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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2014
It's just beyond the halfway mark of the season, and the Orioles have entered into a predictable groove. Hit home runs and they might win. Don't hit them, and they'll almost certainly lose. The Orioles (44-39) have hit at least one home run in each of their 32 wins since May 1, and they've lost their last 11 games when they were held without one, according to Stats Inc. In Tuesday's game, they followed the script with three early homers in their 8-3 rout of the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost, who was Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz's first manager with the Milwaukee Brewers, said the slugger has surpassed even Yost's high expectations for him since their time together in 2005. “I loved Nelson Cruz when he was there,” Yost said. “Nelly was right on the verge of becoming a special player at that time -- still struggling to make contact, but when he did make contact, it was loud contact. But you could tell down the road that he was going to be a big-time power hitter.” The Brewers, who Yost managed from 2003 to 2008, acquired Cruz from the Oakland Athletics in December 2004.
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By Houston Chronicle | April 7, 1993
WACO, Texas -- Evidence from the fierce gun battle between federal agents and Branch Davidians was destroyed after FBI negotiators inadvertently tipped cultists to its significance, sources told the Houston Chronicle.The possible destruction of the crime scene has created bad blood between the FBI and the other two lead agencies involved in the 39-day standoff -- the Texas Rangers and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which conducted the Feb. 28 raid on the cult.Four ATF agents were killed in the gun battle, and two cult members are confirmed dead.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
Let's see if the Oriole Park chef can sweep his competition right out of Ted Allen's TV kitchen. Oriole Park executive chef John Distenfeld is competing on Wednesday night's special ballpark edition of "Chopped. "  Distenfeld's competitors on the taped episode are executive chefs from three other major league stadiums -- Jessica Helms, executive chef at Busch Stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals; James Majors, executive chef at Great American Ball Park for the Cincinnati Reds; and Cristobal Vazquez, executive chef at Globe Life Park for the Texas Rangers.
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Peter Schmuck | October 6, 2012
For long-suffering Orioles fans, the prospect must be almost too delicious to contemplate. They will crowd into Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sunday night to witness the first postseason game there since 1997 and, perhaps fittingly, it will be against their most bitter of rivals, the American League East champion New York Yankees. The Orioles will be coming home to the warmest of welcomes after defeating the Texas Rangers, 5-1, Friday night in the one-game wild-card round at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2010
The phone call was returned far quicker than Buck Showalter expected, and he wasn't kept in suspense for very long upon answering it. "I called and I said, 'Is this No.26 speaking?,'" Gloria Oates said. "That's when he knew we were all on board. It's so touching. Johnny was a man who valued friendships so very much. He kept all his friendships intact. They had that mentor relationship and friendship, and they kept it even when they were competitors. It meant so much to both of them.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas - After the Orioles' 5-1 loss to the Texas Rangers on Monday night, center fielder Adam Jones said he walked into the visiting clubhouse and sensed the right vibe, one that's been prevalent throughout this surprising season. “The first thing I said after the game, when I came in the clubhouse, was, 'Hey, it's the first game of the series. You thought it was gonna be easy?' We're good,” said Jones, who had two of the Orioles' four hits Monday. “In previous years, you lose a game and you come into the clubhouse, it's like a mortuary.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Some four hours before Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards, slumping Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was on the field doing early hitting work. Davis, who was hitless in his previous 19 at-bats heading into Wednesday, took swings off a batting tee under the supervision of manager Buck Showalter and hitting coach Jim Presley. Heading into Wednesday's game, Davis' average had dropped 62 points since May 23 to .205. From May 24 through Tuesday, he batted .145 with 50 strikeouts in 124 at-bats.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 29, 2003
ARLINGTON, Texas - Returning to the dugout after hitting his first grand slam, Mark Teixeira no longer could contain the smile he tried so hard to keep hidden. It spread across his face, braces and all, and for a brief moment he looked like a high school kid as hands reached out to slap him on the shoulder. But how many high school kids get congratulated by Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro? It's times like these that remind Teixeira how far he's removed from Mount St. Joseph, from which he graduated in 1998 after setting three state career records.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | September 5, 2002
Superstar shortstop Alex Rodriguez has a big credibility problem. Everything he does is unbelievable. He just won American League Player of the Month honors for the second month in a row. He leads the major leagues with 48 home runs and 121 RBIs. He is the best all-around player in the game, the highest-paid athlete in the history of professional team sports and - by most accounts - a pretty decent human. So why isn't he the runaway candidate for AL Most Valuable Player? There is no dispute he is putting together one of the greatest individual performances in baseball history.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
DETROIT - After his team completed a tense, 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday to advance to the American League Championship Series, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was congratulated at the beginning of his postgame news conference for winning his first playoff series as a manager. “Really? I got one in Albany,” Showalter quipped, referring to an Eastern League crown in 1989. When the reporter specified he was talking about the majors, Showalter replied: “They're all relevant.” Fair enough.
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By George Sipple and Detroit Free Press | September 30, 2014
Joe Nathan has two blown saves and a 2.95 ERA since July 23. That's when the Detroit Tigers traded Corey Knebel, the 39th overall pick in the 2013 draft, and fellow pitcher Jake Thompson, a second-round pick in 2012, to the Texas Rangers for closer Joakim Soria. Since the Soria trade, Nathan went 1-1 with 15 saves and gave up 20 hits and 13 walks in 21 1/3 innings with 15 strikeouts. For the full article, click here .
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
When Nelson Cruz was first introduced as an Oriole at a February news conference in Sarasota, Fla., eight of his new teammates attended to show support. It meant the world to Cruz, who was coming off a 2013 season in which he was suspended 50 games for his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing-drug scandal. One of those eight was Chris Davis, the club's 2013 Most Valuable Oriole and an outspoken opponent of PED users. Seven months later, Davis has been suspended 25 games for testing positive for the amphetamine Adderall.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has settled on his rotation for the four-game, three-day series against the New York Yankees this weekend, and it will be a mix of the current starters. Tuesday's starter against the Toronto Blue Jays will be a bit of a wild card, though. Kevin Gausman will start Friday's afternoon game against the Yankees, and Bud Norris will pitch the nightcap of the doubleheader. Miguel Gonzalez will start Saturday afternoon, and Chris Tillman gets the assignment for Sunday night's nationally televised game.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
As the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches Thursday at 4 p.m., the Orioles are focused on acquiring a mid-level starter and a left-handed reliever, as well as a potential upgrade offensively at either second base or catcher. The club has talked to several teams about acquiring a versatile left-hander who could push Brian Matusz into more of a lefty specialist role. Left-handers are hitting .233 against Matusz, while right-handers are batting .308 versus him. Adding another left-handed reliever would make the Orioles' stout bullpen even stronger.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
Nelson Cruz presents a deep rooting dilemma for the modern baseball fan. Is the Orioles outfielder the well-mannered son of teachers who built himself into a slugger step by painstaking step? In this version of the story, Cruz is the perfect baseball hero - a humble guy from the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic with Popeye forearms and a beatific countenance, one who belts home runs at a league-leading pace and still takes time to say hello to his young fans. Or is he just another in the stained mass of baseball stars who seemingly took the easy way out by turning to performance-enhancing drugs?
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By Ken Davidoff and Jon Heyman and Ken Davidoff and Jon Heyman,NEWSDAY | February 15, 2004
NEW YORK - Once Alex Rodriguez came to the decision that he would change positions during the prime of his career, a blockbuster trade possibility quickly turned into a virtual certainty. Rodriguez, 28, last year's American League Most Valuable Player with the Texas Rangers and baseball's highest-paid player, is headed to the Yankees - for whom he'll play third base, not shortstop - in return for second baseman Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named. As first reported by Newsday yesterday, the Yankees and Rangers have an agreement in principle on the deal, with an announcement expected in the next few days.
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October 3, 1993
Baseball Texas Rangers -- Renewed the contracts of coaches Mickey Hatcher, Perry Hill, Jackie Moore, Dave Oliver, Claude Osteen and Willie Upshaw.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
For the first time since April 26, the Orioles won a game without hitting a home run. On a cool Thursday night at Camden Yards, the Orioles completed a sweep of the Texas Rangers with a 5-2 victory, and not one of their 12 hits left the park. Entering Thursday, all 33 of the club's wins since May 1 had included a home run. The last time one didn't, the Orioles capitalized on consecutive errors to top the Kansas City Royals in extra innings, 3-2. That win, on April 26, improved their record to 12-11.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2014
Life has been so charmed for the Orioles in the past few days that on Thursday, they chased one of baseball's best pitchers with a weather report. They followed that up with a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers without hitting one long ball - the Orioles' only homerless victory since April 26 - to secure a four-game sweep at Camden Yards for the first time since 2008. The offense was paced by a career-best, four-hit effort from a guy they released in April, allowing the Orioles to improve to 4-0 while playing one hitter short during Manny Machado's five-game suspension.
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