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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | May 14, 1993
If anyone knows the sense of panic that might grip the Orioles pitching staff this weekend in Detroit, it's poor Mike Hampton of the Seattle Mariners.Hampton, a rookie left-hander, had never pitched above the Double-A level before this season and made his major-league debut April 17 at Tiger Stadium. It took only 2 2/3 innings, four hits and four runs for Hampton to feel the fury of the Detroit attack as the Tigers blasted Seattle, 20-6.But the Tigers have been presenting this horror show to pitchers with a lot more experience than Hampton, including former Oriole Storm Davis, who was on the receiving end of a 20-4 beating Detroit administered to Oakland earlier that week.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter always worries about the impact on his pitching staff when the schedule gets scrambled by bad weather, but the club figures to come out of Thursday's doubleheader in pretty good shape under the circumstances. The rotation isn't going to get too derailed, since the Orioles have another day off Monday between their visits to Minnesota and Tampa Bay. So, either Chris Tillman or Bud Norris will get an extra day of rest, depending on who comes back on four days Tuesday.
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By Glenn P. Graham and Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer | April 1, 1993
The difference between a good season and a Middle Atlantic Conference-Southwest section championship season for the Western Maryland College baseball team could come down to a few young arms.Green Terrors 13-year coach Dave Seibert knew going in that there would be question marks with an inexperienced pitching staff.The Green Terrors lost three starting pitchers from last year's 14-13 club and little else -- they have their entire starting infield back, along with two of their top three outfielders.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Another night, another oh-for at the plate for an Orioles designated hitter. On Wednesday night, it was Nolan Reimold who kept his glove in the clubhouse and took some hacks as the designated hitter. He was hitless in four at-bats -- with three strikeouts -- in a 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Through 14 games, the Orioles have gotten just three hits in 53 plate appearances from their designated hitters. So just how poorly have their designated hitters performed? Seven National League teams have gotten more production from their pitchers than the Orioles have from designated hitters.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | May 30, 2001
It has been six months since the Texas Rangers lit up baseball's winter meetings with the $252 million signing of free-agent shortstop Alex Rodriguez and created the self-fulfilled prophecy playing itself out in the American League standings. Rodriguez is living up to his amazing contract, but the Rangers are living down to the pitching problems that abruptly sent them to the bottom of the AL West Division last year. The off-season additions of A-Rod, Andres Galarraga, Ken Caminiti and Randy Velarde has pumped up the volume at the plate, but the Rangers' third-ranked offensive attack has not been able to offset the damage wrought by a pitching staff that has an off-the-charts 5.99 team ERA. After completing a rain-shortened three-game series at Camden Yards on Monday, the Rangers were in last place, 13 games under .500 (18-31)
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | January 10, 1997
If Ray Miller is bleary-eyed these days, consider it part of the learning process. It's an occupational hazard for the Orioles' new pitching coach.Miller is preparing for spring training, his first with the Orioles since 1985, by cozying up to his VCR, a normal practice for a winter resident of western Penn- sylvania.But Miller won't be going to the video store. Instead, he'll be poring over tapes of the team's pitching staff, trying to get acquainted with a group that combined for a 5.14 ERA last year, the highest in team history.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | September 15, 2007
TORONTO -- A day after expressing some frustration after he was left out of the Orioles' lineup, shortstop Miguel Tejada said his reaction was spurred by the team's recent run of losses, not by manager Dave Trembley's decision to give him a day off. "I knew I was going to have a day off the day before, and I had no problem with that," said Tejada, who was back in the lineup last night. "I get mad because I want to do something better here. The losing part, that's the problem. It's tough on all of us."
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | June 27, 2007
When Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone came here from Atlanta in October 2005, he had two goals: He wanted to win a World Series title with his best friend, manager Sam Perlozzo, and he wanted to retire as an Oriole. Hopes of accomplishing the first evaporated last week when Perlozzo was fired, but Mazzone said yesterday that he still expects to achieve the latter. "The way I look at it now is I love this city, I love this pitching staff and I hope to finish my career here," Mazzone said in his first public comments since Perlozzo's firing.
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By Ohm Youngmisuk and Ohm Youngmisuk,Sun Staff Writer | August 15, 1995
John Hart knew the game plan all along.The mastermind behind the building of the Cleveland Indians' pitching staff laid down the blueprint for success in his first year as general manager in 1991."
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | April 6, 1992
Right-handed pitchers Alan Mills and Jim Lewis were optioned to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings yesterday, as the Orioles reduced their roster to the Opening Day limit of 25.But manager John Oates hastened to say that, under different circumstances, Mills and Lewis would have won jobs on the pitching staff."
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | February 26, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Matt Wieters seemed like the perfect choice to catch for the U.S. team in the World Baseball Classic, but the two-time All-Star made it clear early on that he wanted to spend as much time as possible in spring camp with the Orioles. “I'd love to be able to play for my country," Wieters said Tuesday, “but, at the same time, you have responsibilities to your team and responsibilities, for me, to the pitching staff - to be able to get to know them and go through spring training with them.” There are all sorts of reasons for him to stay in Sarasota.
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Peter Schmuck | July 7, 2012
It should be cause for much joy in Birdland that 19-year-old Dylan Bundy just showed up at the top of Baseball America's midseason list of baseball's 50 top prospects, but that happy news comes at a moment in Orioles history when it's probably foolhardy to get overly excited about another can't-miss kid pitcher. If you haven't actually said it out loud, this thought almost certainly has crossed your mind at one time or another as the glowing reports about Bundy's golden arm followed him from spring training through the first half of his first professional season: How will the Orioles screw this one up?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2012
After the Orioles optioned right-hander Chris Tillman to Triple-A Norfolk, the pitching staff the Orioles will bring north for Opening Day is beginning to take shape. There are 15 pitchers for 12 spots. The Orioles will bring 13 position players to Baltimore. The starting rotation looks clear: Jake Arrieta, Wei-Yin Chen, Tommy Hunter and Jason Hammel are locks. And left-hander Brian Matusz is the likely No. 5 starter, barring a surge from lefty Tsuyoshi Wada. Otherwise, Wada looks like he could open the season as a DL candidate and stay in Florida to continue his adapting to the big leagues.
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Peter Schmuck | March 10, 2012
The Orioles were well into their seventh Grapefruit League game Saturday when first baseman Chris Davis finally launched their first home run of March off a pitcher in a different uniform. If you hadn't noticed their lack of power during the first week of the Grapefruit League season, don't feel bad. The emphasis during the first month of spring training has been so decidedly on the inordinate number of pitchers in camp that it has largely overshadowed the annual debate about the Orioles' questionable offensive potential.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2012
SARASOTA, Fla. – To the uninitiated, the process of elimination that will turn a group of 29 pitchers of all shapes and sizes into the Orioles' 12-man regular season pitching staff probably seems simple enough. The guys who stay healthy and pitch the best during the Grapefruit League exhibition season — which starts with a pair of split-squad games on Monday — figure to go north for the regular season opener on April 6. If only it were really that easy, it would just be a matter of constructing an innings chart and turning the pitchers loose to sink or swim over the next four weeks.
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Peter Schmuck | October 11, 2011
After a horrid 1988 season in which the Orioles set a Baltimore franchise record with 107 losses, they went on an amazing run the next year and remained in contention for the American League East title until the final weekend. Everyone who remembers that miracle season remembers the organically grown team slogan: "Why Not?" Of course, it was a rhetorical question that did not seek a negative answer. It would only later turn into a serious question that continues to be asked by beleaguered Orioles fans from year to disappointing year.
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June 20, 2000
Quote: "There are three things that can happen: There could be a [contract] extension, there could be a trade or nothing could happen. I really don't have the probability on any of those three." - Cubs president and CEO Andy McPhail on the Sammy Sosa rumors. It's a fact: Center fielder Richard Hidalgo has been a part of all four of the Astros' back-to-back home runs this season. Who's hot: The Pirates' John Vander Wal is 7-for-14 as a pinch hitter. Who's not: With rookie Bob Bell going only two-thirds of an inning Sunday, Cincinnati is one of only three big-league teams without a complete game from its pitching staff.
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June 20, 2000
Quote: "It's not that easy to play this game and it bothers me when people make jokes about someone who is trying so hard." - Yankees manager Joe Torre about an ESPN broadcaster's jabs at the throwing problems of New York second baseman Chuck Knoblauch. It's a fact: With the assigning of Allen McDill (0-0, 7.20 ERA) to Triple-A Toledo, the Tigers have only one left-hander on their pitching staff - former starter C. J. Nitkowski. Who's hot: The Blue Jays' Carlos Delgado has a 13-game hitting streak.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2011
Four years ago, he was a waiver claim, a guy with an intriguing arm and an impressive pedigree whom the Orioles had to take a chance on given their lack of pitching depth. On Friday night, the pitcher whom the Cleveland Indians discarded in January 2007 will toe the rubber at Tropicana Field in his third Opening Day start for the Orioles in the past four seasons. With that outing against the Tampa Bay Rays, right-hander Jeremy Guthrie ties Steve Barber and Rodrigo Lopez for fourth-most Opening Day starts in modern Orioles history.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2010
The Cavalry, the nickname former manager Dave Trembley gave to the organization's group of starting pitching prospects, has pretty much arrived, though not all its members have moved forward during the Orioles' brutal 2010 season. Brad Bergesen, a 24-year-old right-hander who was the Orioles' best pitcher last year, was sent back to Triple-A Norfolk with a 6.50 ERA. Chris Tillman, a 22-year-old considered one of baseball's top pitching prospects not long ago, could be joining the Tides shortly after he produced an 8.40 ERA in four starts with the Orioles.
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