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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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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 13, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Don't let all the predictable denials fool you. The steady rain that postponed Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was just what the doctor ordered for an Orioles team that could use a little celestial intervention to cool off the sizzling Kansas City Royals. Who cares if it was a doctor of meteorology? The Royals have won six straight postseason games and seven straight overall dating back to the last day of the regular season, so anything that interrupts their biorhythms should be more than OK with the Orioles.
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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 | October 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, MO. -- The Orioles will attempt an unprecedented climb out of a 2-0 hole as the American League Championship Series shifts to Kauffman Stadium. It won't be easy because the Kansas City Royals are a team brimming with confidence. The Royals arrived home having won all six of their postseason games - pulling out two tightly-contested wins over the Orioles at Camden Yards with their share of late-inning hits and celebratory histrionics - to put the Orioles' season on the brink.
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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 | October 11, 2014
Orioles closer Zach Britton prefers to pitch to contact, keep the ball on the ground with his heavy sinker and allow his defense to work behind him. But with the way the Kansas City Royals were getting on base - with dinks and bloops and swinging bunts - Britton could only shake his head after the Royals scored two runs in his decisive ninth-inning appearance. Britton was making good pitches, and drawing weak contact, but the Royals still were rounding the bases. Their 6-4 win in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series put the Orioles in an 0-2 hole in the best-of-seven series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Closer Zach Britton will return to the Orioles on Thursday as a new dad. Britton and his wife Courtney became parents to a baby boy named Zander Lee Britton, who was born late Tuesday night in Burbank, Calif. Both baby and mother are resting and doing well. Britton is expected to rejoin the Orioles in time to attend Thursday's workout at Camden Yards before Friday's Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. The Brittons initially received a due date of Oct. 14 and Britton was determined he wasn't going to miss the birth of his first child.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
DETROIT -- As left-handed reliever Andrew Miller spoke to the media in the clubhouse hallway Sunday night after the Orioles' American League Division Series clincher in Detroit, he was interrupted by a bellow. "You did it, Andrew," said the excited voice. "You did it. " Miller smiled and shook hands with the giddy man to his right: Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who acquired Miller in a July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline deal with the Boston Red Sox. Whether you're an Orioles fan or you just happen to run the organization, it's hard not to be pumped about what Miller has done in his two-plus months in Baltimore.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
DETROIT - Since the moment right-hander Bud Norris joined the Orioles in a trade last July, he has talked about pitching in the playoffs. The chatty 29-year-old finally received the chance Sunday on a blistery afternoon at Comerica Park against the celebrated Detroit Tigers offense. He seized it, throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory, catapulting the Orioles into a second postseason round - the first time they've reached the American League Championship Series since 1997.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
DETROIT -- Buck Showalter has played postseason chess several times before, and like most participants as confident as he is, he has lost more times than not. But in the Orioles' triumphant American League Division Series sweep of the Detroit Tigers, the manager pulled all the right strings. Before the Orioles' series-clinching Game 3 win over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon, he switched the rotation, tabbing right-hander Bud Norris to start. And down to the final two outs, he veered from the unconventional, putting the winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth with an intentional walk before allowing closer Zach Britton to finish a three-game sweep of the Tigers.
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By Luke Broadwater and Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
During the dark days of Baltimore baseball, the true fans never gave up. Despite the 14 losing seasons. Despite the maddening trades. Despite the deriding jokes from friends in New York or Boston. So when the Orioles on Sunday finally locked up a spot in the American League Championship Series for the first time in nearly a generation, fans were elated. After sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the AL Division Series, the Orioles need to win four games in the upcoming best-of-seven series to earn their first World Series appearance in 31 years.
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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 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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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 3, 2014
The Orioles packed their bags and headed to Detroit late Friday afternoon, but it was clear that they were in no hurry to leave the orange embrace of the fans in Baltimore or the surreal environment that enveloped Camden Yards during the first two games of their American League Division Series. "I've been in World Series … I've been in the World Baseball Classic … I've been in the All-Star Game, and I never heard nothing like this," said Game 1 hero Nelson Cruz. "It was so loud, my ears were ringing.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
On Friday morning, Orioles manager Buck Showalter wouldn't officially announce his starting pitcher for Game 3 of the American League Division Series, but right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is expected to start that game. Both Gonzalez and right-hander Bud Norris will continue to be available out of the bullpen in Game 2 on Friday afternoon -- as they were in Game 1 -- but Showalter said he would only use Gonzalez in an emergency. “[Gonzalez] is down in the pecking order of options out of the 'pen as opposed to Bud,” Showalter said.
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