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April 23, 2004
Who's hot Lew Ford of the Twins has a ca reer-best eight-game hitting streak playing for the injured Torii Hunter. Who's not The Giants have lost seven of eight and are only a half game from last place. Line of the day Danny Bautista, D'backs RF AB R H RBI HR 8 2 5 5 2 He said it "It's a good situation personally to stay in the lineup when I'm swinging the bat well, no matter where I play." Mike Piazza, Mets star, on playing first base and doubling twice in a 3-2 win over the Expos.
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By DAVID STEELE | May 24, 2007
There weren't many heads in Camden Yards at 4 p.m. yesterday, when Miguel Tejada trudged out of the home dugout and into the batting cage. But all the heads swung in his direction. Whatever Tejada does for the Orioles and with the Orioles gets a longer look than what anyone else does, from the distance of his drives to his hustle down to first to the extra batting practice he takes. It's actually kind of refreshing to hear so much less about Tejada running out ground balls these days. Problem is, there's a reason that particular complaint about the Orioles' highest-paid player and should-be franchise cornerstone is on the back burner: His bat has lost its pop. Actually, it hasn't had any pop all season.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Staff Writer | May 31, 1992
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Chito Martinez has spent the past two months waiting in the wings and wondering whether he ever would return to the Orioles starting lineup. Now, it appears, his time has come.Minutes after his three-run homer carried the club to a 7-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics, Martinez got a major vote of confidence from the man who makes out the lineup card. He'll be showing up in right field much more often."Chito's going to get a lot of playing time for a while," said manager Johnny Oates.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | May 11, 2007
The Orioles packed their bags last night knowing that their challenge will be exponentially greater when they are at Fenway Park today to begin a three-game series with the first-place Boston Red Sox. Still, no matter what lies ahead - and the pitching matchups suggest it could be a long weekend in Boston - the Orioles left town for the start of a nine-game road stretch with renewed confidence. They drew some satisfaction from a successful homestand in which their offense finally show signs of breaking out. Kevin Millar hit a three-run homer to highlight a five-run first inning and the Orioles handled the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 11-6, last night, completing a three-game sweep in front of 15,915 at Camden Yards.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | August 22, 1995
SEATTLE -- Signs reading SUPER MANTO were held up at Camden Yards, and for a five-week period, Jeff Manto was super, a story perfect for fiction.Guy battles through year after year of disappointment and breaks through at age 30. Bashes 12 homers in 26 games, including five in three days. The Hall of Fame calls for his bat, and he wins an everyday starting role in the majors.But Manto pulled his left hamstring June 25 and went on the disabled list, and shortly after he came back, he lost his everyday job. He's platooning with Jeff Huson at third base now, and despite a 2-for-3 night at the plate last night his average has dropped from .281 on the day he was injured to .251.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2002
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said Chris Singleton is still the team's primary center fielder, even though Singleton started last night's game on the bench again in favor of Gary Matthews Jr. Hargrove has been trying to get Matthews playing time while giving Singleton a chance to break out of his early slump. Last night's move was especially poignant because it represented the second time in five games Matthews had started in center field with the Orioles facing a right-handed pitcher.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 16, 2002
In his 11th season of professional baseball, Howie Clark finally will get his first glimpse of the majors. It may be fleeting, but at least he'll experience it. The Orioles purchased Clark's contract from Triple-A Rochester yesterday and designated first baseman Ryan McGuire for assignment. With the exception of last season, Clark has remained in the organization since being chosen in the 27th round of the 1992 draft. He played in Mexico last year before resigning with the Orioles on Oct. 8 and returning to Rochester, where he led the International League with 117 hits and ranked sixth with a .330 average.
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | May 28, 1994
CHICAGO -- The way Leo Gomez has been swinging the bat the past three weeks, there isn't anyone in baseball who wouldn't put his name in the lineup.Make that almost anyone.Chris Sabo, the man temporarily relegated to a platoon designated hitter role, would not be starting Gomez at third base, as has Orioles manager Johnny Oates. In fact, he says it's "ridiculous.""I'm the third baseman when I'm healthy," Sabo said. "I'm not the one who hit .190 the year before."Sabo is right. He didn't hit .190 last season.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 19, 1997
Cal Ripken wouldn't use his back as a scapegoat for his past slump, and he won't credit it for his resurgence. But something's different about the way Ripken is swinging the bat. Something's different about the results.Ripken has hit in 12 of his last 14 games, batting .422 (19-for-45), and in 18 of his last 22, batting .368 (28-for-76). He hasn't gone consecutive games without a hit since July 19-21, raising his average to .287, with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs.This is in stark contrast to a month ago. Ripken began the second half of the season in a 5-for-38 skid that placed his average at a season-low .272.
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By Ken Rosenthal | June 19, 1999
He's on pace to hit 30 home runs. He's making it difficult for opponents to steal even on vulnerable pitchers. He's not under long-term contract, but he's the one Oriole who should be.Even Lenny Webster loves Charles Johnson, and it was the acquisition of the four-time Gold Glove catcher last winter that led Webster to request a trade.Much as Webster knew the arrival of Johnson would reduce his playing time, he admired Johnson both as a player and person, and wanted to be teammates with one of the only other African-American catchers in the game.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | April 29, 2007
CLEVELAND -- Orioles designated hitter Jay Gibbons knew that things were going extremely poorly for him. He just didn't know how bad it had gotten. When informed that he was 0-for-his-past-21, the longest hitless stretch of his career, Gibbons mumbled, "Ouch." "I had no idea," said Gibbons, who is hitting .191 with no home runs and seven RBIs. "I wish I had an answer. The only thing I can do is keep working at it and try to break out of it." Gibbons' struggles have made for a dilemma for manager Sam Perlozzo, who has vowed to put his best team on the field, but also knows the club is going to need Gibbons to produce this season.
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By JOHN EISENBERG | April 15, 2006
After looking almost hopelessly muddled until now, the Orioles' outfield situation suddenly is as clear as a blue morning sky. David Newhan has to play every day, or very nearly. And Nick Markakis should, too. There. That wasn't so tough. Put Jay Gibbons in right field alongside Newhan and Markakis - the unlikeliest of alliances a month ago - in left and center. If that leaves Luis Matos, Corey Patterson and Jeff Conine scrounging for at-bats, well, those three are hitting a combined . 105 (6-for-57)
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 25, 2004
Darnell McDonald joined the Orioles yesterday for the second time this season, and once again, his name was in the starting lineup. No sense waiting for a chance to play. Mazzilli wanted another right-handed bat against Minnesota Twins left-hander Terry Mulholland, so he put McDonald in center field and sat Karim Garcia and Larry Bigbie. McDonald went 0-for-3, but he laid down a bunt that proved key in the Orioles' go-ahead seventh inning. "It's definitely exciting for me to come up here and get a shot," McDonald said.
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April 23, 2004
Who's hot Lew Ford of the Twins has a ca reer-best eight-game hitting streak playing for the injured Torii Hunter. Who's not The Giants have lost seven of eight and are only a half game from last place. Line of the day Danny Bautista, D'backs RF AB R H RBI HR 8 2 5 5 2 He said it "It's a good situation personally to stay in the lineup when I'm swinging the bat well, no matter where I play." Mike Piazza, Mets star, on playing first base and doubling twice in a 3-2 win over the Expos.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 31, 2003
As his pitchers took batting practice yesterday in preparation for next week's interleague games in Houston and St. Louis, Orioles manager Mike Hargrove continued to plot tentative lineups without his designated hitter. Rather than be relegated to the bench for six games, David Segui could make his first starts at first base. Segui has been used as the DH in 35 games this season, but he has been taking ground balls at first base and might surface there in the two National League ballparks.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 16, 2002
In his 11th season of professional baseball, Howie Clark finally will get his first glimpse of the majors. It may be fleeting, but at least he'll experience it. The Orioles purchased Clark's contract from Triple-A Rochester yesterday and designated first baseman Ryan McGuire for assignment. With the exception of last season, Clark has remained in the organization since being chosen in the 27th round of the 1992 draft. He played in Mexico last year before resigning with the Orioles on Oct. 8 and returning to Rochester, where he led the International League with 117 hits and ranked sixth with a .330 average.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun reporter | May 11, 2007
The Orioles packed their bags last night knowing that their challenge will be exponentially greater when they are at Fenway Park today to begin a three-game series with the first-place Boston Red Sox. Still, no matter what lies ahead - and the pitching matchups suggest it could be a long weekend in Boston - the Orioles left town for the start of a nine-game road stretch with renewed confidence. They drew some satisfaction from a successful homestand in which their offense finally show signs of breaking out. Kevin Millar hit a three-run homer to highlight a five-run first inning and the Orioles handled the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 11-6, last night, completing a three-game sweep in front of 15,915 at Camden Yards.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2002
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said Chris Singleton is still the team's primary center fielder, even though Singleton started last night's game on the bench again in favor of Gary Matthews Jr. Hargrove has been trying to get Matthews playing time while giving Singleton a chance to break out of his early slump. Last night's move was especially poignant because it represented the second time in five games Matthews had started in center field with the Orioles facing a right-handed pitcher.
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