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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Writer | August 4, 1992
Orioles catcher Chris Hoiles said "it would have been nice to see how this year would have turned out" had he played a full season.But no one will ever know what kind of numbers Hoiles would have produced had his right wrist not been broken by a pitch from Tim Leary during a June 21 game in which the New York Yankees pitcher was accused of doctoring the baseball.All the Orioles' No. 1 catcher wants now is to get back into the pennant race. He could be there by the middle of this month."It will be fun coming back in this environment," Hoiles said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2013
It must be August. Following the Orioles' 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night, first baseman Chris Davis conducted his postgame interview standing by his locker with his eyes fixed on one of the clubhouse televisions, watching the end of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners. In mid-sentence he broke from a thought. “Don't tell me they just won,” he said as the Red Sox completed a win over Seattle with a six-run ninth inning with a walk-off hit at Fenway Park.
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By Michael Reeb and Michael Reeb,Sun Staff Writer | July 26, 1994
Divisional races and work stoppages or not, runners will get their crack at a pennant run next month.It won't matter if the Orioles are in the chase for the American League East title.It won't matter particularly if the Major League Baseball Players Association is involved in a work stoppage.New on the calendar for racing enthusiasts and more casual runners -- and at a tolerable summertime distance -- is the Pennant Race 5K.The Aug. 13 race, which has an 8 a.m. start, will begin and finish at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
The Orioles will unveil a bronze sculpture of Cal Ripken Jr. at Camden Yards on Thursday, the 17th anniversary of the day Ripken broke Lou Gehrig's record for consecutive games played. There was probably a time early in the season when fans expected the Ripken unveiling - the fifth in a series of six honoring the club's greats - to be the only bright spot in another dreary September of Orioles baseball. But in a twist that has shocked the baseball world, the current team is an even better story than the nostalgia.
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By George Vecsey and George Vecsey,New York Times News Service | August 17, 1993
Take a look around you. This is a pennant race. This is the last one.Take a good look. There are people who wished they had taken one last look at Ebbets Field or Pennsylvania Station or the American buffalo herds, to commit them to memory before the money people tore them down or drove them over the cliffs.Take a good look at the four teams scrambling for one place in the championship rounds. Winners only. Losers go home. This is the last time. Mediocrity arrives in 1994.We are observers of the last hurrah of that unique baseball institution known as the pennant race.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | September 12, 1996
This could be the season that finally earns Rafael Palmeiro national attention.Palmeiro already has shattered his season high for RBIs with 130, and his 35 homers is four shy of his career best. But in the past his individual statistics alone were overlooked.The difference this year is that the Orioles are winning.Orioles manager Davey Johnson said he believes Palmeiro will get some consideration for the American League Most Valuable Player Award this year, though he concedes Seattle shortstop Alex Rodriguez is a more worthy choice.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | September 25, 1996
Manager Davey Johnson fears B. J. Surhoff's monthlong slump may be a result of him pressing in the pennant race.Surhoff, a longtime Milwaukee Brewer playing in his first postseason chase, is hitting .274 in September, but has just three extra-base hits (two doubles and one triple) and seven RBIs. Surhoff had just seven extra-base hits since Aug. 8 before doubling in the ninth inning last night.Surhoff is among the most intense Orioles and one of the hardest-working players, but Johnson says that could hinder Surhoff.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | September 4, 1995
They might as well be the Washington Generals, the guys that nobody came to see when the Harlem Globetrotters were in town. The California Angels are here to break out of a lengthy slump -- they've lost nine straight and 12 of 13 -- and continue their surprising run for the American League West title, but they will be little more than scenery to the sellout crowds that pack Camden Yards tomorrow and Wednesday.The Angels are one of the most watchable teams in baseball, with a youthful lineup that has terrorized AL pitching all season, but they know that everybody is coming to see Cal Ripken tie and break Lou Gehrig's "unbreakable" record for consecutive games.
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September 15, 1999
Quote: "I've been facing teams in the pennant race and they've been taking care of me. When they're in a pennant race, you've got to understand they're not going to give me too much to hit."Sammy Sosa of the Cubs, who has gone 19 at-bats without a home run. It's a fact: Cubs third baseman Gary Gaetti needs to see action in six more games to become the 40th player in history to appear in 2,500 contests.Who's hot: Mets starters are 44-17 in their past 61 decisions.Who's not: The Phillies have lost 11 straight.
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September 2, 2003
Who's hot The Giants, who have won 10 of 13, are 30 games above .500 (83-53) for the first time since 1993. Who's not Jason Giambi of the Yankees is in an 0-for-24 slump, the longest of his career. Line of the day Trot Nixon, Red Sox RF AB R H RBI HR 4 1 3 6 1 He said it It's nice to be back. It's home, and we're in a pennant race. As a player, those are two most exciting things you can have." Jeff Conine, newest Marlin, returning to his team from 1993-1997 On deck The Blue Jays will unveil a new logo today that will be used next season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2012
Joe Saunders, who was acquired Sunday in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was in the Orioles' clubhouse today and will make his O's debut against the Chicago White Sox tomorrow at Camden Yards. The Northern Virginia native said there will probably be 20 to 25 people coming to Wednesday's game to see him. Here's part of his interview before Tuesday's game.     What was your initial reaction to the trade? “I was excited, excited to come to a contending team. They have a good thing going over here, so I'm just looking to contribute the most I can.” Will there be an adjustment coming back to the AL?
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2010
Try to imagine it: a Sunday afternoon in late September, and not one so far away that it feels like a fantasy. Another sweltering Baltimore summer has dissipated, and in the cool autumn breeze you can smell fresh grass and meat on the grill. You're full of nervous energy because, as is the case today back in real life, it's the day of the Ravens home opener at M&T Bank Stadium. Maybe you're even heading to the stadium, ready to tailgate. But something is distracting you. It's stirring up old feelings, emotions so dormant you almost forgot you once had them.
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By Phil Rogers | September 12, 2010
Way back when, in the ancient era known as the All-Star break, there was talk of a serious Triple Crown challenge in 2010. Turns out we were right, just not quite dead on. The focus of attention at midseason was the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera. He has continued to have a fine season, but the Blue Jays' Juan Bautista is lapping him in the home run race, as is the Rangers' Josh Hamilton in the batting race. The situation in the National League, however, is fascinating.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,candy.thomson@baltsun.com | September 29, 2009
The day began 20 years ago with overcast skies and wisps of fog, a Friday. Despite the fact that the weekend is not expected to brighten, Baltimore baseball fans bask in a warm glow that has been building since April. Their team, the American League cellar-dweller just a year earlier, has a chance to win the pennant. Just one game back of the Toronto Blue Jays with three to play, the Orioles need a sweep at SkyDome to make everyone forget about the previous season, the one that began with 21 losses and ended with 107. "From the beginning, everybody figured they didn't have a chance," recalls Peter Angelos, still nearly four years away from becoming the owner.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | September 3, 2005
Four teams separated by three games. All in the same division. All chasing the same wild-card spot. On the downside for the Washington Nationals, entering last night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, they sat at the bottom of the National League East, the only division in baseball with all its teams in the playoff hunt. The Atlanta Braves entered last night's play with a four-game lead in the East. On the upside, they're home to play 10 games against three of the teams above them.
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September 2, 2003
Who's hot The Giants, who have won 10 of 13, are 30 games above .500 (83-53) for the first time since 1993. Who's not Jason Giambi of the Yankees is in an 0-for-24 slump, the longest of his career. Line of the day Trot Nixon, Red Sox RF AB R H RBI HR 4 1 3 6 1 He said it It's nice to be back. It's home, and we're in a pennant race. As a player, those are two most exciting things you can have." Jeff Conine, newest Marlin, returning to his team from 1993-1997 On deck The Blue Jays will unveil a new logo today that will be used next season.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 13, 2001
Major-league ballparks will remain closed at least through today as baseball officials ponder the complex humanitarian and logistical issues surrounding the resumption of the regular season in the wake of Tuesday's horrific terrorist attacks. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig yesterday announced the postponement of 30 more games - marking the first time since World War I that the baseball season has been suspended for more than one day for reasons other than labor unrest. "Major League Baseball remains very sensitive to the aftereffects of the terrible tragedy that has struck our nation," Selig said.
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June 16, 2000
Quote: "Now we know how other teams feel. I've been here since 1990 and have never really been in a pennant race." - Cleveland's veteran catcher Sandy Alomar, on trailing the hot White Sox by five games. It's a fact: The White Sox became the AL's first 40-win team with their first sweep at Jacobs Field and first in Cleveland since the final games at old Cleveland Stadium in 1993. Who's hot: Tampa Bay's Fred McGriff has four homers and 11 RBIs in nine games against Anaheim. Who's not: Detroit's Juan Gonzalez is hearing boo-birds at home after going 0-for-5 against Toronto Wednesday night.
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