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By Bill Tanton | April 1, 1993
The sun, a rare visitor lately, was shining brightly at Oriole Park at Camden Yards yesterday.The playing field, white with snow two weeks ago, is now green and ripe for baseball. Workers hosed down the ballpark's interior, washing away the last remnants of winter.The park's one obvious flaw, the seats down the left-field line beyond third base, the ones that faced center field last year, still face center field."Over the winter," explained Charles Steinberg, the Orioles' director of public affairs, "we telephoned 4,000 ticket holders, offering to relocate their seats.
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By Raymond Daniel Burke | July 29, 2007
Cooperstown, N.Y., sits tranquilly abreast of Lake Otsego in a place where time seems to have stopped, and a past America has been painstakingly preserved. It is small town U.S.A. before highways bypassed Main Street, chain restaurants diluted local flavor, and big-box stores full of foreign-made products choked out the mom-and-pop familiarity of the neighborhood store. It is a most fitting, bucolic locale for the National Baseball Hall of Fame - the place where the immortals of America's game are forever honored with enshrinement.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer | April 29, 1993
Owings Mills continues to surprise people.Paul Beccio pitched a two-hitter, and Clint Helphenstine had a game-winning RBI single with one out in the bottom of the fifth, as Owings Mills handed Overlea its first loss of the season, 2-1, in the second game of a Baltimore County Class 2A-1A doubleheader yesterday.Charlie Feehely pitched a two-hitter and knocked in two runs, as Overlea won the first game, 3-1.The doubleheader was played at Overlea (7-1, 7-1). Both games were five innings, and Owings Mills (7-2, 7-2)
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By PETER SCHMUCK | February 25, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- --If the Oriole Way was built on a foundation of pitching and defense, then the Orioles will have to prove they can catch the ball if they want to go back to the future. The pitching staff has been drastically retooled, with four free-agent relievers and two veteran starters. It isn't the 1995 Atlanta Braves, but the rotation is deeper and it looks like the front office succeeded in sealing the late-innings hole that leaked 18 games last season. The batting order has been upgraded, too, though not so substantially that anyone in Boston or New York is going to be quaking in his Gucci spikes.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,Staff writer | May 3, 1992
New faces and a new place should result in a prosperous season for the two Carroll County teams of the South Penn League.It may be hard to believe, but the two-time defending champion Taneytown Cardinals have improved themselves over the off-season and are again the heavy favorites to take it all.The Westminster Elks have added pitching and a new home -- they will be playing their home games at Francis Scott Key. The Elks came on strong in the second half...
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By Buster Olney | February 12, 1996
Kent MerckerHis projected role in 1996: The No. 3 or No. 4 starter in the rotation, behind Mike Mussina and David Wells. The Orioles acquired Mercker, a left-hander, in a December trade with Atlanta, for pitching prospects Joe Borowski and Rachaad Stewart.Number crunching: His opportunities limited as the No. 5 starter for the Atlanta Braves, Mercker has never pitched more than 143 innings in any season. This is why the Orioles loaded his contract, agreed to on Saturday, with incentives based on innings pitched.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | July 27, 1992
Orioles manager Johnny Oates and Texas Rangers starter Nolan Ryan weren't exactly on the same page about what Ryan did to shut down the Orioles, 6-2, yesterday at Camden Yards.Oates was convinced that Ryan, who limited the Orioles to two runs and four hits in seven innings, was sticking to his patented fastball to earn his 319th career victory."He appeared to be throwing well. We didn't do too much with him. It was pretty much his fastball mixed in with that turnover changeup he throws. He had his pretty good fastball.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 8, 1997
The Orioles extended an amazing transformation last night. Against a backdrop of 20 home runs in 11 games, they reinforced a reliance on pitching and defense with a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Angels.Less than perfect, starter Jimmy Key again was good enough to survive six innings without allowing a base runner to reach third. No longer considered a health question, he became the major leagues' first six-game winner while spearheading a four-man suffocation of a timid Angels attack.Key's subtle dominance continues to grow, especially at Camden Yards.
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By BOB MAISEL | September 16, 1990
Everywhere I go, the first question anybody asks is, "What has happened to the Orioles?"This isn't the kind of case you have to call in Sherlock Holmes to solve. No. 1, they aren't yet good enough to win consistently, especially when injuries expose their lack of depth. They need to develop a few more quality players to complete their rebuilding program.OK, let's admit that baseball is a team game, and even the very good rosters fare much better when they are able to combine hitting, pitching and defense.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | February 25, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- --If the Oriole Way was built on a foundation of pitching and defense, then the Orioles will have to prove they can catch the ball if they want to go back to the future. The pitching staff has been drastically retooled, with four free-agent relievers and two veteran starters. It isn't the 1995 Atlanta Braves, but the rotation is deeper and it looks like the front office succeeded in sealing the late-innings hole that leaked 18 games last season. The batting order has been upgraded, too, though not so substantially that anyone in Boston or New York is going to be quaking in his Gucci spikes.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | July 10, 1997
It seems so long ago now. The Orioles were still stinging from a much-too-quick playoff loss to the New York Yankees, and general manager Pat Gillick already was putting together a plan to assure that it would not happen the same way again.Gillick is well-known for his baseball acumen. He has a couple of world championship rings and -- if he were so inclined -- could write a book on what it takes to build a winning ballclub. But in late October of last year, he was more interested in stealing a few pages from the Cinderella story that was taking place in New York.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1997
DETROIT -- The Orioles and Detroit Tigers got together last night for some vintage ball, 1996 style. Even nostalgia is breaking the Orioles' way.For at least one game, the new-and-improved, better-rounded Orioles resembled the heavy-lifting, bullpen-breaking team of last season, minus the dicey pitching and whiny designated hitter.The Tigers, acclaimed as the game's most improved team this season, reverted to Team Pinata, surrendering extra-base hits by the gross and looking up from a six-run deficit before their second at-bat.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 8, 1997
The Orioles extended an amazing transformation last night. Against a backdrop of 20 home runs in 11 games, they reinforced a reliance on pitching and defense with a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Angels.Less than perfect, starter Jimmy Key again was good enough to survive six innings without allowing a base runner to reach third. No longer considered a health question, he became the major leagues' first six-game winner while spearheading a four-man suffocation of a timid Angels attack.Key's subtle dominance continues to grow, especially at Camden Yards.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | April 26, 1997
The Orioles' front office spent the winter putting together a team that would be quicker on the bases, more efficient on defense and more effective on the mound. So, no one should have been surprised when all those elements worked in concert last night to carry the club to a very satisfying 2-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.Right-hander Scott Erickson and Randy Myers combined on a four-hit shutout and the Orioles ran away with a couple of runs in the seventh inning to end a brief two-game losing streak before 45,227 at Camden Yards.
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By Buster Olney | February 12, 1996
Kent MerckerHis projected role in 1996: The No. 3 or No. 4 starter in the rotation, behind Mike Mussina and David Wells. The Orioles acquired Mercker, a left-hander, in a December trade with Atlanta, for pitching prospects Joe Borowski and Rachaad Stewart.Number crunching: His opportunities limited as the No. 5 starter for the Atlanta Braves, Mercker has never pitched more than 143 innings in any season. This is why the Orioles loaded his contract, agreed to on Saturday, with incentives based on innings pitched.
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By BUSTER OLNEY | July 30, 1995
The landscape of the American League East changed dramatically Friday, like the San Andreas Fault shifting the division's relative powers. Weaknesses became strengths, the first-place team suddenly looks like a loser, and the Orioles have emerged as the front-runner.The revised predictions:1. Orioles. Best defensive team, best pitching among AL East contenders, serviceable offense.2. Yankees. Best hitting among AL East contenders, average defense, very good pitching.3. Boston Red Sox. Worst defense in AL, a pitching staff in tatters, and the inherent knowledge that somehow, they are always supposed to fail (and don't underestimate the importance of that last part)
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By Rob Parker and Rob Parker,Knight-Ridder News Service | July 20, 1993
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers can forget about winning the American League East with their pitching the way it is now.And don't tell me that they were just a game out of first place going into Sunday night's game against the Texas Rangers. They could be in first by themselves, and I'd tell you the same thing.Their pitching isn't strong enough to win a division. Granted, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees have had their share of recent woes, too. But their problems have been inconsistency offensively and on the mound.
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By Raymond Daniel Burke | July 29, 2007
Cooperstown, N.Y., sits tranquilly abreast of Lake Otsego in a place where time seems to have stopped, and a past America has been painstakingly preserved. It is small town U.S.A. before highways bypassed Main Street, chain restaurants diluted local flavor, and big-box stores full of foreign-made products choked out the mom-and-pop familiarity of the neighborhood store. It is a most fitting, bucolic locale for the National Baseball Hall of Fame - the place where the immortals of America's game are forever honored with enshrinement.
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By Rob Parker and Rob Parker,Knight-Ridder News Service | July 20, 1993
DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers can forget about winning the American League East with their pitching the way it is now.And don't tell me that they were just a game out of first place going into Sunday night's game against the Texas Rangers. They could be in first by themselves, and I'd tell you the same thing.Their pitching isn't strong enough to win a division. Granted, the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees have had their share of recent woes, too. But their problems have been inconsistency offensively and on the mound.
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By Jeff Seidel and Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer | April 29, 1993
Owings Mills continues to surprise people.Paul Beccio pitched a two-hitter, and Clint Helphenstine had a game-winning RBI single with one out in the bottom of the fifth, as Owings Mills handed Overlea its first loss of the season, 2-1, in the second game of a Baltimore County Class 2A-1A doubleheader yesterday.Charlie Feehely pitched a two-hitter and knocked in two runs, as Overlea won the first game, 3-1.The doubleheader was played at Overlea (7-1, 7-1). Both games were five innings, and Owings Mills (7-2, 7-2)
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