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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | September 8, 2007
Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar has said all year that he'd like to come back here and play in 2008. It looks as if he has gotten his wish. Last night Millar, who will turn 36 this month, reached 475 plate appearances for the season, automatically triggering a $2.75 million vesting option for 2008. "When you sign a vesting deal, you expect it to vest as a player," said Millar, who was batting .261 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs heading into last night. "Knock on wood, you hope it's a healthy situation and one when you do vest in a situation like this because you deserve it."
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
The Orioles continue to add to their outfield depth, agreeing to terms with Tyler Colvin on a major league deal pending a physical, according to an industry source. The physical was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Colvin, 28, played in just 27 games with the Colorado Rockies in 2013 while spending most of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he hit .275 with a .377 on-base percentage in 67 games. He failed to make the Rockies out of spring training last year and then batted just .160 in 78 plate appearances after he was recalled for a month last summer.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | February 5, 1997
Outfielder Jeffrey Hammonds agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Orioles yesterday, leaving pitcher Mike Mussina as the club's only remaining unsigned player eligible for arbitration.Hammonds signed for a $400,000 base salary, with incentives that could push his total earnings over $500,000. Hammonds will get $25,000 if he reaches 300 plate appearances; an additional $30,000 for 350 plate appearances; an additional $35,000 for 400 plate appearances; and an additional $50,000 for 450 plate appearances.
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By Phil Rogers and Phil Rogers,Tribune Newspapers | April 19, 2009
Ian Kinsler walked to the plate in the sixth inning of the Texas Rangers' game against the Orioles on Wednesday night. His thoughts were simple. "Get a triple," he said afterward, openly acknowledging how badly he wanted to hit for the cycle. Kinsler drove a 3-2 pitch from Brian Bass to deepest right-center field at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. He churned around the bases and dived headfirst into third, completing the cycle - single, double, triple and home run - for the first time in his career.
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August 4, 1994
Dear Mr. Baseball:The Sunday Sun lists the best and worst of the week for American League batters with a minimum of 25 plate appearances. Yet, of the players listed among the highest averages, one has 21, two have 24 and one has 22. How can you bat 22 times and have 25 plate appearances?Kitty GresdoMiddle RiverDear Kitty Gresdo:Typographical errors occasionally creep into this newspaper, but not this time. Instead, the explanation you are seeking has to do with the difference between "plate appearances" and "official at-bats."
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April 10, 1994
Highest batting averages;/(April 1-8, minimum 10 plate appearances)AMERICAN LEAGUEPlayer, Team ... ... ... AB ... ... R ... H ... ... AvgBoggs, New York .. .. .. 13 ... ... 7 ... 9 ... ... 692Tartabull, New York .. .. 10 ... ... 2 ... 6 .. ... 600Davis, California .. ... 17 ... ... 3 ... 9... .529Baines, Orioles .. .. ...10 .. ...2 .. ..5... .500Sorrento, Cleveland .. ...8 .. ...1 .. ..4... .500Nilsson, Milwaukee .. ...14 .. ...4 .. ..7... .500Trammell, Detroit .. .. .15 .. ...2 .. ..7...
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July 16, 1995
Ticket prices a turnoffMiddle-ice seats at Baltimore Arena 200 level are priced at $10 for the Bandits hockey team. The Skipjacks sold them for $7. For a new franchise, seeking to re-establish a fan base, they have succeeded in alienating this fan almost as much as Peter Angelos.Jim FieldhouseTowsonLowenstein sets bad exampleI take strong exception to John Lowenstein's remarks on June 28 during an Orioles-Brewers game on HTS.Commenting on Ricky Bones' brushback of Manny Alexander, Lowenstein said that you do what you have to do, and then, rambling on, he remarked that if it means breaking the rules, it's OK if you get away with it.TC In this day of violence in our society, it is definitely the wrong message to send, particularly to impressionable kids.
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By Joe Strauss | May 14, 1997
On the field: Right fielder Pete Incaviglia enjoyed an eventful seven innings. He reached base in three of four of his plate appearances. Incaviglia has hit in 13 of his last 16 games, but interrupted a 2-for-18 skid with his fifth-inning single. Incaviglia scored twice and was cut down at the plate on B. J. Surhoff's third-inning double. He and center fielder Brady Anderson called each other off Damon Mashore's leadoff fly ball in the first inning, resulting in an inconsequential double.
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By TIM BROWN and TIM BROWN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 12, 2006
San Francisco -- Barry Bonds threw his head back, slapped his bat, and the aisles of AT&T Park filled with the people who had stayed most of a warm, sunny Thursday afternoon to see him take one more shot at Babe Ruth. Ruth, it turns out, won't go easily. Another day and five more plate appearances were gone, the Chicago Cubs were on their way out, the Los Angeles Dodgers on their way in, and Bonds was stuck at 713 home runs, one behind Ruth and in third place all time. In a 9-3 victory for his San Francisco Giants, Bonds was hitless in three at-bats and walked twice.
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By Roch Kubatko and Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1997
The Orioles retained one of their best bargains yesterday by re-signing backup catcher Lenny Webster to a $665,000 contract plus an option for the 1999 season."
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By RICK MAESE | October 14, 2007
BOSTON-- --Like bottles of champagne and big shiny trophies, emotions, too, have assigned positions in the playoffs. To the victors goes elation. And to the opposing clubhouse go tears. Before we even reach that point, though, there are tiny emotional markers that guide us along the path. We've seen Field of Dreams, so we've long ago given up on that silly notion that there's no crying in baseball. But there's still one basic emotional tenet that was true a century ago and will remain true a century from now: There's no room for fear.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | September 8, 2007
Orioles first baseman Kevin Millar has said all year that he'd like to come back here and play in 2008. It looks as if he has gotten his wish. Last night Millar, who will turn 36 this month, reached 475 plate appearances for the season, automatically triggering a $2.75 million vesting option for 2008. "When you sign a vesting deal, you expect it to vest as a player," said Millar, who was batting .261 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs heading into last night. "Knock on wood, you hope it's a healthy situation and one when you do vest in a situation like this because you deserve it."
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | July 26, 2006
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Orioles could have a tough decision on their hands in the coming weeks regarding the future of Jeff Conine, who signed a one-year, $1.7 million deal in December with an option for a second season. The option vests if Conine reaches 450 plate appearances and the 40-year-old is on pace to eclipse that mark with 320 plate appearances with 61 games remaining. Conine would earn $2 million next season if the option vests, a high price for a player who will turn 41 next June and is obviously not in the club's long-term plans.
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By TIM BROWN and TIM BROWN,LOS ANGELES TIMES | May 12, 2006
San Francisco -- Barry Bonds threw his head back, slapped his bat, and the aisles of AT&T Park filled with the people who had stayed most of a warm, sunny Thursday afternoon to see him take one more shot at Babe Ruth. Ruth, it turns out, won't go easily. Another day and five more plate appearances were gone, the Chicago Cubs were on their way out, the Los Angeles Dodgers on their way in, and Bonds was stuck at 713 home runs, one behind Ruth and in third place all time. In a 9-3 victory for his San Francisco Giants, Bonds was hitless in three at-bats and walked twice.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | January 10, 2004
Sensing a growing threat from the New York Mets to sign free-agent right fielder Vladimir Guerrero, the Orioles have added to their own best offer in recent days. After sitting on a five-year, $65 million proposal for weeks, Orioles officials said they have recently increased the offer to five years, $67.5 million. At $13.5 million a season, that's not as much money as Guerrero could reportedly get from the Mets, but all of it is guaranteed. Reports surfaced yesterday that the Mets have offered Guerrero a three-year, $30 million base salary with incentives and two vesting options that could make it a five-year, $72 million deal.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | September 11, 2003
The 11th victory that would establish a career high for Orioles pitcher Jason Johnson eluded him again yesterday, pretty much moving out of range after the first inning. Try falling behind 3-0 to Pedro Martinez and still walking away with a favorable outcome. Johnson is 0-2 with four no-decisions in his past six starts, including yesterday's 5-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. He has doubled last year's win total, but he hasn't won since Aug. 10 at Fenway Park. "I'm not worried about it. Wins and losses, you can't do anything about it," he said.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | July 26, 2006
Kansas City, Mo. -- The Orioles could have a tough decision on their hands in the coming weeks regarding the future of Jeff Conine, who signed a one-year, $1.7 million deal in December with an option for a second season. The option vests if Conine reaches 450 plate appearances and the 40-year-old is on pace to eclipse that mark with 320 plate appearances with 61 games remaining. Conine would earn $2 million next season if the option vests, a high price for a player who will turn 41 next June and is obviously not in the club's long-term plans.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 2, 1999
SEATTLE -- The Orioles exited May on Monday night much as they had left April, sitting in last place within the runaway American League East awaiting a mesh of consistent pitching and opportunistic hitting.While the past month offered more reason for hope than the previous month, it still imparted a heavier dosage of frustration than satisfaction. Cal Ripken's sore back got well; Scott Erickson's won-lost record didn't. Harold Baines became the league's most productive player based on plate appearances; Albert Belle became the invisible cleanup hitter.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2002
ST. LOUIS - The National League Championship Series could hinge on that one simple question that has beguiled virtually every manager in the National League over the past two years: Do you pitch to Barry Bonds or don't you? St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa found out in the course of last night's 9-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants that there may not be a correct answer. Bonds delivered a two-run triple as the Giants scored four times in the second inning and took control of the opening game of the NLCS at sold-out Busch Stadium.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2002
ST. LOUIS - The National League Championship Series could hinge on that one simple question that has beguiled virtually every manager in the National League over the past two years: Do you pitch to Barry Bonds or don't you? St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa found out in last night's 9-6 loss to the San Francisco Giants that there may not be a correct answer. Bonds delivered a two-run triple as the Giants scored four times in the second inning and took control of the opening game of the NLCS at sold-out Busch Stadium.
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