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February 18, 2013
Isn't this supposed to be South Florida? The temperature at the Ed Smith Stadium Complex on Monday morning was 36 degrees, which apparently is not far from being a record low for this time of year. Not expecting much sympathy from the great white Mid-Atlantic area, but there's a reason why people come down here this time of year and it's not to strike the layered look on Siesta Beach. Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the week and eventually reach my preferred personal comfort level, at which time all will again be right with the world.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Sitting at the media dais under the glare of television lights Thursday, left-hander Wei-Yin Chen made a prediction about his start Friday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series. “Well, I think tomorrow when I get up to the mound, I will be all sweating and nervous, just like I am now,” Chen said through interpreter Louis Chao as reporters in the room laughed. Chen then wiped his brow for effect. The Taiwanese left-hander has been through this before. In 2012, he allowed just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win in Game 2 of the ALDS against the New York Yankees.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2012
There was a lot of media buzz in the Orioles clubhouse this afternoon that Deion Sanders, former NFL and MLB player and NFL Network analyst, is here and will take batting practice. But we're all baseball here - so the big news is that outfielder Bill Hall has been brought up from Sarasota, Fla. He was activated when the Orioles placed lefty Randy Wolf on the 60-day disabled list with a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. “I was in Sarasota [working out]
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Roughly two weeks ago, first baseman Christian Walker was at Camden Yards picking up his Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year Award. On Wednesday, he was in the Orioles' starting lineup, batting seventh and playing first base in his major league debut. “I'm just really excited. I'm really happy to be here, and I'm glad they decided I was going to come up,” Walker said. “I'm looking forward to anything that lies ahead in the next few weeks.” Walker, 23, hit .288 with a .357 on-base percentage, a .489 slugging percentage, 26 homers and 96 RBIs in 139 games at Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this year.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | March 2, 1993
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles president Larry Lucchino said yesterday that the club will take a new look at the possibility of turning Twin Lakes Park into a permanent all-purpose spring training facility."
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Former Orioles closer Jim Johnson cleared release waivers Sunday afternoon, so he now is eligible to sign with any major league organization. The Orioles have had trouble this week hiding their desire to bring Johnson back, but they needed to wait until he was free of any contractual obligations with the Oakland Athletics. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed Sunday that Orioles minor league pitching rehab coordinator Scott McGregor traveled back to Sarasota, Fla., on Sunday, and will watch Johnson throw a side session Monday at the club's spring training complex.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2012
The big news coming out of Buck Showalter's press briefing today in Arlington is that designated hitter Jim Thome is ahead of schedule and will head down to Sarasota, Fla., on Wednesday to begin rehab. Thome, who hasn't played since July 27 due to a herniated disk in his neck, was initially told by doctors that he needed to rest for 30 days, meaning he wouldn't be able to begin any baseball activities until September. “That was as much to slow him down,” Showalter said of the initial 30-day prognosis.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2014
Third baseman Manny Machado, who is recovering from left knee surgery in October, was scheduled for another “functional day” of working out Sunday in Sarasota, Fla., meaning he is doing most baseball activities, including jogging. He went through the workouts Thursday and felt fine Friday, which is an encouraging sign as the 21-year-old continues to rehabilitate his knee. The club would like him back sometime this month, but he'll need a minor league rehab stint once he can run at 100 percent.
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March 17, 2012
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen became the first Orioles starter to throw five innings this spring and was one wind-aided home run ball away from a scoreless effort against the Red Sox's split-squad team Saturday afternoon at Ed Smith Stadium. Otherwise, the Orioles tied the Red Sox 3-3 after 10 innings, Baltimore's third tie in eight days. Chen yielded six hits and struck out three in his five innings (75 pitches) but allowed a three-run homer to Nate Spears, a fifth-round pick of the Orioles' in 2003.
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By Dan Connolly | January 12, 2012
One popular former Orioles pitcher will be replacing another as a minor league coach at short-season Single-A Aberdeen in a restructuring that is designed to give the club's pitching prospects a better foundation. Former Orioles reliever Alan Mills will be the new pitching coach at Aberdeen, replacing Orioles World Series winner Scott McGregor. McGregor, who spent time in September as the Orioles' interim bullpen coach and coached at Aberdeen for four years, will now work out of Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., dealing with both injury-rehabbing pitchers and pitchers who are selected in the June draft.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Instructional League games began Monday, and the Orioles will play a 17-game schedule that runs until Oct. 7. Here's a complete list of the players who will be participating in instructional league down in Sarasota, Fla. The list includes 27 pitchers, four catchers, 10 infielders and 10 outfielders. There are also five players on rehab. The list includes South Atlantic League batting champion Chance Sisco, as well as infielders Carlos Diaz and Jomar Reyes, two international players the Orioles acquired in the offseason and spent this year in the Dominican Summer League.  One player who is absent is right-hander Hunter Harvey, who is being rested by the organization.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter spoke with Chris Davis on Sunday and expects the suspended first baseman to soon go to the organization's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., in an attempt to stay sharp. Showalter wouldn't specify when Davis will get there, except to say he's "headed to Sarasota here before long. " Showalter said Davis likely will clean out his apartment in Baltimore - which players usually do in late September or early October - and then drop off his things at his home in Texas before going to Florida.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2014
The Orioles, who over the last few years have proven that they don't like to be unprepared, will hold a taxi-squad-type camp at their complex in Sarasota, Fla., starting Saturday. The whole point is for players on the roster bubble -- guys who were on the fringes of being September call-ups but weren't initially added to the team -- to stay active in case they are needed this month. Knowing the way the Orioles have done things in the past few seasons, it would be a surprise if at least one wasn't recalled at some point before the regular season ends.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Manny Machado had the partially torn ligament in his right knee repaired successfully Wednesday morning, and the third baseman remains on the timeline to return to the club for spring training next season, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter. The operation was performed at 6 a.m. in Los Angeles by surgeon Dr. Neal ElAtrrache, who did a similar procedure last October on Machado's left knee. “Doctors said everything went well, as expected,” Showalter said. “They had what they thought was going to happen, what they thought they were going to find.” Showalter said Machado will stay in Los Angeles to do his initial recovery for about three weeks, as originally planned.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Manny Machado's decision to have surgery on his right knee already has ended his season, and the timing of the procedure -- and its recovery -- might prevent the third baseman from being with the Orioles through the end of the regular season. Scheduled to have season-ending surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles to repair a partially-torn medial patellofemoral ligament in his right knee, Machado might not be back to support his teammates until a possible postseason game. Machado will fly to the West Coast on Tuesday for the procedure, which will be performed by Los Angeles Dodgers team orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the same doctor who did the same procedure on his left knee last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
CHICAGO -- Orioles third baseman Manny Machado's season-ending right knee surgery is scheduled to be performed Wednesday in Los Angeles, manager Buck Showalter announced Sunday before the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Machado was expected to remain with the team on the flight back to Baltimore on Sunday, but he will leave for California on Tuesday. He is expected to remain on the West Coast for about three weeks, returning to Baltimore around Sept. 17-18.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2014
There was a flurry of activity at the Orioles' spring training complex this past week as the club held a January minicamp for the third straight season. The camp took place for the first time down at the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla., after being in Baltimore the past two years during the week leading up to FanFest. But since FanFest is so late this year - it is Feb 1, just 12 days before pitchers and catchers report to spring training - Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to hold it in Florida.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
For the past two offseasons, the Orioles have held a pitchers minicamp in January at Camden Yards to give the club's young pitchers and new acquisitions a jump-start on spring training. With three days of workouts each year, the club's coaching staff received its first look at the group of pitchers. The minicamp coincided with the team's annual FanFest. Pitchers would arrive a few days early, participate in the camp and stay for FanFest activities over the weekend. But because FanFest is so late this season -- it is scheduled for Feb. 1, just 12 days before pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report for spring training -- the Orioles instead plan to hold this year's minicamp in mid-January at the club's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. They are aiming for the week of Jan. 13. About 15 to 20 pitchers attended the minicamp in each of the past two offseasons.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
Right-hander Jim Johnson worked out for the Orioles on Monday morning at the club's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. He threw for about 10 minutes in front of minor league pitching rehab coordinator Scott McGregor and minor league medical coordinator Dave Walker. Buck Showalter said he spoke to Johnson on Monday, and the Orioles manager also spoke to McGregor about Johnson, who was released last week by the Oakland Athletics after compiling a 7.14 ERA in 38 games. “I think the mistake you make is thinking that you've got some magic dust that you sprinkle on him. There are some very capable people in Oakland, Jimmy being one of them, but I know [Athletics pitching coach]
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Former Orioles closer Jim Johnson cleared release waivers Sunday afternoon, so he now is eligible to sign with any major league organization. The Orioles have had trouble this week hiding their desire to bring Johnson back, but they needed to wait until he was free of any contractual obligations with the Oakland Athletics. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed Sunday that Orioles minor league pitching rehab coordinator Scott McGregor traveled back to Sarasota, Fla., on Sunday, and will watch Johnson throw a side session Monday at the club's spring training complex.
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