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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 | 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 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 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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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 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 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 | 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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