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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | June 8, 2004
As if the season hasn't been challenging enough for Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson, even the weather has conspired against him. Saturday's rainout knocked Ponson out of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays series, so tonight he faces the Arizona Diamondbacks and five-time Cy Young Award winner Randy Johnson, who threw a perfect game this season at the age of 40. What else can go wrong for Ponson, the designated staff ace who's 3-6 with a 6.48 ERA? He's probably afraid to ask. Ponson has allowed 15 runs and 22 hits in his past two starts covering 10 1/3 innings - numbers magnified because they came against the New York Yankees.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - As is his laid-back Southern Californian nature, Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman has tried to avoid having the spotlight shine on him. In his start on Tuesday, however, Tillman has a chance to reach a milestone that few Orioles hurlers have touched in the last decade-plus. Tillman has thrown 194 1/3 innings this year and needs just 5 2/3 innings to reach 200 for the season, which would make him the fifth Orioles pitcher to hit that total since 2001.
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By DAN CONNOLLY and DAN CONNOLLY,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2005
THEY BOTH WERE 21-year-olds living in a new culture when they made their major league debuts. They both were can't-miss talents, future aces of the Orioles' staff. Then, at age 28, baseball and life collapsed on them. Coming off their worst professional seasons, both were arrested on drunken-driving charges. Sadly, that's where the similarities between Sidney Ponson and Dennis Martinez end. At least for now. Martinez was arrested in November 1983, weeks after being part of the Orioles' last world championship team.
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By Ray Frager | March 29, 2009
'Beyond Baseball' 8 p.m. [MLB Network] This look at "what some players are doing outside the game" probably does not feature Sidney Ponson (left). But that's just a guess.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | February 20, 2002
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Sidney Ponson couldn't escape the rumors this winter, even between trips to his native Aruba to oversee the construction of his house. He was going to Texas for Gabe Kapler. He was part of a five-player package headed to Philadelphia for All-Star third baseman Scott Rolen. Or maybe it was Cincinnati for Dmitri Young. So, naturally, he ended up returning here as part of the Orioles' restructured pitch- ing staff, with the same high ceiling in an organization that exhibits a lower tolerance for his failures and underachieving ways.
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December 22, 2005
Good morning --Sidney Ponson --Your trip to St. Louis may involve a surcharge for all of your baggage.
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July 14, 2006
Good morning --Sidney Ponson--Is it possible those pinstripes will give you a slimmer look?
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June 2, 2006
On deck -- Cubs@Cardinals-- Sidney Ponson looks to improve to 5-0 tonight as St. Louis takes on divisional rival Chicago.
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By Ray Frager | March 29, 2009
'Beyond Baseball' 8 p.m. [MLB Network] This look at "what some players are doing outside the game" probably does not feature Sidney Ponson (left). But that's just a guess.
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April 17, 2003
Opponent: Cleveland Indians Site: Jacobs Field, Cleveland Time: 7:05 TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/WBAL (1090 AM) Starters: Orioles' Sidney Ponson (1-1, 6.75) vs. Indians' C.C. Sabathia (0-2, 3.32)
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | November 21, 2008
More than three years after the Orioles released and terminated the contract of Sidney Ponson after his third arrest in a nine-month span, a grievance arbitrator will finally decide how much money - if any - the organization owes the pitcher. Orioles general counsel Russell Smouse confirmed yesterday that the grievance would start being heard Dec. 17 in Baltimore by arbitrator Shyam Das. The hearing could take several days, and there is no definitive timetable for Das to render a decision.
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By DAN CONNOLLY | April 6, 2008
Observations, opinions and musings from this week in major league baseball. Major League Baseball released its annual report on foreign-born big leaguers, and the Orioles have an above-average number born outside the U.S. on their 25-man roster and disabled list. But don't be fooled, oh critics of the Orioles' woeful international program. Plunge into the numbers and it's evident the Orioles are among the worst in mining foreign talent. Of the 855 major league players on Opening Day rosters and the DL, 239 are foreign born (28 percent, down from 29 percent in 2007)
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By PETER SCHMUCK | February 23, 2008
Can't believe my good fortune. The producers of The Biggest Loser, NBC's hit weight-loss reality show, will be in Pompano Beach today casting for next season. Loser recruits overweight people to go on a weight-loss program and compete for a huge monetary prize, in this case $250,000. The only problem with this casting call is that the show is looking for teams of two to make a combined effort to lose the most weight. I wonder if Sidney Ponson is doing anything today.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | July 7, 2007
When you look at Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera, what do you see - the intimidating 6-foot-9 fireballer who might develop into a right-handed Randy Johnson or the awkward, overgrown kid who's not really a kid anymore? Hall of Famer Jim Palmer looks at Cabrera and sees the whole spectrum. The big-time talent. The so-so athletic ability. The inconsistent mechanics. The incomplete pitch repertoire. The intermittent confidence. Cabrera is one complicated young man. That's why Palmer asked pitching coach Leo Mazzone the other day whether he could help.
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By DAN CONNOLLY | March 17, 2007
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Different uniform and different hairstyle. Same old Sidney Ponson. The Prodigal Right-hander was back at Fort Lauderdale Stadium yesterday, happily greeting old teammates, taking jabs at Orioles fans and stiffing the Baltimore media. It was like old times, except he now has a thick dark mullet, wears the Minnesota Twins stripes and hasn't posed for a mug shot in months. OK, so the requisite cheap shot aimed at the Troubled Aruban has been fired. That's the last flippant rip for today.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | February 18, 2007
Deflating experience. Sidney Ponson was nowhere to be seen in Aruba on Friday night, though it's important to point out that I'm referring to the popular nightspot on Fort Lauderdale beach and not the Caribbean island that brought you Sir Sidney and fellow former Orioles Eugene Kingsale, Calvin Maduro and Radhames Dykhoff. It's a fun place. If you're waiting for a table, they give you a balloon on a string with a number written on it so they can find you in the crowd, which I thought was kind of cool until someone in our party suggested that the restaurant could save a balloon by writing the number on my giant head.
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September 20, 1998
HittingManny Ramirez, Indians: 2HRs, 5RBIs.Damion Easley, Tigers: HR, 2 doubles.Johnny Damon, Royals: 2 doubles, triple.PitchingSidney Ponson, Orioles: 7 1/3 innings, 0 runs, 6 hits.Pub Date: 9/20/98
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By ROCH KUBATKO | December 23, 2006
The Minnesota Twins appear to be the front-runners for Sidney Ponson, though a handful of other teams are interested. They'd likely try to sign him to a minor league deal. Ponson's grievance hearing still hasn't been rescheduled. Now I'm told it might not take place until spring training, perhaps right before the start of the season. For those of you wondering whether Jay Gibbons will be traded, he's not in great demand right now. I'd keep him and still try to sign Aubrey Huff. Craig Wilson does intrigue me, though, since the Orioles are traditionally inept against left-handed pitching.
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By DAN CONNOLLY | November 29, 2006
It's still November and the Orioles already have bought four relievers for more than the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' projected budget. While other clubs haggled over everyday players and starting pitchers, the Orioles quickly signed Danys Baez, Jamie Walker, Chad Bradford and Scott Williamson. It's simple, albeit expensive, logic: They don't want another haphazard collection of rookies and never-weres backing up a group of young starters. Argue the specifics, but at least the Orioles showed moxie by identifying a weakness and aggressively attacking it. There is a victory in there somewhere.
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