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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
CHICAGO - Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz, who set a career high with his 34th homer of the season in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, said playing at Wrigley Field offers an atmosphere unique from other ballparks. While this weekend marked the first time at Wrigley Field for several Orioles, who haven't played here since 2008, Cruz played three games at Wrigley Field last season while with the Texas Rangers. Entering Saturday, he was 4-for-15 with two homers at the ballpark.
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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 Robert Markus and Robert Markus,Chicago Tribune | October 20, 1991
CHICAGO -- The dreams are gone now, and the baseball season ended Oct. 6 for most of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. But for a few, it isn't over when it's over.With barely a pause to replenish body and soul, many players will begin anew this week. It's called winter ball, and while some players may regard it as punishment for a season gone awry, for many it is an opportunity."It's an experience they need," says Cubs coach Jose Martinez, who will manage an expansion team in Venezuela this winter.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
CHICAGO - Orioles left fielder Nelson Cruz, who set a career high with his 34th homer of the season in Friday's 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs, said playing at Wrigley Field offers an atmosphere unique from other ballparks. While this weekend marked the first time at Wrigley Field for several Orioles, who haven't played here since 2008, Cruz played three games at Wrigley Field last season while with the Texas Rangers. Entering Saturday, he was 4-for-15 with two homers at the ballpark.
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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | January 28, 1997
There was something different about the way Jeffrey Hammonds played in winter ball.His legs pumped a bit harder as he churned down the base lines. His arms ripped through pitches with more ferocity. And he was visibly happy.Tony Tarasco, Hammonds' teammate with the Orioles and with the Ponce Lions in Puerto Rico, noticed the change."Jeffrey played with a lot of aggression, which I like to see," Tarasco said. "He had a very mean approach to hitting and playing the game. I could see that that came from him -- it was within him, and it didn't come from any other influence."
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By Roch Kubatko and Joe Christensen and Roch Kubatko and Joe Christensen,SUN STAFF | February 14, 2003
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Though only pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report yesterday to the Orioles' spring training complex, a few position players trickled into the facility during the morning. One of them had grown comfortable with life on the road and with his belongings stuffed into a suitcase. The southern end of Florida simply became another stop. Infielder Brian Roberts played winter ball for the first time, returning home from Puerto Rico on Jan. 7 and leaving three days later for workouts in Arizona.
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April 6, 1998
Quote: "I've got the game ball in my hand and I'm not going to let go of it for a long time." -- Bret Saberhagen of the Red Sox after winning his first game since 1995.It's a fact: The Devil Rays joined the Blue Jays as the only first-year clubs to win their first two series.Who's hot: Juan Gonzalez of the Rangers has a hit and an RBI in every game.Who's not: Albert Belle of the White Sox went 0-for-8 in the series and is hitless in his past 14 at-bats.On deck: Designated hitter Carlos Delgado, out with a shoulder injury suffered in winter ball, will accompany the Blue Jays on their road trip and be re-evaluated on April 16.Pub Date: 4/06/98
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | February 17, 1995
SARASOTA, Fla. -- New Orioles manager Phil Regan said he was looking for more team speed. Well, he may have found it -- from within the organization.Regan acknowledged yesterday that minor-leaguers Curtis Goodwin and Manny Alexander markedly improved their organizational standing with their strong play in winter ball, and will be considered for the Opening Day lineup.Of course, that is if there is an Opening Day lineup. As members of the Orioles' 40-man roster, neither Goodwin nor Alexander will be in training camp unless the 6-month-old labor stalemate is resolved.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer | July 20, 1995
MINNEAPOLIS -- Nothing has really surprised Phil Regan in his first season as a major-league manager. From his time spent as a pitching coach, he had gotten a taste for the pressures inherent in the job, dealing with players and the media and such.About the only thing he didn't really know about, Regan acknowledged yesterday, was the relative abilities of his players. Because Regan's first real look at the Orioles came in a shortened spring training, he feels as if he didn't have enough time to get a good evaluation of his players.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Steve Lombardozzi may not end up as a fulltime infielder for the Orioles. It doesn't matter. And maybe Alex Gonzalez's bat has been dipped into the fountain of youth and he ends up hitting this season like he did in winter ball and this spring. It doesn't matter. Monday's trade that sent the 37-year-old Gonzalez to the Detroit Tigers for the 25-year-old Lombardozzi was an absolute gem for the Orioles. And it's exactly why Dan Duquette signs anyone and everyone over the winter, no matter how much it may frustrate fans wanting big moves or writers wanting a daily break from the “they signed whom?
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Steve Lombardozzi may not end up as a fulltime infielder for the Orioles. It doesn't matter. And maybe Alex Gonzalez's bat has been dipped into the fountain of youth and he ends up hitting this season like he did in winter ball and this spring. It doesn't matter. Monday's trade that sent the 37-year-old Gonzalez to the Detroit Tigers for the 25-year-old Lombardozzi was an absolute gem for the Orioles. And it's exactly why Dan Duquette signs anyone and everyone over the winter, no matter how much it may frustrate fans wanting big moves or writers wanting a daily break from the “they signed whom?
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles executive vice president came into the media room at the Ed Smith Stadium complex this morning to discuss the team's trade with the Detroit Tigers for infielder Steve Lombardozzi in exchange for nonroster infielder Alex Gonzalez , as well as Sunday's news that All-Star third baseman Manny Machado will open the season on the 15-day disabled list. Here is a transcript of what Duquette said: On acquiring Lombardozzi: Steve Lombardozzi is a talented infielder.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - As the sun rises this morning, the Orioles still haven't announced their signing of South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon. At this point, the plan is still to introduce Yoon to the media Monday, but I've heard that the right-hander is hoping to hear this morning that he cleared his Friday physical and can begin working out with the team today. He's eager to start his transition to the major leagues and American baseball. We will see. But at this point, provided he passed the physical, we know he plans to stay here in Sarasota and get his work visa through Canada instead of going back to South Korea.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2013
Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez has learned to never make assumptions when it comes to baseball. Take, for example, Sunday afternoon, when the 28-year-old Gonzalez was making his first Grapefruit League appearance of the season at Ed Smith Stadium in the Orioles' 12-3 win over the Phillies. He made quick work of a Phillies split-squad team, pitching two scoreless innings without allowing a hit. Facing his final hitter of the day, Gonzalez got Phillies third baseman Michael Young to lift a routine fly ball to right field for the third out of the fifth inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | November 24, 2012
Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty, coming off a strong rookie season, is expected to join Leones de Escogido of the Dominican Winter League this weekend to get some extra at-bats. The former Rule 5 pick will have the chance to earn more playing time this spring, primarily at second base. That offers us a good time to see how other players with Orioles connections are doing on the winter ball circuit. New Orioles second baseman Alexi Casilla has been playing in the Dominican for the Gigantes del Cibao and is hitting .290/.329/.449 in 16 games there.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2010
— As Koji Uehara walked through the visiting clubhouse Monday morning, several of his teammates serenaded him with chants of "Koji, Koji, Koji," copying the fans at Camden Yards Sunday while the reliever was converting a one-run save opportunity against the Tampa Bay Rays. Of course, there was no such chant Monday in the Orioles' 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees, but Uehara did silence 46,103 at Yankee Stadium by striking out two of the three hitters that he faced in a perfect ninth inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - As the sun rises this morning, the Orioles still haven't announced their signing of South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon. At this point, the plan is still to introduce Yoon to the media Monday, but I've heard that the right-hander is hoping to hear this morning that he cleared his Friday physical and can begin working out with the team today. He's eager to start his transition to the major leagues and American baseball. We will see. But at this point, provided he passed the physical, we know he plans to stay here in Sarasota and get his work visa through Canada instead of going back to South Korea.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | April 11, 1996
The alternative rock music is being played loudly before the Orioles' game with the Indians. The atmosphere is jovial because the Orioles, who entered the game with a 5-1 record, are winning.Almost everyone is happy, except shortstop-in-waiting Manny Alexander.Alexander, who is unhappy with his playing time and role, is tired of waiting. And with an All-Star infield in front of him, including baseball's Iron Man, Cal Ripken, at shortstop, he doesn't see his chance coming any time soon."You've got Alomar and you've got Junior [Ripken]
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | March 27, 2008
JUPITER, Fla. -- Guillermo Quiroz came into camp almost six weeks ago as the anticipated backup to Orioles starting catcher Ramon Hernandez. The news that Chris Heintz will be reassigned to minor league camp after Saturday night's exhibition game pretty much makes it official. Manager Dave Trembley has informed Heintz that he'll accompany the team to Baltimore and participate in the workout and FanFest at Camden Yards, along with infielder Eider Torres and outfielder Chris Roberson. Heintz, a nonroster invitee to camp, will report to the Sarasota, Fla., complex after the Orioles play the Washington Nationals in D.C. Barring a late waiver claim, Quiroz will take over Paul Bako's role of last season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec and Dan Connolly,SUN REPORTERS | January 29, 2008
Talks between the Seattle Mariners and the Orioles about a trade involving ace pitcher Erik Bedard are at a standstill. A source familiar with the negotiations said a potential deal is being held up on the Orioles' end and unspecified complex issues still need to be resolved for the trade to go through. One of those might be Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail getting the approval of club owner Peter Angelos. Mariners center fielder Adam Jones, the centerpiece of Seattle's offer for Bedard, had been expected to be in Baltimore yesterday in preparation for a physical today, a club source said.
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