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By Ken Rosenthal and Jason LaCanfora and Ken Rosenthal and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | February 27, 1997
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- "He was batting in the top of the first for the district championship, and we were playing at their field," said Rocky Coppinger's father, John. "This kid Gino was going to throw at Rocky right away, and the kids he went to school with had heard this.""I was sitting with the scouts on the first base side. They threw right at his head, and as he ducked the ball hit him in the right elbow and he had to pitch that game. All hell broke loose. I was going to kill their coach, and I'm not usually like that."
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By ROCH KUBATKO | April 30, 1999
At Oriole Park at Camden Yards Day...................Time..................TV........................... Starters Tonight.............7: 05................54, 50..............LaTroy Hawkins (1-3, 10.89) vs. ........................................ ................................Sidney Ponson (0-2, 6.23) Tomorrow.........1: 35...................HTS.............Brad Radke (2-2, 4.73) vs. ........................................ ...............................
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June 21, 1996
Opponent: Kansas City RoyalsSite: Oriole ParkTime: 7: 35 p.m.TV/Radio: Chs. 13, 50/WBAL (1090 AM)Starters: Royals' Chris Haney (4-5, 4.23) vs. Orioles' Rocky Coppinger (2-0, 6.55)Tickets: 250 remain.Pub Date: 6/21/96
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By Roch Kubatko | March 10, 1999
Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 8-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.Calvin Pickering: After over-swinging and hearing a collective yell from the Orioles' dugout, Pickering shortened his swing on the next pitch and crushed an opposite-field homer.Chris Fussell: Needs more seasoning in the minors. His stuff is too good to be struggling like this.Mike Murphy: Destined for a starting job in Triple-A, but the outfielder made his mark yesterday with two hits and two RBIs.
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By From Staff Reports | April 28, 1995
FREDERICK -- Sean Hugo drove in three runs and Rocky Coppinger allowed two hits over seven inning, leading the Frederick Keys to a 5-1 win over the Lynchburg Hill Cats in a Carolina League game last night.
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By Joe Strauss | May 1, 1997
On the field: Through the first four innings, the top four hitters in the Orioles' lineup were 0-for-10 and hit one ball out of the infield. The bottom five were 8-for-9 with two home runs, a sacrifice and three RBIs.In the dugout: Brady Anderson led off the game by outrunning Twins first baseman Greg Colbrunn to the bag. Colbrunn had fumbled Anderson's routine grounder. Anderson, who enjoys a permanent green light from manager Davey Johnson, was thrown out stealing on the next pitch.In the clubhouse: "He needs to take a look in the mirror.
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By Jim Mandelaro | September 6, 1995
OTTAWA -- First-inning wildness by left-hander Jimmy Williams proved to be the difference last night as the Ottawa Lynx edged the Rochester Red Wings, 1-0, and evened the best-of-five International League East playoffs at one game apiece.Williams, acquired by the New York Mets last month to complete the Bobby Bonilla trade, walked three batters and gave up a run-scoring single to Yamil Benitez. The left-hander got back on track and finished with a complete-game six-hitter, but the Wings' offense was shut down by left-hander Bob Baxter and three relievers.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | September 15, 1996
Van Poppel mystery to O'sTodd Van Poppel, the Tigers starter today, has struggled his entire career since being a prized first-round pick by the Oakland Athletics in 1990, and carries a 7.89 ERA into his start against the Orioles.However, none of the Orioles' sluggers have hit Van Poppel well. Cal Ripken is 2-for-18 lifetime, Rafael Palmeiro is 3-for-12 (but all three hits are homers), Hoiles is 1-for-12 and Brady Anderson is 4-for-18. Overall, the Orioles' regular starting lineup is a combined 12-for-73 (.164)
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By BUSTER OLNEY | June 9, 1996
(Through Thursday's games)Ups and downsThe Orioles -- UP -- Should get fat on second-division feast this week, when they travel to Detroit and Kansas City.Roberto Alomar -- UP -- Has some big advantages in his quest for .400: He can bunt, run and switch-hit.Brady Anderson -- EVEN -- Tigers come and go and Anderson doesn't go deep. Dude, you can't hit homers all the time.Rocky Coppinger -- UP -- The savior. But remember, just 13 months ago, he was pitching in Single-A.Manny Alexander -- DOWN -- It's understandable he's not happy about not playing, but to play the race card is sort of silly, given the circumstances.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 10, 1999
Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 8-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.Calvin Pickering: After over-swinging and hearing a collective yell from the Orioles' dugout, Pickering shortened his swing on the next pitch and crushed an opposite-field homer.Chris Fussell: Needs more seasoning in the minors. His stuff is too good to be struggling like this.Mike Murphy: Destined for a starting job in Triple-A, but the outfielder made his mark yesterday with two hits and two RBIs.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1998
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Like his friend Sidney Ponson is now, two years ago Rocky Coppinger was the new kid on the Orioles' pitching block.He took a lightning-like route through the organization, arriving in the majors in June 1996, less than two years after launching his career in rookie ball at Bluefield.Single-A. Double-A. Triple-A. No problem for the rampaging big guy from Texas who averaged more than a strikeout an inning after the Orioles beat the deadline to sign him out of the 1993 draft.
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By Joe Strauss | July 5, 1998
Les Miserables - DOWN - Felipe Alou owns an $11 million clubhouse and the ability to rip the Orioles' desire after a three-game sweep at Olympic Stadium. How much lower can it go?Rafael Palmeiro - UP - His numbers said he's a cinch for the All-Star Game, but a political and imperfect selection process left him out until Mo Vaughn begged out with an injury. Palmeiro's performance has forced the club to upgrade his contract status to a priority.Rocky Coppinger - UP - Amazing how a year away can raise a guy's stock.
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By Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko and Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1998
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The fractious relationship between the Orioles and pitcher Rocky Coppinger suffered further strain yesterday when the club optioned the right-hander to Double-A Bowie, prompting Coppinger to press the team for a trade."
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1998
Hair cut high and tight along with a noticeably looser demeanor, Rocky Coppinger looks like a guy who has had a weight lifted from his shoulders.And his hips.And his gut.And just about any other place that sagged under the poundage of a ruinous 1997 season.Rocky Coppinger, the Orioles' 10-game rookie winner in 1996, missed the Baltimore Express last season. Actually, he threw himself off the train as a jumble of raw rotator cuff, painful right elbow and a fractured personal life. One season after living large as the Orioles' out-of-nowhere No. 4 starter, Coppinger became too large.
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By JOE STRAUSS | August 3, 1997
Statistics through ThursdayUps and downsGillick and Malone -- UP The Orioles' brain trust knows that another starter would have been nice, but Tuesday's grab for Harold Baines provides experience, balance and depth.Rick Krivda -- UP The 27-year-old left-hander took the long way home but has arrived in time to play an important role during the stretch drive.Roberto Alomar -- DOWN Was on a tear before suffering groin strain Tuesday night. How long he's gone is uncertain. The good news: His ankle is again healthy, and his left shoulder is close.
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