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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | June 5, 2009
WASHINGTON - -The 6-foot-10 lefty with perhaps the most menacing sneer and imposing mound presence in baseball history had to take a few exaggerated breaths to keep from breaking down Thursday night. Sitting before reporters at Nationals Park after becoming the 24th member of major league baseball's 300-win club, San Francisco left-hander Randy Johnson's face reddened as he struggled to explain what he was feeling after the Giants' 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals. "This is kind of a long-term thing that has been going on for 21 years, and you finally get to this day," said Johnson, who at age 45 is the second-oldest pitcher to reach the milestone.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | June 5, 2009
WASHINGTON - -The 6-foot-10 lefty with perhaps the most menacing sneer and imposing mound presence in baseball history had to take a few exaggerated breaths to keep from breaking down Thursday night. Sitting before reporters at Nationals Park after becoming the 24th member of major league baseball's 300-win club, San Francisco left-hander Randy Johnson's face reddened as he struggled to explain what he was feeling after the Giants' 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals. "This is kind of a long-term thing that has been going on for 21 years, and you finally get to this day," said Johnson, who at age 45 is the second-oldest pitcher to reach the milestone.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1997
SEATTLE -- If such a thing is possible, the Orioles dominated Seattle Mariners ace Randy Johnson this year. They beat him twice. Won all three of the games he started against them. Defied science.The Big Unit has been all but unbeatable on the way to the first-ever 20-win season by a Mariners pitcher, but he fell victim to the machinations of Orioles manager Davey Johnson and some odd occurences at Camden Yards to arrive in the Divisional Series with a big Orange-and-Black chip on his shoulder.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | October 3, 2008
Nobody has spent more time than me over the past five years telling everyone that Daniel Cabera is just a couple of steps in the maturation process from becoming the next Randy Johnson, albeit throwing with the other arm. I finally gave up on that when Daniel came into camp last spring with a chip on his shoulder and showed no sign of the growth necessary to become a consistent winner. And that was when he was going to make $2.87 million. (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/schmuckblog)
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2000
PHILADELPHIA -- The numbers are impressive, even by the standards that have defined Arizona Diamondbacks ace Randy Johnson as the most intimidating pitcher of his generation. Five starts into the 2000 season, he is dabbling with a degree of domination that would shame some of the greatest names ever to whistle a baseball past a batsman. Here's the statistical line: 5-0, 1.06 ERA, 53 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. Here's the skinny: The towering, 36-year-old left-hander isn't getting older.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 1, 1997
SEATTLE -- The Orioles recently became the sixth team in major-league history to spend every day of the regular season in first place. They won more games than any other team in the American League. They had a winning record against each of the other three teams that reached the playoffs.And for what? The chance to open the best-of-five Division Series tonight on the road against the most intimidating pitcher in the game.Seattle Mariners ace Randy Johnson (20-4) will take the mound tonight in Game 1 against right-hander Mike Mussina (15-8)
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2004
Even with a five-day advance warning, Rafael Palmeiro was none to happy with the news. Told last week the Orioles would be facing Randy Johnson in tonight's interleague opener at Camden Yards, Palmeiro immediately flipped on the sarcasm switch. "Great," he said. "You just made my day. Got any other good news?" Well, there is this: Entering tonight's start for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Johnson is 1-6 in 10 career games in Baltimore. His return brings to mind one of the most impressive conquests in franchise history.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1997
Hold the champagne. The Orioles, who looked so impressive rolling up two lopsided road victories in the best-of-five American League Division Series, have come home to roast.The Seattle Mariners turned up the heat in Game 3 with a 4-2 victory at Camden Yards yesterday that avoided an Orioles sweep and set up a rematch today (4: 07 p.m.) of the series-opening pitching duel between intimidating left-hander Randy Johnson and Orioles ace Mike Mussina."It's an opportunity to, in a sense, redeem myself," said Johnson, who was winless in three regular-season starts against the Orioles and went down hard in the playoff opener at the Kingdome on Wednesday.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | June 18, 2002
Making historical comparisons is a tricky business in baseball, especially in this era of inflated offensive statistics and diluted pitching talent, but the dominating performance of Arizona Diamondbacks starters Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling begs for a little perspective. Particularly now. The Orioles open a three-game interleague series against the defending world champions tonight at Bank One Ballpark in Phoenix, and they may want to make some hay in the opener against No. 5 starter Brian Anderson because the next two games present the biggest challenge of this rebuilding season.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 3, 2002
PHOENIX - The world champion Arizona Diamondbacks arose yesterday to a string of troubling questions about the viability of their postseason title defense. That's what happens when you send the most overpowering pitcher in baseball to the mound in the first game of the best-of-five Division Series and he gets his head handed to him in his ballpark. The St. Louis Cardinals scored such a resounding victory over Randy Johnson in Game 1 late Tuesday night that today's matchup between 23-game-winner Curt Schilling and Cardinals left-hander Chuck Finley has taken on a sense of urgency - and uncertainty - usually reserved for the decisive game of a postseason series.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | April 3, 2008
We're still waiting, but what choice do we really have? Daniel Cabrera made his first regular season start of 2008 and wasted little time reminding everyone why he is known as one of the most enigmatic players in the major leagues. Of course, when I say everyone, I'm talking about the all-time-tiny Camden Yards crowd of 10,505 fans who braved the 55-degree chill to see the Orioles bounce back from their disheartening Opening Day loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. They were also hoping to see a new and improved Daniel Cabrera but had to settle for a slightly more determined version of the erratic guy who has been bedeviling the organization for the past four years.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun Reporter | June 15, 2007
Diamondbacks (37-30) @ Orioles (29-37) Day Time TV Starters Tonight 7:05 MASN Micah Owings (4-1, 3.76) vs. Erik Bedard (4-4, 3.72) Tomorrow 7:05 13, MASN Randy Johnson (4-2, 3.52) vs. Brian Burres (3-2, 2.80) Sunday 1:35 13, MASN2 Brandon Webb (6-4, 3.18) vs. Daniel Cabrera (5-7, 5.16) Radio: All games on WHFS (105.7 FM) Diamondbacks update After being swept by the New York Yankees, the Diamondbacks have lost six of their past seven games. They've been a streaky team, winning a season-high eight in a row from May 24 to June 1, and losing five straight on two occasions.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | September 11, 2006
If pitcher Hayden Penn wanted to feel better about yesterday's start, and he looked as though he needed a little cheering up, there was one important, indisputable fact worth holding on to: He now has more innings pitched with the Orioles than appendectomies. Yankees@Orioles Tonight, 7:05 p.m., Ch. 54, 1090 AM Starters: Yankees' Randy Johnson (16-10, 4.76) vs. Orioles' Kris Benson (10-10, 4.66)
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By CHILDS WALKER and CHILDS WALKER,SUN REPORTER | August 15, 2006
Randy Johnson has dominated hitters like few pitchers in baseball history. But as a 27-year-old in his third full season in the big leagues, he found himself in ostensibly the same place Daniel Cabrera is in now. Orioles@Yankees Tonight, 7:05, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Orioles' Erik Bedard (12-8, 3.91) vs. Yankees' Mike Mussina (13-5, 3.50)
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By DAN CONNOLLY | August 13, 2006
Tom Glavine said he thinks about it only when someone else brings it up. But Glavine, one of baseball's greatest straight shooters, isn't going to lie and say it's just another number. Now that he is this close, the New York Mets lefty wants to reach 300 wins, which, if he stays healthy, he'll likely get sometime next season. "It's just a difficult thing to do nowadays," said Glavine, 40, who lost in his bid for career win No. 288 at RFK Stadium Friday. "If I am able to do it, No. 1, that would certainly be a cool thing.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | August 7, 2006
Catcher Chris Widger is 1-for-40 lifetime against the Yankees. The one hit was a home run off Randy Johnson. Here's something you don't see every day: A male fan sitting in front of the press box caught a foul ball from Melky Cabrera and, without hesitating, fired it over the netting and onto the field. He then held up his white Orioles hat and received an ovation. A few pitches later, ushers made him leave the ballpark. If I'm the Orioles, I sign him as the backup catcher. He showed off a nice arm. And I'm sure he could go 1-for-40 against the Yankees, though I doubt he'd homer off Randy Johnson.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1998
The price of poker already has gone up.Mike Piazza became the first superstar free agent to sign a long-term deal after the 1998 season, and his seven-year, $91 million contract with the New York Mets raised the stakes in this year's free-agent market before it even opened.Piazza signed within the window when clubs have exclusive rights to negotiate with the free agents who were under contract to them at the end of the '98 season.That restriction will be lifted Friday, and at that time baseball's annual player auction will begin in earnest.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2001
NEW YORK - This can't really be happening, can it? The Seattle Mariners were supposed to be Exhibit A in Major League Baseball's next argument for cost control - the team that was so ravaged by free agency (and the prospect of it) that its fans could be forgiven for wondering why they kicked in all that public money to build Safeco Field. Future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson was traded to the Houston Astros during the 1998 season because of the huge contract he would soon command as a free agent.
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