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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
TORONTO -- There was no solemness in the Orioles clubhouse following their 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays on Wednesday night, unless you counted one player bemoaning one of his fantasy football wide receivers laying an egg on the first night of the NFL season. Nope, these Orioles are still relaxed. Yes, they were knocked out of first place with the loss and the Yankees' win over Tampa Bay on Wednesday. But this is a team that battled back from being 10 games behind seven weeks ago. One game isn't going to get them down.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones and Nick Markakis had started every game this season - all 141 - before manager Buck Showalter decided to rest the two Orioles outfielders to start Sunday's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. Showalter said he saw Sunday as an opportunity to give both Jones and Markakis a day off to get ahead of any late-season physical issues. It was also a good day to give them a break on Tropicana Field's spongy turf, which can lead to some soreness on legs and backs.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2013
During the weekend's first two games here in Tampa Bay, the Orioles' offense seemingly went vacationing in Florida - not even sending a postcard to acknowledge their absence. But in Sunday's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, Baltimore's bats made it clear they were back at work. After scoring just one run in their previous 23 innings, the Orioles jumped on Rays left-hander Matt Moore on their way to a 10-7 win over Tampa Bay, snapping their five-game losing streak to the Rays and avoiding a three-game sweep at Tropicana Field in front of an announced crowd of 19,921.
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By Lauren McEwen and For The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
Tonight is the night that we say goodbye to the people and supes of Bon Temps, La., forever. We open up with Sookie and Bill - the end of this show is mirroring the beginning. He's come over to talk about his decision to die. He's waxing all nostalgic. Her living room is the first place where he “called” on her, meeting Jason and their grandmother. She's confused because “nostalgia and suicide don't mix.” Basically, Bill is realizing the same thing that Angel realized with Buffy: Vampires and humans can't have long-term relationships.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2013
CHICAGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he was tempted to give second baseman Brian Roberts a day off defensively and bat him at designated hitter in Thursday's day-after-night game against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. But instead, Showalter kept Roberts at second base and gave him his first career start in the No. 6 spot in the lineup. He previously had two career at-bats in the sixth spot, most recently in 2003. Roberts moved up in the order because Showalter gave starting catcher Matt Wieters a day off. And while Showalter still likes the spark Roberts, who returned from the disabled list Sunday, adds from the No. 9 spot after the veteran spent most of his career as a leadoff man, the Orioles manager is open to moving him around.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians send right-hander Danny Salazar to the mound Sunday as they attempt to sweep the American League East-leading Orioles in the three-game series. There was a little mixup on the media's part with the Orioles lineup Sunday, but this one is the real deal. It has Steve Pearce and Delmon Young starting against a right-hander. It also has Chris Davis, whose average has dipped to a season-low .191 (not including the first two games of the year), batting seventh and playing third base.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman will start this afternoon in the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, his third start since being called up from Triple-A Norfolk earlier this month. In his last two starts, Gausman allowed just two total runs in 13 innings, beating a pair of challenging lineups in the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics. In two career outings (one start) against the Rays, Gausman has a 13.50 ERA in 5 1/3 innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2013
BOSTON -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in the first days of spring training that he wanted to float the designated hitter spot among different players. After seeing his DH's open the season 1-for-26 with a .038 batting average, the lowest in the American League, Showalter has placed Nick Markakis in that spot for the Orioles' series finale in Boston on Thursday. The move also allows Showalter to get left-handed hitting outfielder Chris Dickerson, who joined the team Wednesday from Triple-A Norfolk, into the lineup against Boston right-hander Alfredo Aceves.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
The Orioles bullpen went into the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon's game against the Tampa Bay Rays having allowed just one run over its past 30 innings. But a struggling Tampa Bay Rays offense came to life with a seven-run sixth inning -- all of the runs coming against the Orioles bullpen -- as 11 batters went to the plate. Six of the runs were scored with two outs in the inning off relievers Evan Meek and Brian Matusz. The Orioles entered the inning leading, 4-3, but No. 9 hitter Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo homer to right field off Meek with one out to tie the game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2012
The Orioles face Rays all-star left-hander David Price this afternoon in the teams' series finale at Tropicana Field. Price is 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA in his career against the Orioles. In two starts against the O's this season, Price has allowed just one run over 14 1/3 innings. He held the Orioles to one run on seven hits with 10 strikeouts in a 10-1 win at Camden Yards on July 25. "We don't like seeing him," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "He's one of the best pitchers in the game.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
CHICAGO -- Being swept out of the Windy City this weekend by a Chicago Cubs team already auditioning for 2015 roster spots didn't sit well with Orioles manager Buck Showalter. By the end of their 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Sunday afternoon, the Orioles had seen enough of historic Wrigley Field. Held hitless by former teammate Tsuyoshi Wada for six innings, they managed just one hit overall on the day. The Orioles (73-55) left Chicago having scored just one run -- Steve Pearce's seventh-inning solo home run, which broke up Wada's no-hit bid -- over 16 innings after play resumed Saturday following a three-hour, nine-minute rain delay.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians send right-hander Danny Salazar to the mound Sunday as they attempt to sweep the American League East-leading Orioles in the three-game series. There was a little mixup on the media's part with the Orioles lineup Sunday, but this one is the real deal. It has Steve Pearce and Delmon Young starting against a right-hander. It also has Chris Davis, whose average has dipped to a season-low .191 (not including the first two games of the year), batting seventh and playing third base.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
CLEVELAND -- Ever since the Orioles reached the postseason two years ago, they've made a point of not panicking when momentum appears to be slipping away. They just try and wait it out. So after running into a buzzsaw of quality pitching for the better part of three games against the Cleveland Indians, the Orioles' offense finally emerged Sunday afternoon in the later innings of a 4-1 victory at Progressive Field. The Orioles had scored just one run in 25 previous innings - and none in the last 17 - during the weekend series before they broke through for two runs in the sixth that ultimately saved them from bring swept for just the second time this year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
The Orioles' game against the New York Yankees that was postponed Tuesday because of rain will be made up as part of a split-admission doubleheader Sept. 12 at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. There was a possibility that the game would be made up during Thursday's common day off between the two teams, but they agreed to reschedule the game for the Yankees' final trip to Camden Yards next month. Tickets for Tuesday's postponed game will be good for the 1:05 p.m. game Sept. 12. Fans unable to attend the makeup game can exchange their tickets for any remaining home game on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 10, 2014
Buck Showalter has been frustrated by the ambiguity of baseball's new replay review system, so when a call was overturned against the Orioles in the seventh inning of the club's 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, the manager wanted some answers. When an initial forceout call at second base - Jonathan Schoop lost the ball on the exchange to his throwing hand - was overturned after a challenge by the Cardinals, Showalter jumped out of the dugout, headed toward the umpires and emphatically gestured that he wanted the headset to talk to the replay officials who reversed the call in New York.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
TORONTO - Games like the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Thursday night's series finale at Rogers Centre are ones that the club will have to win as the season winds down and the playoff chase heats up. Orioles manager Buck Showalter put it well when he said that his team was able to take advantage of the one mistake Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ made -- a 2-0 fastball that catcher Caleb Joseph hit over the left-field fence for a...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Adam Jones and Nick Markakis had started every game this season - all 141 - before manager Buck Showalter decided to rest the two Orioles outfielders to start Sunday's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. Showalter said he saw Sunday as an opportunity to give both Jones and Markakis a day off to get ahead of any late-season physical issues. It was also a good day to give them a break on Tropicana Field's spongy turf, which can lead to some soreness on legs and backs.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
Not a lot of news coming out of Buck Showalter's Sunday morning news conference, though there were some pretty good off-the-record stories about his days playing in the minors. Here's what you need to know, and I can tell you, heading into Sunday's game: * Nelson Cruz, mired in a 1-for-28 slump, was out of the starting lineup Sunday. Showalter is just giving him a breather. After batting .287 with 28 homers and 74 RBIs in 93 first-half games, Cruz is hitting .105 (6-for-57) with one homer and one RBI in 15 second-half games.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun and By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
BOSTON  -  Without the advantage of being in their own facility on Saturday at Fenway Park, the Orioles needed to ensure that right-hander Bud Norris could test his strained right groin as scheduled. So with the Orioles playing a split doubleheader, the club found a way to borrow the Fenway Park field so Norris could throw a simulated game. They traded their pregame afternoon batting practice session for field access between games, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Norris pitched two simulated innings after the first game of the doubleheader, which began at 1:05 p.m. and ended just before 4 p.m. He pitched to Orioles coaches Wayne Kirby and Einar Diaz as well as vice president of baseball operations Brady Anderson . Between innings, Norris walked off the field and into the dugout to simulate a game inning.
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