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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
NEW YORK -- There was some consolation following the Orioles' 5-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday night. Following a night in which the Orioles managed just one hit, manager Buck Showalter was told that despite the loss, the club clinched home-field advantage in the American League Division Series with the Detroit Tigers' loss to the Chicago White Sox. With the AL East sealed, the Orioles are still chasing the league's best record --...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
The start times for the Orioles' first two American League Division Series games at Camden Yards were announced Monday evening, contingent on the outcomes of both wild-card games. The Orioles and the Detroit Tigers will open the postseason with the early game Thursday. If the Kansas City Royals win Tuesday's American League wild-card game, the game will start at 5:37 p.m. And the start will be pushed back 30 minutes to 6:07 p.m. if the Oakland Athletics win the wild-card game. The start of Game 2, which will be Friday, depends on the outcome of the National League wild-card game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Francisco Giants.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
TORONTO - The Orioles arrived home from Canada on Sunday night and will get a day off before having workouts Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter will try to hold Wednesday's workout around the same time as Game 1 to get his players on the same clock. They're likely to be the early game with the other ALDS game being played on the West Coast, but if the Orioles play at 8 p.m. Thursday, the workout likely would be around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
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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 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 | September 28, 2014
TORONTO - Even though Ubaldo Jimenez 's first season in an Orioles uniform has been a rough one, the right-hander believes he has made strides in his last few outings. Jimenez said a slight tweak in his delivery has made his unconventional mechanics a little smoother. Instead of moving his hands completely over and behind his head while in the windup, he's raising them just in front of his head, which he said allows him to drive to the plate better and see his target more clearly.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
When Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce was sidelined for five games last week, his absence left a big hole in the lineup. Nobody realized it more than manager Buck Showalter. "He's in a little bit different stage of his career where people are counting on him, and he's kind of become a guy that we're leaning on," Showalter said. "That's what I've tried to relay to him, that you're a valuable part of this club. " Pearce, who was released by the Orioles earlier this season - and for the first six years of his career was the definition of a replacement player - has been one of several unlikely contributors for a team that won the American League East crown and is preparing to start the postseason on Thursday at Camden Yards.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2014
TORONTO -- Even though Orioles third basemen entered the final regular-season series having committed five errors over the past seven games, manager Buck Showalter isn't concerned about the position heading into the postseason. Defense has been one of the keys to the Orioles' success over the past three seasons. But since they lost American League Platinum Glove winner Manny Machado for the season following right-knee surgery in August, the club has struggled to find a steady replacement.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
NEW YORK -- A key ingredient to the Orioles' formula for winning this season has been hitting home runs. They have relied on it more than any club in the major leagues. But in their 9-5 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday afternoon, the Orioles mounted their best offensive outing in nearly two weeks without a homer - all while ending New York's postseason hopes in front of an announced 46,056 at Yankee Stadium. The nine runs were the Orioles' highest offensive output since a 10-6 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sept.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2014
NEW YORK -- There was some consolation following the Orioles' 5-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Monday night. Following a night in which the Orioles managed just one hit, manager Buck Showalter was told that despite the loss, the club clinched home-field advantage in the American League Division Series with the Detroit Tigers' loss to the Chicago White Sox. With the AL East sealed, the Orioles are still chasing the league's best record --...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 20, 2014
The starting lineup the Orioles fielded Friday night against the Boston Red Sox was one more likely to be seen in March than September. But with the American League East already wrapped up, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said the club will choose its spots to rest key starters. The club's batting order Friday included just two players, right fielder Steve Pearce and shortstop Ryan Flaherty, who were with the club last August. It was missing six starters from the its Opening Day lineup.
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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 | 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 | September 12, 2014
The news that Chris Davis had been suspended 25 games for a violation of Major League Baseball's drug policy was still fresh Friday morning, as was the reality that the Orioles likely will be without one of their power bats for the rest of the year. But with the first game of the club's split doubleheader against the New York Yankees hours away, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had to quickly turn his focus to his lineup card. A club closing in on its first division title since 1997 already has overcome several obstacles, including season-ending injuries to cornerstone players Matt Wieters and Manny Machado, but now the Orioles' postseason dreams will have to be realized without Davis, whose suspension would end, at the earliest, late in the American League Championship Series.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
The Orioles believe they received good news Tuesday as an MRI on shortstop J.J. Hardy's lower back showed no changes. The club believes he could return to the starting lineup as early as Friday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Hardy met with team orthopedist Dr. Michael Jacobs on Tuesday afternoon and received a cortisone shot in the sacroiliac joint in his lower back. It's similar to what Hardy underwent in April, which alleviated a much more intense pain in his back at that time.
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