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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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Peter Schmuck | April 22, 2014
It would be easy enough to look at the way the Orioles have hung around the .500 mark through the first three weeks of the new season and wonder what might have been had Manny Machado been able to start the season on time and had J.J.Hardy not temporarily been reduced to a part-time player by back and hamstring problems. It also would be grossly unfair to the three players who have stepped into that breach. Jonathan Schoop might be getting more "seasoning" at Triple-A Norfolk now if Machado were playing every day at third base.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
BOSTON - With Manny Machado still recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee, Orioles rookie infielder Jonathan Schoop has filled in for him for much of the first three weeks of the season. Schoop had made 11 straight starts (out of 13 overall) at third base before Sunday night's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. But Schoop competed for the second base job in spring training, and with Machado coming off a breakout season, Schoop's immediate future seems to be at second base.
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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he didn't think left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had one of his better games Monday, but the results were undoubtedly there. After two subpar outings, Chen finally lasted more than six innings and allowed fewer than four runs -- something he hadn't done in his first two starts this year. In fact, he gave up just one run Monday against the Tampa Bay Rays, and he didn't allow a hit until James Loney 's one-out double in the fifth. Overall, he allowed five hits, two walks and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings, lowering his season ERA from 6.75 to 4.76.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
The Orioles open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Camden Yards. Rays right-hander Chris Archer will start, and Orioles left-handed hitters David Lough and Ryan Flaherty are in the lineup. Right-handed hitters Delmon Young and Jonathan Schoop aren't starting; otherwise, the lineup is pretty predictable. Here are both team's starting lineups: Orioles Nick Markakis RF Nelson Cruz DH Chris Davis 1B Adam Jones CF Matt Wieters C David Lough LF J.J. Hardy SS Steve Lombardozzi 2B Ryan Flaherty 3B Wei-Yin Chen LHP Rays Ben Zobrist 2B Desmond Jennings CF Logan Forsythe DH Evan Longoria 3B Wil Myers RF James Loney 1B Brandon Guyer LF Yunel Escobar SS Ryan Hanigan C Chris Archer RHP
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado has a "big day" scheduled today, according to manager Buck Showalter. He'll run sprints for the first time in Sarasota, Fla., as part of his rehabilitation from left knee surgery in October. The sense is that, if he rebounds from those sprints without any problems, the next step for Machado will be playing in games at extended spring training before an eventual minor league rehab assignment. There is no timetable for Machado's return, but I'd say we're looking at early- to mid-May before he is playing for the Orioles.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
Chris Tillman said things weren't working at all for him in the first part of Friday's 2-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it was clear Tillman didn't have his best stuff, but battled through. And that's why Tillman's presence on the Orioles is so important. His subpar performance resulted in a three-hit, eight-inning outing in which he fanned six batters and the only two runs he allowed were unearned. “We've seen him pitch better than that.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2014
NEW YORK -- Much of the attention heading into the Orioles' series finale against the New York Yankees on Wednesday night shined squarely on Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka making his first start in pinstripes at Yankee Stadium, but the Orioles managed to steal the New York spotlight with a late-inning rally fitting of a Broadway crescendo. The Orioles broke open a tie game with two runs in the ninth inning off Yankees interim closer Shawn Kelley - a rally fueled by the bottom of the lineup - to propel themselves to a 5-4 win in front of an announced crowd of 39,412.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
NEW YORK - J.J. Hardy is out of the starting lineup for the third straight game, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter indicated that the shortstop is close to returning from nagging back spasms. Showalter said that Hardy could be an option off the bench for today's game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. “A lot better, much more available,” Showalter said. “I'm optimistic he'd be an option today. We'll see how the rest of the day goes. I wouldn't have said that yesterday.
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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 Daniel Gallen and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2013
Second baseman Alexi Casilla continues to improve from the finger injury he suffered Sunday at Tampa Bay, but he is once again out of the lineup with Ryan Flaherty earning the start Wednesday against the Los Angeles Angels. “It still hurts a little bit,” Casilla said. “It'll be sore. I haven't thrown yet. I'm going to throw and see how I feel.” The switch-hitter said he is having trouble gripping the ball and applying pressure when he throws. He threw once Tuesday and was going to attempt to throw again before Wednesday's game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
NEW YORK -- The Orioles are expected make a roster move Wednesday to place a player on the 15-day disabled list, but manager Buck Showalter wouldn't disclose the player following the team's 14-5 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday afternoon. Utility player Jemile Weeks was not in Triple-A Norfolk's lineup Tuesday night, and he was making his way north to join the club for Wednesday's game, according to an industry source. The only available position player who didn't play in Tuesday's win was outfielder David Lough, who was 0-for-3 and played the entire game Monday in the club's 4-2 loss to the Yankees.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
NEW YORK -- Inside the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium, there might have been some relief that the Orioles' vaunted offense finally put together a game to be proud of in their 14-5 drubbing of the Yankees on Tuesday afternoon, but the Orioles didn't put any greater value on this much-needed victory than any other. “It's a 162-game season,” said center fielder Adam Jones, who hit one of the Orioles' three home runs. “It's kind of just go with the flow and understand that this [season]
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