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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Scouts are conspicuous in spring training, seated behind home plate, radar guns folded across their laps, the conversation focused on one baseball topic or another. A subject ripe for discussion yesterday was the Orioles' most recent acquisition, outfielder Tony Tarasco.For Tarasco, the Montreal Expos received Sherman Obando, a good hitter who hasn't demonstrated the ability to play defense, and several scouts wondered this: Why? Why would Montreal trade a player with Tarasco's ability for a limited talent like Obando?
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By Gregory Schutta and Gregory Schutta,BERGEN COUNTY (N.J.) RECORD | July 14, 2002
DEMAREST, N.J. - In 1997, ESPN tried to get Tony Tarasco and Jeff Maier on the same stage but couldn't. Both refused to comment for a Sports Illustrated item. Even Hollywood couldn't broker a meeting. The producers of the just-released movie, Mr. Deeds, offered cameo roles and both declined. Then, through serendipity, they came face-to-face in Demarest, N.J., on Friday. Tarasco and Maier met nearly six years after they were permanently linked in playoff history at the right-field wall at Yankee Stadium, the major-leaguer and the kid from New Jersey who became an overnight celebrity for a catch he never made.
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September 22, 1998
Hitting Scott Rolen, Phillies: 2 HRs, double. Tony Tarasco, Reds: grand slam. Pitching Orel Hershiser, Giants: 7 innings, 1 run, 6 hits. Pub Date: 9/22/98
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September 22, 1998
Hitting Scott Rolen, Phillies: 2 HRs, double. Tony Tarasco, Reds: grand slam. Pitching Orel Hershiser, Giants: 7 innings, 1 run, 6 hits. Pub Date: 9/22/98
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By JOE STRAUSS | May 18, 1997
Statistics through Thursday's gameUps and downsB.J. Surhoff -- UP -- A double shy of delivering $1 million, the left-field grinder rivals Eric Davis for Week of the Season.The Big Three -- UP -- Key, Mussina, Erickson vs. Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux. You decide.Mom's Day giveaway -- UP -- Flowers from players were a nice touch, no matter what No. 28 says.Randy Myers -- DOWN -- He gripes. He sulks. He composes nastygrams. Needs editing.Tony Tarasco -- UP -- "Play me then trade me."Rocky Coppinger -- DOWN -- Though hopeful of a physical and mental mending, the Orioles don't have any idea when he might return.
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By Roch Kubatko | May 8, 1997
On the field: B. J. Surhoff went 0-for-3, ending his hitting streak at 14 games, tying Ivan Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro for the longest in the AL this season.In the dugout: Pete Incaviglia was back in the lineup after sitting out Tuesday's game, and he singled in the first inning. Davey Johnson had ended Incaviglia's string of eight consecutive starts in part because he thought Incaviglia was favoring his left forearm, which had been hit by a pitch Sunday.In the clubhouse: "I'm ready to play for whoever needs me."
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By Gregory Schutta and Gregory Schutta,BERGEN COUNTY (N.J.) RECORD | July 14, 2002
DEMAREST, N.J. - In 1997, ESPN tried to get Tony Tarasco and Jeff Maier on the same stage but couldn't. Both refused to comment for a Sports Illustrated item. Even Hollywood couldn't broker a meeting. The producers of the just-released movie, Mr. Deeds, offered cameo roles and both declined. Then, through serendipity, they came face-to-face in Demarest, N.J., on Friday. Tarasco and Maier met nearly six years after they were permanently linked in playoff history at the right-field wall at Yankee Stadium, the major-leaguer and the kid from New Jersey who became an overnight celebrity for a catch he never made.
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By JASON LACANFORA and JASON LACANFORA,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 25, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- General manager Pat Gillick and manager Davey Johnson met with Chris Hoiles yesterday to discuss the Orioles' thoughts on the catcher's injured shoulder.On Saturday, Gillick disclosed that Hoiles has had arthritis in his shoulder joint since last spring, a condition that never will heal completely. The injury can hinder Hoiles' ability to throw out runners (he's just 2-for-9 in that department this spring), and Gillick said Hoiles' arm strength will factor into his decision to trade for a backup catcher.
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By BUSTER OLNEY and BUSTER OLNEY,SUN STAFF | March 14, 1996
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - They spent hours together yesterday, did Orioles general manager Pat Gillick and Montreal GM Jim Beattie, and all the talk paid off: After the Orioles' exhibition game with the Expos yesterday, the Orioles traded outfielder Sherman Obando to Montreal for outfielder Tony Tarasco.Tarasco, a left-handed hitter who batted .249 with 14 homers and 24 stolen bases for Montreal last season, will be an extra outfielder for the Orioles, someone to play against tough right-handers and possibly platoon with Mike Devereaux.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | May 1, 1997
MINNEAPOLIS -- The wait continued last night for flu-stricken outfielder Eric Davis. The day after he retreated to the team hotel with a temperature of 102 degrees and a pronounced ache in his left shoulder, Davis remained out of the lineup as manager Davey Johnson continued to search for a healthy lineup."
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | September 9, 1997
CLEVELAND -- With a sliver of their schedule remaining, the Orioles still have riddles to answer: How to solve an almost 39-year-old Orel Hershiser and what to do about their madcap right fielder, Geronimo Berroa.The unanswered questions left them with a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians last night at sold-out Jacobs Field. Compounding their uneasiness was the removal of starting pitcher Scott Kamieniecki after six innings with cramping in his right biceps. His pain was compounded by what happened behind him in the sixth inning.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | August 11, 1997
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Center fielder Brady Anderson isn't going to hit 50 home runs this season, but he appears to have recaptured his power stroke. He homered off Anaheim Angels starter Ken Hill in the third inning yesterday and has three homers in his past seven games.Anderson opened the season with a broken rib, which clearly affected his ability to drive the ball during the early weeks of the season. Instead, he concentrated more on reaching base and spent much of the first half among the league leaders in on-base percentage.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | July 15, 1997
The frustration that had built from an extended period of offensive failures and a shrinking lead in the American League East came pouring out of the Orioles in one inning last night. And it buried the same team that had helped bring them to a boiling point.The Orioles equaled their most productive inning of the season by scoring six times in the seventh to defeat the Toronto Blue Jays, 9-5, before 47,042 at Camden Yards, rewarding the stingy work of reliever Terry Mathews and ending a six-game losing streak.
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By Joe Strauss | July 6, 1997
Starting pitchingFinally sound, Jimmy Key has won 20 games since last July while his ERA is more than 2.00 lower than last season. Give Mike Mussina eight more outs and he owns two no-hitters; instead, he's had a nine-game win streak and carries his lowest ERA since 1994. Scott Erickson has 19 wins since last year's All-Star break. Scott Kamieniecki was supposed to start the season in the bullpen, but is instead tracking toward a career year. As for the No. 5 starter, nobody's perfect.Grade: ABullpenArthur Rhodes, Armando Benitez and Terry Mathews might close elsewhere.
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By Roch Kubatko | June 1, 1997
On the field: Tony Tarasco had faced Indians starter Orel Hershiser only five times before yesterday, but had three hits. In his first two at-bats yesterday, he drilled a 407-foot homer to right-center and delivered another run with a two-out single to center. But Hershiser exacted some revenge in the fifth inning by getting Tarasco to hit into a double play.In the dugout: Manager Davey Johnson said during spring training that he preferred not to use B. J. Surhoff as his designated hitter, and it took until yesterday for Surhoff to wind up in that role.
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By JOE STRAUSS | May 18, 1997
Statistics through Thursday's gameUps and downsB.J. Surhoff -- UP -- A double shy of delivering $1 million, the left-field grinder rivals Eric Davis for Week of the Season.The Big Three -- UP -- Key, Mussina, Erickson vs. Smoltz, Glavine and Maddux. You decide.Mom's Day giveaway -- UP -- Flowers from players were a nice touch, no matter what No. 28 says.Randy Myers -- DOWN -- He gripes. He sulks. He composes nastygrams. Needs editing.Tony Tarasco -- UP -- "Play me then trade me."Rocky Coppinger -- DOWN -- Though hopeful of a physical and mental mending, the Orioles don't have any idea when he might return.
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By Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko and Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | May 8, 1997
The Orioles experienced the high and low of life with Eric Davis on the same play last night.The right fielder doubled home Brady Anderson in the first inning, but stretched his right hamstring running out the play. Davis limped about 30 feet into second base before immediately calling time and stepping from the bag. Trainer Richie Bancells and manager Davey Johnson quickly attended to him. It was obvious that Davis could not continue as he had to be helped from the field.Davis suffered a strained right hamstring on the play and is listed as day-to-day.
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