we have Fernando Rodney and [Santiago] Casilla from the Giants," Strop said. “It's a pretty good bullpen.” Might be the best in the WBC. Rodney had 48 saves for the Tampa Bay Rays last year and an otherworldly 0.60 ERA, a record for relievers. Casilla saved 25 games for the World Series champions.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2013
Orioles reliever Pedro Strop said he's never lost his confidence even through some rough outings in the first three weeks of the season. And the Orioles' confidence in Strop to preserve a one-run lead in the eighth inning of their 4-3 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night was rewarded in turn. “That was huge because that was the game right there,” Strop said afterward. “I've been struggling lately and that's good to have some confidence back, and I feel even better because I gave my team the opportunity to win. Who knows?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Orioles right-handed reliever Pedro Strop, who will pitch for the Dominican Republic in this spring's World Baseball Classic, said choosing to participate in the WBC was an easy decision. While Orioles teammates Jim Johnson (United States) and Miguel Gonzalez (Mexico) have deciding to decline invitations to pitch in the WBC in order to stay in camp with the Orioles, Strop said he prepared to pitch in the tournament from the time last season ended. “I had a plan right after the season was over,” Strop said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2013
Scott Feldman pitched his last game of the season Friday. It was both his shortest and worst as an Oriole: He allowed eight earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in the Orioles' 12-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Now the question becomes whether this was Feldman's last start as an Oriole. He was acquired in July from the Chicago Cubs along with Steve Clevenger for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop and international signing bonus slots. At the time, the Orioles knew he could become a free agent at season's end. They also knew what they were getting: a strong competitor and easygoing personality who didn't do anything flashy but normally kept his club in games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
Right-hander Scott Feldman's home debut for the Orioles on Monday wasn't nearly as strong as his team debut last week in Chicago. But it wasn't as bad as the stat-line would indicate. Feldman, who was acquired from the Chicago Cubs on June 25 in a deal that sent Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to the Cubs, allowed seven runs on nine hits and one walk in 5 1/3 innings in a 8-5 loss to his original team, the Texas Rangers. “I wasn't too good,” Feldman said. “Got an early lead there and wasn't able to hold it down … That stings a little bit to have a big inning like [the six-run sixth]
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Baltimore Sun staff | July 3, 2013
Here's a roundup of what national media outlets are saying about the Orioles-Cubs trade, which sent pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger to Baltimore in exchange for pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. ** CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler says that acquiring Feldman doesn't make the Orioles AL East favorites, but it should help them get to October . They're 29th in baseball in team ERA. They need pitching. They need another starter they can count on. Feldman gives them that.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2013
CHICAGO - The Orioles made the first chess move of the trade deadline season on Tuesday afternoon - simultaneously showing they are committed to building for a deep playoff run this year - acquiring right-hander Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs along with catcher Steve Clevenger for right-handed pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop. Feldman, who was 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts with the Cubs, will bolster an Orioles starting rotation that owns a 4.79 ERA, ranked 27th of 30 major league teams.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2013
Jake Arrieta, who was dealt to the Chicago Cubs today along with reliever Pedro Strop for pitcher Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger, was on his way to the Norfolk clubhouse to meet with some his teammates and say goodbye before packing and leaving for Triple-A Iowa, when he returned a phone call. He said he expects to throw a bullpen session at Iowa and make a couple starts there before the Cubs decide whether he'll be coming up to the big leagues. Arrieta was considered an ace of the future and was the Orioles' Opening Day starter in 2012, but he couldn't maintain consistency and was shuttled back and forth from the minors.
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July 2, 2013
The Orioles have traded right-handers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to the Chicago Cubs for right-hander Scott Feldman and catcher Steve Clevenger (Mount St. Joseph). Here's some reaction on the move. Dan Connolly, Orioles/baseball reporter: The Orioles wanted another proven starter with playoff experience if possible. They got him in Scott Feldman, a big right-hander who has been on their radar pretty much since Buck Showalter joined the Orioles. Feldman pitched for Showalter in Texas and the manager loves the guy's attitude.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2013
Reliever Pedro Strop, who threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings for the Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic championship team, was back with the Orioles on Thursday, doling out hugs to teammates while grinning non-stop. “It was unbelievable. I don't even know how to describe this experience, an unbelievable feeling,” said Strop, who was 3-0 with two holds in the tournament in which the Dominican didn't lose a game. “That's the only thing I can say.” Strop flew back from San Francisco on Wednesday night, slept until the late morning and was at the park Thursday afternoon.
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Kevin Cowherd | June 12, 2013
Forget the goofy way he wears his cap - Pedro Strop has bigger issues to deal with right now. But before Orioles fans jump all over him and the Twitterverse smacks him around like a pinata for days, know this: he's probably not going anywhere. At least not right now. Not with that blazing fastball and the great arsenal of pitches that can make batters look silly when he's going well. Not with the fact that he's out of options and that the Orioles need all the relief help they can get. Yes, Strop looked awful again Wednesday in the Orioles' ugly 9-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
TORONTO -- Yes, the Orioles' 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays on Friday night was a tough one to swallow. But let's remember that this road trip began with a tough loss to the Tigers in Detroit -- Max Scherzer dominated and Jake Arrieta struggled -- but the Orioles rebounded to take the final two games of the series. Pedro Strop will take a lot of blame for the loss, but let's also remember that he threw just three pitches and allowed one base hit. He probably doesn't deserve very much of it. The game turned on Munenori Kawasaki's two-run homers in the seventh.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2013
TORONTO - Inside a mostly empty Orioles clubhouse Friday night, reliever Tommy Hunter replayed out loud the at-bat that shifted momentum in their 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. “I'm going to throw it again tomorrow,” Hunter said of the 1-1 cutter he threw to Blue Jays light-hitting shortstop Munenori Kawasaki that landed over the right-field fence for his first major league home run. “We'll just come back tomorrow. We're not down. That's definitely not the way we are. We'll bounce back.
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