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By Peter Schmuck | October 6, 1991
The festival atmosphere of this final weekend notwithstanding, it has been a dramatic anticlimax for theBaltimore Orioles. Their season ends today, but like so many of their games this year, it was over almost before it started.First baseman Glenn Davis, whose arrival in Baltimore swelled preseason expectations, suffered a freak neck injury in spring training. Right-hander Ben McDonald, who had been announced the Opening Day starter before the opening day of the exhibition season, started the season on the disabled list for the second year in a row.That was only the beginning.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman was optioned to the club's Rookie-level Gulf Coast League team after Wednesday night's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. A corresponding move will be made before Thursday's series finale. Gausman allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in four innings before being removed from the game after 80 pitches in the loss, but the roster move is not related to his performance. He was informed of the move in manager Buck Showalter's office shortly after the game.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 3, 1991
NEW YORK -- Left-hander Jeff Ballard may be making his final start as a Baltimore Oriole when he takes the mound tonight for the final game of the series at Yankee Stadium.Ballard has not started a game since July 27, just days before he was optioned to the Class AAA Rochester Red Wings. Manager John Oates moved him into the rotation for tonight's game because he wanted to pitch two left-handers in New York."I don't think that one start is going to make or break anything," said Ballard, who is 6-11 with a 5.34 ERA. "It matters to me because I just want to end the season on a good note."
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Orioles' starting rotation will remain in turn for this weekend's series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. Showalter had an opportunity to tweak his rotation after Thursday's day off, but right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to start Friday as scheduled, followed by right-hander Bud Norris on Saturday and right-hander Chris Tillman on Sunday. All three will pitch with two extra days of rest. That could change, however, with the Orioles down to six relievers after designating Stinson for assignment.
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By RAY FRAGER | November 12, 2008
Orioles fan rally Noon [MASN] Ooh, new uniforms! Sure to make you start counting the days until spring training and perhaps make you forget that Danys Baez is a candidate for the starting rotation.
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February 14, 2001
SPURGEON NUSSBACK RIVERA PARRISH DOUGLASS BALE KOHLMEIER TOWERS This year, the Orioles have lots of names to sort out and plenty of arms to evaluate in what could be a spirited competition for a spot -- or spots -- in the starting rotation. Page 3D
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By Peter Schmuck | February 1, 1992
The opening of spring training is less than three weeks away, and the Baltimore Orioles still are bulking up on organizational pitching depth.Veteran left-hander Dennis Rasmussen signed a Class AAA contract with the Rochester Red Wings yesterday afternoon and has been invited to training camp to compete for a place in the major-league starting rotation.Rasmussen, 32, was 6-13 with a 3.74 ERA in 24 starts for the San Diego Padres last season. He is coming off back-to-back losing seasons, but won 18 games for the New York Yankees in 1986 and has a career 39-24 record against American League competition.
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June 3, 1998
Braves: Andruw Jones' two triples doubled his season total. Jones entered the season with two career triples in 184 at-bats.Cubs: Mickey Morandini extended his hitting streak to a career high 13 games with his fourth-inning single. His previous career high was set in 1993. Cardinal Francis George has been added to the list of guest conductors for the seventh-inning stretch.Expos: Dustin Hermanson, who pitched Saturday for the first time since going on the DL May 17 with a muscle strain in his back, will rejoin the starting rotation Saturday against the Devil Rays.
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May 16, 2003
Who's hot The Astros beat the Pirates for the seventh time in 11 days. The teams don't meet again until July 4. Who's not The Twins' Torii Hunter is in a 4-for-27 slump and batting .215. He stranded five runners yesterday. Line of the day Marquis Grissom, Giants CF AB R H RBI HR 5 2 3 4 1 He said it "As far as being the first minority, I think most of us are immigrants from some place." Arturo Moreno, a Hispanic businessman who is buying the Anaheim Angels On deck The Blue Jays have replaced Tanyon Sturtze with Kelvim Escobar in the starting rotation.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 6, 2004
DETROIT - Scott Erickson won 79 games as an Oriole, but when he returns to Camden Yards with the Texas Rangers and starts against his former team tomorrow, he'll have more on his mind than renewing old acquaintances. Erickson, 36, is trying to extend a career that has included just two appearances on a big league mound since 2002. He missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, and the Orioles let him go as a free agent the minute his five-year, $32 million contract expired. After making two starts with the New York Mets last month - one good, one bad - Erickson was traded to Texas.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
HOUSTON -- The Orioles will adjust their starting rotation following Monday's day off, pushing right-hander Bud Norris back one day. Norris was initially scheduled to pitch Tuesday's series opener in Texas, but right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will start that game on regular rest. Norris will start Wednesday, and right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on Thursday. Moving Norris back a day allows him to avoid pitching against the Oakland Athletics this weekend at Camden Yards. Norris is 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in four career starts against Oakland.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't naming his rotation for the upcoming series on the road against the Kansas City Royals until he gets a better feel for a whole lot of variables. This much was gleaned during Showalter's pregame media session Tuesday. Right-hander Kevin Gausman, 23, will make his 2014 Orioles debut Wednesday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers at Camden Yards. Gausman, who came off the minor league disabled list Saturday to pitch for Triple-A Norfolk , is considered 100 percent and doesn't have a strict pitch count, although the Orioles will monitor how stressful his innings are. “He's ready to go tomorrow.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
The Orioles are still battling a lingering flu as they head into this afternoon's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards. Tomorrow's off day probably couldn't come at a better time. Illness has struck so many players that the entire home clubhouse at Camden Yards was disinfected, all the way down to the ping-pong paddles and pool sticks. “Unfortunately, a lot of it is contagious before you really know you've got it,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who was scheduled to pitch in Tuesday's rainout, will get the start in Wednesday afternoon's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. Chris Tillman was supposed to start Wednesday, and he's pitched extremely well on regular rest, posting a 3.20 ERA since the beginning of the 2013 season on four days off. But Gonzalez has pitched pretty well against the Rays over his career, posting a 3.94 ERA in eight career starts against them. Comparatively speaking, Tillman owns a 4.90 career ERA against Tampa Bay in 11 career starts, including a 1-3 mark and 5.09 ERA during his 16-win season last year.
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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 Dan Connolly The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
When Ubaldo Jimenez was about to sign the biggest free-agent deal for a pitcher in Orioles franchise history, he considered the rotation he was joining. Frankly, he didn't know much about it. He had pitched with Miguel Gonzalez years ago in a minor league all-star game. He knew of Bud Norris from their seasons competing against each other in the National League. Jimenez, 30, had pitched against the Orioles only twice in his eight-season major league career - both last season with the Cleveland Indians.
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May 30, 1999
Quote: "I just took my grandson to `Star Wars,' and this home run would have fit right in. It was galactical."Vin Scully describing Mark McGwire's home run that cleared Dodger Stadium, over the roof of the outfield pavilionIt's a fact: Last year, the Padres had nine players make a total of 10 trips to the DL. This year, eight Padres have gone on the DL.Who's hot: The Mets' Benny Agbayani has homered in three straight games and five of his past seven starts.Who's...
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April 1, 1992
The San Diego Padres put third baseman Craig Worthington, who lost his shot at a starting job when Gary Sheffield was obtained from the Milwaukee Brewers last week, on unconditional release waivers yesterday.Worthington, obtained in an off-season trade with the Orioles for pitcher Jim Lewis and outfielder Steve Martin, was signed for $235,000. San Diego will instead give him $58,104 in termination pay, if he is not claimed by Friday.Since the acquisition of Sheffield, general manager Joe McIlvaine had tried to trade Worthington.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA.  - When left-hander Brian Matusz arrived in the major leagues in 2009, his changeup was an essential part of his four-pitch arsenal. But as Matusz struggled as a starter before finding a home in the Orioles bullpen last season, he said lost his feel for the pitch. Even though Matusz served as the club's best left-handed reliever in 2013 - his first full season in the bullpen - the 27-year-old has made it clear that he wants to be a starter again. This offseason, Matusz realized that rediscovering his changeup would be vital to reaching that goal because it would help him get right-handed hitters out, which has been his main obstacle to earning a regular spot in the rotation.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - When Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman was at the Ed Smith Stadium complex last year, he tip-toed through the clubhouse. Though labeled one of the organization's top prospects, he spent his first days in major league spring training with his mouth shut and eyes open, observing his new teammates and gauging who was willing to help a rookie seeking big league advice. This year, stepping into the Sarasota clubhouse - as he did this week for minicamp - he's much more comfortable.
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