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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
There seemed to be a sense of relief among Orioles fans that third baseman Manny Machado's right knee injury isn't as bad as it looked. X-rays were negative, and Machado said he was a “little sore” after the game. Well, the good news is that Machado walked over to reporters after the game while a pair of crutches went untouched by his locker. The sobering news, though, is that clean X-rays don't mean much in these cases. It's the Tuesday morning MRI that will reveal whether Machado and the Orioles dodged a bullet or whether the club will have to immediately fill Machado's defensive and offensive presence.
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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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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 | August 12, 2014
There seemed to be a sense of relief among Orioles fans that third baseman Manny Machado's right knee injury isn't as bad as it looked. X-rays were negative, and Machado said he was a “little sore” after the game. Well, the good news is that Machado walked over to reporters after the game while a pair of crutches went untouched by his locker. The sobering news, though, is that clean X-rays don't mean much in these cases. It's the Tuesday morning MRI that will reveal whether Machado and the Orioles dodged a bullet or whether the club will have to immediately fill Machado's defensive and offensive presence.
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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 | August 11, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter tried to bite his tongue when asked about the overturned call that led to his first ejection of the season during the Orioles' 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. Showalter has defended the new replay system, saying that there needs to be patience to let baseball work out the bugs. But at the same time, the Orioles have a shot at doing some big things in 2014, and anyone would hate for a replay-related snafu to decide the outcome of a pivotal game in September - or October.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy missed his second straight start Monday because of a sprained left thumb that he originally injured while sliding into home plate Saturday afternoon. Hardy said he woke up Monday morning and the thumb felt about the same as Sunday, so Orioles manager Buck Showalter kept him out of the starting lineup again. “I think I'd be able [to play] in an emergency,” Hardy said. “I feel like I could alter the way I hold the bat and hit. I don't know how well I would do it. I think fielding, opening and closing my glove, is a little tough.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
The Orioles hit six home runs in their first six innings on Friday night to go up 12-0 against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Orioles ended up with a 12-2 win.  It obviously sets a season high and was the first time the Orioles have hit that many since Sept. 26, 2012 against Toronto. They have 144 homers this season, most in the majors. Chris Davis hit a solo shot in the sixth inning that was his 20th of the season and 150th of his career. J.J. Hardy had two homers, a solo in the third and a three-run shot in the fourth.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
WASHINGTON -- With Orioles sluggers Chris Davis and Nelson Cruz struggling, veteran Delmon Young has been getting more playing time in the second half of the season. Without a designated hitter available in Monday's interleague makeup game at Nationals Park, though, Young was back on the bench -- where he might be an even more dangerous weapon. In the Orioles' 7-3 win against the Nationals, Young had a huge pinch-hit single in a three-run seventh inning that gave his club a lead it never relinquished.
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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 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 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 | 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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