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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Gary Thorne needed approximately zero seconds to declare Nelson Cruz's sixth-inning hit a home run. He was less accurate in his estimation of just where the titanic blast would land inside Target Field. Your browser does not support iframes. The estimated length of Cruz's eighth rome run was 424 feet, but that just seems low. Don't you think so, Manny?
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and center fielder Adam Jones, the Orioles' two representatives who played in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, had similar results in each of their two at-bats during the annual event. Both Cruz and Jones were retired after breaking a bat in their first at-bat Tuesday. And then both players struck out in their final trip to the plate. The American League eventually beat the National League, 5-3. After the AL scored the first three runs of the game against the NL's Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, Cruz made the final out in the first inning.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Ravens center Matt Birk, a Minnesota native, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday night before the Orioles faced the Twins at Target Field . Birk also took part in a pregame Pepsi home run contest. Birk came in second, hitting two softballs over the wall (from a center field plate). The Twins mascot, T.C., won. Birk, 36, retired from football after helping the Ravens to the Super Bowl title this year. His former teammate Haloti Ngata threw out the first pitch at a game at Camden Yards earlier this week .
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Orioles' best slugger won't participate in this year's Home Run Derby, but the club still will be represented at the event. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who entered Tuesday leading the major leagues with 28 home runs, declined an invitation from American League captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. But center fielder Adam Jones didn't turn down the opportunity to hit in the annual event, which will be held Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis. “I said, 'What do you want to do?
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Orioles' best slugger won't participate in this year's Home Run Derby, but the club still will be represented at the event. Designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who entered Tuesday leading the major leagues with 28 home runs, declined an invitation from American League captain Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. But center fielder Adam Jones didn't turn down the opportunity to hit in the annual event, which will be held Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis. “I said, 'What do you want to do?
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April 17, 2011
Target Field's reputation as a tough place for power hitters hasn't vanished. The Twins, A's and Royals combined to hit only three homers in five games there last week, with Jason Kubel hitting one ball to the warning track in right that teammate Danny Valencia thought was "going to be in the upper deck. " … Keys to the Indians' fast start — shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera , who has four homers and 14 RBIs and won a game with a squeeze bunt; 3-4-5 starters Justin Masterson, Josh Tomlin and Mitch Talbot ; the bullpen trio of closer Chris Perez and lefties Rafael Perez and Tony Sipp , who allowed four hits in their first 17 innings; and greatly improved fielding, which manager Manny Acta is most happy about.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | July 18, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Thome's 607 th home run ball has finally landed in the right hands. The 41-year-old Orioles DH, knowing that every homer he hits in his incredible big league career could be his last, has been collecting his home run balls since he hit No. 500 back in 2007. Last month, Thome hit his 607 th career homer at Target Field - where he played for the Twins in 2010 and most of 2011  - and it landed in the shrubbery just beyond the top of the outfield wall in right-center.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Orioles rookie T.J. McFarland, who has transitioned nicely from a starter in the minors to a long reliever in the majors, had never pitched in back-to-back games in his professional career. That changed this week when he pitched a scoreless inning Thursday at Camden Yards against the Kansas City Royals and then 2 2/3 scoreless innings against the Twins at Target Field on Friday. "He's kind of done it before, but not in a game," manager Buck Showalter said. "[Pitching coach Rick Adair]
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By Dean Jones Jr and The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz and center fielder Adam Jones, the Orioles' two representatives who played in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis, had similar results in each of their two at-bats during the annual event. Both Cruz and Jones were retired after breaking a bat in their first at-bat Tuesday. And then both players struck out in their final trip to the plate. The American League eventually beat the National League, 5-3. After the AL scored the first three runs of the game against the NL's Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals, Cruz made the final out in the first inning.
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By Dave van Dyck, Tribune newspapers | October 7, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS — It has been a decade since a team has won back-to-back World Series, and there is only one team with a chance to do it this year. Of course, the answer to both "who was the last team?" and "who could be the next?" is the same: the Yankees. They began their quest for championship No. 28 in the warm fall air of Target Field with a 6-4 victory over the Twins in Game 1 of their AL Division Series, thanks to a shot of power from Mark Teixeira. Just before the opener of this series, Yankees manager Joe Girardi revealed Teixeira had received a cortisone injection at the base of his right thumb, which had caused him to hit only .232 in September.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
A collection of what other media outlets are saying about the Orioles. * ESPN's Richard Durrett reflected on Nelson Cruz's return to Texas, the team for which he played for eight years. The designated hitter-outfielder hit his major league-leading 21st home run on Tuesday night, and Durrett wrote that Cruz hasn't lost his flair for the spectacular . It seems that everything with Cruz is big. Big swings. Big misses. Big streaks. Big home runs in big moments. The home run, not to mention Cruz's presence in an orange and black uniform, had some Rangers fans thinking it had been a big mistake not to re-sign him. But Cruz doesn't think about the "what if" or live in that past.
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By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
Gary Thorne needed approximately zero seconds to declare Nelson Cruz's sixth-inning hit a home run. He was less accurate in his estimation of just where the titanic blast would land inside Target Field. Your browser does not support iframes. The estimated length of Cruz's eighth rome run was 424 feet, but that just seems low. Don't you think so, Manny?
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The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Oakland Athletics closer Jim Johnson struggled once again Wednesday, but the offense bailed him out in extra innings in a 7-4 win over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. With a 4-2 lead entering the bottom of the ninth, Johnson allowed a single to the Twins' Jason Kubel and walked Kurt Suzuki before getting the first out. The former Orioles closer then walked Aaron Hicks to load the bases and gave up an RBI single to Eduardo Escobar before being removed from the game. Right-hander Dan Otero entered for Johnson and gave up a sacrifice fly to Minnesota's Brian Dozier to tie the game, 4-4. Otero pitched the final 2 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Johnson's ERA rose to 18.90 after his third rough outing in five appearances this season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Ravens center Matt Birk, a Minnesota native, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday night before the Orioles faced the Twins at Target Field . Birk also took part in a pregame Pepsi home run contest. Birk came in second, hitting two softballs over the wall (from a center field plate). The Twins mascot, T.C., won. Birk, 36, retired from football after helping the Ravens to the Super Bowl title this year. His former teammate Haloti Ngata threw out the first pitch at a game at Camden Yards earlier this week .
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- Orioles rookie T.J. McFarland, who has transitioned nicely from a starter in the minors to a long reliever in the majors, had never pitched in back-to-back games in his professional career. That changed this week when he pitched a scoreless inning Thursday at Camden Yards against the Kansas City Royals and then 2 2/3 scoreless innings against the Twins at Target Field on Friday. "He's kind of done it before, but not in a game," manager Buck Showalter said. "[Pitching coach Rick Adair]
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By Eduardo A. Encina | July 19, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -- If you walked into the Orioles clubhouse at Target Field at the right time this week, you might have seen the seventh-leading home-run hitter of all-time laying on the floor of the clubhouse, stretching his legs up into the air with the help of the team's strength coach. Newly acquired designated hitter Jim Thome has accepted the twilight of his big league career with grace. He's been an Oriole for just 11 games, and the club hopes Thome, who turns 42 in six weeks, can help the it stay in the playoff hunt.
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By Dave van Dyck, Tribune newspapers | October 8, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS — Maybe it's the Yankees themselves. Maybe it's the Twins knowing it's the Yankees. And maybe it's a lethal combination of both. Whatever the reason, the postseason domination continued Thursday night with the Yankees producing their fifth straight American League Division Series victory over the Twins, this one 5-2 at Target Field. Now one game from moving to the American League Championship Series, the Yankees have won four of those five games in the sixth inning or later, including this one when Lance Berkman's "second-chance" double in the seventh gave the Yankees a lead and led to an ejection for Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
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By Everett Cook and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2012
The outfield walls at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, are lined with plants that occasionally eat home run balls.  Last month, current Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome hit the 607th home run of his career while he was with the Philadelphia Phillies and seemingly lost the ball forever in the vegetation. This mattered a little bit more for Thome than it would for the regular ballplayer, because the 41-year old has been collecting every home run ball he has hit since hitting the 500th of his career in 2007.
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By Eduardo A. Encina | July 18, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jim Thome's 607 th home run ball has finally landed in the right hands. The 41-year-old Orioles DH, knowing that every homer he hits in his incredible big league career could be his last, has been collecting his home run balls since he hit No. 500 back in 2007. Last month, Thome hit his 607 th career homer at Target Field - where he played for the Twins in 2010 and most of 2011  - and it landed in the shrubbery just beyond the top of the outfield wall in right-center.
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By Everett Cook and The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2012
The outfield walls at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins, are lined with plants that occasionally eat home run balls.  Last month, current Orioles designated hitter Jim Thome hit the 607th home run of his career while he was with the Philadelphia Phillies and seemingly lost the ball forever in the vegetation. This mattered a little bit more for Thome than it would for the regular ballplayer, because the 41-year old has been collecting every home run ball he has hit since hitting the 500th of his career in 2007.
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