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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 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 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 | 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 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 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 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 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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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
BOSTON -- Stressing that it was more precautionary than alarming, the Orioles sent starting shortstop J.J. Hardy back to Baltimore on Monday night to see a team doctor about his balky back. Hardy missed the Orioles' final two games against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field over the weekend, and he will not return for the remainder of the road trip - marking at least a five-game absence. Even if he could play Wednesday in the series finale against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, the Orioles didn't like the idea of him having to take another round airplane trip so quickly.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy left Monday's 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins with lower-back spasms, but he hopes to be back in the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Cincinnati Reds at Camden Yards. Hardy left the game before the top of the eighth inning, and Ryan Flaherty replaced him. Even though Hardy missed five games in April with lower back spasms, he said this flareup isn't nearly as bad. “It didn't lock up or anything, it just tried to spasm,” Hardy said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
As the Orioles enter the final month of the regular season, their accomplishments are starting to mount along with their win total. They currently have the second-best record in baseball and a nine-game lead in the American League East division. And as the calendar turns to September, they even can claim a magic number of 19 to clinch their first division title in 17 years. Meanwhile, the Orioles continue to let their bats lead the way, hitting three homers - including a grand slam from shortstop J.J. Hardy that capped a seven-run sixth inning - in a 12-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon in front of an announced 40,905 at Camden Yards.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles are back home after their first losing road trip of the season and will open an 11-game homestand Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. They still maintain a six-game lead over the New York Yankees in the American League East, but the standings have the potential to become bunched up again quickly. And Chris Davis continues to struggle at the plate. He was 2-for-22 with eight strikeouts in the six games in Chicago this past week. The Orioles scored just four runs in three games against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, including one run over a 16-inning span after Saturday's rain delay, and the offensive problems can't be pegged just on Davis.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
CHICAGO -- With Manny Machado out for the season and facing right knee surgery, Chris Davis could see a lot of time at third base over the season's final five weeks and any postseason run. Davis made his sixth consecutive start at third base Saturday, and as long at Steve Pearce continues hitting while playing first base, he likely will remain there barring a trade. When Davis doesn't play, expect Ryan Flaherty and Jonathan Schoop to also get some action at third base, depending on which one of the two plays second base.
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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 Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
With news that Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is having surgery on his right knee and will be lost for the season, two questions immediately arise. How will this affect Machado long-term and how will this affect the Orioles short-term? Frankly, both are legitimate concerns. This will be Machado's second surgery in less than a year - one on each knee. It's his third serious injury in a little more than three years. The good news is that he is 22, he is in his physical prime and, at this age, his recuperative powers are about as heightened as they are going to get. It's much tougher to come back from knee surgeries at an advanced age. The bad news is the same.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
CLEVELAND   -  Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy tested his sprained left thumb a few hours before game time Friday and told manager Buck Showalter that he was ready to play. So after missing three games, Hardy was back in the lineup Friday against the Cleveland Indians, batting sixth and playing shortstop. Hardy was 2-for-4 with one RBI and a walk in the 2-1 loss in 11 innings. “I came in today with a little bit of a question mark on how the baseball stuff was going to feel.
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