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By Lori Van Lonkhuyzen and Lori Van Lonkhuyzen,Sun Staff Writer | July 7, 1994
Preparation that meets opportunity.These are the words that dictate Dwight Smith's life.As a constant reminder, Smith keeps this motto in his locker on a crinkled piece of folded Orioles stationery. It is his reminder that luck doesn't exist. Success is achieved only by hard work."In baseball, we play every day; there's no such thing as luck," Smith said. "You better have skill."Smith's philosophies are from the dirt and sweat school of thought. He believes in reaping benefits from a job well done.
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By Andy McCullough and The Kansas City Star | October 8, 2014
The fastest man in baseball drives with caution. When Terrance Gore was a sophomore in high school, his mother spent about $500 on a 1980 El Camino, and her son restored it with care. He painted the car candy apple red, upgraded the engine and installed 22-inch chrome rims. “That's my baby,” Gore said. He treats his wheels with reverence. The vehicle resides under cover at his home in Georgia. No one is allowed to drive it. Gore expected to return home to his car after the minor-league season ended.
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By Gilbert A. Lewthwait and Gilbert A. Lewthwait,Washington Bureau | June 21, 1992
Washington -- Feeling the financial pinch? Join Brian and Maggie Nichols, Paul Lurz, Daniel and Jennifer Vibbert, and millions of other Americans.All are victims of a downward trend in spending power that is creating a squeeze on individual and family budgets and hampering the nation's economic recovery.Three forces are at work: a long-term and widespread decline in inflation-adjusted earnings over recent years; a dramatic increase in the number of workers now being forced to settle for lower pay after losing better jobs; and the continuing impact of the recent recession.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
WASHINGTON -- With Orioles sluggers Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz struggling, veteran Delmon Young has been getting more playing time in the second half of the season. Without a designated hitter available in Monday's interleague makeup game at Nationals Park, though, Young was back on the bench -- where he might be an even more dangerous weapon. In the Orioles' 7-3 win against the Nationals, Young had a huge pinch-hit single in a three-run seventh inning that gave his club a lead it never relinquished.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent Knight-Ridder News Service contributed to this article | October 15, 1991
ATLANTA -- Jim Leyland never hesitated.With a runner on third base, two out, his team leading, 1-0 and left-handed slugger David Justice due up first in the bottom of the ninth inning, Leyland allowed relief pitcher Roger Mason to bat yesterday.Mason had two at-bats in the major leagues this season, a wal and a sacrifice. Why not go for a pinch hitter, a better chance at a second run and then a left-handed reliever?"I just think that he [Mason] has the pitches to face the left-handers, and I feel totally confident he is going to throw strikes," said the Pittsburgh Pirates manager.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | September 28, 1995
He didn't have enough at-bats to qualify, of course, but Curt Motton was batting .360, higher than American League leader Rod Carew, and the Orioles were gleeful about it.Imagine a reserve outfielder and right-handed pinch hitter challenging for the batting title.In the Orioles' kangaroo court in the clubhouse on that August day in 1969, the judge, Frank Robinson, suggested that the players petition manager Earl Weaver to play Motton in the remaining 42 games so that he would have enough at-bats to qualify.
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By Rich Scherr and Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 20, 2000
In a game laden with memorable plays, Liberty's Greg Garey yesterday gave himself the memory of a lifetime. Called upon to pinch hit with his team trailing by two and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, the reserve outfielder stepped off the bench and into the headlines, hitting a game-winning three-run double to the gap in right-center to lift the host Lions to a dramatic 7-6 win over North Carroll. It was a most fitting way to end an emotional roller coaster of a battle, which saw the Panthers, down 4-1 at one point, tie it in the seventh on David Doarnberger's two-out, two-run homer, then take a 6-4 lead in the ninth by sending eight batters to the plate.
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By Bill Free and Bill Free,Sun reporter | July 28, 2008
Matt Wieters keeps writing unbelievable baseball stories with his bat down on the Double-A Bowie farm. Thursday afternoon, the 6-foot-5 catcher walked to home plate as a pinch hitter with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning and the Baysox trailing Harrisburg 8-3. Wieters hit the first pitch high over the right-field wall for a grand slam at Prince George's Stadium, bringing the tying run, Lou Montanez, to the plate. Montanez has been the hottest hitter in the Eastern League the past few weeks, taking over the home run lead with 22, RBI lead with 77 and runs scored lead with 75 while being tied for fifth in batting average at .315 through Saturday.
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By Roch Kubatko and Peter Schmuck and By Roch Kubatko and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 17, 2001
Once resigned to continuing through the playoffs without his regular catcher, Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox added Javy Lopez to the roster yesterday for the National League Championship Series. Infielder Wes Helms was removed to create room. Lopez missed the final six games of the regular season and the entire Division Series because of a sprained left ankle suffered in a collision with New York Mets' Robin Ventura on Sept. 30. Paul Bako, claimed off waivers last year, has been starting in Lopez's absence.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
The Orioles knew that duplicating their regular-season success at Yankee Stadium wouldn't be easy - that beating the Yankeesin October in their home ballpark would take an extra level of resiliency. Now, after a heart-breaking, 12-inning, 3-2 walk-off loss to the Yankees in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, they will need to reinvent an entirely new brand of Oriole Magic to keep their season alive. The Orioles were just two outs away from taking a commanding 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
Beginning in the fifth inning, Orioles slugger Chris Davis disappeared down the dugout tunnel to sneak in a few swings inside the batting cages below the seating bowl of Camden Yards, preparing himself in case he was needed in the late innings of Monday night's game against the Chicago White Sox. The bench hasn't been a familiar place for Davis, but mired in a 7-for-54 slump heading into Monday, that's where the Orioles first baseman found himself...
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Tammy Woodard lost pay and paid time off last year to federal budget tightening, which meant she had to tighten her family's budget — and continues to do so now in fear of future cuts. For the Aberdeen Proving Ground employee, it is a personal hit. But her situation is so common that it's a statewide issue, too. Maryland's personal income growth was among the lowest nationwide last year as federal budget cuts rippled through the region, affecting Virginia and the District of Columbia as well, the U.S. Department of Commerce estimated last week.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
The Dolan Co., owner of The Daily Record in Baltimore, has signaled financial distress by hiring a restructuring officer, deciding against paying a dividend and disclosing that it received a warning from the New York Stock Exchange over its low stock price. The Minneapolis-based professional services and business information firm made all three announcements in the last several weeks. Dolan said its new chief restructuring officer, Kevin Nystrom of Zolfo Cooper, will work to "stabilize" its finances.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2013
PHOENIX - Orioles rookie Henry Urrutia hasn't started a game since Aug. 3, but he was still an important part of the club's eight-game interleague road trip through National League West parks in San Diego, San Francisco and Arizona, as he pinch hit in all but one game. Urrutia is still getting adjusted to the major league game. When the Cuban defector arrived in Sarasota, Fla., this spring, he hadn't played in more than two seasons, so the organization was determined to give him 200 at-bats at Double- Bowie before promoting him to Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
Entering Sunday's series finale with Detroit, the Orioles bench had struggled throughout the year in contributing late in games, hitting just 1-for-18 in pinch-hit situations. But against the Tigers, the Orioles got their first pinch hit since May 20 when Danny Valencia knocked in the tying run on a single to right field off Tigers reliever Phil Coke in the seventh inning. “I knew he had good stuff,” Valencia said. “I actually saw both of his pitches. He threw me a fastball first pitch and a slider second pitch.
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By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | May 20, 2013
Loading his earthly belongings into a laundry cart that he rented from Campus Services, Johns Hopkins University freshman Austin Dennis made several trips from his dormitory room to his car on residential Greenway at North Charles Street, opposite the Homewood campus May 15. It was move-out week for Hopkins students as the school year ended, and Dennis, an economics major, was catching a flight that night to his hometown of Miami, Fla., where he...
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April 20, 1999
Cardinals: Willie McGee's single in the eighth was the 53rd pinch hit in his career with St. Louis. He is tied for third on the team's career pinch-hit list with Red Schoendienst.
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August 8, 2011
August 10, 1981: Cal Ripken Jr. made his major-league debut when he was summoned to pinch run for Ken Singleton.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2012
At Carroll County Food Sunday, peanut butter has fallen off the list of staples. And short of an infusion of money, the food bank won't be able to continue helping church pantries in the county next year, leaving the agency with just three locations in the sprawling county. At Fish & Loaves Pantry in West Baltimore, the cupboard was bare of canned green beans and other vegetables last week, as the Rev. Andre Samuel struggled to feed a clientele that has doubled in size over the past year.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2012
COLLEGE PARK - In March 2010, the boy's basketball coach at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Prince George's County found himself suddenly shorthanded in double-overtime of a playoff game against Wise. His frontcourt thinned by injuries and foul trouble, coach Brendan O'Connell turned to a bulky sophomore backup - Shawn Petty - who had played little during the regular season. "I think most sophomores would have just panicked," O'Connell said. But what struck O'Connell is how unfazed Petty seemed.
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