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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter met the media prior to the Orioles' American League Division Series workout and he revealed little about what his plans are for his roster. Yes, he's settled on a starter for Friday, but hasn't announced it yet. Yes, he knows pretty much which way he is leaning for his roster, but he wanted to talk to some of his players during the workout first. He said he's still kicking around 10 or 11 pitchers. He wouldn't go into specifics, but in that scenario you have to figure Jimmy Paredes or Quintin Berry has made it. And if he takes 10 pitchers, then both have likely made it (Alexi Casilla and Steve Clevenger are here for the workout, but they remain long shots)
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who will get Monday's Game 3 start, said through an interpreter that he's not considering the importance of the game or where it might rank in his career. “For me, I want to keep it simple. It doesn't matter to me whether we're ahead or behind,” said Chen, who hasn't pitched since allowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings on Oct. 3 in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Tigers. “My job is to go out and pitch a good game. It doesn't change whether it's 0-2 or 2-0.” There are two things in Chen's favor heading into Monday night.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
Orioles manager Buck Showalter just met with the media, and the club's 25-man roster is coming into a little clearer focus. Here are the highlights: Catcher Taylor Teagarden will receive a second epidural in his injured back Monday. Because of that, he will definitely be starting the season on the 15-day DL, along with Zach Britton and Brian Roberts. The transactions can be backdated, so technically, those three could be eligible to come off by April 10. Teagarden's injury means Ronny Paulino will be the club's backup catcher to start the season.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Suspended first baseman Chris Davis took batting practice with the Orioles at Camden Yards on Thursday, a day ahead of the American League Championship Series opener against the Kansas City Royals. But Davis, who has five games remaining on a 25-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, will not be added to the ALCS roster, manager Buck Showalter said Thursday. In order to include Davis on the roster, the Orioles would have had to play shorthanded until the suspension ends.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
The Orioles finalized their 25-man roster this afternoon for Friday's Opening Day, and there was one mild surprise: veteran sidearmer Darren O'Day made the club over lefty reliever Zach Phillips. Phillips, who had a minor league option remaining, was not around for pre-game player introductions from either side before Wednesday's exhibition at Harbor Park against the organization's Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides. Phillips, 25, allowed just four hits, two walks and two runs in 13 1/3 spring innings, but the Orioles decided to keep just one left-hander in the bullpen - Troy Patton, who was out of options and would have had to clear waivers before he could be sent to Norfolk.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Orioles and Rangers announced their rosters for tonight's one-game American League wild-card playoff at Rangers Ballpark. Not a lot of surprises. Orioles manager Buck Showalter will have 10 relievers to pick from tonight in relief of left-handed starter Joe Saunders. Because the Orioles can submit a new roster before Sunday's first ALDS game, if they win tonight and continue their season, Friday's roster was expected to be reliever heavy and starting pitcher short - and it is.  Here are the non-injured players who are here but didn't make this roster: Xavier Avery, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Chris Tillman.  The Rangers have included lefty starters Matt Harrison and Derek Holland, in case they need them for a matchup or an inning.
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Baltimore Sun staff | October 7, 2012
The Orioles have announced their roster for the ALDS against the New York Yankees. Notable omissions include infielder Omar Quintanilla, and pitchers Steve Johnson, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton. The complete rosters are listed below:   INFIELDERS/OUTFIELDERS/DH (11) Robert Andino             INF Endy Chavez                OF Chris Davis                  RF Ryan Flaherty              INF Lew Ford                     OF JJ Hardy                       SS Adam Jones                CF Manny Machado          3B Nate McLouth             OF Mark Reynolds            1B Jim Thome                  DH   CATCHERS (2)
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
- Heading into the final week of spring training, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was noncommittal Friday about several club issues including the team's Opening Day starter and closer. Yet the pending 25-man roster is becoming much clearer, with only one or two bullpen spots and perhaps the fifth starter's role undecided. One thing is certain, Showalter said: This spring's roster decisions are tougher than last year's, when injuries and lack of depth catapulted players into the majors by default.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | May 17, 2011
It would be tempting to view the persistent rain that drenched Fenway Park on Tuesday night as a small blessing for the Orioles, who had kept their 25-man roster in a state of suspended animation until the second game of the brief series was postponed. The patchwork lineup that was posted for the matchup between Zach Britton and Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield wasn't even the real lineup because the club was holding off on a couple of roster moves until the tarp came off the field.
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By Matt Vensel | March 30, 2011
The Orioles on Tuesday revealed Buck Showalter's 25-man roster for Opening Day. The team cut promising lefty prospect Zach Britton, backup catcher Craig Tatum and utility infielder Brendan Harris. Earlier in the week, outfielder Nolan Reimold was sent to to Triple-A Norfolk, too. None of these moves were shocking, but strictly speaking about baseball, you could argue that some of those players should have made the roster if contract implications didn't come into play. For example, Reimold outplayed Felix Pie in spring training, but Pie got the fourth outfielder gig because Reimold had an option remaining and Pie did not. And Britton was one of the team's best pitchers in Grapefruit League play and the rotation would likely be better if it included him, but he didn't make the cut because the team didn't want to start his arbitration clock before it had to. Given all that, I have no arguments against Showalter's final roster decisions -- chances are we will see guys like Reimold and Britton at Camden Yards at some point this summer -- but feel free to chime in if you do. You tell me: Which Orioles roster moves, if any, do you disagree with?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
There will be no baseball played over the next two days, after the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants both punched tickets to the National League Championship Series with Game 4 wins Tuesday night. No baseball until the Orioles open the American League Championship Series on Friday night at Camden Yards against the Kansas City Royals. The Nationals were knocked out by the Giants on Tuesday, so there will be no Beltway World Series. The elimination of the Nats also means that the Orioles, who won 96 games in the regular season, are alone as the winningest team remaining.
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By Blair Kerkhoff and The Kansas City Star | October 7, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's possible that the Kansas City Royals will go into the American League Championship Series against the Orioles with the same 25-man roster, including 11 pitchers, they used to sweep the Los Angeles Angels in the Division Series. And it appears likely that Kansas City rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura will be the Game 2 starter Saturday after right-hander James Shields pitches in Game 1. “We're pretty set with Ventura in the second game,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
In considering his American League Division Series roster, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this weekend in Toronto that his biggest decision was whether he would carry 10 or 11 pitchers in the best-of-five series against the Detroit Tigers. He decided on the latter and opted to make that 11th pitcher right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez . To call Jimenez's first season in Baltimore inconsistent might be kind. He's been on a roller coaster that included a second-half demotion to the bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez said he was somewhat surprised that he was added to the Orioles' American League Division Series roster, but he thought he might have a chance after the way he had pitched down the stretch. “I was wondering,” said Jimenez, who was 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 25 games this year but 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in three September appearances. “I realize that the other guys have been doing their job, so I know it was a tough call. But I was really happy to have the opportunity to be on the roster, and I'm looking forward to doing my job.” When deciding on his 25-man ALDS roster, manager Buck Showalter said he considered several factors, including the Detroit Tigers' right-handed heavy lineup, versatility and recent performance.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Thursday's game that he faced some difficult choices in selecting the team's American League Division Series roster, but he said the decision to add right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez gives his 11-man pitching staff a dynamic that he likes. Showalter selected Jimenez, who struggled throughout the season with his control and was eventually demoted to the bullpen before pitching well in his final three appearances, while leaving left-handers Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland off the roster against a predominantly right-handed Detroit Tigers lineup.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The Orioles will only have two lefties in their bullpen for the American League Division Series that starts tonight at 5:37 p.m. against the Detroit Tigers, and Ubaldo Jimenez is a surprise addition to the roster. The Tigers don't have many left-handed bench options, so Orioles manager Buck Showalter apparently felt he'd rather have an extra right-hander that can provide some length in Jimenez. Infielder Jimmy Paredes made the cut. Outfielder/baserunning specialist Quintin Berry didn't.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
When the Orioles outrighted Steve Pearce to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday, there was obvious murmuring that the club must be ready to make another 40-man roster move. The timing, admittedly, is curious. But I've been told there are no roster moves pending as of late Saturday afternoon. I was also told by a joking member of the organization not to worry: Dan Duquette will use that 40-man spot. Duquette's not one to waste a roster opening. He will find someone for it. It's just that that someone is not earmarked for it at this moment.
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By Matt Vensel | August 18, 2011
Bryan Mattison, the son of former Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, was a member of the team's practice squad the past two seasons, at times shuffling back and forth from offensive line to defensive line. His father is now coaching at the University of Michigan, so perhaps the notion that nepotism is what kept Mattison around will go out the window now that the Iowa graduate is running with the first-team offense in Matt Birk's absence. Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Mattison will start Friday against the Chiefs.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Note to Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland: It's not personal. The Orioles released their roster for the American League Division Series on Thursday morning and a couple of the team's left-handed mainstays are going to spend the next several days in a cheerleading role. That's not because of anything they did or didn't do during the regular season. It's because the Detroit Tigers are such a heavily right-handed-hitting team that there won't be very many opportunities for manager Buck Showalter to match up using his lefties in the middle and late innings.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
We are going to get the bar going a lot in the next few weeks. There will be lots of things to discuss. Lots of predictions for you to share. Much has been made about what the Orioles' roster for the American League Division Series will look like. I'd imagine we'll know at some point today, though Buck Showalter doesn't have to submit it until Thursday morning. Honestly, I think it's pretty set. To me there are only two spots that are unclear. That's because I believe Kelly Johnson, T.J. McFarland and David Lough are going to make the roster.
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