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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
The Orioles added a pair of relievers Monday, the first day of expanded rosters, as they recalled right-hander Evan Meek from Triple-A Norfolk and purchased the contract of left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club initially planned to just add Saunders on Monday, but he decided to add Meek as well after the team was forced to use five relievers in the 12-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The team is also expected to add right-hander Ryan Webb on Tuesday as long as he is OK after his outing at Norfolk on Monday.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
The Orioles will make a number of moves when rosters expand Monday, including recalling at least two pitchers from Triple-A Norfolk. The club is expected to add right-hander Ryan Webb and left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides to give the team additional bullpen depth. Despite being a key part of the Orioles bullpen all season, Webb was optioned to Norfolk on Aug. 1. He was 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 games (11 1/3 innings) at Norfolk. In 42 2/3 innings with the Orioles this year, Webb has a 3-2 record and a 3.80 ERA. Saunders, a former Orioles starter who was signed to a minor league deal Aug. 5, had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings for Norfolk while working as a multiple-inning reliever.
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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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By Dan Connolly | August 15, 2014
Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who pitched for the Indians from July 2011 through last season, returned to Progressive Field for the first time Friday. “Being in the visitors' clubhouse is kind of weird,” said Jimenez, who left Cleveland for a four-year, $50 million deal with the Orioles in February. “I have to get used to it.” He is slated to start Saturday against the Indians for the second time this year. On May 24 at Camden Yards he lasted just four innings and gave up five earned runs against his old club.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Orioles pitching prospect Mike Wright was one strike away from throwing a no-hitter for Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday night in a 5-2 win over the Durham Bulls. Wright came as close as possible to tossing a no-hitter, allowing a two-out double to Mike Mahtook on a 1-2 count in the ninth inning. Earlier in the inning, shortstop Alexi Casilla committed a throwing error with two outs on a play that could have ended the game. After allowing the double to Mahtook - which also ended Wright's shutout bid - he was replaced by right-hander Brock Huntzinger.
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By Dan Connolly | August 15, 2014
Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who pitched for the Indians from July 2011 through last season, returned to Progressive Field for the first time Friday. “Being in the visitors' clubhouse is kind of weird,” said Jimenez, who left Cleveland for a four-year, $50 million deal with the Orioles in February. “I have to get used to it.” He is slated to start Saturday against the Indians for the second time this year. On May 24 at Camden Yards he lasted just four innings and gave up five earned runs against his old club.
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Sports Digest | August 9, 2014
Baseball Mussina to enter Little League Hall Former Orioles pitcher Mike Mussina will be enshrined in the Little League Museum's Hall of Excellence on Aug. 24 at the 68th Little League World Series in Williamsport Pa. The ceremony will be held before the world championship game, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Mussina will be the 48th person enshrined. Mussina, from nearby Montoursville, Pa., was elected in 2001 to the Little League International board of directors. He's in his sixth year as a Little League coach and his 17th as an MLL volunteer board member.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
Matthew T. Kellermann, a computer systems analyst and lifelong baseball fan, died Aug. 1 of a heart attack at his Ellicott City home. He was 53. The son of John L. "Jack" Kellermann, an American Telephone & Telegraph worker, and Ruth Bopp Kellermann, Matthew Thomas Kellermann was born in Baltimore and spent his early years in the West Hills neighborhood before moving in 1972 with his family to the Allenford neighborhood of Ellicott City. A 1979 graduate of Mount Hebron High School, where he was an outstanding varsity pitcher, he studied for two years at the Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville campus.
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Peter Schmuck | July 31, 2014
Sometimes, the confluence of seemingly unrelated events can squeeze clarity out of coincidence. Take the news Wednesday that the Orioles' top pick from the 2013 draft, Low-A Delmarva right-hander Hunter Harvey, has been shelved for the remainder of the minor league season with an arm injury, which arrived at about the same time speculation surfaced on Twitter that the Orioles were close to a deal for Boston Red Sox ace Jon Lester. Maybe there was some fire under that smoke, and maybe there wasn't.
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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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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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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
As the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches Thursday at 4 p.m., the Orioles are focused on acquiring a mid-level starter and a left-handed reliever, as well as a potential upgrade offensively at either second base or catcher. The club has talked to several teams about acquiring a versatile left-hander who could push Brian Matusz into more of a lefty specialist role. Left-handers are hitting .233 against Matusz, while right-handers are batting .308 versus him. Adding another left-handed reliever would make the Orioles' stout bullpen even stronger.
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