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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
If you stayed up late enough last night, you know that Chris Davis delivered the Orioles' most recent walk-off heroics with an RBI single in the 13th inning against Boston. His bloop base-hit against Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson came on a fastball, a pitch he's done plenty of damage against in his torrid start this season. But there's actually another pitch that Davis punishes like none other -- the slider. Buster Olney wrote this morning about the top pitchers and hitters by specific pitch . Davis, according to the stats culled by one of ESPN's researchers, has an OPS of 1.624 against sliders, by far the best in the majors.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - A day after blowing his third save opportunity of the season in a 5-4, walk-off loss Friday to the Oakland Athletics, Orioles closer Zach Britton wanted to get back on the mound as soon as possible. “I hope we either have a huge lead or I have to opportunity to be out there,” Britton said. “I think the one thing about being a reliever is that you're able to turn the page much quicker. You understand it's one bad inning, and you just kind of move on. You make adjustments, and if the same situation comes in, you know how to attack it differently than I did last night.” Britton failed to retire a batter in the ninth inning, and Oakland won on Josh Donaldson's three-run homer to center field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2012
The Orioles will send their hottest pitcher - left-hander Brian Matusz - to the mound tonight with the opportunity to sweep the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Yes, Matusz, who entered the season possessing the longest personal losing streak in baseball, seems to have things figured out of late. Matusz (5-5), who is going for his fifth win in his past six starts, is 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA and he's coming off his best outing of the season, a season-high 7 1/3-inning start at Tampa Bay in which he allowed just two hits and one run while striking out seven.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Ian Kinsler broke up a tight 2-1 game in the eighth inning with a two-run homer to left field. Kinsler took his time admiring the homer and then rounded the bases in 24 seconds, not a stroll but not a sprint either. We'll never know for sure, but you have to think Orioles pitcher Bud Norris, who had pitched a gem up to that point, didn't like Kinsler's home run trot. It could be a coincidence, but two pitches later, Norris hit Torii Hunter with a 94-mph fastball. "I don't know.
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by Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
Famed "Jersey Shore" cast member Snooki gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday . To commemorate the occasion, BGR the Burger Joint is bringing back its famous Snooki Burger -- with a baby burger slider on the side. The Snooki Burger features a beef patty topped with fresh, split and grilled jalapenos, Philadelphia-brand cream cheese, and BGR's signature mojo sauce. The whole meal costs $11.99  BGR is known for creating over-the-top gourmet burgers, such as their famous 9 Pounder burger, as well as sandwiches inspired by newsworthy figures like Snooki, Sarah Palin, and Rod Blagojevich.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz began toying with a sidearm delivery two years ago, but last season he realized how it could benefit him while pitching for the Dodgers' Triple-A team in Albuquerque. The 6-foot-5 De La Cruz throw conventionally most of the time, but he will drop his arm angle to left-handed hitters when ahead in the count and with two-strikes, showing a slider that sweeps across the plate away from lefties. “It's really been a career-changer for me,” said De La Cruz, who threw a perfect seventh inning - and retiring two left-handed batter -- in the Orioles' 9-7 exhibition win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | March 8, 1995
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Manager Phil Regan wouldn't speculate on how he might split bullpen duties between John Franco and Armando Benitez if the Orioles do sign Franco, a free agent. But he did offer this assessment of the left-hander: "I've seen him a lot. We had him with the Dodgers, but we didn't teach him a slider and then we traded him. He came up with a slider and he became a great pitcher."He takes the ball; he's got a really good circle changeup, a good slider and a good sinker. He's got a pretty good track record, and he's saved a lot of games.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,Sun Staff Writer | June 24, 1995
In his first appearance since giving up a grand slam and nearly starting a bench-clearing brawl, Armando Benitez returned to Camden Yards last night -- and did not pitch his way into any controversy.Benitez -- who was called up with right-hander Jimmy Myers on Thursday from Triple-A Rochester -- struck out two and walked one in his eighth-inning appearance."I thought he threw the ball well. [His fastball] was clocked at 92-93 miles per hour," Orioles manager Phil Regan said.But it wasn't Benitez's fastball that enabled him to have a good outing, it was his confidence in his slider.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | September 17, 1992
A pitching coach has to be a salesman as well as an instructor.So, after Orioles coach Dick Bosman taught Ben McDonald how to throw an effective slider, his mission was only half accomplished.Bosman then had to sell McDonald on the merits of using the pitch in the right situations."We fooled around with it for about half the year, and when I thought he had it down sufficiently, I told him to try it," said Bosman."So he threw one one night and struck out a guy. He came into the dugout and said, 'I could do this all night.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 26, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Orioles right-handed reliever Mike Fetters has been getting some strange looks lately. A pitch leaves his hand, hits the catcher's mitt and defies logic. Typecast as a sinkerball/forkball pitcher, Fetters began experimenting with a slider about two weeks ago. Anything to keep the nightly battles from getting too one-sided. "Lefties always look for me to throw them away, and righties look for me inside," said Fetters, 34. "If I can get that slider on the other side of the plate, that's another half of the plate they just gave me, so it'll make my sinker even more effective because they're leaning out a little bit. I can throw that sinker in and get a little bit more on their hands, and instead of a base hit, it's a ground ball to my shortstop."
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Left-hander Kelvin De La Cruz began toying with a sidearm delivery two years ago, but last season he realized how it could benefit him while pitching for the Dodgers' Triple-A team in Albuquerque. The 6-foot-5 De La Cruz throw conventionally most of the time, but he will drop his arm angle to left-handed hitters when ahead in the count and with two-strikes, showing a slider that sweeps across the plate away from lefties. “It's really been a career-changer for me,” said De La Cruz, who threw a perfect seventh inning - and retiring two left-handed batter -- in the Orioles' 9-7 exhibition win over the Blue Jays on Saturday.
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By Jon Meoli | September 3, 2013
Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel declared himself “100-percent” healthy and ready to return to the major-league pitching staff Tuesday after he pitched four, one-run innings for Short-Season Class A Aberdeen at Ripken Stadium.   “I don't know exactly what the plan is for the next couple of days, but I've done my work, they're taking good care of me, and I'm feeling healthy, so I'm ready to go when they want me,” said Hammel, who is working his way back from a sore elbow,.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
BOWIE -- Facing hitters for the first time in more than a month, Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings Thursday night in his first minor league rehabilitation start for Double-A Bowie. Hammel allowed three hits against the Binghamton Mets -- two of which came in a 20-pitch first inning before escapaing a bases-loaded jam -- and he struck out three and walked none. He also hit two batters. The Orioles' Opening Day starter, who has been on the disabled list with a right forearm strain since July 29, threw 47 pitches (32 strikes)
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
If you stayed up late enough last night, you know that Chris Davis delivered the Orioles' most recent walk-off heroics with an RBI single in the 13th inning against Boston. His bloop base-hit against Red Sox reliever Alex Wilson came on a fastball, a pitch he's done plenty of damage against in his torrid start this season. But there's actually another pitch that Davis punishes like none other -- the slider. Buster Olney wrote this morning about the top pitchers and hitters by specific pitch . Davis, according to the stats culled by one of ESPN's researchers, has an OPS of 1.624 against sliders, by far the best in the majors.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
The debate whether right-hander Jason Hammel intentionally threw at Detroit Tigers left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo's head was markedly one-sided in both clubhouses following the the Orioles' ugly 10-3 loss Saturday. Both dugouts agreed that Hammel had no intent to harm Tuiasosopo in the fourth inning of Saturday's game. The umpires didn't entirely disagree, but claimed that Hammel - intentionally or not - forced them to prevent a wild game from getting out of hand. After allowing three consecutive solo home runs to the Tigers in the fourth inning, Hammel's next pitch - an 82-mph slider - sailed out of his hand and toward Tuiasosopo's head, hitting him on the left shoulder as he ducked away from the pitch.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2013
It's one of those questions that players hate. Was this your best game of the season? Many players can't tell you what they did when, they just go out and do it. They leave the comparing and analysis to the media. Monday's starter, Jason Hammel, didn't hesitate to answer after allowing two runs in eight innings against the Washington Nationals. “For the year, definitely the best start,” said Hammel, who struck out a season-high eight batters. He hadn't gone more than 6 2/3 innings this season.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1996
When this season ends, and Orioles rookie Rocky Coppinger has time to relax and reflect on his whirlwind introduction to the majors, he'll think about many things.Coppinger will recall the lightning pace that shot him from Class A in April 1995, to starter in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, but he'll undoubtably think a long time about how he'll pitch to the Yankees' Darryl Strawberry.In three career at-bats off Coppinger, Strawberry has three hits -- two home runs and a single.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | October 25, 1996
ATLANTA -- Braves general manager John Schuerholz stood on the field yesterday and replayed some of the bizarre moments from Atlanta's 8-6 loss in Game 4 of the World Series on Wednesday night. The New York Yankees' two swinging bunts. A missed double-play ball. An umpire obstructing a Braves outfielder and possibly preventing him from making a catch."You could make a laundry list of it all," said Schuerholz.But what he remembers most of all is the pitch that Mark Wohlers threw to Jim Leyritz in the eighth inning, a hanging slider that Leyritz bashed over the left-field wall for a three-run homer, tying the game at 6-6Fox showed that pitch again and again, in slow motion, and Schuerholz watched in his private box. The replay "shows each and every spin of the pitch, and it seemed like it would never reach the plate.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 27, 2013
BOWIE -- Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman has hit some rough patches through the first few weeks of his first full professional season while pitching at Double-A Bowie, but the 22-year-old right-hander's steady development continues to be more important than any pitching line. Gausman, who is ranked the No. 2 prospect in the Orioles' organization and No. 26 in all of baseball by Baseball America, will enter his fifth start of the season on Sunday against Harrisburg with a 1-2 record and a 4.74 ERA and has allowed four or more earned runs in two of his four starts.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2013
In his second outing of the spring, Orioles lefty Wei-Yin Chen struggled occasionally with his command Friday night, but overall he continued his progression for the regular season. Starting in a 6-3 Grapefruit League win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chen allowed one hit and two walks in 2 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) and struck out four. He threw 54 pitches, 33 strikes, hitting between 89 and 91 mph on his fastball, 73 to 75 on his curve and 79 to 82 on his slider - just slightly below his in-season marks.
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