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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 14, 2014
I thought one of the more intriguing stories heading into this spring was what the Orioles would do with lefty Zach Britton, who is out of minor league options. I'm thinking the intrigue is over now. Britton was supposed to battle for a spot in the starting rotation. Orioles manager Buck Showalter still isn't officially ruling him out for that role at this point. But when the club signed Ubaldo Jimenez, Britton's battle for the rotation was basically over. Britton said earlier this spring he talked with new pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti about a program that would ready him for the bullpen.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 28, 2014
SEATTLE - The Orioles just finished a grueling 10-game road trip against three powers of the American League West with a 6-4 record and series wins in Anaheim and Seattle. It might have been the toughest stretch on the road this year, and the Orioles passed the test. But now they will have to face the Angels and the Mariners at home for a pair of three-game sets at Camden Yards. “It's going to be a memory by the time we leave here because we have two of the best teams in the American League coming in,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said following the Orioles' 3-2, 10-inning win over the Mariners on Sunday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2013
The Orioles have called up left-hander Zach Britton before tonight's series opener against the A's to add an extra arm to a taxed bullpen. Britton was scratched from his scheduled start for Triple-A Norfolk tonight. After optioning right-hander Josh Stinson following Wednesday's game, the Orioles said they would make a corresponding move today. Britton, who is 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in three starts at Norfolk, is coming off a six-inning, one-run outing in his last start a week ago. He could provide long relief in the Orioles bullpen for the next four games in Oakland and, if available, could fill the void for a starting pitcher Monday in Seattle.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - A day after blowing his third save opportunity of the season in a 5-4, walk-off loss Friday to the Oakland Athletics, Orioles closer Zach Britton wanted to get back on the mound as soon as possible. “I hope we either have a huge lead or I have to opportunity to be out there,” Britton said. “I think the one thing about being a reliever is that you're able to turn the page much quicker. You understand it's one bad inning, and you just kind of move on. You make adjustments, and if the same situation comes in, you know how to attack it differently than I did last night.” Britton failed to retire a batter in the ninth inning, and Oakland won on Josh Donaldson's three-run homer to center field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles left-handed pitcher Zach Britton continued to progress in his throwing program recovering from left-shoulder inflammation Monday, throwing about 60 long-toss throws from 100 feet, including 15 pitches from his full delivery motion. The 24-year-old Britton is slated to throw another 60 pitches again Tuesday, the first time he will throw for back-to-back days. "The best way to sum it up is that I feel as good on the morning I wake up and I'm throwing as the day after," Britton said.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | February 15, 2012
Orioles starting pitcher Zach Britton is still experiencing inflammation in his left shoulder and will start spring trainingwith a progressive throwing program, but he and the team expect he'll be ready to compete for a rotation spot. The 24-year-old left-hander who was 11-11 with a 4.61 ERA in 28 starts as a rookie last year said he has dealt with lingering inflammation since he was placed on the disabled list last August. He said he has taken anti-inflammatory medication and rested, but the soreness wasn't improving.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Over the weekend I received a whole lot of correspondence about the Orioles' decision to send right-hander Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday night despite the fact that he pitched well in his past three starts. I tried to explain that it was procedural and that he would be back Friday afternoon to start against the Tampa Bay Rays, be sent down Friday night and then likely will be up again to start the following week against the Texas Rangers. Some of you didn't care about the rationale; you were still ticked.
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By Matt Vensel | March 15, 2011
Zach Britton, the Orioles' top pitching prospect, has yet to allow a run in nine innings of work this spring. The Orioles don't want to start his arbitration clock earlier than they have to, but Britton's brilliance has thrust him into the conversation for the fifth spot in manager Buck Showalter's Opening Day rotation. Britton pitched four scoreless innings in the Orioles' 6-4 win over the Astros on Saturday, and afterward, he talked about how he's trying to make the decision tough for team management.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2012
Left-hander Zach Britton took another step toward rejoining the Orioles starting rotation Thursday night, throwing seven strong innings for Double-A Bowie in a 3-2, 14-inning loss at Akron. Britton, making his second minor league rehab start for the Baysox, allowed just two runs (one earned) on five hits through seven innings, striking out five and walking one. Britton threw 92 pitches, 55 of them for strikes, and induced 12 groundouts versus just four fly-ball outs. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Britton, who is rehabbing from left shoulder impingement, will be re-evaluated after Thursday's start.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2012
Left-hander Zach Britton, who led the Orioles in wins as a rookie last season, has mostly struggled in three previous starts at Triple-A Norfolk. But on Thursday, Britton took a significant step toward rejoining the Orioles' starting rotation, turning in his best Triple-A performance this season. Britton issued his first quality start in four starts with the Tides, allowing just two runs on three hits over six innings in a 5-3 win against Buffalo. Britton also struck out five, the most he's had in a game since joining the Tides, and issued two walks.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - Orioles closer Zach Britton hadn't allowed a run over his previous 10 outings heading into the ninth inning of Friday night's series opener against the Oakland Athletics, converting six straight save opportunities along the way. Britton had slid into the role of closer nicely in the first half of the season, but in his first appearance since the All-Star break, a save opportunity turned into a disaster in just six pitches....
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
Before Friday night's game against the Oakland Athletics, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked about how difficult it is to get a reliever back into a routine after the All-Star break. “It's always a tough time because you have bullpen guys who have had six, seven days off, and you're trying to get everybody back in the flow,” Showalter said. “It's hard. You don't even have this in the start of the season because you try to make sure everybody's got a couple days off, but not too many days off. This is always a tough time for bullpens around baseball, getting them in the flow.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
By definition, it was the New York Yankees who were in  pinstripes at Camden Yards for the Orioles' 3-2 win in 10 innings Friday night . Their fans, as always, were out in abundance, making up at least half of the sellout crowd. But these weren't the dominating, punch-you-in-the-gut Bronx Bombers of old. This Yankees club was making its 2014 debut in the city with no Mariano Rivera, no CC Sabathia and no Alex Rodriguez. Its centerpiece for so many seasons, shortstop Derek Jeter, is 40 and retiring at the end of this year.
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Peter Schmuck | July 5, 2014
The Orioles have spent a modest fraction of the 2014 season at the top of the American League East standings, but give them credit for great timing. They moved into first place by percentage points Thursday night and took sole possession of the division lead without throwing a pitch or getting a hit Friday. However long their stay on top lasts, the fact that they were there July 4 means they have a pretty good chance to be somewhere other than on vacation in October. Orioles fans can only hope that one of baseball's great truisms is actually true, since Independence Day has long been viewed as fair indicator of who will reach the playoffs and World Series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 3, 2014
With his teammates killing time inside the clubhouse during a 1-hour, 38-minute rain delay Wednesday night, Orioles closer Zach Britton remained in the bullpen, waiting out the weather for his opportunity to close out a 6-4 win over the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards. Britton had just started warming up in the bottom of the eighth when the game was delayed with the Orioles needing just three outs for the victory. Instead of staying dry -- and cool -- inside the Orioles clubhouse, Britton remained in the bullpen beyond the left-center field fence with bullpen coach Dom Chiti and bullpen catcher Jett Ruiz.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
I don't really have cute in me today. This is the Coffee Companion, where we recap the previous day's local sports headlines. - Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal broke American hearts last night with a late equalizer to give the U.S. a 2-2 draw . As always, hit up our World Cup guide for all your information, and read how the U.S. can still advance here. - The Orioles proved to be the first team who could figure out Masahiro Tanaka, with an 8-0 rout Sunday . Chris Tillman gave the team seven shutout innings, and Caleb Joseph hit his first home run . - Zach Britton offered some perspective on the I-95 shuttle Kevin Gausman is enduring this year . - With mandatory minicamp in the rear view, we have news, notes and observations on the Ravens.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2012
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton appears at least one more day closer to returning to full form. Britton, who is rehabbing from left shoulder inflammation, had his second bullpen session moved up one day to today, throwing about 30 pitches off a full mound. Originally he was slated to have two days off after his first session Friday and throw again Monday. "I think it was a lot better than the first one," Britton said. "I felt more comfortable on the mound today. I was able to make adjustments a lot quicker, too, and I was throwing a little bit harder, my tempo was a little better.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2012
* Adam Jones' six-year, $85.5 million deal -- which will be formally announced this morning -- is the largest in Orioles history. It breaks down this way: He'll get $2M signing bonus; $8.5M in 2013; $13M in 2014 and 2015; $16M in 2016 and 2017; and $17M in 2018. With escalators, it could reach $91.5 million. Regardless, it is the second-largest total-value contract for a center fielder behind the Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp's ($160M).   He is ahead of Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen ($51.5M)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Over the weekend I received a whole lot of correspondence about the Orioles' decision to send right-hander Kevin Gausman to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday night despite the fact that he pitched well in his past three starts. I tried to explain that it was procedural and that he would be back Friday afternoon to start against the Tampa Bay Rays, be sent down Friday night and then likely will be up again to start the following week against the Texas Rangers. Some of you didn't care about the rationale; you were still ticked.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
If you're looking for consolation after what had to feel like the most devastating loss of the season Friday night, you might want to consider that the Orioles had no business even being in the game in the ninth inning. They didn't get a hit until the sixth inning, and when they did generate scoring opportunities in the late innings, they didn't do very much with them. But let's be honest, Ubaldo Jimenez should have driven right to Atlantic City after he left the game. He struggled with his control throughout and walked the bases loaded with two outs in the fifth inning before Mark Teixeira inexplicably lunged at the first pitch and rescued him with a groundout to first base.
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