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By Jeff Zrebiec and jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | January 20, 2010
Orioles right-hander Brad Bergesen has been throwing pain-free off flat ground for several weeks and hopes to have at least 10 extended mound sessions before spring training starts. "It's just a normal offseason for me at this point," said Bergesen, who suffered a left shin contusion when he was hit with a line drive by Kansas City's Billy Butler on July 30. "It took forever just to get that thing back to 100 percent. It is now, but it was pretty frustrating to deal with.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2010
The Orioles have made it very clear how happy they are to have a healthy Brian Roberts back at the top of their lineup. But while Roberts played a big part in another Orioles victory Wednesday, the story of the night was Brad Bergesen's continued return to the form he showed last season. The right-hander put forth the best performance by an Orioles starter all season, allowing just one run and two hits in a complete-game, 3-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians in front of an announced 11,155 at Progressive Field.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | October 30, 2007
It appears that the Orioles are more likely to announce a new first base coach and bench coach before revealing their choice for a new front office position. And as long as we're throwing out candidates for first base coach, we need to remember Moe Hill, who joined the major league staff in September after completing his second season at Double-A Bowie, and his fifth in the organization. Hill, who spent three years at Single-A Frederick, is a former outfielder who also happened to work with the outfielders at Bowie.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2010
If it were up to Orioles veteran right-hander Kevin Millwood, he would pitch through his right forearm strain. It's not his decision, however. So Millwood, who lasted just one inning Monday in the third-shortest start of his 14-season career, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday to make room for outfielder Felix Pie, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list. "It's tough when you present a situation to somebody like Kevin, who likes the ball," interim manager Juan Samuel said.
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By Dan Connolly and Peter Schmuck and dan.connolly@baltsun.com, peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | March 20, 2010
The Orioles had mixed results from their split-squad games Saturday, but the most encouraging aspect from the afternoon was the performances of two of their young starters. Chris Tillman, who is fighting for the fifth spot in the rotation, took a major step forward with his best performance of the spring, throwing five innings in a 6-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fort Myers, Fla. Brad Bergesen, who is expected to be the club's No. 4 starter, also looked solid in four of his five innings as the Orioles' primary lineup beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2, at home in Sarasota.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | April 19, 2008
The bottom of the sixth inning last night started with Nick Markakis stroking a single to center field off Phil Hughes and ended seemingly an hour later with Kevin Millar swinging through a pitch from Edwar Ramirez. In between, the Orioles scored seven times, turning a tie game against the New York Yankees into a satisfying rout. When the most productive inning of the Orioles' season was finally over, the fans who had come to Camden Yards to cheer on the home team gave it a standing ovation.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | June 9, 2008
TORONTO -- A day after pitcher Steve Trachsel failed to close out an eight-run lead and appeared incredulous when Dave Trembley came to the mound to take him out, the Orioles' manager acknowledged that the club could make a decision shortly on the veteran's roster status. Trachsel allowed four runs (two earned) after entering in the eighth inning Saturday with the Orioles leading 9-1. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, but he was removed in the ninth without getting an out after allowing a two-run double to Kevin Mench and walking Brad Wilkerson.
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By Bill Ordine and Dan Connolly and and Bill Ordine and Dan Connolly and and,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | August 28, 2008
The Orioles' already thin pitching staff is in danger of getting even thinner as the club waits to find out more about Daniel Cabrera, who is experiencing discomfort in his right forearm. Concerned about the recent fall-off in Cabrera's velocity, the Orioles had their No. 2 starter undergo a magnetic resonance imaging on his right arm Tuesday. Manager Dave Trembley said the MRI came back negative but that Cabrera recently disclosed that he has felt discomfort. The development casts doubt on Cabrera's next start, which is scheduled for this weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays on the road.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2010
Long before a save situation presented itself in the eighth inning of the Orioles' 8-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, manager Dave Trembley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz had decided that Jim Johnson was going to get the ball. It didn't matter what the inning was, or what was the situation. If there were key outs to get after starter Brian Matusz departed, they wanted Johnson, who blew a save and took the loss a day earlier, to get them. "I thought you had to go with the guy with the best stuff," Trembley said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2010
A day after Adam Jones twice let Oakland Athletics base runners go from first to third base on singles up the middle, Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel and third base and outfield coach John Shelby met with the center fielder and urged him to concentrate more on his defense. A big part of the message was telling Jones, who usually positions himself shallower than most center fielders, to play a little deeper in an effort to cut down on the number of hits going over his head. "[We're]
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2010
A day after Adam Jones twice let Oakland Athletics base runners go from first to third base on singles up the middle, Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel and third base and outfield coach John Shelby met with the center fielder and urged him to concentrate more on his defense. A big part of the message was telling Jones, who usually positions himself shallower than most center fielders, to play a little deeper in an effort to cut down on the number of hits going over his head. "[We're]
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2010
A day after Chris Tillman gave up six runs in just two innings, the struggling starter was sent to the bullpen, where he'll be used in a long-relief role at least for the time being. The days off Thursday and Monday will allow interim manager Juan Samuel to go with a four-man rotation until June 26, when a fifth starter is needed. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz said Tillman and the recently demoted Brad Bergesen will be considered for that start. That means rookie right-hander Jake Arrieta, who started Tuesday night, will take Tillman's spot Sunday for the series finale in San Diego.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 15, 2010
With the weather looking suspect and a series of potential rainouts threatening to throw the Orioles' rotation in flux, Jeremy Guthrie approached manager Dave Trembley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz last weekend in Minnesota and delivered a message. "He told both Kranny and I, 'Hey, if you need me to come back on three days' rest to face Cleveland, I'll do that,' " Trembley said. "So that kind of tipped me off that he was going to be ready to pitch today. But I was there with Guthrie in the minor leagues when he was pitching for the Indians on the other side, and I'm sure this is a big game for him. He may not say it, but I'm sure this was a big game for him."
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2010
Center fielder Adam Jones was scratched Wednesday from the Orioles' lineup with a right hip strain less than an hour before their series finale with the New York Yankees. Jones called it precautionary and said he expects to be in the lineup Thursday night, when the Orioles begin a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins. "It was just smarter not to play today," he said. "I'd end up hurting myself more than I need to." Jones said he hurt his hip while taking a swing during his second at-bat in Tuesday night's game and it became more uncomfortable as the game progressed.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Dean Jones Jr., The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2010
Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz met with starter Jeremy Guthrie behind closed doors before Thursday night's game, urging the pitcher to relax and "control only what he can control." The meeting came a day after Guthrie was hammered for seven runs (six earned) in just 42/3 innings against the New York Yankees. After the outing, a visibly shaken Guthrie apologized to teammates and Orioles fans, saying he was embarrassed by his performance. Guthrie declined to comment Thursday.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2010
Long before a save situation presented itself in the eighth inning of the Orioles' 8-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, manager Dave Trembley and pitching coach Rick Kranitz had decided that Jim Johnson was going to get the ball. It didn't matter what the inning was, or what was the situation. If there were key outs to get after starter Brian Matusz departed, they wanted Johnson, who blew a save and took the loss a day earlier, to get them. "I thought you had to go with the guy with the best stuff," Trembley said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | April 7, 2010
Michael Gonzalez, the man who was signed this offseason to prevent gut-wrenching losses, sat in the corner of a stunned and silent Orioles clubhouse, his chin resting in his hands. He had been waiting for this exact opportunity for weeks to prove that all the spring concerns about his diminished velocity and spotty command were wastes of energy, to show -- as he promised -- that he was a different pitcher once the bright lights of the regular season shone. The spotlight was about as bright as it could get in the night inning Tuesday night at sold-out Tropicana Field, a one-run Orioles lead and a potentially satisfying start to the 2010 season resting firmly on Gonzalez's shoulders.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Dean Jones Jr., The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2010
Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz met with starter Jeremy Guthrie behind closed doors before Thursday night's game, urging the pitcher to relax and "control only what he can control." The meeting came a day after Guthrie was hammered for seven runs (six earned) in just 42/3 innings against the New York Yankees. After the outing, a visibly shaken Guthrie apologized to teammates and Orioles fans, saying he was embarrassed by his performance. Guthrie declined to comment Thursday.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2010
OAKLAND, Calif. — A magnetic resonance imaging performed on Michael Gonzalez's left shoulder revealed no new damage, but the struggling closer is still expected to be on the disabled list for at least three weeks. Gonzalez, who blew two of his first three save opportunities, reported problems with his shoulder while he was warming up Tuesday. He was diagnosed with a shoulder strain, and he'll report to the team's minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla., to begin a rehabilitation program.
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By Peter Schmuck | April 11, 2010
O rioles manager Dave Trembley wouldn't come right out and say it, but you won't be getting another chance to boo Michael Gonzalez at the start of the ninth inning for a while. Gonzalez is going back to the proverbial drawing board with pitching coach Rick Kranitz, and he probably will pitch only in nonpressure situations until he proves that he has corrected the mechanical flaws that have diminished his velocity and led to a pair of ugly blown saves. Is this official?
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