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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | May 26, 2002
SEATTLE - He has the most unorthodox batting stance in baseball, and he's been known to drop by random churches in random cities to donate as much as $16,000 in cash. He married a woman named after a continent, and he practices his swing by having teammates toss him popcorn kernels in the batting cage. He spends the game repeating Bible verses to himself, and he usually goes to the plate with his back pocket hanging inside-out, the way Little Leaguers sometimes do, much to their coaches' chagrin.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | April 16, 2006
It's nice to know that some players are reading this blog, though it can get a little uncomfortable at times. Melvin Mora apparently didn't appreciate my reference on Friday to Tony Batista possibly being in his ear again and imploring him to hit home runs. I didn't say it was happening. I just hoped that Mora, in his contract year, wasn't going to start swinging for the fences each time he stepped to the plate. Mora made sure to point out to me yesterday that he isn't Tony Batista. He passed along the message through a co-worker.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | June 27, 2001
Of all the ways to find a successor to Cal Ripken as Orioles third baseman, baseball's waiver wire would not be among the top, oh, 2,632 most likely. The only thing less conceivable might be finding Tony Batista left on the equivalent of the game's trash heap by the Toronto Blue Jays. Batista came to the Orioles on Monday carrying history beyond his years. He greets his fourth team in four years, his career having survived a near-catastrophic minor-league injury, one trade, one expansion cycle and teams' willingness to believe his worst rather than his best.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | August 17, 2003
Whether the New York Yankees knew it or not, they let the Orioles bat out of order twice last night and did not protest, even though the first of those batters, Tony Batista, drove home the game's first run with a sacrifice fly. Maybe the Yankees missed something. Maybe they knew all along and were playing the percentages. Maybe it was just overconfidence, or a feeling that they could spot the Orioles an early run and still come back. The answers weren't going to come until later, and somewhere in this convoluted mess, the two teams managed to play another drama-filled baseball game before a sellout crowd of 48,499 at Camden Yards.
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June 29, 2003
The numbers 9 Wins for Sidney Ponson in his past 11 starts. .300 The Orioles' team batting average since May 18. .413 B.J. Surhoff's bat ting average since coming off the disa bled list. 20 Errors for the left side of Orioles in field, Tony Batista and Deivi Cruz. 8.16 ERA for Rodrigo Lopez since coming off the disabled list.
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By ROCH KUBATKO | April 16, 2006
It's nice to know that some players are reading this blog, though it can get a little uncomfortable at times. Melvin Mora apparently didn't appreciate my reference on Friday to Tony Batista possibly being in his ear again and imploring him to hit home runs. I didn't say it was happening. I just hoped that Mora, in his contract year, wasn't going to start swinging for the fences each time he stepped to the plate. Mora made sure to point out to me yesterday that he isn't Tony Batista. He passed along the message through a co-worker.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 24, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Rain ended yesterday's game in the top of the eighth inning, assuring that the Montreal Expos would defeat the Orioles, 3-0. Expos starter Zach Day allowed two hits and faced the minimum number of batters through six innings. Rick Helling allowed two runs in the second inning on a balk with runners on the corners and an error on third baseman Tony Batista, who failed to catch Geronimo Gil's throw on Jose Macias' stolen base. Frustrated by the balk call and Batista's lapse, manager Mike Hargrove bolted from his chair beside the dugout and stormed into the clubhouse.
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By Roch Kubatko | February 28, 2003
The Orioles blew a two-run lead in the ninth and lost, 4-3, on a two-run single by Jesus Medrano and fielding error by Marty Cordova, who overran the ball. Rafael Pina, who loaded the bases with one out, took the loss. The Orioles scored three runs in the fourth inning off left-hander Vladimir Nunez. All the scoring took place with two outs. Tony Batista, who tripled in the second inning, stroked a run-scoring double. Deivi Cruz singled to right field to deliver Batista and moved up on a throwing error, and he scored on a Geronimo Gil single.
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By Joe Christensen | March 7, 2003
Jose Leon hit a two-run triple with two outs in the ninth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, and the Orioles broke things open to win for the sixth time in their past seven games. Rodrigo Lopez, the Orioles' projected Opening Day starter, pitched three scoreless innings and Jason Johnson allowed one run in three innings of relief. The Orioles scored a first-inning run off Kazuhisa Ishii and then remained scoreless until the ninth, when, with the score tied, they scored five runs off Dodgers reliever Bill Simas - all with two outs.
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By Joe Christensen | March 27, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Rodrigo Lopez pitched five solid innings in his final tuneup of the spring yesterday, and Larry Bigbie hit the go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning, as the Orioles defeated the Florida Marlins, 4-2. Lopez, the Orioles' Opening Day starter, held the Marlins to one run on two hits. Florida starter Brad Penny held the Orioles scoreless until the seventh, when B.J. Surhoff hit a leadoff single and advanced to second base on an error. Jeff Conine singled and Jay Gibbons walked to load the bases.
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June 29, 2003
The numbers 9 Wins for Sidney Ponson in his past 11 starts. .300 The Orioles' team batting average since May 18. .413 B.J. Surhoff's bat ting average since coming off the disa bled list. 20 Errors for the left side of Orioles in field, Tony Batista and Deivi Cruz. 8.16 ERA for Rodrigo Lopez since coming off the disabled list.
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By Joe Christensen | March 27, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Rodrigo Lopez pitched five solid innings in his final tuneup of the spring yesterday, and Larry Bigbie hit the go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh inning, as the Orioles defeated the Florida Marlins, 4-2. Lopez, the Orioles' Opening Day starter, held the Marlins to one run on two hits. Florida starter Brad Penny held the Orioles scoreless until the seventh, when B.J. Surhoff hit a leadoff single and advanced to second base on an error. Jeff Conine singled and Jay Gibbons walked to load the bases.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 24, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Rain ended yesterday's game in the top of the eighth inning, assuring that the Montreal Expos would defeat the Orioles, 3-0. Expos starter Zach Day allowed two hits and faced the minimum number of batters through six innings. Rick Helling allowed two runs in the second inning on a balk with runners on the corners and an error on third baseman Tony Batista, who failed to catch Geronimo Gil's throw on Jose Macias' stolen base. Frustrated by the balk call and Batista's lapse, manager Mike Hargrove bolted from his chair beside the dugout and stormed into the clubhouse.
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By Joe Christensen | March 7, 2003
Jose Leon hit a two-run triple with two outs in the ninth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, and the Orioles broke things open to win for the sixth time in their past seven games. Rodrigo Lopez, the Orioles' projected Opening Day starter, pitched three scoreless innings and Jason Johnson allowed one run in three innings of relief. The Orioles scored a first-inning run off Kazuhisa Ishii and then remained scoreless until the ninth, when, with the score tied, they scored five runs off Dodgers reliever Bill Simas - all with two outs.
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By Roch Kubatko | February 28, 2003
The Orioles blew a two-run lead in the ninth and lost, 4-3, on a two-run single by Jesus Medrano and fielding error by Marty Cordova, who overran the ball. Rafael Pina, who loaded the bases with one out, took the loss. The Orioles scored three runs in the fourth inning off left-hander Vladimir Nunez. All the scoring took place with two outs. Tony Batista, who tripled in the second inning, stroked a run-scoring double. Deivi Cruz singled to right field to deliver Batista and moved up on a throwing error, and he scored on a Geronimo Gil single.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2002
BOSTON - For one day, at least, the Orioles had a flicker of hope that the bleeding has finally stopped. Jason Johnson battled through 6 1/3 innings yesterday, and Tony Batista broke Brooks Robinson's record for home runs by an Orioles third baseman, as they defeated the Boston Red Sox, 8-3, at Fenway Park. After going 1-18 in their previous 19 games heading into the series, taking two of three felt good for the Orioles, even if it meant transferring some of their misery over to a Red Sox team that has practically lost all hope of reaching the playoffs.
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By Roch Kubatko | March 8, 2002
The game It started an hour late because of rain, forcing Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson to warm up twice before the first inning. The Orioles didn't score until the seventh when Jeff Conine hit a bases-empty homer. Umpires stopped play before the eighth. The arms Erickson allowed one run in three innings, with no walks or strikeouts. He gave up four hits. Calvin Maduro became the first Orioles pitcher this spring to go four innings, allowing four hits and keeping the Red Sox scoreless.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2002
BOSTON - For one day, at least, the Orioles had a flicker of hope that the bleeding has finally stopped. Jason Johnson battled through 6 1/3 innings yesterday, and Tony Batista broke Brooks Robinson's record for home runs by an Orioles third baseman, as they defeated the Boston Red Sox, 8-3, at Fenway Park. After going 1-18 in their previous 19 games heading into the series, taking two of three felt good for the Orioles, even if it meant transferring some of their misery over to a Red Sox team that has practically lost all hope of reaching the playoffs.
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By Alexa James and Alexa James,SUN STAFF | August 28, 2002
Even if the talks between Major League Baseball players and owners fail, the strike deadline arrives, and the season comes to an early end this week, the Baltimore Orioles' No. 02 will have plenty of fond memories from this year at Camden Yards. You might not even have noticed, especially with all the new players shuttling in and out of the lineup, but No. 02 is a regular in left or right field. She was last year, too. In the spring, the O's renewed her contract - for a whopping $7 an hour.
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By Joe Christensen and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | June 20, 2002
PHOENIX - At the rate they're going now, Arizona Diamondbacks pitchers Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson will become the first teammates in 31 years to win 20 games in back-to-back seasons. The last time that happened, it involved the Orioles. Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally and Jim Palmer were all 20-game winners in both 1970 and 1971. In the era of five-man pitching rotations, the 20-win season has become as rare as a no-hitter. Teams seldom have one pitcher accomplish the feat, let alone two. Last night, the current Orioles club looked seriously unimpressed.
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