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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
As the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches Thursday at 4 p.m., the Orioles are focused on acquiring a mid-level starter and a left-handed reliever, as well as a potential upgrade offensively at either second base or catcher. The club has talked to several teams about acquiring a versatile left-hander who could push Brian Matusz into more of a lefty specialist role. Left-handers are hitting .233 against Matusz, while right-handers are batting .308 versus him. Adding another left-handed reliever would make the Orioles' stout bullpen even stronger.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
The Orioles added a pair of relievers Monday, the first day of expanded rosters, as they recalled right-hander Evan Meek from Triple-A Norfolk and purchased the contract of left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said the club initially planned to just add Saunders on Monday, but he decided to add Meek as well after the team was forced to use five relievers in the 12-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. The team is also expected to add right-hander Ryan Webb on Tuesday as long as he is OK after his outing at Norfolk on Monday.
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By Kevin Cowherd | April 20, 2000
AS ANY PARENT of a Little League player knows, there's nothing more stressful in life than watching your kid pitch. Here's an idea I have advocated for years: At every game, there should be a little bar set up on the sidelines expressly for the parents of the kid who's pitching. As soon as your kid takes the mound, you'd be allowed to sit at the bar and order a drink. And this drink would be on the house. Beer, wine, mixed drinks, blender drinks, whatever you want. (Actually, I haven't worked out the details of how the money for all this booze would be raised.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
The Orioles will make a number of moves when rosters expand Monday, including recalling at least two pitchers from Triple-A Norfolk. The club is expected to add right-hander Ryan Webb and left-hander Joe Saunders from the Tides to give the team additional bullpen depth. Despite being a key part of the Orioles bullpen all season, Webb was optioned to Norfolk on Aug. 1. He was 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 11 games (11 1/3 innings) at Norfolk. In 42 2/3 innings with the Orioles this year, Webb has a 3-2 record and a 3.80 ERA. Saunders, a former Orioles starter who was signed to a minor league deal Aug. 5, had a 1.50 ERA in 12 innings for Norfolk while working as a multiple-inning reliever.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The Orioles return to Camden Yards today to begin a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians, who are coming off a three-game sweep of the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers. It's hard to say which Orioles team is going to show up tonight, but the Indians struggle against left-handers, so the club hopes it can get another good outing from Wei-Yin Chen. It's expected that there will be another fresh pitcher in the bullpen tonight after Chris Tillman could only go one-plus inning Wednesday.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | August 4, 2004
IT HASN'T BEEN easy going through life with a built-in nickname, but when the Seattle Mariners arrived in town, I thought I finally had found someone else who could feel my pain. The Mariners have a relief pitcher named J.J. Putz, a young right-hander who I was sure would be able to identify with my lifelong struggle to order a pizza over the phone. No such luck. J.J. claims his surname is pronounced with a slightly longer "u" - so that it sounds more like "puts" than "putts." That's his story, and he's sticking to it. "He's in denial," said Orioles play-by-play man Joe Angel.
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By John Woestendiek and John Woestendiek,Sun reporter | July 23, 2008
Mike Palulis paced the right field warning track, then stood with hands on hips, shifting from foot to foot as he looked out over his realm - a slowly filling Camden Yards. He seemed more antsy than nervous, like something inside needed to get out. He adjusted his uniform, took some practice swings with an imaginary bat; then he paced some more. Palulis had gotten his assignment - he was to head to the bullpen in the fifth inning - and now he was taking a moment to focus. The Orioles had, after all, just lost their 15th-straight Sunday game.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | March 3, 2000
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- John Rocker reported to the Atlanta Braves spring training facility yesterday and attempted to cool the lingering controversy that has enveloped him since his mean-spirited diatribe against homosexuals, immigrants and minorities hit the pages of Sports Illustrated more than two months ago. The embattled relief pitcher arrived less than a day after arbitrator Shyam Das overturned the spring training ban imposed by baseball commissioner...
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 11, 2000
DETROIT - With Alan Mills still unable to throw, the Orioles' relief pitcher is expected to go on the disabled list today. Mills will see team orthopedist Michael Jacobs today in Baltimore, while the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Royals in Kansas City. Mills, who was reacquired by the Orioles on June 13, had to stop playing catch after five minutes Wednesday when he began experiencing pain again in a spot behind his right shoulder. He hasn't pitched since Friday in Tampa Bay when he allowed a three-run homer to Greg Vaughn in the eighth inning that began the Devil Rays' comeback from a 9-4 deficit.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - When the Orioles signed right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Webb in December, executive vice president Dan Duquette quickly compared him to Jim Johnson, who had been traded earlier that month. And while the comparison wasn't necessarily fair since the departed Johnson had compiled back-to-back 50-save seasons before he was dealt to the Oakland Athletics, both possess heavy sinkers that can lead to early contact and quick outs, which can be valuable while pitching in critical late-inning situations in the American League East.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
As the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches Thursday at 4 p.m., the Orioles are focused on acquiring a mid-level starter and a left-handed reliever, as well as a potential upgrade offensively at either second base or catcher. The club has talked to several teams about acquiring a versatile left-hander who could push Brian Matusz into more of a lefty specialist role. Left-handers are hitting .233 against Matusz, while right-handers are batting .308 versus him. Adding another left-handed reliever would make the Orioles' stout bullpen even stronger.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
The Orioles return to Camden Yards today to begin a four-game series against the Cleveland Indians, who are coming off a three-game sweep of the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers. It's hard to say which Orioles team is going to show up tonight, but the Indians struggle against left-handers, so the club hopes it can get another good outing from Wei-Yin Chen. It's expected that there will be another fresh pitcher in the bullpen tonight after Chris Tillman could only go one-plus inning Wednesday.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2014
Fifth-seeded Denver has made no secret about its season-long philosophy of rotating goalkeepers Ryan LaPlante and Jamie Faus. Top-seeded and reigning national champion Duke may adopt a similar approach in Saturday's NCAA tournament semifinal against the Pioneers at M&T Bank Stadium. Sophomore Luke Aaron (9.82 goals-against average; .518 save percentage) is slated to make his 17th start of the season, but he looked shaky in the second half of Sunday's 19-11 rout of Johns Hopkins and was pulled in the third quarter in favor of junior Kyle Turri (8.63 goals-against average; .453 save percentage)
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz remembers laughing when he opened the piece of fan mail in Sarasota, Fla., last month. He immediately showed the contents of the manila envelope to Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells before informing manager Buck Showalter. "I'm like, Richie, can you believe this?' Then I told Buck about it," Matusz said recently, chuckling. "That's probably the most unusual, interesting item any fan has ever asked me to sign. I thought it was hilarious.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
NEW YORK-- The Orioles made a minor trade on Monday afternoon, acquiring right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet from the Cleveland Indians for minor league outfielder Torsten Boss. In the corresponding 40-man move to create space for Guilmet, the team transferred outfielder Nolan Reimold to the 60-day disabled list. Reimold opened the season on the 15-day DL because he struggled moving his neck looking up for balls while playing the outfield this spring training. The plan was for Reimold - who is coming off corrective neck surgery - to play in extended spring training games in Sarasota to get better accustomed to playing the outfield.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - When the Orioles signed right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Webb in December, executive vice president Dan Duquette quickly compared him to Jim Johnson, who had been traded earlier that month. And while the comparison wasn't necessarily fair since the departed Johnson had compiled back-to-back 50-save seasons before he was dealt to the Oakland Athletics, both possess heavy sinkers that can lead to early contact and quick outs, which can be valuable while pitching in critical late-inning situations in the American League East.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | April 15, 2006
For those of you wondering why Hayden Penn hasn't pitched for Triple-A Ottawa, it's because he remains at the minor league camp in Sarasota, Fla. The Orioles wanted him to build up more innings, and increase his arm strength, because they felt he didn't get enough work at the major league camp. Going back to the rule that allowed Chris Ray to be credited with the win Thursday night, it's Rule 10.19 c (4) Exception, stating, "Do not credit a victory to a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when a succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain the lead.
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February 10, 2012
As a Baltimore native, Orioles spring training season ticket holder and longtime Jeremy Guthrie fan, I'm saddened that my favorite pitcher was traded to the Rockies ("Orioles' spring version of the show: 'As the Rotation Turns,'" Feb. 8). But the recent acquisition of relief pitcher Pat Neshek - the only known vegan player in the Majors - definitely softens the blow. I'll cheer for a vegan pitcher any day - even if he blows more than eight saves. Anyone who spares animals, helps save the environment and promotes healthy living is a champion in my book.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
As Darren O'Day spoke to the media on Monday about his new two-year deal, Orioles pitching coach Rick Adair and bullpen coach Bill Castro beamed from the back row. Coaches aren't ones to sit in on news conferences often, but it showed how coveted the Orioles' sidearm reliever has become. The Orioles are making a $5.8 million investment in O'Day. He was the team's most consistent relief pitcher last season, able to work his way out of a jam, as well as hold a lead. He could come in for one batter or pitch two innings.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2013
The Orioles have, for all intents and purposes, completed deals with all of their arbitration-eligible players, agreeing to terms Saturday afternoon with the final one, right-handed reliever Darren O'Day on a two-year extension worth a guaranteed $5.8 million. The Orioles said the deal is not yet completed, but they are nearing a multiyear extension with O'Day, who was 7-1 with a 2.28 ERA in 69 games last year. “It is something he asked us to explore during the course of negotiations for a one-year deal and we are taking a look at it ... and there is work to be done,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said.
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