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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | September 20, 1993
MILWAUKEE -- Right-hander Rick Sutcliffe is expected to return to the starting rotation tomorrow night against the Cleveland Indians, taking the place of a still sore-shouldered Mike Mussina.Manager Johnny Oates said yesterday that Sutcliffe was a "likely" starter for the second game of the series that begins tonight at Cleveland Stadium, though he left open the slight possibility that Mussina would bounce back in time to make the start."Sutcliffe will probably start," Oates said. "It's not definite, but it's likely."
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Peter Schmuck | April 3, 2012
Former Orioles pitcher Rick Sutcliffe had every intention of heading home for the 1992 season, and why not? His roots - and his family - were in the Kansas City area, where he grew up within a short drive of Royals Stadium. He had already accomplished quite a lot during the first 13 years of his major league career, and he figured the time was right to spend the rest of that career sleeping in his own bed after home games. Maybe it's true that life is what happens while you're making other plans, because Sutcliffe's lifeplan changed with one phone call from an old friend and a brief visit to an unfinished stadium in a place he had never heard of called Camden Yards.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | July 7, 1994
ST. LOUIS -- It can't be the numbers. Rick Sutcliffe finished the 1993 season with a 5.75 ERA, and it was higher than that when he took the mound last night against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium.It can't be the fastball. Sutcliffe doesn't have anything near the velocity that made him one of the game's most overpowering pitchers in the early 1980s.It can't be much fun, knowing that everyone thinks you're just hanging on.Sutcliffe ponders that question, then tries to put the final stage of a successful career in perspective.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF | July 25, 2005
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles made their pitch. Now, it's up to Phil Nevin to decide if he wants to waive his limited no-trade clause and take his cuts in an Orioles uniform. Manager Lee Mazzilli spoke yesterday by phone to Nevin, the first baseman whom the San Diego Padres have agreed to trade to the Orioles for pitcher Sidney Ponson pending Nevin's approval, and outlined his expected role with the Orioles. Nevin also called Orioles utility infielder Chris Gomez, his former teammate in Detroit and San Diego and also a California native, to ask about playing for the Orioles.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | March 31, 1992
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- John Oates emerged from a meeting with Roland Hemond yesterday, walked across the clubhouse and tapped Mike Mussina on the glove. They disappeared into the manager's office.A dozen eyebrows went up. Players, coaches and reporters looked at each other and smiled, thinking the same thought. Could it be? No way, right? Nawwwww.Oates had said he would announce the Opening Day starter, along with the rotation for the first few games. Everyone figured Rick Sutcliffe would be the nominee.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | June 25, 1993
Reprinted from yesterday's late editions The Orioles timed Rick Sutcliffe's five-game suspension perfectly. When he dropped his appeal, it set up their pitching rotation for the next four series, including the three on this homestand against the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays.Sutcliffe beat the Tigers, 6-2, Wednesday night and is now 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA against them since joining the Orioles. As a bonus, he won't face the Yankees, against whom he's 1-3 with a 8.37 ERA the past two seasons.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1994
Saying his negotiations with the Orioles have been "a total mess," veteran right-hander Rick Sutcliffe yesterday signed a minor-league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.Sutcliffe, 37, expressed disappointment that bordered on bitterness yesterday when he discussed the circumstances that led to his departure. Although manager Johnny Oates had pushed for Sutcliffe's return, the Orioles didn't issue him an invitation to spring training until Sunday.After mulling the offer for 24 hours, Sutcliffe decided to accept a similar proposal from the Cardinals.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | November 15, 1992
Negotiations between the Orioles and Rick Sutcliffe could be nearing completion.Barry Axelrod, who represents the veteran pitcher, said he was "guardedly optimistic" about reaching an agreement."
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | September 28, 1992
Yesterday's 6-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox officially gave the Orioles permission to start doing what most of the 26 other major-league teams started doing weeks ago -- namely, looking to next year.The looking-ahead process began for starting pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, too, but for different reasons than, say, fellow starters Mike Mussina and Ben McDonald.While Mussina and McDonald, two of the most promising young pitchers in the American League, are certain to be in Orioles uniforms next season, Sutcliffe does not know where he will be.More importantly, he does not know where he and his wife, Robin, will live, or where his 9-year-old daughter, Shelby, will attend school next year, and those facts concern Sutcliffe deeply.
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By Ken Rosenthal and Ken Rosenthal,Staff Writer | March 31, 1992
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Considering the money he'll earn from his two new albums, it's hard to believe Bruce Springsteen once needed a $500,000 loan from the Orioles' Rick Sutcliffe for a down payment on a southern California home.Actually, "needed" probably isn't the right word. Springsteen had plenty of money back in 1986; he repaid Sutcliffe two days later. But as so often happens with rock stars, baseball players and other rich people, he just wasn't liquid.The Boss was waiting on a CD -- a certificate-of-deposit, that is, not a compact disc.
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By Marion Winik and Marion Winik,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 24, 2003
For most of us, champagne is less a beverage than a symbol of celebration: the sparkling glass we lift to toast the new year, a marriage, a promotion. The question of whether it goes better with lobster or lamb might never occur to us. "People don't even think of champagne as wine," says Baltimore wine expert Al Spoler, co-host of Cellar Notes on WYPR-FM. "Certainly not as something you'd see on the table with dinner." OK, then, let's start with breakfast. "One of the great food-and-wine pairings is scrambled eggs with smoked salmon and champagne," says Serena Sutcliffe, the British director of wine for Sotheby's auction house and the author of Champagne: The History and Character of the World's Greatest Wine (Simon & Schuster, 1988)
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | May 10, 2002
The best smile in America is actually an import. Orioles rookie Rodrigo Lopez brought it here from Mexico, and when Rick Sutcliffe first saw the toothy grin, it fooled him. It was 1996, three years after Sutcliffe last pitched for the Orioles, and he was coaching Lopez at Idaho Falls in the Rookie-level Pioneer League. "The first thing you think when you meet Rodrigo is how nice and wonderful the kid is," Sutcliffe said. "He really does a good job of hiding his toughness." Sutcliffe had no idea until one day when the opposing pitcher drilled an Idaho Falls batter with a fastball.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2002
Teeth. That's all Rick Sutcliffe saw as he strode to the mound that sun-drenched afternoon of April 6, 1992. Row upon row of bright white choppers, sparkling like flashbulbs amid the sellout crowd at newborn Oriole Park. "Everywhere I looked, there were teeth," said Sutcliffe, the Orioles' starting pitcher. "It was like the whole ballpark was smiling that day." Two hours and two minutes later, Sutcliffe polished off Cleveland, 2-0, and the place went nuts. Cheshire-sized grins stretched from beer to beer.
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July 29, 1994
NEW YORK -- Rick Sutcliffe of the St. Louis Cardinals was suspended for eight games and fined by National League president Leonard Coleman yesterday for throwing at and hitting pitcher Marvin Freeman of the Colorado Rockies in a game July 17.Sutcliffe, who went on the disabled list this week, appealed the suspension and will have a hearing before Coleman.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | July 7, 1994
ST. LOUIS -- It can't be the numbers. Rick Sutcliffe finished the 1993 season with a 5.75 ERA, and it was higher than that when he took the mound last night against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium.It can't be the fastball. Sutcliffe doesn't have anything near the velocity that made him one of the game's most overpowering pitchers in the early 1980s.It can't be much fun, knowing that everyone thinks you're just hanging on.Sutcliffe ponders that question, then tries to put the final stage of a successful career in perspective.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | June 30, 1994
Now that Fernandomania has moved about 90 miles up the East Coast, the next question to be heard is: Why?Not that anyone would've asked it a week ago. But, after Fernando Valenzuela pitched six effective innings for the Philadelphia Phillies while Arthur Rhodes was struggling against the Cleveland Indians, the subject is natural fodder for debate.For a good portion of last season, Valenzuela was a useful performer for the Orioles. He even earned American League Pitcher of the Month honors in July.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | April 6, 1993
For two years, Johnny Oates' faith in Rick Sutcliffe has been unshakable. That won't change after what happened yesterday, but the simple fact is, the Orioles don't need Sutcliffe to be the ace of their pitching staff the way they did a year ago.Indeed, Sutcliffe's rocky outing against the Texas Rangers yesterday would have been far more psychologically damaging had it occurred last Opening Day, when no one knew if his arm was sound or if any Orioles pitcher...
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | April 22, 1994
In "Backbeat," the Beatles discover that life is a cabaret, old chum.The movie, set largely in Hamburg in 1961, when they were just another scrubby bar band, chronicles the twisted relationship between John Lennon (played by Ian Hart, who also played him in "The Hours and Times") and legendary "fifth Beatle" Stu Sutcliffe.Sutcliffe (Stephen Dorff) is represented as some kind of avatar of artistic liberation whose charisma uniquely mesmerized Lennon, though the other band members -- George, Paul and Pete (no Ringo yet)
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | March 7, 1994
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Ben McDonald still takes his morning runs at spring training, sometimes with Arthur Rhodes, sometimes by himself. "I'm trying to keep the tradition," McDonald said yesterday. "It worked the last few years. Why quit now?"The tradition started with Rick Sutcliffe -- once around the fields at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, or the lake at Miller-Huggins Complex in St. Petersburg. But this spring, McDonald's lonely jogs symbolize a new era for the Orioles' young pitchers.
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