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September 29, 2011
Verlander deserves it Jeff Schuler Morning Call The award isn't for most outstanding player, or player of the year. It's for the most valuable player, and last time I checked, pitchers were players too. Justin Verlander is on the verge of winning pitching's version of the Triple Crown, leading the American League in wins (by five), in strikeouts (by 20) and in ERA. Sixteen of his 24 wins have come after Detroit losses. The argument is that pitchers have their own award.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz remembers laughing when he opened the piece of fan mail in Sarasota, Fla., last month. He immediately showed the contents of the manila envelope to Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells before informing manager Buck Showalter. "I'm like, Richie, can you believe this?' Then I told Buck about it," Matusz said recently, chuckling. "That's probably the most unusual, interesting item any fan has ever asked me to sign. I thought it was hilarious.
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May 8, 2012
Don't penalize honesty Bill Shaikin Los Angeles Times Intent can be notoriously difficult to determine — unless, that is, a pitcher admits his intent, as Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels did. "Come see our headhunting pitchers" is not the best advertisement for baseball, so Hamels, like any other pitcher admitting intent, should have been suspended. The league already suspends pitchers deemed to throw at batters with intent, no matter what the pitcher says.
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By Mike Frainie, For The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Arundel outfielder Syeed Mahdi was very frustrated with his last at bat for in the bottom of the sixth for Arundel. As it turned out, his pop-up was just the trick. Mahdi's seeing-eye single found a hole between three Chesapeake (10-1, 9-1) players, allowing two runs to score, and giving the No. 4 Wildcats a 5-4 victory over the No. 5 Cougars in a key Anne Arundel County League game. Mahdi led Arundel (10-0, 9-0) with a triple and two singles. Michael Hinely pitched the final two innings to get the win. "It landed, and that's all that matters," said Mahdi, a senior.
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By Dan Connolly | August 29, 2012
 There may have been rust or jitters or simply a lack of recent familiarity with the American League.  Joe Saunders, however, chalks up his rough Orioles debut on Wednesday to one bad inning - the first, in which he allowed four runs on four hits and a walk.  “You always want to set a good impression your first time,” said Saunders, who was acquired Sunday from Arizona for reliever Matt Lindstrom. “It sucks that that first inning was the first inning. But you've got to turn the page quick and look forward to the next start.” Overall, Saunders, a Northern Virginia native, allowed seven runs (six earned)
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November 19, 2003
On November 11, 2003, MICHELE K. PITCHER of Tucson AZ, beloved daughter of Patricia and Edward (Bud) Walls and Alan T. Pitcher Jr.; mother of Ryan Forster, fiancee of Wayne Forster; she is also survived by her grandmothers Mary Roberta Smith, Mary D. Walls and Violet Pitcher; sister of Amy Pitcher and Donna Brown; she is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and innumerable friends. Friends may call at the Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Rd, Port Republic, MD on Friday from 3:30 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. where Services will be held on Saturday, November 22 at 11 A.M. Interment Brooms Island Cemetery.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz said he's put last season's struggles behind him and feels he's become a better pitcher having gone through them. Matusz looked impressive in his first public bullpen session Wednesday. Catcher Matt Wieters said it looked like Matusz's mechanics had improved and he regained his 2010 form. “I felt good,” Matusz said. “I felt nice and loose. The ball was coming out of my hand with no effort and it was coming out nice. I feel like the stuff is there.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
Orioles batting practice pitcher Rudy Arias will leave the team Thursday to travel to Miami and be sworn in as a United States citizen Friday. Arias, 55, moved to the U.S. from Cuba when he was just a few years old and his father was playing baseball in the states. He grew up in Miami and maintained his Cuban citizenship. “I never felt living in Miami, I needed it,” Arias joked. But when Arias worked for an independent club in Winnipeg a couple years ago he always slowed up the process going across the border - and he was chided by his old manager for that.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2012
Less than two weeks ago, Jason Hammel was ready for spring training in Arizona and preparing for another season in Colorado. On Saturday, Hammel arrived at the Orioles spring training complex in Sarasota - a new player in a new place after Baltimore's Feb. 6 trade of pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom also came to the Orioles in the deal. “It was a pretty wild week when it happened, obviously because [it was] a week before spring training,” Hammel said.
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January 31, 2006
ROSIE PITCHER (nee Rawlings) passed away at her home in Port Republic, MD on Monday, January 30, 2006 the loving wife of Charles W. Dickie Pitcher, Sr.; beloved mother of Charles W. "Buddy" Pitcher, Jr. and Pamel Gale Matteson; grandmother of Dawn Marie Florance, Charles W. "Skip" Pitcher, III, Christina Price Pitcher, Courtney Elizabeth Pitcher and Michael Anthony Matteson; great-grandmother of Annamarie Gindell and Nathan Pitcher; devoted sister of...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
So here's the good news for Orioles fans: The club heads into its six-game homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays having won three of the past four games and doing so without their Gold Glove left side of the infield, Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy. It wasn't long ago when it seemed like the Orioles were facing must-win situations in April. But after opening the season losing five of six, they head into the weekend 4-5. The bottom of the lineup is starting to produce, manager Buck Showalter has again mastered the art of using his bullpen, closer Tommy Hunter is 3-for-3 with save opportunities and the offense has shown its potential for the big inning over the past two games.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Reservoir senior catcher Danny O'Hagan sees the season like a fastball headed straight down the middle of the plate. The No. 3 Gators (7-0) returned every starter from last year, added versatile Mount St. Joseph transfer Joe Kearney and have a dominant pitcher in Cody Morris. O'Hagan believes it can all add up to a special year as the team bids for the program's first state title. A four-year varsity player and three-year starter, O'Hagan bats leadoff and is the team's defensive glue behind the plate.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
Nick Adenhart never played for the Orioles, but five years after the Maryland native's untimely death at age 22, he still has a lasting impact inside the Orioles' clubhouse. Orioles right-handed pitchers Darren O'Day and Miguel Gonzalez, two undrafted free agents who have both developed into successful major leaguers since Adenhart's death, played with the Los Angeles Angels' top pitching prospect in that organization's minor league system. Both cherish their brief friendships with Adenhart that were forged through their time in the minor leagues.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
NEW YORK-- The Orioles made a minor trade on Monday afternoon, acquiring right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet from the Cleveland Indians for minor league outfielder Torsten Boss. In the corresponding 40-man move to create space for Guilmet, the team transferred outfielder Nolan Reimold to the 60-day disabled list. Reimold opened the season on the 15-day DL because he struggled moving his neck looking up for balls while playing the outfield this spring training. The plan was for Reimold - who is coming off corrective neck surgery - to play in extended spring training games in Sarasota to get better accustomed to playing the outfield.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
Ubaldo Jimenez's baseball career is well-documented. His ups and downs in the major leagues have been thoroughly dissected. A wunderkind who once was among baseball's best young pitchers, Jimenez's career trajectory plummeted dramatically in the past few seasons before he resuscitated it with a tremendous second half last year. And that led the Orioles to give the 30-year-old right-hander a four-year, $50 million deal, the most lucrative contract the club has ever handed out to a free-agent pitcher.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - The path any heralded pitching prospect takes to the major leagues has obstacles. With the burden of huge expectations on their shoulders, few young talented pitchers break into the major leagues without taking their share of lumps. For the Orioles' top two prospects - right-handers Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman - it has been no different. Each pitcher made it to the major leagues in his first full professional season, then faced adversity over the next year. Bundy, 21, lost his entire 2013 season to Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction and still faces part of the long and tedious rehabilitation that follows the procedure.
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November 6, 1993
Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Young (left) died instantly when a truck he was driving crashed into a tree Thursday night near his hometown of Willis, Texas. Young, 29, was the third Cleveland pitcher to die in an accident this year. "We are looking forward to calendar year 1993 going away," general manager John Hart said.Article, 6C
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February 19, 2008
On February 17, 2008, JACQUELINE L. (nee Szymanski); beloved wife of the late Thomas F. Pitcher; beloved mother of Bonnie L. Williams and Kimberly A. Pitcher; sister of Robin Szymanski, Patricia Stevens, Buddy Szymanski and Dorothy Wayberg. Also survived by three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Services at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis Street, Westminster, on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
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Sports Digest | March 25, 2014
Towson will play its quarterfinal game in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Thursday at Murray State. The game is set to tip at 8 p.m. The Racers (20-11) are members of the Ohio Valley Conference and have been to the NCAA Tournament 15 times, including in 2010 and 2012. The Racers breezed past Omaha, 86-62, on Monday night to advance to the CIT's quarterfinals. The Tigers (25-10) earned their spot an 83-77 victory at East Tennessee State on Friday. Sophomore guard Four McGlynn paced the Tigers with a season-high 23 points, including six 3-pointers.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 21, 2014
Arnold A. "Arnie" Heft, a minor league Orioles pitcher during the 1930s who later was an NBA referee, co-owner of the Baltimore Bullets, noted horse owner and real estate entrepreneur, died in his sleep of unknown causes March 12 at Sunrise at Fox Hill Senior Living Facility in Bethesda. The former Chevy Chase resident was 94. "Never in the 10 years that I worked for him did I ever feel like I was working for him," said Tim Keefe, Mr. Heft's horse trainer. "He never put pressure on me, even though he loved to win. " "Arnie was a very friendly guy who was drawn to people, and they were drawn to him. He stood 5-7 and had a 10-foot-tall heart," said Richard Hoffberger, who had been president for 27 years of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association.
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