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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2013
The Orioles promoted outfielder Henry Urrutia to Norfolk from Double-A Bowie on Thursday. The 26-year-old Cuban defector was batting an Eastern League-best .365 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in his first 52 games of baseball in the United States. He posted a .433 on-base percentage and a .550 slugging percentage, and finished his time with the Baysox on an eight-game hitting streak. “He was a guy that draws your eyesight to him when he plays,” Showalter said. Showalter said Urrutia has sharpened his defense and benefited from outfielder Nolan Reimold's rehab assignment in Bowie.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
DETROIT - Orioles bench coach John Russell is expected to be interviewed for the Minnesota Twins' managerial position. Russell, who has been the Orioles' bench coach since 2011, has previous managing experience. He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2008 to 2010, compiling a 186-299 record over those three seasons. All of manager Buck Showalter's coaches, including Russell, are currently under contract for next season, so the Orioles would need to give permission to interview Russell.
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Sun Staff Reports | June 30, 2012
The Orioles made an additional roster move tonight, optioning RHP Tommy Hunter to Triple-A Norfolk. Hunter is 3-4 with a 6.11 ERA (81.01 IP, 55 ER) in 15 games for the Orioles. He had 13 starts. Hunter made a relief appearance on Saturday in an 11-5 loss against the Cleveland Indians. He allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings. He threw 51 pitches. The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly reports, Miguel Gonzalez is expected to be promoted.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
The Orioles announced Friday that right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet, who was designated for assignment off the 40-man roster Saturday to make room for infielder Alexi Casilla, has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations. Guilmet, acquired in a minor league trade with the Cleveland Indians in April, was shuttled between the major leagues and Triple-A Norfolk frequently this season, making 10 appearances with the Orioles and 40 for the Tides. He allowed six earned runs and eight hits in 10 1/3 innings in the majors.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
Following the Orioles' 5-3 win over the Royals on Sunday afternoon, the club optioned right-handed reliever Miguel Socolovich to Triple-A Norfolk. Socolovich has a 6.97 ERA in 10 1/3 relief innings with the Orioles. He allowed three hits and one earned runs in two outings over 3 1/3 innings since his most-recent call up Wednesday, which came after the Orioles bullpen was taxed by a 14-inning game Tuesday. The Orioles will likely recall right-hander Jason Berken, who will be used out of the bullpen in long relief behind a left-handed starter.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
The Orioles have outrighted outfielder Steve Pearce to Triple-A Norfolk, the team announced today. Pearce spent two separate stints with the Orioles last season, hitting .254/.321/.437 in 28 games with the big league club. He also spent time with the Houston Astros and New York Yankees last season. The Orioles signed Pearce to a major-league contract just before last month's deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players. So the move could be an indicator that the Orioles need Pearce's 40-man roster spot to make an upcoming move.
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By David Selig | June 20, 2012
Jamie Moyer made his third start for Triple-A Norfolk on Wednesday night, allowing one run on three hits in four innings against Buffalo. The Tides won, 3-1, but Moyer -- who struck out four and threw 54 of his 77 pitches for strikes -- didn't get a decision. He's 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA for Norfolk, making a case that he could help the Orioles' rotation. After signing Moyer two weeks ago, Dan Duquette said the 49-year-old lefty would likely get two or three starts in Triple-A to assess where he is. Moyer was 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts with the Colorado Rockies before being released.
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By Daniel Gallen, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2013
Right-hander Kevin Gausman's ERA at Triple-A Norfolk crept back over the seven mark Saturday night, as he allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two in 4 1/3 innings pitched against Rochester. His ERA in four games (three starts) with the Tides this season is 7.13. Rochester jumped on him for two runs on three hits in the first inning, including an RBI double. Over the next three innings, Gausman would allow one hit and one walk and avoid any major trouble.
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By Dan Connolly | June 28, 2012
The D-Train starting era began at Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday It didn't last long. Veteran lefty Dontrelle Willis, making his first start for the Tides, lasted just 2 2/3 innings. He gave up four earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four batters against Columbus, the Cleveland Indians' top affiliate. He threw 70 pitches, only 43 for strikes. Not exactly what the Orioles or Willis were looking for considering Dontrelle-Gate back in April. The Orioles signed the affable 30-year-old to be a situational reliever in March after he was cut by the Philadelphia Phillies.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
TORONTO - Alexi Casilla woke up Friday morning expecting to fly home to his native Dominican Republic that night to prepare for the upcoming winter ball season. Instead, he was on a flight to Toronto to join the Orioles with an opportunity to make the team's postseason roster. Casilla is starting at third base and batting leadoff on Saturday, and is expected to do the same in the regular-season finale on Sunday. Orioles manager Buck Showalter isn't pleased with his team's defense at third base of late - third basemen have committed five errors over the past eight games - so he is getting a look at Casilla.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
As Orioles rookie first baseman Christian Walker strove this season to develop as a power hitter and solidify his future at first base, a position where power is paramount, he never strayed from the hitting approach that had earned him acclaim. Hitters desperate for power can end up getting pull-happy and sacrifice the bat-to-ball skills that had carried them so far, and Walker, in search of over-the-fence power, continued to focus his approach on hitting up the middle of the field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
Three weeks into this season, Steve Pearce walked out of the Orioles manager Buck Showalter's office in Toronto, sat down and just stared into his locker. It was an all-too-familiar feeling for Pearce, who had just been told he was being designated for assignment. The Orioles had an early season roster crunch and needed to add bullpen reinforcements. Pearce, who had just seven at-bats at the time, was the odd man out. Pearce's hope was that he'd clear waivers, be outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk - where he could receive regular playing time - and eventually rejoin the major league club.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Now that the Orioles have clinched the American League East title, the regular season is all over but the roster shuffling. The Orioles headed into Wednesday night trailing the Los Angeles Angels by three games for the top seed in the AL while leading the Detroit Tigers by seven games for the third seed. It puts the Orioles into a bit of a baseball limbo: Do they try to catch the Angels and not give their regulars as much rest over the next 11 games, or do they forget about trying to get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, be happy with the No. 2 seed and try to spell their regulars?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
The Orioles didn't initially expect to add one of their top position player prospects, first baseman Christian Walker, to their expanded roster this month. But with American League East wrapped up -- and 11 games remaining in the regular season -- the Orioles are expected to purchase Walker's contract from Triple-A Norfolk, according to a club source. Walker has been working out in Sarasota, Fla., as part of a taxi squad the Orioles could pluck from in case they needed an extra player.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Orioles have signed Cuban right-hander Lazaro Leyva to an international free-agent contract, according to an industry source. The deal is pending a physical and age verification, the latter of which could take weeks. Leyva received a $725,000 signing bonus, according to CBS Sports, which first reported the deal. The 20-year-old is the third Cuban player the Orioles have signed under executive vice president Dan Duquette. They signed outfielder Henry Urrutia to a $778,500 bonus in 2012 and inked outfielder Dariel Alvarez to an $800,000 bonus last year.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
The Orioles announced their organizational minor league player and pitcher of the year award winners Thursday. And while neither player started the season among the team's top 10 prospects, both worked their way to the doorstep of the major leagues with breakout years. First baseman Christian Walker was named the team's Brooks Robinson Player of the Year, while right-hander Tyler Wilson is the Jim Palmer Pitcher of the Year recipient. Walker, the Orioles' fourth-round selection from the University of South Carolina in 2012, hit .288/.357/.489 with 26 home runs and 96 RBIs in 139 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk this season.
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