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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2014
Orioles left-hander Zach Britton won't lie about it. Yes, in the past year, he considered what it would be like to wear a different uniform, to get a second chance elsewhere. Heading into last fall, Britton had struggled through consecutive rocky seasons in which a shoulder injury, lack of command and cracking confidence had thrust him into a career crossroads. Once considered a future ace, Britton weathered a brutal final month last season, pitching poorly in a spot start against the Cleveland Indians before being jettisoned to instructional league while his teammates were fighting in a pennant race.
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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 | September 28, 2014
TORONTO - We've reached the final game of the regular season, and we still don't know the Orioles' opponent in the American League Division Series. Both the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals lost Saturday night, so Detroit goes into the final day of the regular season with a one-game lead. If the Royals win and the Tigers lose today, the teams will play a Game 163 on Monday to determine the AL Central winner.  Before you ask, we also still don't know the start time for the first two games of the ALDS at Camden Yards.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
NEW YORK - With the Orioles preparing for the postseason, closer Zach Britton is anxiously anticipating the birth of his first child, and his baby boy's arrival could come in the middle of the club's playoff run. Britton's wife, Courtney, initially was expected to give birth in late-October, but the due date was pushed up to Oct. 14, when the Orioles could be in the midst of the American League Championship Series. So the Brittons sat down with their doctor and looked at the playoff schedule.
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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 | September 24, 2014
NEW YORK - With the Orioles preparing for the postseason, closer Zach Britton is anxiously anticipating the birth of his first child, and his baby boy's arrival could come in the middle of the club's playoff run. Britton's wife, Courtney, initially was expected to give birth in late-October, but the due date was pushed up to Oct. 14, when the Orioles could be in the midst of the American League Championship Series. So the Brittons sat down with their doctor and looked at the playoff schedule.
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By Dan Connolly and Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2014
With career highs in home runs and RBIs, Nelson Cruz did more than enough to earn his first Most Valuable Oriole award this season. Now the question is whether the pending free agent will return next year to have a chance to win it again. “Hopefully I stay here, we work something out. Like I said before, I understand they're going to do whatever they think is better for the team,” Cruz, 34, said. “I love it here. I love the fans, I love my teammates.” Cruz, who leads the major leagues in home runs with 39 and is second in the American League with 106 RBIs, said before Sunday's series finale against the Boston Red Sox that he'll think about his contract situation once his season is completed.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
When the Toronto Blue Jays overtook the New York Yankees for second place earlier this week and then won their game Wednesday night, the Blue Jays guaranteed that the Orioles couldn't capture the American League East crown until Monday at the earliest. That ruined a delicious scenario for the Orioles this weekend, potentially sweeping the Yankees at Camden Yards to clinch their first division title in 17 years. You would have needed a jumbo, battery-charged broom for that one. As it stands, the most the Orioles can do this weekend is eliminate the Yankees from the divisional race, which, for an organization that has been in the deep shadows of the Bronx Bombers for decades, is a solid consolation prize.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | August 31, 2014
Two years ago, when the Orioles unleashed the region's pent-up baseball passion with their first playoff run in years, they did it by walking baseball's version of a tightrope. They played a lot of nail-biters - winning 29 games by just one run. They snatched 16 of 18 in extra innings. They didn't nab a wild-card playoff spot until the last week of the season. This year has been a steadier march. These O's have seen no major streaks, good or bad, but they've won six or so games out of every 10, climbing to the top of the American League East, where they've been since early July.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
During this first-place run, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is continually asked about the resiliency of his club, primarily the way it has been able to bounce back after absorbing injuries to key players. And he usually delivers the same answer: The Orioles don't wallow in self-pity. Instead, someone else steps up. On Saturday night, in a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins, the Orioles didn't pitch well and squandered several scoring opportunities, but they ultimately squeaked out another win, thanks to the legs of a veteran and the bat of a newcomer.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
The Orioles' sweep by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field last weekend raised all kinds of red flags. But four days back home against the Tampa Bay Rays allowed the Orioles to get back to one of the things that has carried them to the top of the American League East -- a lights-out bullpen. Relief pitchers Brad Brach , Andrew Miller, and Zach Britton combined for three scoreless innings in Thursday's 5-4 win at Camden Yards, and the bullpen completed a four-game series against the Rays without allowing an earned run in 14 1/3 innings.
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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 | 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 | August 29, 2014
Despite his obvious power and previous success, Orioles infielder Chris Davis has been struggling so much this season that it has become business as usual when pitchers challenge him. So, in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, it was somewhat surprising that Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon chose to have rookie right-hander Kirby Yates (0-2) intentionally walk Davis with two outs and a runner on second base in a tied game. Shortstop J.J. Hardy made the move backfire, dumping a bloop single into right field to score Nelson Cruz from second base for the eventual game-winner in front of an announced 16,915 at Camden Yards.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
CHICAGO - Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez was back in the Orioles' clubhouse on Saturday morning after nearly two weeks in the minor leagues. Despite pitching well, Gonzalez was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Aug. 12 to make room for right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who was coming off the disabled list. The Orioles planned to bring Gonzalez back shortly after he fulfilled his mandatory 10-day option window, and after the team relegated Jimenez to the bullpen, he will slot back into the rotation to pitch Sunday in the series finale against the Cubs.
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