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By DEAN JONES | January 18, 2009
Lou Montanez won the Triple Crown in the Double-A Eastern League after hitting .335 with 26 home runs and 97 RBIs in 116 games for Bowie. He hit .295 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 38 games for the Orioles. He deserves to have a chance to play every day in the majors. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/osondeck)
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2011
Third baseman Josh Bell got his opportunity to start on a regular basis last season when Miguel Tejada was traded to the San Diego Padres. Bell finished the 2010 season with a .214 average, three homers, 12 RBIs and 53 strikeouts in 159 big league at-bats. A little more than one year later, Bell appears to be in line for another starting opportunity, this one under less preferable circumstances. With Chris Davis still experiencing right shoulder pain and his status for the rest of the season in doubt, Mark Reynolds will likely move across the diamond and play first regularly.
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March 6, 2007
On the Orioles' everyday first baseman I think [Aubrey] Huff should play every day and at mostly one spot. If he is decent with the glove at first base, why not play him there every day? I'd prefer Huff at first, but with [Kevin] Millar on the team, he's stuck in left field. My vote goes to [Jay] Gibbons. They are paying him big money for the long term. They might as well see if he can handle it.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2011
Chris Davis was in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium by 10:30 Sunday morning and, within a half hour, learned that he would be batting fifth for the Orioles and starting at first base for his new team. "I'm eager to play," said Davis, who along with pitcher Tommy Hunter was dealt to the Orioles on Saturday for Koji Uehara and $2 million. "That's why I got here as early as I did, but I think the biggest thing for me is to relax and enjoy myself and get to know these guys.
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July 28, 1998
Quote: "I'm tired because I haven't been taking days off during the year. So we're going to start doing it again, taking days off. I'm not Cal Ripken, I'm not going to play every day." -- Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire.It's a fact: Braves pitcher Tom Glavine went 2-for-3, improving his batting average to .298 (14-for-47).Who's hot: Five of the Dodgers' Matt Luke's past eight hits have been home runs.Who's not: The Reds have lost 10 of 11.On deck: Hideo Nomo (4-8) goes for his third straight victory tonight, when the Mets open a 10-game homestand against the Padres.
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By John Eisenberg | March 6, 2000
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Jerry Hairston made his point politely and without a hint of resentment, but firmly. One way or another, he wants to play in Baltimore this year. "As the starting second baseman, as the utility guy or, I don't care, as the closer," he said yesterday after the Orioles beat the Florida Marlins, 7-5, in a Grapefruit League game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. "It doesn't matter. Wherever they want to put me. I just want to make the team." And if the Orioles send him back to Triple-A, where, everyone agrees, he has nothing left to prove?
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August 7, 2000
Quote: "Here I get to play every day. I get to face both right- and left-handers instead of platooning. I know that it would be good for me in the long run, and I'm feeling comfortable here." - Travis Lee, who went from the Diamondbacks to the Phillies in the Curt Schilling trade, after going 3-for-5 with four RBIs It's a fact: Jay Powell returned to the Astros' bullpen from the DL yesterday after missing 57 games. He is the only member of the Opening Day bullpen still with the team. Who's hot: The Pirates' Aramis Ramirez has a career-high 13-game hitting streak.
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By COMPILED FROM INTERVIEWS AND OTHER NEWSPAPERS' REPORTS | July 30, 2006
He had to switch leagues and leave the only organization he has known, so former Orioles outfielder Luis Matos thought positively earlier this month. His new team, the Washington Nationals, didn't have a set center fielder. It'd be a fresh start. And, most important, he didn't have to move his growing family. "With all the bad things that happened this year, I am going to have my baby, so it's all good," Matos said. Matos and his wife, Vivian, are expecting their first child, a daughter, in October.
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By Kevin Langbaum and Kevin Langbaum,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | August 14, 1996
A new mental approach and some help from his friends havehelped Orioles left fielder Jeffrey Hammonds get off to a hot start after his stint in Triple-A."
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly and,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com and dan.connolly@baltsun.com | January 19, 2009
When the Orioles were in extensive trade talks with the Chicago Cubs last year about Brian Roberts, they wanted young outfielder Felix Pie and were told that he was unavailable. Yesterday, with the Cubs running out of both patience and opportunity for their one-time top prospect, they sent him to the Orioles for starting pitcher Garrett Olson and Single-A pitcher Henry Williamson. The trade was Orioles president Andy MacPhail's latest attempt to make the team's roster younger and more athletic, and add to the organization's young position-player depth, which has been lacking for years.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly and,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com and dan.connolly@baltsun.com | January 19, 2009
When the Orioles were in extensive trade talks with the Chicago Cubs last year about Brian Roberts, they wanted young outfielder Felix Pie and were told that he was unavailable. Yesterday, with the Cubs running out of both patience and opportunity for their one-time top prospect, they sent him to the Orioles for starting pitcher Garrett Olson and Single-A pitcher Henry Williamson. The trade was Orioles president Andy MacPhail's latest attempt to make the team's roster younger and more athletic, and add to the organization's young position-player depth, which has been lacking for years.
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By DEAN JONES | January 18, 2009
Lou Montanez won the Triple Crown in the Double-A Eastern League after hitting .335 with 26 home runs and 97 RBIs in 116 games for Bowie. He hit .295 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 38 games for the Orioles. He deserves to have a chance to play every day in the majors. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/osondeck)
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun reporter | August 20, 2008
There was too much downtime in the offseason for Daniel Wilcox. After he underwent surgery in January to repair his sprained left big toe, doctors ordered the Ravens tight end to stay off it for several months, adding that the healing process typically takes about a year. Naturally, Wilcox was concerned that his toe might impede his return to the job he loves. Just as worrisome was whether there would be a job for him to return to. "This is a scary league, where if you sit out for too long, somebody could come in and have your position in a matter of days or weeks," Wilcox said Monday after his first practice since being activated off the team's physically-unable-to-perform list.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | May 28, 2008
Once the starting shortstop for the Orioles, Luis Hernandez now sits on the bench and waits his turn, wondering when it will come again, hoping it eventually does. Hernandez started 26 games at short and one at second, but he hasn't been in the lineup since May 11 - he played that day in place of an injured Brian Roberts - and has received only nine at-bats since Freddie Bynum was activated from the disabled list three days earlier. Bynum has taken over the shortstop job, and Alex Cintron's arrival from Triple-A Norfolk further cuts into Hernandez's opportunities.
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July 22, 2007
Richie Bancells, Orioles head athletic trainer "Some of my fondest memories ... came at the unfortunate time when he was having his back problems. We would start his rehab program at 8:30 a.m. at his house. This was during the middle of winter. He had me outline the program on grease boards in his workout room. He had to have a plan, as always. ... I doubt that in my career I will have another ballplayer with that kind of intensity and dedication to his profession. During that time he had the bad back, he was telling me he was going to get me in shape!"
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | March 18, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- It was Derrek Lee during Kevin Millar's four-year stint with the Florida Marlins, Doug Mientkiewicz and John Olerud in his three seasons as a member of the Boston Red Sox, and Javy Lopez and Jeff Conine in his first season as an Oriole. Millar, who was undrafted and kept his major league dreams alive in the independent Northern League, is used to it. There is always someone else, someone who is reputed to be better and more deserving of at-bats. These days, it is Aubrey Huff and Jay Gibbons, both of whom, like Millar, play first base and left field and can and will be used as designated hitters.
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By Ken Rosenthal | February 18, 1997
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- For those who might have forgotten, spring training is not about contract talks, umpire disputes or any of the other side issues from which the Orioles can't escape.No, spring training is about players like Kelly Gruber, the unique passions this game elicits, the comebacks that seem possible only on quiet fields in the Florida sun.Will Gruber make the Orioles? The question is almost irrelevant. Gruber said it himself yesterday -- just taking grounders and swinging in the batting cage, he already considers his return to baseball "a great success."
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | March 18, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- It was Derrek Lee during Kevin Millar's four-year stint with the Florida Marlins, Doug Mientkiewicz and John Olerud in his three seasons as a member of the Boston Red Sox, and Javy Lopez and Jeff Conine in his first season as an Oriole. Millar, who was undrafted and kept his major league dreams alive in the independent Northern League, is used to it. There is always someone else, someone who is reputed to be better and more deserving of at-bats. These days, it is Aubrey Huff and Jay Gibbons, both of whom, like Millar, play first base and left field and can and will be used as designated hitters.
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March 6, 2007
On the Orioles' everyday first baseman I think [Aubrey] Huff should play every day and at mostly one spot. If he is decent with the glove at first base, why not play him there every day? I'd prefer Huff at first, but with [Kevin] Millar on the team, he's stuck in left field. My vote goes to [Jay] Gibbons. They are paying him big money for the long term. They might as well see if he can handle it.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | February 17, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Spring training was not even a day old when Orioles executive vice president Mike Flanagan approached catcher Ramon Hernandez on Thursday and asked how many games he wanted to catch this season. Barely giving the question much thought, Hernandez replied, "150." "He loves to catch," Flanagan said. "It makes it difficult on everyone. You may think it is time to give him a rest, but he just wants to play. It's a pleasant dilemma for us to have." Hernandez was the starting catcher in 126 of 162 games last season, tied for fourth most among major league catchers.
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