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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1997
MILWAUKEE -- Champagne dripped off every Oriole who cut a path through the visitors' clubhouse at SkyDome the night they clinched the AL East. Every Oriole that is except Randy Myers, who chose to soak in the atmosphere from the safety of a narrow passage rather than be drenched with the bubbly.That's Myers, always prepared and never quite in step with the rest of the team.Minutes earlier, he stood on the mound as the last out was recorded, a line drive to Cal Ripken that made the division title official.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
Closer Jim Johnson set another Orioles franchise record Friday, converting his 35th consecutive save in the regular season (14 this year, most in the American League). That dates back to July 27th last year against Oakland. That's a pretty impressive streak, eclipsing Randy Myers one of 34 straight saves in 1997. Johnson kicked Myers out of the club record book last year as well when he set a single-season franchise record with 51 saves in 2012. You can make the argument that Johnson's stability at the back of the bullpen may be the biggest key to the Orioles' run the past year-plus.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | February 15, 1998
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Experiencing the worst moment of 1997, Ray Miller looked up from his locker to witness the first hopeful sign for 1998.Less than an hour had passed since Armando Benitez capped Game 6 of the American League Championship Series by throwing a misplaced slider that Cleveland Indians second baseman Tony Fernandez torqued into the temporary right-field bleachers at Camden Yards. Fernandez's unlikely home run became the only run in the Orioles' excruciating, 11-inning loss.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
For all the important moments in Thursday's victory, two in particular stood out. Pedro Strop's two scoreless innings for the win and Jim Johnson's perfect 13th for the save. Johnson had just blown Game 3's save by allowing a homer to Raul Ibanez in the ninth. He also gave up four runs - including a Russell Martin homer - in the ninth in Game 1. He admitted he badly wanted the ball as soon as possible. “Yeah, it was the same response from Game 1 to Game 2. You want the ball right away,” Johnson said.
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By DAN BERGER | December 1, 1997
The administration keeps bragging that it has Saddam in a box. Actually, it's more of a tunnel maze.Don't look now but the Russian ruble is just another falling Asian currency.Things have come to a pretty pass when a young Jimmy Hoffa is the candidate of the good old days.They offered him turkey and stuffing but Randy Myers went for the gravy.Pub Date: 12/01/97
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | July 12, 1995
Myers grows into leaderRandy Myers has been renowned for his fake grenades and hunting knives and camouflage gear. But this year, Chicago Cubs manager Jim Riggleman said, Myers has been a leader, often going to Riggleman when he thinks a fellow reliever needs to be talked to, or needs to get in a game.Myers said: "Those other guys are doing a good job setting me up, and my job is, if they have any problems, to protect them. . . . I'll try to help them out."
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June 22, 1997
Boys' Latin responseAs a Boys' Latin alumnus, I was thrilled to witness the Lakers' recent MIAA Division A lacrosse championship victory over Loyola. However, the day before the contest, some disparaging remarks concerning Boys' Latin transfer students were made by Loyola coach Joe McFadden in The Sun. Those remarks require clarification. First, it should be noted that all private schools in the area accept transfer students. This past year, for instance, St. Paul's accepted several senior transfers who assisted them in winning MIAA championships in football and basketball.
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By Buster Olney | June 5, 1996
On the field: The Tigers are generating incredible statistics in their incredibly awful statistics. For example: Before Sunday's doubleheader against Chicago, the Tigers' hitters had gone 30 straight games without having more walks than strikeouts. Through the first three innings last night, the Tigers had four strikeouts and one walk against Mike Mussina. They finished with five walks and eight strikeouts.In the dugout: Attempting to minimize the damage in the first inning, Tigers manager Buddy Bell ordered an intentional walk to B. J. Surhoff with Bobby Bonilla on third and two outs.
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By JOE STRAUSS | May 18, 1997
Statistics through Thursday's gameUps and downsB.J. Surhoff -- UP -- A double shy of delivering $1 million, the left-field grinder rivals Eric Davis for Week of the Season.The Big Three -- UP -- Key, Mussina, Erickson vs. Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux. You decide.Mom's Day giveaway -- UP -- Flowers from players were a nice touch, no matter what No. 28 says.Randy Myers -- DOWN -- He gripes. He sulks. He composes nastygrams. Needs editing.Tony Tarasco -- UP -- "Play me then trade me."Rocky Coppinger -- DOWN -- Though hopeful of a physical and mental mending, the Orioles don't have any idea when he might return.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2012
Orioles closer Jim Johnson has been exceptionally predictable this season: He almost always shuts the door on the opposition, and he always shuts down the questioning after a game when the attention drifts toward him. On Sunday, the Orioles' regular-season home finale, featured both as Johnson picked up his league- and personal-best 50th save in Baltimore's 6-3 win against Boston. What does Johnson think about becoming just the 10th pitcher since saves became an official statistic in 1969 to log 50 in one season?
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
[ Down the stretch is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming night for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues. ] About last night Gonzalez and Orioles beat Red Sox, 4-2 Schmuck: Will Red Sox get pay back or just lay back? Andino gets tested for concussion after game O's could cost a betting site six figures if O's win East Lefty Troy Patton back after long recovery Hammel still optimistic after side session Jim Thome says he's ready to rumble Friday's full scoreboard AL East Standings NYY       87-63     -- BAL       86-64     1 TB         81-70    6.5 AL Wild-Card Standings BAL        86-64      -- OAK       85-65         -- LAA        82-69      3.5 TB          81-70     4.5 DET        79-70     5.5 Today's game Orioles at Red Sox, 1:10 p.m. LHP Randy Wolf (5-10, 5.66 ERA)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2012
BOSTON - Orioles closer Jim Johnson often refers to his teammates as a bunch of grinders, a group of blue-collar players who pay little attention to individual accolades and instead focus on doing the unnoticed essentials that lead to winning. Johnson uses the grinder term because it bears reference to the gritty third-liners of a hockey team (he's a die-hard New York Rangers fan), the guys who lay down hits instead of scoring goals. So when Johnson set a new Orioles single-season record with his 46th save to close out a 4-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, he didn't get caught up in the mark.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | August 14, 1998
CLEVELAND -- The tried-and-true formula holds. Given a healthy starting rotation able to carry a game into late innings, the Orioles have shown since the All-Star break that their bullpen was more a victim of stress than incompetence in the first half.Sure, there have been casualties. Left-hander Norm Charlton was released last month in Detroit, only to be picked up by the Atlanta Braves. Hobbled starters Jimmy Key and Doug Drabek have been disabled but have received ample cover from a group strengthened since the exile of temporary fifth starter Pete Smith.
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By Ken Rosenthal | March 25, 1998
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- For $70 million, you'd think the Orioles could buy peace of mind. Not in this nerve-racking game. Not in this pitching-thin era.Scott Kamieniecki suffers back spasms, Terry Mathews allows three more runs and suddenly the Orioles are in the same position as every other club.Worried about their pitching.Oh, they're not exactly the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, but they could use a reliever now, a starter later and maybe both before the season is over.Their rotation includes only two likely 200-inning starters.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | February 15, 1998
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Experiencing the worst moment of 1997, Ray Miller looked up from his locker to witness the first hopeful sign for 1998.Less than an hour had passed since Armando Benitez capped Game 6 of the American League Championship Series by throwing a misplaced slider that Cleveland Indians second baseman Tony Fernandez torqued into the temporary right-field bleachers at Camden Yards. Fernandez's unlikely home run became the only run in the Orioles' excruciating, 11-inning loss.
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By Joe Strauss | February 15, 1998
AL EastOriolesManager: Ray Miller1997 record: 98-64, first placeNo. 1: Can Armando Benitez, Arthur Rhodes and/or Norm Charlton fill in the blank left by closer Randy Myers' defection to Toronto?No. 2: Will free agency become a distraction or a motivation to the 13 eligible after this season?No. 3: Will Jimmy Key more closely resemble last year's first half (12-4, 2.55 ERA) or second (4-6, 4.50 ERA)?No. 4: Is Roberto Alomar physically and mentally ready to resemble his reputation as one of the game's top five players?
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | December 7, 1997
Peter Angelos and Brady Anderson have enjoyed each other's dinner company for weeks, but now they finally can break out the champagne.L Waiter, please bring the check, and hand it to Mr. Anderson.It's time he picked up the tab.Angelos did the honors at Little Italy's Boccaccio, the Harbor Court Hotel and everywhere else these two dined in Baltimore during Anderson's contract negotiations, according to Outside Pitch magazine."I'm older," Angelos would say. "I have to pay."Well, the owner is still older, and he's still wealthier, but for $31 million, the least he can get is a free meal.
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