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Quote: "I called Brad [Ausmus, catcher] out. I said, `I'm kind of hoping you'll make this decision for me.' Brad called for the fastball." -- Todd Jones, Tigers closer, who needed a bit of advice to get Royals batter Johnny Damon out in the ninth and preserve a 9-8 victory. It's a fact: The Devil Rays have used the disabled list 21 times this season, most in the majors. Who's hot: The Blue Jays' Shawn Green extended his career-high hitting streak to 20 games with a double against the Indians.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
SEATTLE -- The Orioles dropped the rubber match of their three-game series against the Seattle Mariners, 8-3, at Safeco Field on Wednesday night. Here's what some of the key figures were saying in the clubhouse afterward: Wei-Yin Chen on his lack of command: “I think I couldn't establish the first pitch strike. That cost me the game tonight.” Chen on whether he tried to establish his fastball as his out pitch: “Not really. I just tried to make a pitch and I couldn't make it today.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | August 2, 2008
In late April, when the Orioles last made the cross-country trip to Seattle, the Mariners were 10-10 and trying to find their way in a young season. Last night, when the Orioles began their second three-game series at Safeco Field, the Mariners were the worst team in the American League. Barring a collapse by another team, they will stay that way. A chic preseason pick to go to the World Series, Seattle hasn't been above .500 since it beat the Orioles in the first game of that series, April 22. The Mariners dropped their next two, triggering a skid during which they lost 17 of 22 and spurred a housecleaning that claimed their manager, general manager, hitting coach, starting right fielder and starting first baseman.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 1, 2013
SEATTLE - As a veteran of eight minor league seasons, right-hander Zach Clark has endured plenty of excruciating bus rides during his career. He had never been on a cross-country flight, however, until he flew to Seattle on Tuesday. The five-hour airplane ride seemed even longer knowing what was on the other side: The Safeco Field clubhouse and his No. 64 Orioles uniform hanging in his first big league locker. "I've never been on a long flight, so five hours on a plane was crazy," said the 29-year-old Clark, who was added to the Orioles' 25-man roster Tuesday as bullpen insurance.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
SEATTLE -- The Orioles have made a series of roster moves before tonight's game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Right-hander Zach Clark (UMBC) has been called up from Triple-A Norfolk and catcher Chris Snyder -- acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday -- has also been activated. Lefty Zach Britton, who allowed six runs in six innings Monday night here, has been optioned back to Norfolk. Catcher Luis Exposito has been designated for assignment, clearing room on the 40-man roster for Snyder.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2011
The Orioles' much-maligned bullpen has rarely been singled out for praise this season, but that was the case Monday after the team's 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. That the Orioles even had a chance to win the game was because the bullpen came in after Jake Arrieta lasted just 21/3 innings and pitched 52/3 scoreless frames. Making his third appearance since being activated from major league baseball's restricted list, right-hander Alfredo Simon inherited Arrieta's bases-loaded-and-one-out jam in the third and struck out Carlos Peguero and Chone Figgins . Simon allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out four over 32/3 innings.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2011
The smiles flashed throughout the visiting clubhouse at Safeco Field, from Brian Matusz, who was solid in his 2011 big league debut, from Adam Jones, who again tormented his former team with the game-winning home run and a game-saving catch, and from Nick Markakis, whose first professional game at first base passed without incident. Desperate for something to feel good about, some positive to take back from an otherwise miserable West Coast swing, the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon received an encouraging outing from Matusz, the 24-year-old left-hander expected to be one of the rotation's anchors for years to come.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | July 3, 2012
The campaign to vote Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel to the All-Star Game picked up steam Monday, with the hashtag #VoteHammel trending on Twitter. Hammel is one of five AL players  who can make the all-star team by online ballot. Voting ends Thursday, meaning Monday night's game in Seattle was Hammel's final opportunity to leave a lasting impression. But elections are won with great supporting casts. And on Monday evening on a chilly night in the Pacific Northwest, Hammel got little help from his teammates.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2013
Zach Britton had been wondering for four days whether he'd get into a big league game against the Oakland A's. He didn't. And that's not a bad thing. Because now the 25-year-old lefty gets the call to start Monday night at Safeco Field against the Seattle Mariners in what will be Britton's 2013 big league debut. "I am definitely excited. I just want to kind of continue what I was doing in Norfolk and not try to change anything," said Britton, who was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three Triple-A games.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
The only thing forgiving to the Orioles on Monday night in Seattle was the official scorer at Safeco Field. The Orioles were only charged with one error - raising their major league high to 70 -- in their 6-3 loss to the Mariners. But anyone staying up past the late local news to watch Baltimore's comedy of non-errors knows that wasn't a true indication of how horrible the team's fielding was. If you dozed off on the couch before the sixth inning, consider yourself lucky.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
SEATTLE -- The Orioles lost to former teammate Joe Saunders and the Seattle Mariners , 6-2, Monday night at Safeco Field. Here's what some of the key figures had to say afterward:   Buck Showalter on Zach Britton: “Pitched OK. All things considered. I think the last inning he gave up runs they hit one ball out of the infield. He got through the first inning, I thought he fared well after he gave up the home run. He gave us a chance. We just didn't do much off Saunders.” Showalter on Saunders: “He pitched well, obviously.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
SEATTLE -- The Orioles have made a series of roster moves before tonight's game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Right-hander Zach Clark (UMBC) has been called up from Triple-A Norfolk and catcher Chris Snyder -- acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday -- has also been activated. Lefty Zach Britton, who allowed six runs in six innings Monday night here, has been optioned back to Norfolk. Catcher Luis Exposito has been designated for assignment, clearing room on the 40-man roster for Snyder.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 28, 2013
Zach Britton had been wondering for four days whether he'd get into a big league game against the Oakland A's. He didn't. And that's not a bad thing. Because now the 25-year-old lefty gets the call to start Monday night at Safeco Field against the Seattle Mariners in what will be Britton's 2013 big league debut. "I am definitely excited. I just want to kind of continue what I was doing in Norfolk and not try to change anything," said Britton, who was 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in three Triple-A games.
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Peter Schmuck | September 23, 2012
- It seemed almost unfair that in this storybook season for the Orioles, 19-year-old pitching prospect Dylan Bundy did not get the storybook ending that was supposed to come with his major league debut on Sunday afternoon at historic Fenway Park. He came on in the eighth inning to get his team out of a jam and leave himself within a modest ninth-inning rally of earning a doubly significant first career victory in the thick of the American League pennant race, but it was not quite to be. The Orioles' late-inning luck ran out when Jim Thome's pinch-hit liner into the right field corner bounced over the low fence near the "Pesky Pole" for a ground-rule double and kept Mark Reynolds from streaking home with the tying run. There were two more chances with the bases loaded to turn the game around with one swing, but Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey retired Manny Machado and Ryan Flaherty to avert a three-game sweep that would have lifted the Orioles back into a first-place tie in the AL East.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2012
The knock on Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman had been his inability to work deep into his starts. Even in his best moments at Triple-A Norfolk this season, Tillman's high pitch counts raised doubt whether he'd be able to give the Orioles the quality innings they need at the major league level. The 24-year-old Tillman took it as a challenge. Called up to make his first major league start in nearly 11 months, he wanted to show he belonged after spending most of the previous three seasons moving back and forth between Baltimore and the minors.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | July 3, 2012
The campaign to vote Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel to the All-Star Game picked up steam Monday, with the hashtag #VoteHammel trending on Twitter. Hammel is one of five AL players  who can make the all-star team by online ballot. Voting ends Thursday, meaning Monday night's game in Seattle was Hammel's final opportunity to leave a lasting impression. But elections are won with great supporting casts. And on Monday evening on a chilly night in the Pacific Northwest, Hammel got little help from his teammates.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | July 9, 2002
MILWAUKEE - Sammy Sosa displayed almost superhuman strength in the first round of the All-Star Home Run Derby last night, but it was Jason Giambi who had the staying power. Giambi didn't break any distance records, but he out-homered Sosa, 7-1, in the final round to win the popular event at the All-Star Workout at Miller Park. The New York Yankees star hit 11 homers in the first round and had to survive a sudden-death swingoff against White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko in the semifinals before defeating Sosa in a surprisingly anticlimactic final.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | October 10, 2001
SEATTLE -- If the Seattle Mariners developed an aura of invulnerability on the way to tying the major-league record with 116 regular-season victories, somebody should have told Cleveland Indians pitcher Bartolo Colon. The hard-throwing right-hander dominated the supposedly indomitable Mariners for eight innings yesterday on the way to a 5-0 playoff victory that shook sold-out Safeco Field to its foundation. It was supposed to be a mismatch, and it was, but it was the Mariners hitters who were overmatched in the first game of their best-of-five American League Division Series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2012
The only thing forgiving to the Orioles on Monday night in Seattle was the official scorer at Safeco Field. The Orioles were only charged with one error - raising their major league high to 70 -- in their 6-3 loss to the Mariners. But anyone staying up past the late local news to watch Baltimore's comedy of non-errors knows that wasn't a true indication of how horrible the team's fielding was. If you dozed off on the couch before the sixth inning, consider yourself lucky.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2011
The smiles flashed throughout the visiting clubhouse at Safeco Field, from Brian Matusz, who was solid in his 2011 big league debut, from Adam Jones, who again tormented his former team with the game-winning home run and a game-saving catch, and from Nick Markakis, whose first professional game at first base passed without incident. Desperate for something to feel good about, some positive to take back from an otherwise miserable West Coast swing, the Orioles on Wednesday afternoon received an encouraging outing from Matusz, the 24-year-old left-hander expected to be one of the rotation's anchors for years to come.
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