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June 27, 2013
What does Ryan Flaherty, the Orioles second baseman, have to do to be appreciated ("Expecting the old Brian Roberts ignores his career's new realities," June 23) especially by your columnist Peter Schmuck ? He has the first or second best fielding record at second base in his league, has hit five home runs, and has a rising batting average. There is a statistic that shows how many runs a fielder has saved, which Mr. Schmuck might look up. This is prompted by the insult tossed Mr. Flaherty's way, to wit, if Brian Roberts or Jonathan Schoop don't make it, the Orioles might have to "gut it out" with Mr. Flaherty until the off-season, and then either wait for Mr. Schoop or look outside the organization.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
With three consecutive wins against the Texas Rangers, including Wednesday's come-from-behind, rain-soaked 6-4 victory, an obvious question has arisen. Manny Machado who? OK, maybe it's not really a burning sentiment at this point. But since the Orioles' Platinum Glove third baseman began serving his five-game suspension Monday -- leaving the Orioles roster short one player -- they haven't lost. “It's impressive, but it doesn't surprise me,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his club's 3-0 record with 24 players.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2013
The Orioles announced after Saturday's 10-6 loss to the Tampa Bay rays that they optioned infielder Ryan Flaherty to Triple-A Norfolk. Flaherty, 26, was hitting .133 with a .228 on-base percentage and a .233 slugging percentage in 90 at-bats over 30 games for the Orioles this season. He had two homers and six RBIs. Flaherty appeared in Saturday's game as a defensive replacement. The Orioles recalled Yamaico Navarro from Norfolk on Tuesday and he started the past two games at second base.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
Manny Machado's suspension may be leaving the Orioles down an infielder from their 25-man roster, but it's given Ryan Flaherty a chance to showcase why he's a valuable major league ballplayer. On Wednesday, the utility infielder snapped a 1-for-18 stretch with two hits, including a towering home run in the seventh inning that landed in the flag court beyond right field at Camden Yards. The go-ahead homer, which led the Orioles to a come-from-behind victory over the Texas Rangers, was a resounding statement from an infielder who was in the lineup to fill in for Machado.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2012
On Thursday, the Orioles officially completed the Winter Meetings by drafting left-hander T.J. McFarland from the Indians in the Rule 5 draft. That pick comes after the Orioles had great success last season in the Rule 5, getting a promising roster piece in infielder Ryan Flaherty. After a rookie season in which Flaherty's bat really progressed after a stint on the disabled list. Flaherty hit .255 after coming off the DL and was the first Rule 5 pick to homer in a postseason game with a solo shot at Yankee Stadium in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
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By Dan Connolly | August 8, 2012
The Orioles made a couple expected moves before Wednesday's game. They recalled right-hander Steve Johnson, the 2005 St. Paul's graduate and son of MASN broadcaster and former Oriole Dave Johnson. Johnson will make his first major league start tonight (he pitched two innings in relief on July 15), and he'll be seeking his first big league win. Coincidentally, his dad picked up his first big league win for the Orioles on Aug. 8 in the Why Not? Season of 1989. Dave Johnson beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1, throwing a complete game.
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By Dan Connolly | July 22, 2012
Not a whole lot to come out of Buck Showalter's pregame conference today - typical for a day game after a night game - but there was this one nugget. Ryan Flaherty is getting his third straight start at second base today, even with Omar Quintanilla now in the fold. Quintanilla came in Saturday's game as a defensive replacement for Flaherty on Saturday, his first game action since July 8 with the New York Mets. Quintanilla hasn't started a game since June 23. So Showalter said he wanted to ease Quintanilla back.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2013
With second baseman Ryan Flaherty struggling at the plate, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has deflected the attention to highlight Flaherty's improved defense. But in Thursday night's 6-2 loss to the Royals, Flaherty placed the spotlight to himself. After a sixth-inning third-strike call that ended the frame with a runner on second in a 4-2 game, the normally cool-headed Flaherty slammed his helmet and bat to the ground in frustration. “He thought it was a strike, I didn't,” Flaherty said.
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By Matt Vensel | April 6, 2013
Watching from the dugout as Brian Roberts clutched the back of his right knee Thursday, Ryan Flaherty knew an injury to the Orioles' starting second baseman could create an opportunity for him. But Flaherty's first feeling was concern for Roberts, a veteran teammate whom he says gave him invaluable advice as Flaherty manned second base for the Orioles in the playoffs last fall. “It was tough to watch that, especially to have it happen to a player like him. He helped me tremendously last year playing second,” Flaherty said Saturday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Now that longtime Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts has departed to wear the pinstripes of the New York Yankees, Ryan Flaherty finally has the opportunity to become an everyday major league player. Several candidates could fill the vacancy at second base, including trade acquisition Jemile Weeks and top position player prospect Jonathan Schoop, but the 27-year-old Flaherty is undoubtedly the leading candidate for the role. Flaherty also could shift across the diamond to start the season if All-Star third baseman Manny Machado isn't back from left knee surgery in time for Opening Day. But ultimately Flaherty's future is at second base, and this season offers the utility player his first opportunity for regular playing time.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The Orioles have reinstated third baseman Michael Almanzar, the club's Rule 5 pick, from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment, the club announced Monday. The Orioles took Almanzar in the Rule 5 draft in December following a season in which he hit .268/.328/.432 with 16 homers and 81 RBIs with the Boston Red Sox's Double-A club in Portland. But Almanzar, 23, opened the season on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left knee and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list June 6. Almanzar was on a minor league rehabilitation assignment since June 20, hitting .156 with one homer and four RBIs with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League club, High-A Frederick and Triple-A Norfolk.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2014
On Tuesday, the Orioles threatened to complete a come-from-behind victory in the ninth inning for the second straight night over the Chicago White Sox at Camden Yards. But Ryan Flaherty hit into a game-ending double play as the Orioles suffered a 4-2 loss . Here's a look at one positive and one negative aspect of Tuesday night's game. The good: Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez struggled to get through five innings, giving up three runs, nine hits and three walks.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2014
Chris Davis' ninth-inning heroics Monday night masked the reality of just how bad the Orioles had been with runners in scoring position in that game. Their offense Tuesday wasn't afforded a similar bailout -- although it came close -- in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox before an announced 20,596 at Camden Yards. Despite having ample opportunities, the Orioles were hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position Tuesday against White Sox left-handed starter Jose Quintana, and 1-for-9 overall.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Watching the Orioles for the past two weeks has to be especially frustrating for fans because the team's starting rotation, which had struggled with consistency over the season's first two months, is now pitching extremely well. But the Orioles still aren't winning. The quality start can sometimes be an overrated statistic, but over the past 11 games, the Orioles have recorded 10 quality starts, including eight straight games following the club's 5-4 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2014
(UPDATE: The Orioles announced Monday evening that Matt Wieters will undergo Tommy John surgery Tuesday afternoon in Florida. For the updated article, click here .) Yes, the Orioles face another American League East team today, their third of four consecutive series against division foes. But the most important Orioles-related thing happening in Florida today will not be at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. It will occur at a physician's office in Gulf Breeze, Fla., when renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews re-examines catcher Matt Wieters' strained right elbow.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has set his rotation for the upcoming Tampa Bay series. Well, kind of. The way it looks now, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start Monday, Miguel Gonzalez, currently on the disabled list with an oblique strain, will start Tuesday and rookie Kevin Gausman will pitch the rubber game Wednesday against the Rays. But these are the Orioles, so changes could easily occur between now and the middle of the week. It's possible Gonzalez, who can be activated from the DL as early as Sunday, is needed in the bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2013
BOSTON -- It took nearly a full season from the time he collapsed on the field in Sarasota, Fla. in late March until designated hitter Wilson Betemit officially rejoined the Orioles. It finally happened Tuesday, when Betemit was activated from the 60-day disabled list and infielder Ryan Flaherty was optioned to the minors. “I'm really excited to come back and help the team anytime they need me,” Betemit said. “That's why I'm here.” Betemit, 31, tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while running the bases March 25 in a spring training game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2012
Orioles rookie utility man Ryan Flaherty, currently on a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Norfolk, is starting to heat up. Flaherty capped a four-hit game with a game-winning homer in the eighth inning to lead the Tides to a 5-4 win over Charlotte on Sunday night. Flaherty, on the disabled list with a bacterial infection, began his rehab assignment with an 0-for-15 slump, but is 7-for-10 with two homers, a triple and three RBIs over his past three games. Just because he's beginning to hit well, it doesn't necessarily mean that he will join the big league club soon.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
The Orioles have been searching the past few weeks for the Chris Tillman who showed up Tuesday night at Camden Yards -- the guy who can survive a rough situation, pitch through it and keep his team in the game. The problem, though, is that the Orioles' offense went missing in a 1-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox -- turning in the club's weakest performance of the season. “The Red Sox didn't just come in and say, 'Here's all fastballs, just beat us to death,' no,” Orioles designated hitter Adam Jones said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
The Orioles needed a deep outing from right-hander Bud Norris on Monday night against the Boston Red Sox after the club's bullpen accounted for 6 2/3 innings the previous day. Norris gave the Orioles just that, recording his best start since joining the club last July, tossing eight scoreless innings and holding Boston to just three hits as the Orioles handed the Red Sox their sixth loss in the last seven games with a 4-0 shutout win in front of...
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