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By KEN ROSENTHAL | February 23, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Shortly before leaving for spring training, Heathcliff Slocumb accompanied his younger daughter, Heather, to a father-daughter Valentine's Day dance at her school.Heather, 8, noticed that some of her friends didn't attend. Couldn't attend, with no fathers to speak of."I asked her, `How do you feel about that?' " the Orioles' new reliever said. "She told me, `I feel sorry for them.' And she said, `I'm glad you're here.' "Moments like that, what can you say? They're priceless, especially for a man who lost his wife, Deborah, to cancer in November 1992, and is raising their two daughters as a single father.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,SUN COLUMNIST | August 11, 1999
PHILADELPHIA -- Like so many former Orioles, Heathcliff Slocumb is getting the last laugh. But the veteran reliever still can't believe that his career with the Orioles lasted only 8 2/3 innings."
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- He has closed in four cities covering both leagues, a traveling man with a valuable albeit inconsistent role. Now Heathcliff Slocumb, warm-up act, breaks camp with the Orioles in pursuit of stability more than visibility.Slocumb came to the Orioles last January as a marked-down, $1.1 million free agent via Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston and Seattle, a circuitous route pocked with little-noted successes and far more publicized meltdowns. Projected as part of the Orioles' reconfigured middle relief, he'll now be permitted to address his enigmatic tendencies in relative anonymity.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1999
Heathcliff Slocumb stood at his locker yesterday and invited questions about a seven-run ninth inning Thursday night that lasted 48 pitches and turned a bad game into a horror show. Just chalk it up to a poor outing and get back on the mound as quickly as possible, he said, sounding confident the chance would come with the Orioles.About 30 minutes later, Slocumb was notified by manager Ray Miller of his release.Slocumb, who signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract in January, became the first casualty of a dreadful season.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,SUN COLUMNIST | August 11, 1999
PHILADELPHIA -- Like so many former Orioles, Heathcliff Slocumb is getting the last laugh. But the veteran reliever still can't believe that his career with the Orioles lasted only 8 2/3 innings."
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 16, 1999
The Orioles tapped into their pipeline to the Seattle Mariners' maligned bullpen again yesterday, agreeing to terms with right-hander Heathcliff Slocumb on a one-year contract.Slocumb, 32, will be used primarily to set up closer Mike Timlin, who spent parts of two seasons with the Mariners before signing a four-year deal with the Orioles in November. He also could inherit some save situations, as the club continues to give its relief corps a drastic makeover.The contract calls for a base salary of $1.1 million, plus performance bonuses that could add another $350,000 to the deal.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1999
Heathcliff Slocumb stood at his locker yesterday and invited questions about a seven-run ninth inning Thursday night that lasted 48 pitches and turned a bad game into a horror show. Just chalk it up to a poor outing and get back on the mound as quickly as possible, he said, sounding confident the chance would come with the Orioles.About 30 minutes later, Slocumb was notified by manager Ray Miller of his release.Slocumb, who signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract in January, became the first casualty of a dreadful season.
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By JOE STRAUSS and JOE STRAUSS,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1999
A bottomless April maintained its grip on Scott Erickson, manager Ray Miller and the 5-16 Orioles last night, pulling them to a 15-5 loss before 34,347 dissatisfied customers at Camden Yards.The league's lowest-scoring team, the Kansas City Royals, managed their fifth comeback win this season with 15 hits and nine walks. Right fielder Jermaine Dye tormented Erickson with a second-inning triple and a sixth-inning double. He scored three times and drove in four runs, accounting for all of Erickson's six runs.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
The Major League Baseball Players Association yesterday formally filed a grievance against the Orioles on behalf of relief pitcher Xavier Hernandez, who alleges the club is bound to a $2.7 million offer it extended to him in December before a physical revealed a slight tear in his right rotator cuff.Scheduled for a May 17-18 hearing, the grievance will be heard by arbitrator Richard Bloch. Hernandez signed a $250,000 contract with the Houston Astros last week and may earn an additional $250,000 if he remains on the major-league roster while avoiding the disabled list the entire season.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- So much for results not mattering this time of year.When Scott Kamieniecki took the mound yesterday for the Orioles' exhibition game against Boston, it marked the first time he would face opposing batters since last August because of a herniated disk in his neck that required surgery a month later. Though he didn't allow a run in two innings, he wasn't particularly sharp or satisfied."It was frustrating," he said, shortly before the game ended in a 3-3 tie. "You go out there and try to compete.
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By JOE STRAUSS and JOE STRAUSS,SUN STAFF | April 30, 1999
A bottomless April maintained its grip on Scott Erickson, manager Ray Miller and the 5-16 Orioles last night, pulling them to a 15-5 loss before 34,347 dissatisfied customers at Camden Yards.The league's lowest-scoring team, the Kansas City Royals, managed their fifth comeback win this season with 15 hits and nine walks. Right fielder Jermaine Dye tormented Erickson with a second-inning triple and a sixth-inning double. He scored three times and drove in four runs, accounting for all of Erickson's six runs.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | March 25, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- He has closed in four cities covering both leagues, a traveling man with a valuable albeit inconsistent role. Now Heathcliff Slocumb, warm-up act, breaks camp with the Orioles in pursuit of stability more than visibility.Slocumb came to the Orioles last January as a marked-down, $1.1 million free agent via Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Boston and Seattle, a circuitous route pocked with little-noted successes and far more publicized meltdowns. Projected as part of the Orioles' reconfigured middle relief, he'll now be permitted to address his enigmatic tendencies in relative anonymity.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 19, 1999
Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Florida Marlins in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.UP -- Harold Baines: Had been 0-for-7 this spring until a two-run homer to right. Also doubled in a run in the fifth.UP -- Jeff Reboulet: Just starting two straight games would have been sufficient, but he also singled and made a couple nice fielding plays.DOWN -- Danny Clyburn: Might want to pick up the pace a little in left field.DOWN -- Rocky Coppinger: Survived yesterday's cuts but must keep the ball in the park.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- So much for results not mattering this time of year.When Scott Kamieniecki took the mound yesterday for the Orioles' exhibition game against Boston, it marked the first time he would face opposing batters since last August because of a herniated disk in his neck that required surgery a month later. Though he didn't allow a run in two innings, he wasn't particularly sharp or satisfied."It was frustrating," he said, shortly before the game ended in a 3-3 tie. "You go out there and try to compete.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | February 23, 1999
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Shortly before leaving for spring training, Heathcliff Slocumb accompanied his younger daughter, Heather, to a father-daughter Valentine's Day dance at her school.Heather, 8, noticed that some of her friends didn't attend. Couldn't attend, with no fathers to speak of."I asked her, `How do you feel about that?' " the Orioles' new reliever said. "She told me, `I feel sorry for them.' And she said, `I'm glad you're here.' "Moments like that, what can you say? They're priceless, especially for a man who lost his wife, Deborah, to cancer in November 1992, and is raising their two daughters as a single father.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
The Major League Baseball Players Association yesterday formally filed a grievance against the Orioles on behalf of relief pitcher Xavier Hernandez, who alleges the club is bound to a $2.7 million offer it extended to him in December before a physical revealed a slight tear in his right rotator cuff.Scheduled for a May 17-18 hearing, the grievance will be heard by arbitrator Richard Bloch. Hernandez signed a $250,000 contract with the Houston Astros last week and may earn an additional $250,000 if he remains on the major-league roster while avoiding the disabled list the entire season.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 19, 1999
Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 5-4 loss to the Florida Marlins in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.UP -- Harold Baines: Had been 0-for-7 this spring until a two-run homer to right. Also doubled in a run in the fifth.UP -- Jeff Reboulet: Just starting two straight games would have been sufficient, but he also singled and made a couple nice fielding plays.DOWN -- Danny Clyburn: Might want to pick up the pace a little in left field.DOWN -- Rocky Coppinger: Survived yesterday's cuts but must keep the ball in the park.
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May 28, 1995
* The single-season record for extra-inning homers is five, by Charlie Manuel in 1960. Reds left fielder Ron Gant hit three in 10 days.* Minnesota's starting pitchers had a combined ERA of 8.30 after losing to Detroit, 14-3, Wednesday.* Before the Cubs' Kevin Foster and Marvin Freeman of Colorado hit homers against each other this week, the last time pitchers had traded homers was in 1990, when Fernando Valenzuela and Kevin Gross traded blows. Pitchers have homered against each other 12 times in this century.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | January 17, 1999
As Orioles general manager Frank Wren continues to retool the Orioles' bullpen, he remains uncertain whether Xavier Hernandez will be one of the components.Last month, Hernandez, a free agent, agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million deal with a club option for 2001. But Wren confirmed last night that a contract never was signed because Hernandez failed his physical.Still in need of a right-handed setup man, the Orioles agreed to terms Friday with free agent Heathcliff Slocumb on a one-year deal.
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