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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
First baseman Travis Ishikawa, who was designated for assignment on June 29, was claimed by the New York Yankees on waivers Sunday afternoon. Ishikawa, 29, had two hits in 17 at-bats in his brief time with the Orioles. He had batted .316 with a .413 on-base percentage in 49 games with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. Signed to a minor league deal, Ishikawa had an opt-out clause after June 15 if he weren't promoted. He exercised it, and the Orioles promoted him. But within 10 days, he was off the roster to make room for Jair Jurrjens in the bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 7, 2013
First baseman Travis Ishikawa, who was designated for assignment on June 29, was claimed by the New York Yankees on waivers Sunday afternoon. Ishikawa, 29, had two hits in 17 at-bats in his brief time with the Orioles. He had batted .316 with a .413 on-base percentage in 49 games with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides. Signed to a minor league deal, Ishikawa had an opt-out clause after June 15 if he weren't promoted. He exercised it, and the Orioles promoted him. But within 10 days, he was off the roster to make room for Jair Jurrjens in the bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
First baseman Travis Ishikawa, a big league veteran who was having a strong season at Triple-A Norfolk, filed his written request to exercise the “opt-out” clause in his minor league contract on Sunday morning, according to his representation. If Ishikawa is not added to the Orioles' 25-man roster in the next 48 hours - by Tuesday morning - he will be given his release and will become a free agent eligible to sign with any team. He can still be traded during the 48-hour period, and the Orioles had been pursuing potential partners as the June 15 opt-out date loomed.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
In need of an extra bullpen arm, the Orioles recalled right-hander Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A Norfolk before Saturday's game against the New York Yankees and designated first baseman Travis Ishikawa for assignment. “I just felt like we needed some coverage in our bullpen after last night,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “[Jurrjens] was the most ready. There were a couple other guys we considered. He worked the best.” Jurrjens last pitched Wednesday for the Tides, throwing 48 pitches in just 3 1/3 innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
The Orioles are considering adding first baseman Travis Ishikawa to their 25-man roster before tonight's game in Detroit, according to an industry source. Ishikawa officially exercised an opt-out clause in his contract on Sunday, giving the Orioles 48 hours to either add him to the 25-man roster, trade him or release him. The Orioles have until midnight to make that decision, so he might not be added in time to be available for tonight's game. Now that right-hander Miguel Gonzalez left the team before Monday's game for the birth of his first child, it would allow the Orioles to place Gonzalez on the major league paternity list for up to three days and add Ishikawa to the 25-man roster.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
Triple-A Norfolk first baseman Travis Ishikawa, who was named the Orioles' organizational player of the month for May, has asked through his representation for an early opt-out of his contract, but it has not been granted. He can officially opt-out of his minor league deal after Saturday - and that almost certainly will happen. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter was not in Thursday's lineup for the Tides. “We had requested to their front office that if they weren't going to call him up, we'd like to    exercise the out a few days early, but they haven't granted that,” said Ishikawa's agent, Jim McDowell.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Travis Ishikawa doesn't remember getting hit square in the right cheek, only the glance of a fastball speeding at his head, then waking up on the ground thinking his jaw was shattered. "I have to say it was the best hit by pitch of my life," Ishikawa said. "It changed my life. It went from the worst thing in the world to the best thing in the world. " Ishikawa, a 29-year-old first baseman whom the Orioles signed to a minor league contract this offseason, was a San Francisco Giants farmhand back then.
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By Dylan Hernandez, Tribune Newspapers | October 11, 2010
ATLANTA — The video scoreboard at Turner Field showed a highlight of Brooks Conrad hitting a home run. The home crowd booed. Conrad stood with his hands by his side. The worst day of his career was playing itself out on a national stage. The stone-gloved second baseman had made two errors Sunday. The Braves were able to overcome the first two. They weren't able to overcome the third. A ninth-inning grounder by Buster Posey passed through Conrad's legs, allowing Freddy Sanchez to score the go-ahead run for the Giants, who went on to claim a 3-2 victory in Game 3 of the National League Division Series.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Right-hander Jair Jurrjens was hoping to show the Orioles once more what he can do on the mound before the club makes its final roster decisions. A line drive off the bat of Thomas Neal ended Jurrjens' last audition 21 pitches into Wednesday night's Grapefruit League game. The New York Yankees designated hitter smashed a comebacker right at Jurrjens, who instinctively turned to the side and was struck in the right ribs. He immediately left the game, two batters into the second inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
DETROIT - The Orioles waited until the 11th hour, but they added Travis Ishikawa to the 25-man roster Tuesday just before they were about to lose the hot-hitting first baseman because of an opt-out clause in his minor league contract. Ishikawa exercised the opt-out clause Sunday, giving the Orioles two days to add him to their 25-man roster, trade him or release him. The Orioles had until midnight to make that decision and officially added him to the 25-man roster less than two hours before Tuesday night's first pitch.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
Chris Davis will get a day off from playing first base in this afternoon's series finale against the Tigers, allowing newly added Travis Ishikawa to start. Davis, who leads the majors with 24 homers, will be the Orioles' DH today, hitting fifth. This is the first time this season that Davis has played but not started at first. “We have a rare off day tomorrow,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I'd like to do it with more guys, but we have only one DH spot. … It's one of the assets that Trav brings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
The Orioles are considering adding first baseman Travis Ishikawa to their 25-man roster before tonight's game in Detroit, according to an industry source. Ishikawa officially exercised an opt-out clause in his contract on Sunday, giving the Orioles 48 hours to either add him to the 25-man roster, trade him or release him. The Orioles have until midnight to make that decision, so he might not be added in time to be available for tonight's game. Now that right-hander Miguel Gonzalez left the team before Monday's game for the birth of his first child, it would allow the Orioles to place Gonzalez on the major league paternity list for up to three days and add Ishikawa to the 25-man roster.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
DETROIT - The Orioles waited until the 11th hour, but they added Travis Ishikawa to the 25-man roster Tuesday just before they were about to lose the hot-hitting first baseman because of an opt-out clause in his minor league contract. Ishikawa exercised the opt-out clause Sunday, giving the Orioles two days to add him to their 25-man roster, trade him or release him. The Orioles had until midnight to make that decision and officially added him to the 25-man roster less than two hours before Tuesday night's first pitch.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2013
First baseman Travis Ishikawa, a big league veteran who was having a strong season at Triple-A Norfolk, filed his written request to exercise the “opt-out” clause in his minor league contract on Sunday morning, according to his representation. If Ishikawa is not added to the Orioles' 25-man roster in the next 48 hours - by Tuesday morning - he will be given his release and will become a free agent eligible to sign with any team. He can still be traded during the 48-hour period, and the Orioles had been pursuing potential partners as the June 15 opt-out date loomed.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2013
Triple-A Norfolk first baseman Travis Ishikawa, who was named the Orioles' organizational player of the month for May, has asked through his representation for an early opt-out of his contract, but it has not been granted. He can officially opt-out of his minor league deal after Saturday - and that almost certainly will happen. The 29-year-old left-handed hitter was not in Thursday's lineup for the Tides. “We had requested to their front office that if they weren't going to call him up, we'd like to    exercise the out a few days early, but they haven't granted that,” said Ishikawa's agent, Jim McDowell.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Right-hander Jair Jurrjens was hoping to show the Orioles once more what he can do on the mound before the club makes its final roster decisions. A line drive off the bat of Thomas Neal ended Jurrjens' last audition 21 pitches into Wednesday night's Grapefruit League game. The New York Yankees designated hitter smashed a comebacker right at Jurrjens, who instinctively turned to the side and was struck in the right ribs. He immediately left the game, two batters into the second inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2013
Chris Davis will get a day off from playing first base in this afternoon's series finale against the Tigers, allowing newly added Travis Ishikawa to start. Davis, who leads the majors with 24 homers, will be the Orioles' DH today, hitting fifth. This is the first time this season that Davis has played but not started at first. “We have a rare off day tomorrow,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “I'd like to do it with more guys, but we have only one DH spot. … It's one of the assets that Trav brings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2013
In need of an extra bullpen arm, the Orioles recalled right-hander Jair Jurrjens from Triple-A Norfolk before Saturday's game against the New York Yankees and designated first baseman Travis Ishikawa for assignment. “I just felt like we needed some coverage in our bullpen after last night,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “[Jurrjens] was the most ready. There were a couple other guys we considered. He worked the best.” Jurrjens last pitched Wednesday for the Tides, throwing 48 pitches in just 3 1/3 innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 25, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. - Travis Ishikawa doesn't remember getting hit square in the right cheek, only the glance of a fastball speeding at his head, then waking up on the ground thinking his jaw was shattered. "I have to say it was the best hit by pitch of my life," Ishikawa said. "It changed my life. It went from the worst thing in the world to the best thing in the world. " Ishikawa, a 29-year-old first baseman whom the Orioles signed to a minor league contract this offseason, was a San Francisco Giants farmhand back then.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
The Orioles continued to add first base depth on Wednesday, signing Travis Ishikawa, as well as left-handed relievers Daniel Schlereth and Zach Braddock, to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training. Ishikawa, 29, recorded a .257/.329/.428 line in 94 games (49 starts) last season with the Brewers, hitting four homers and 30 RBIs in 174 plate appearances. He spent the previous three seasons as a mostly part-time player with the Giants. The left-handed hitting Ishikawa hit .266/.333/.416 and 18 of his 19 career homers against right-handed pitching.
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