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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | November 9, 2004
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - As an assortment of major league general managers began checking into the Ritz-Carlton hotel yesterday for five days' worth of meetings and social functions, Orioles officials held their luggage, room keys and the same list of needs they began compiling back in Baltimore. They want a right-handed slugger for their outfield, a starting pitcher to head their rotation and a catcher who can be trusted behind the plate when Javy Lopez moves to first base or is given a rest.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The Orioles starting rotation had a 3.61 ERA in the regular season, the fifth-best mark in the American League. But in the postseason, the club's starters have struggled. Right-hander Bud Norris lasted just 4 1/3 innings in Saturday's Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, allowing four runs and nine hits. Norris struck out three batters and walked none. In five postseason games, four of the five Orioles starters have failed to go more than five innings. The exception was Norris' ALDS Game 3 outing, in which he tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings against the Detroit Tigers, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | July 22, 1998
Faced with making a bull rush at this year's wild-card berth or reshaping the clubhouse toward next season, the Orioles' leadership yesterday opted for both.During a two-hour meeting at the office of majority owner Peter Angelos, a ready consensus emerged within organization leadership to pursue a trade for an established starting pitcher in the days leading up to the July 31 waiver deadline. The pursuit could take the Orioles to the Montreal Expos for left-hander Carlos Perez or to the expansion Arizona Diamondbacks for Willie Blair.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 18, 2014
OAKLAND - A few days before the All-Star break, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that there will be several starting pitchers available before the trade deadline who won't be as good at the team's existing six starting pitchers. As the Orioles come out of the break in first place in the AL East, one of Showalter's biggest challenges might be how he manages his six starting pitchers. It won't be as simple as keeping every pitcher in line. He's already started to utilize matchups, slotting right-hander Bud Norris to make his first second-half start in Anaheim (3-0, 0.32 ERA in four career starts against the Angels)
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June 21, 2007
Do you enjoy the National League style of play? I always did. Managing in the minor leagues in the [Chicago] Cubs system, we didn't have the DH and it kind of gets everybody involved. It also reminds your starting pitcher that he has to stay away from the big inning, because, if he doesn't, he won't be around very long. And if your starting pitcher can't bunt, he usually gets pinch hit for earlier than needed.
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May 1, 1995
GAME FACTS* Gates open: Noon today* Batting practice: Orioles, 12:30 p.m.; Brewers, 1:30 p.m.* Pre-game ceremonies: 2:38 p.m.* Ceremonial first pitch: Orioles announcer Chuck Thompson* First pitch: 3:05 p.m.* National anthem: Denyce Graves, Washington Opera Company* Tickets: Sold out* Weather: Partly sunny. Highs in the mid to upper 60s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph diminishing in the afternoon.* TV: Channel 13, 2 p.m.* Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)PROJECTED LINEUPSBALTIMORE ORIOLESBrady Anderson, LFManny Alexander, 2BRafael Palmeiro, 1BCal Ripken, SSHarold Baines, DHChris Hoiles, CAndy Van Slyke, CFLeo Gomez, 3BJeffrey Hammonds, RF0$ * Starting pitcher: Mike MussinaMILWAUKEE BREWERSPat Listach, 2BDarryl Hamilton, CFKevin Seitzer, 3BGreg Vaughn, DHDerrick May, LFJohn Jaha, 1BTurner Ward, RFJoe Oliver, CJose Valentin, SS3# Starting pitcher: Ricky Bones *
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June 27, 2004
It's a fact The Astros have had 13 sell outs this season, six of them when Roger Clemens has been the starting pitcher. Milestone Jason Kendall of the Pirates, in his ninth major league sea son, hit his first grand slam, his 66th home run. The number 38: Consecutive series the Di amondbacks have gone with out a sweep, longest active streak in the majors.
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September 24, 2000
Quote: "We had been playing like the `Bad News Bears' for a while, so this type of win is big for us." - Yankees' Derek Jeter It's a fact: The Angels have used 15 different starters this season. Who's hot: The Indians are 11-3-1 in their past 15 series. Who's not: The Mariners' Alex Rodriguez is 1-for-12 in the series with the Athletics. On deck: Even though they don't know who their opponent will be, the White Sox have announced their starting pitcher for the first game of the playoffs - Mike Sirotka.
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By SHEIL KAPADIA | June 15, 2006
Up Carlos Beltran, outfielder, Mets -- He hit 16 homers last year and already has 18 in 2006. In his past five games, Beltran hit .481 with four home runs, 14 RBIs and four stolen bases. Victor Martinez, catcher, Indians -- He struggled in May, batting .165 without a home run, but Martinez has bounced back in June. He is hitting .385 with five homers and 14 RBIs this month. In his past six games, he hit .417 with four home runs and 10 RBIs. Felix Hernandez, starting pitcher, Mariners --Seattle's 20-year-old right-hander has won three straight outings after starting the season 3-6. Hernandez struck out nine and recorded the first complete game of his career against the Angels in his last start.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | June 6, 1997
Johnny Isom went 3-for-5 and Bryan Bogle added a two-run homer yesterday as the visiting Bowie Baysox beat the Akron Aeros, 6-3, in a Double-A Eastern League game.Bowie starting pitcher Alvie Shepherd (5-1) went five innings, and Matt Snyder pitched 1 1/3 innings to earn his 10th save.Alley Cats 7, Shorebirds 4: Visiting Charleston (W.Va.) raced to a 7-0 lead, then held off Delmarva to win a Single-A South Atlantic League game.Avalanche 3, Keys 1: Salem (Va.) got to starting pitcher Jason Rogers for three runs in three innings and held on for a Single-A Carolina League win.Jim Foster went 2-for-3 for the Keys (37-25)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
NEW YORK - Thursday's day off allowed the Orioles to rest their six-man bullpen, but it didn't exactly clear up questions surrounding the pitching staff. Orioles manager Buck Showalter hasn't announced his starting pitchers after this Yankees series - Bud Norris is scheduled for Saturday afternoon and Chris Tillman for the series finale Sunday - but it appears Showalter will continue to go with a six-man rotation, even though he's been unwilling to call it that. On Friday afternoon, Miguel Gonzalez and Tillman each threw side sessions, but left-hander Wei-Yin Chen didn't, making him available to pitch in long relief Friday night.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
It's an obvious question. And there really isn't an obvious answer. What's wrong with Chris Tillman? “I don't know,” said shortstop J.J. Hardy, when asked about the Orioles' top starter. “I don't think he is hitting his spots as well. People are getting some cheap hits, and they just keep rolling. I think everyone knows Tillman's going to be all right, but he's going through a little funk right now.” Tillman said his problems are mechanical. He said he's not hitting his spots with his fastball or his breaking stuff, and if you don't have command, it's hard to get away with mistakes in the majors.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2014
So here's the good news for Orioles fans: The club heads into its six-game homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays having won three of the past four games and doing so without their Gold Glove left side of the infield, Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy. It wasn't long ago when it seemed like the Orioles were facing must-win situations in April. But after opening the season losing five of six, they head into the weekend 4-5. The bottom of the lineup is starting to produce, manager Buck Showalter has again mastered the art of using his bullpen, closer Tommy Hunter is 3-for-3 with save opportunities and the offense has shown its potential for the big inning over the past two games.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Christmas may be over, but the Orioles still have plenty of items left on their offseason shopping list. There are seven weeks until pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota for spring training, and the club has plenty of holes to fill. A lot has been written in this space recently about the Orioles' closer situation after they stepped away from a two-year, $15-million deal with free agent Grant Balfour over concerns with his physical. But given the team's other needs - a starting pitcher and another bat - closer might not be the Orioles' biggest priority, even if it does seem to be its biggest hole.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
The Orioles claimed right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Chicago Cubs, the team announced Monday. The addition of the 24-year-old Hendriks, however, doesn't alter the Orioles' offseason search for a starting pitcher to help solidify the club's rotation, executive vice president Dan Duquette said. Hendriks was 2-13 with a 6.06 ERA in 30 major league games (28 starts) over the past three seasons for the Minnesota Twins before being claimed off waivers by the Cubs on Dec. 13. Last season, Hendriks was 1-3 with a 6.85 ERA in 10 games (eight starts)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2013
The Orioles main priority heading into July 31's non-waiver trade deadline is adding a starting pitcher, and the club has been actively scouting potentially available arms, according to several sources. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette would only say, “We're looking,” when asked about his team's pursuit of a starter earlier this week. As is his policy, Duquette won't reveal names, but, according to several industry sources, the Orioles are currently monitoring a group that includes Miami's Ricky Nolasco, San Diego's Edinson Volquez and Andrew Cashner, the Chicago Cubs' Matt Garza and Scott Feldman, the Chicago White Sox's Jake Peavy and Houston's Bud Norris.
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July 27, 2001
Trading places Here's a thumbnail look at what contending teams might be looking for in the days leading up to the July 31 deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers: AL East New York Yankees: Run-producing first baseman or designated hitter. Would pursue Jason Giambi heavily if available. Also believed to be interested in Tampa Bay homebody Fred McGriff. Boston Red Sox: Big-name starting pitcher. Al Leiter would be a nice fit. Reliever Ugueth Urbina may be in the mix. AL Central Cleveland Indians: Hungry for go-to starting pitcher.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC and JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER | May 14, 2006
The opponent, the lowly Kansas City Royals, hardly mattered. The Orioles preferred to dwell on other topics, anyway. The important thing was that they had gotten a rare seven-inning outing from a starting pitcher and won a game started by an opposing left-hander for just the third time this season. And for the first time in about two weeks, the Orioles have a winning streak, albeit a modest two in a row. Royals@Orioles Today, 1:35 p.m., Ch. 13, 1090 AM Starters: Royals' Denny Bautista (0-1, 4.50)
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | June 22, 2013
This hasn't been a normal week for Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez . Gonzalez left the team before Monday's game to travel to California for the birth of his first child, then took a cross-continent flight Thursday in order to start Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays. He wasn't able to throw his normal bullpen session between starts because he was away from the team, so he threw on his own with family members Tuesday and Wednesday. That didn't stop Gonzalez from recording his fourth straight quality start in the Orioles' 4-2 loss to Toronto, as he allowed three runs and three hits in 7 1/3 innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2013
After playing Saturday's doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers -- and with both Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen starting -- the Orioles will likely need a starter to pitch in Wednesday's afternoon game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he's evaluating all of his options, which include bringing up a pitcher from the minor leagues to make a spot start or using someone out of the bullpen if they are rested. “Last night, it was just a matter of, 'OK, here's our options.
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