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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
With Zach Britton essentially out for the start of the season, the Orioles' rotation picture is becoming a little clearer. We will know even more after Wednesday, when Tommy Hunter (lower back) makes his spring debut in a major-league game. If Hunter comes out of that fine, you can probably pencil in Hunter, Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel and Jake Arrieta as four members of the ration - in some order. (My guess is Arrieta, Chen, Hammel, Hunter). That leaves the fifth spot, with Brian Matusz seemingly the leader in the clubhouse based on the results he has gotten so far this spring (one earned run in 13 innings, though he did allow seven hits on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies in five innings)
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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 John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2013
Long study has persuaded me that there are only four personal-finance columns in newspapering, which rotate week to week every month:   1. Saving for your children's college education No way you can ever save enougn. You're screwed.    2. Saving for your retirement It's already too late to catch up. You're screwed.   3. Investing in stocks Too risky. You're screwed.    4. Investing in bonds Too little return. You're screwed.   
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
The Detroit Tigers have announced their rotation for the first four games of the American League Division Series against the Orioles that begins Thursday at Camden Yards. They'll use 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on Thursday, 2011 AL Cy Young Award/Most Valuable Player winner Justin Verlander on Friday, 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner David Price on Sunday in Game 3 at Comerica Park and Rick Porcello for Monday's Game 4, if necessary, in Detroit. They have not announced a starter for a possible Game 5 on Oct. 8 at Camden Yards.
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By Dan Connolly | June 27, 2012
The Orioles have had two consistent starters this season: Jason HammelandWei-Yin Chen. The other three spots have been anything but reliable. At times, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Tommy Hunter have been good. Other times, they've been way south of good. The positive news is that injuries have not hit the Orioles' rotation. The above-mentioned five have made 72 of the club's 73 starts. The other one was started by long reliever Dana Eveland. The bad news is that Jake Arrieta (3-9, 5.55 ERA in 16 starts)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 21, 2012
The returning Orioles pitchers welcome the unspoken message to them. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette spent the offseason focusing on starting pitching, acquiring left-handers Wei-Yin Chen, Tsuyoshi Wada and Dana Eveland. That makes for a crowded staff. As of now, the Orioles' list of starting rotation candidates is in double digits, which will create intense competition come spring training. “I think they know it's time to you-know-what or get off the pot,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said at Saturday's FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2013
OK, I'm sure you'll start thinking about the Orioles in roughly 10 days when pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota. Right now, you have other sporting things on your mind. I get that. This week the bar is adorned in purple and black. I had to borrow the colored lightbulbs from a Deadhead couple I know. Hope you like the special touches in here. We haven't done a Prediction Friday in a while. But boy is this the perfect time to do it. We can't just be all football in here this weekend.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2013
The Orioles have announced their probable starters for their upcoming series in Kansas City and the rotation will stay in line with one exception: The club has flipped Scott Feldman and Jason Hammel. Feldman, who started the Orioles' final game before the break on Sunday, will start Monday against the Royals, and Hammel, whose last start came Saturday, will pitch on Tuesday in Kansas City. Hammel, the Orioles' Opening Day starter, has struggled recently, going winless over his last eight starts with the Orioles going 1-7 over that span.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2013
Because Wei-Yin Chen is returning and Scott Feldman has joined the rotation from the Chicago Cubs, the Orioles currently have six starters. The obvious move would be to send Zach Britton back to the minors or put him into the bullpen (and demote rookie Kevin Gausman), but Britton has acquitted himself well since he returned to the majors and rotation, which may complicate the situation a bit. “I don't think it's complicated because we're dealing with some good people. What's complicated is when you don't have a good option,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly | February 15, 2012
Welcome back to the bar. We're so close to baseball season, I can almost taste the $8 beers. By the way, we don't charge more than $4 per watered-down fake brew in here. I'm not counting the cover out front, though; can't do much about that. Anyway, I'm putting together some spring training preview stories, and obviously, one of the most intriguing things about this Orioles camp is that no one -- including executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter -- knows exactly how this roster is going to shake out. The most wide-open battle is for the most important spots -- the rotation.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
When Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette introduced Nelson Cruz to the media back in February, he was quick to point out the slugger's postseason accolades. There's no doubt the Orioles have gotten their money's worth in their one-year, $8 million investment in the 34-year-old pending free agent, but could the true payoff be ahead? Cruz will head into the Orioles' American League Division League Series matchup against the Detroit Tigers with 34 postseason games under his belt.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
TORONTO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants to see his collective group of starters in action today for the team's final regular-season game and last action before Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday. Showalter initially wanted Alexi Casilla to start at third base today. He will play, but he will come in as a reserve. Ryan Flaherty will start at third base. So does that mean Flaherty will be the starting third baseman when the Orioles open the ALDS? Not necessarily.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
If you think the Ravens are being coy about their running back situation, Lorenzo Taliaferro wants to let you in on a little secret. Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak doesn't let the players know in advance how he'll divvy up the carries on game day, either. "He doesn't really tell us who's going to go in during the week," said Taliaferro, the Ravens' rookie running back. "[It's] … whoever they call and put in. We'll all step out there and get the job done. " There remains a shroud of mystery about the Ravens' running game as they face the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
NEW YORK - As the final week of the regular season begins, the Orioles' postseason pitching plan is becoming clearer. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Monday's series opener against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium that he plans to use four starters in the American League Division Series. Right-hander Chris Tillman is on turn to start with one extra day of rest in the Orioles' series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Friday, which also puts him in line to start Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 2, also on one extra day of rest.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has settled on his rotation for the four-game, three-day series against the New York Yankees this weekend, and it will be a mix of the current starters. Tuesday's starter against the Toronto Blue Jays will be a bit of a wild card, though. Kevin Gausman will start Friday's afternoon game against the Yankees, and Bud Norris will pitch the nightcap of the doubleheader. Miguel Gonzalez will start Saturday afternoon, and Chris Tillman gets the assignment for Sunday night's nationally televised game.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman was optioned to the club's Rookie-level Gulf Coast League team after Wednesday night's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. A corresponding move will be made before Thursday's series finale. Gausman allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in four innings before being removed from the game after 80 pitches in the loss, but the roster move is not related to his performance. He was informed of the move in manager Buck Showalter's office shortly after the game.
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April 4, 2012
Buck Showalter still isn't officially revealing his roster or his full rotation until after today's game against the Norfolk Tides - rosters have to be in by 5 p.m. EST. The game will probably end around 6. He did say however that Tommy Hunter will pitch in game 2 - in between Opening Day starter Jake Arrieta and Sunday's scheduled starter, Jason Hammel. The common belief had been that Wei-Yin Chen would pitch game 2, but that was speculation and nothing official from the Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
As the postseason continues, the old baseball adage is getting dusted off again. Pitching and defense wins championships. The Orioles have the defense -- statistically, they were the best in the majors in 2013 and, perhaps, they are the best all-time depending on what stats you want to use for that determination. Pitching, though, is another story. In the 15-team American League, the Orioles' 4.20 staff ERA ranked 10th. It's easy to heap some of that blame on the much-maligned bullpen, which wasn't as good as it was in 2012.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
CHICAGO - The first half of the Orioles' six-game, weeklong trip to Chicago was a success in more ways than one. They beat up on the floundering Chicago White Sox, sweeping the three-game series at U.S. Cellular Field. Fate shined down on the Orioles, but that seems to happen when you're playing as well as this team's playing. On Tuesday, while the Chicago Cubs waited through a four-hour rain delay at Wrigley Field, not a drop fell on the city's South Side, even though the ballparks are less than 10 miles apart.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
CHICAGO -- Struggling Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was sent to the bullpen Tuesday, bumping him from a crowded starting rotation in a move that seemed destined to occur since his last rocky outing over the weekend in Cleveland. Before Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field, Orioles mananger Buck Showalter announced his rotation through Monday, and Jimenez wasn't among the starters. He will be available out of the bullpen starting Wednesday. Showalter didn't rule out the possibility of using Jimenez as a spot starter, but at this point Jimenez seems destined for mop-up duty out of the bullpen.
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