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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | July 29, 2008
NEW YORK - Orioles manager Dave Trembley continued his juggling of his struggling starting rotation yesterday, demoting Brian Burres to the bullpen and inserting reliever Dennis Sarfate in his place. Sarfate, 27, has made 45 appearances this season, all in relief. The right-hander was primarily a starter coming up through the minor leagues until last season, when he made all but one of his 45 appearances for Nashville, the Milwaukee Brewers' Triple-A affiliate, out of the bullpen. When he takes the mound tomorrow at Yankee Stadium, not far from where he grew up in Brooklyn, Sarfate will be making his first major league start.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | March 26, 2010
The Orioles sent nine more players to minor league camp Friday, including two of their top hitting prospects and one of last season's relievers. Third baseman Josh Bell and first baseman Brandon Snyder were optioned to Triple-A Norfolk along with first basemen Michael Aubrey and Rhyne Hughes. Infielder Pedro Florimon was optioned to Double-A Bowie while relievers Dennis Sarfate, Frank Mata and Josh Perrault and outfielder Jonathan Tucker were reassigned to minor league camp. Sarfate, who was taken off the 40-man roster this winter but was a dark-horse candidate for the bullpen, said he endorsed the move because he wants to continue to build his arm strength.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | August 19, 2008
The Orioles' rotation is getting a face-lift, but it could end up looking a lot like it did in July. Manager Dave Trembley said converted reliever Dennis Sarfate and left-handed starter Garrett Olson have been sent to the bullpen, creating an immediate opening for a starter Friday against the New York Yankees. "I think I had to do something to be fair to the team and to be fair to Olson," Trembley said. "Olson needs to get some success and be put in a situation that's not as stressful and pressure-packed as it would appear it's been for him his last three starts."
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | March 18, 2010
Cla Meredith is taking the decision out of manager Dave Trembley 's hands. Needing a good spring to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster, the right-handed reliever has been flawless. He pitched another scoreless inning in the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday, and he has not allowed a base runner in his six outings spanning five innings. "He's gotten both left- and right-handed hitters out," Trembley said. "For the most part, he's kept his pitches down, and by down, I mean the count, not the location.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | December 16, 2007
Sometimes, the best scouting reports come from a teammate. Troy Patton, the left-hander who was part of the Miguel Tejada trade, says fans here will find out soon that the biggest "surprise" of the deal is reliever Dennis Sarfate. "He has absolutely electric stuff," Patton said. "I saw him touch 101 [mph] in St. Louis, the hardest I've ever seen anyone throw in a game in person. He's a guy they're going to absolutely love. He's exciting to watch - a big, strong kid like [Kyle] Farnsworth.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | August 17, 2008
DETROIT - The Orioles' schedule will allow manager Dave Trembley to make a move that the organization's lack of pitching depth prevented him from making days ago - pulling Dennis Sarfate from the rotation and sending him back to the bullpen. With three days off during the next 2 1/2 weeks, Trembley has the luxury of skipping the fifth spot in the rotation, meaning last night's start was Sarfate's last for the foreseeable future. The converted reliever showed some improvement but not nearly enough to warrant a longer look in the rotation.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | May 8, 2009
Orioles reliever Dennis Sarfate might learn Friday that his season, and potentially his career, could be in jeopardy, but suddenly baseball isn't his main concern. " Really, the last couple days I've been kind of ... hanging out with my daughter, taking her for walks," said Sarfate, who is on the disabled list with a circulatory problem. " Baseball is a great game; I am so thankful to God that I have had the opportunity to play it. But my life and my livelihood, me taking care of my family and all that, is definitely more important.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | September 2, 2009
It had been about three years since outfielder Jeff Fiorentino last entered the home clubhouse at Camden Yards and prepared for a big league game. Reliever Dennis Sarfate's wait had been four months, but it seemed just as long. The pair, along with Triple-A Norfolk relievers Matt Albers and Alberto Castillo, were summoned to the major leagues Tuesday on the first day rosters were eligible to expand. "I was excited and relieved to get another opportunity up here," said Fiorentino, who batted .312 with 12 homers and 67 RBIs in 102 games for the Tides.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | June 15, 2008
Each time the bullpen phone rings, Orioles reliever Dennis Sarfate isn't sure whether he's about to enter the game or become a father. Sarfate and his wife, Jada, are supposed to become parents for the first time within the next few days. Jada was due to give birth to a girl last weekend while the Orioles were on the road, but the blessed event never happened. "Hopefully, we'll get some good news in a couple days, but other than that, I'm just taking it day by day and trying to focus on pitching," he said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER | July 7, 2008
A day after watching reliever Lance Cormier serve up a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, Orioles manager Dave Trembley said yesterday that he was done holding open auditions to fill Matt Albers' role. With Albers out until at least late August with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Trembley will establish hard-throwing right-hander Dennis Sarfate as the team's primary bridge in the sixth and seventh innings to top setup man Jim Johnson and closer George Sherrill. "Sarfate is probably the best one right now," Trembley said.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | February 4, 2010
Reliever Dennis Sarfate, who was designated for assignment last week when the Orioles re-signed Miguel Tejada, cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk. The 28-year-old right-hander received a spring training invitation but will not be on the 40-man roster for the first time since coming to Baltimore in December 2007 as part of the Tejada trade with the Houston Astros. "I guess you are a little disappointed every time you clear waivers, but I wanted to stay in Baltimore," said Sarfate, who was 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA in 20 games last year after going 4-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 2008.
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By Dan Connolly and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 3, 2010
Reliever Dennis Sarfate, who was designated for assignment last week when the Orioles re-signed Miguel Tejada, has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. Sarfate, 28, was 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA in 20 games last year for the Orioles after going 4-3 with a 4.74 ERA in 2008. He missed nearly four months last year with a circulatory condition that caused numbness in his right hand, but he came back in September and then pitched in the Mexican Winter League.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | January 28, 2010
Reliever Dennis Sarfate joined the Orioles before the 2008 season as part of the Miguel Tejada trade with the Houston Astros, and now he looks to be the odd man out as Tejada returns to the club. To make room on the 40-man roster for Tejada, who was signed to a one-year deal Tuesday to play third base, the Orioles on Wednesday designated Sarfate for assignment, meaning the club has 10 days to trade him, release him or put him on waivers. "I'm a little hurt, not really hurt, but disappointed," said Sarfate, who was 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA in 20 games for the Orioles last season.
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By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | January 27, 2010
Reliever Dennis Sarfate joined the Orioles before the 2008 season as part of the Miguel Tejada trade with the Houston Astros, and now he looks to be the odd man out as Tejada returns to the club. To make room on the 40-man roster for Tejada, who was signed to a one-year deal Tuesday to play third base, the Orioles on Wednesday designated Sarfate for assignment, meaning the club has 10 days to trade or release him or put him on waivers. "I'm a little hurt, not really hurt, but disappointed," said Sarfate, who was 0-1 with a 5.09 ERA in 20 games for the Orioles last year.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | September 3, 2009
The New York Yankees officially said goodbye to Camden Yards for another baseball season but not before providing one more display of dominance over an Orioles team whose annual late-season freefall is at full throttle. In an unsightly top of the ninth inning for the home team that could serve as a microcosm for the Orioles' season series against their American League East rivals, the Yankees turned a one-run game into a rout by scoring seven times. It got so bad that even the Yankees fans, who made up most of half-empty Camden Yards on Wednesday night, started to file out of the ballpark early.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | September 2, 2009
It had been about three years since outfielder Jeff Fiorentino last entered the home clubhouse at Camden Yards and prepared for a big league game. Reliever Dennis Sarfate's wait had been four months, but it seemed just as long. The pair, along with Triple-A Norfolk relievers Matt Albers and Alberto Castillo, were summoned to the major leagues Tuesday on the first day rosters were eligible to expand. "I was excited and relieved to get another opportunity up here," said Fiorentino, who batted .312 with 12 homers and 67 RBIs in 102 games for the Tides.
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By BILL ORDINE | July 30, 2008
Baseball Orioles@Yankees 1 p.m. [MASN]: In the finale of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium, the Orioles send Dennis Sarfate to the mound for his first career start, against the Yankees' Joba Chamberlain. Sarfate has been in 45 games this year, all in relief. He had his longest outing of the season, 3 1/3 innings, Friday against the Angels.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | April 15, 2009
UNSUNG HERO Right-handed reliever Dennis Sarfate didn't factor into the decision, but he was easily the Orioles' most valuable player Tuesday. It was Sarfate who took the ball after starter Alfredo Simon left the game with one out in the second inning because of right elbow discomfort. Sarfate logged 3 1/3 scoreless innings at a time when the Orioles needed not only an extended effort, but a quality one. STREAK STOPPED Entering the game, opposing teams were 11-for-11 on steal attempts against the Orioles.
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