MLB Predictions 2012: Baltimore Orioles Season Preview

The Baltimore Orioles accept fabricated a addiction out of application the apartment in the American League East.

The O's are branch into 2012 with a cord of four beeline last-place finishes. They haven't won as abounding as 70 amateur back 2006.

So will things be any bigger this season? Are the O's on the bend of a breakout?

Let's altercate the amount in depth. Read on for a abounding breakdown of how the Orioles are abstraction up branch into the 2012 season.

2011 Record: 69-93

Key Arrivals (courtesy of BaseballProspectus.com): C Taylor Teagarden (from Texas), LHP Dana Eveland (from Los Angeles Dodgers), 3B Ryan Flaherty (waivers), LHP Tsuyoshi Wada (FA from Japan), LHP Wei-Yin Chen (FA from Taiwan), OF Antoan Richardson (FA), OF Lee Cruz (FA), OF Endy Chavez (FA), OF Jai Miller (from Oakland), RHP Willie Eyre (FA), RHP Ross Wolf (FA), 3B Wilson Betemit (FA), C Ronny Paulino (FA), RHP Pat Neshek (FA), RHP Armando Galarraga (FA), RHP Jason Hammel (from Colorado), RHP Matt Lindstrom (from Colorado), DH Nick Johnson (FA), RHP Greg Burke (FA), RHP Luis Ayala (FA).

Key Departures: RHP Randy Henry (to Texas), SS Pedro Florimon, Jr. (waivers), LHP Jarret Martin (to LAD), OF Tyler Henson (to LAD), 1B Brandon Snyder (to Texas), RHP Jeremy Guthrie (to Colorado), DH Vladimir Guerrero (FA), OF Luke Scott (FA), SS Cesar Izturis (FA).

Projected Rotation (per official site)

Jake Arrieta (10-8, 5.50 ERA, 1.46 WHIP)

Tommy Hunter (4-4, 4.68, 1.36)

Jason Hammel (7-13, 4.76, 1.43)

Wei-Yin Chen (N/A)

Zach Britton (11-11, 4.61, 1.45)

Brian Matusz (1-9, 10.69, 2.11)

Tsuyoshi Wada (N/A)

Alfredo Simon (4-9, 4.90, 1.45)

Dana Eveland (3-2, 3.03, 1.15)*

*Not listed as a amateur on the team's official site.
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# by nbasportnews | 2012-03-08 16:34 | mlb score

Cubs Vs. Rockies Final Score: Alfonso Soriano Hits 2 HR As Chicago Rolls 11-4

The Chicago Cubs bounced aback from a accident on Monday to Oakland to defeat the Colorado Rockies 11-4 on Tuesday afternoon. Between Alfonso Soriano's two home runs and a three-run attempt by Brett Jackson, the Cubs had no agitation scoring runs, and by the end of the fifth inning, they had a 9-3 lead.

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Soriano accomplished 3-3 at the plate, while Anthony Rizzo and Welington Castillo had two hits apiece. Matt Garza started on nfl Apparel the bank and gave up two runs on three hits in two innings of work.

The Cubs acknowledgment to activity on Wednesday adjoin Kansas City.
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# by nbasportnews | 2012-03-08 16:32 | mlb score

Braun sample collector says he followed protocol

NEW YORK (AP)—The being who calm Ryan Braun’s urine sample that activated absolute for animated levels of testosterone said he followed the accumulating program’s protocol.

Dino Laurenzi Jr. issued a account Tuesday acknowledging he handled the sample submitted afterward a playoff bold on Oct. 1. He says he has been a beneficiary for Comprehensive Drug Testing back 2005 and has taken added than 600 samples for Major League Baseball’s drug-testing program.

“At no point did I alter in any way with the samples,” Laurenzi said.

Laurenzi’s name emerged endure anniversary afterwards the NL MVP’s 50-game abeyance was overturned, authoritative Braun the aboriginal big leaguer to auspiciously claiming a drug-related amends in a grievance.

Braun was not accessible for animadversion Tuesday at the Brewers’ bounce training affected in Phoenix. Asked for acknowledgment to Laurenzi’s statement, Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart beneath comment.

Laurenzi said he stored Braun’s sample in his basement in accordance with CDT’s agreement because there was “no FedEx appointment amid aural 50 afar of Miller Park that would address bales that day or Sunday.”

Braun, however, has said at atomic 5 FedEx locations aural 5 afar were accessible until 9 p.m. and there aswell was a 24-hour location.

Laurenzi said the operating action is to “safeguard” the samples at home until FedEx can address the sample to the lab.

“There accept been added occasions if I accept had to abundance samples in my home for at atomic one day, all after incident,” he said.

Laurenzi added that he had “performed my job duties with candor and professionalism, and accept done so with account to this amount and all added collections in which I accept participated.”

He said he issued the account “to set the almanac straight.”

In his statement, Laurenzi said he accelerating from Wisconsin in 1983 and captivated master’s degrees from North Carolina and Loyola University of Chicago. He said he is now the full-time administrator of rehabilitation casework at a bloom affliction facility.

Laurenzi said he was a affiliate of the National Able-bodied Trainers’ Association, had formed as an able-bodied trainer and done advance plan with Olympic athletes.

Laurenzi said he had calm samples for MLB in four altered years and had done collections for added able sports leagues.

Last week, Braun said he was the “victim” of a “fatally flawed” system.

“There are a lot of things that we heard about the accumulating process, the beneficiary and some added humans complex in the action that accept been apropos to us,” he said. “But as I’ve dealt with the situation, I apperceive what it’s like to be abominably accused of something, so for me to abominably allege somebody wouldn’t help.”

MLB had no comment, and referred instead to its account from endure week:

“The acutely accomplished beneficiary in Mr. Braun’s case acted in a able and adapted manner. He handled Mr. Braun’s sample constant with instructions issued by our accordingly retained accumulating agency,” it said.
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# by nbasportnews | 2012-02-29 18:54 | mlb score

McCarthy gets nod to start opening day for A’s

PHOENIX (AP)—The Oakland Athletics accept their aperture day starter, and it’s right-hander Brandon McCarthy.

Manager Bob Melvin fabricated the advertisement Tuesday, adage McCarthy was an simple best based on endure year’s after-effects and trades that larboard the aggregation afterwards All-Stars Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill.

The A’s accessible their division in Japan on March 28. Bartolo Colon gets the alarm to alpha the additional bold the afterward day.

“He was a accustomed aces afterwards endure year and with the pitchers we concluded up trading away,” Melvin said of McCarthy. “He’s been focused this bounce alive he has to get accessible a little earlier. He looks like he’s in midseason form.”

McCarthy had a career top in wins, starts, complete games, innings pitched and strikeouts endure season. He was 9-9 with 5 complete amateur in 25 starts, and had 123 strikeouts in 170 2-3 innings.

McCarthy aswell recorded a 4.92 to 1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the accomplished by an A’s bullpen aback 1901. He absolved 25 batters.

“He’s so precise, so focused, that sometimes he doesn’t anticipate about throwing a brawl for effect,” Melvin said. “He doesn’t change the eye level. The beneath guys you put on base, the beneath opportunities they accept to score.”

McCarthy, who active with the A’s as a chargeless abettor afterwards spending 2010 in the minors, did not hit a concoction endure season.

“I apperceive what it takes to get accessible for a season,” McCarthy said. “If you are mentally ready, about you plan is the appropriate path. I feel adequate and am what area I wish to be.”

McCarthy’s wife, Amanada, aswell bidding her animosity in a tweet: “Last year angry for a atom this year aperture day guy. So awfully appreciative of my husband! Accessible to get my cheerleader on!”

Colon, active as a chargeless abettor in January, is a 14-year adept with 161 career wins.

“He’s a calm guy, a calm thinker and just goes about his business,” Melvin said. “His mechanics, to me, absolutely angle out. He may not be one of the a lot of articulate guys but if he gets on the bank he knows what works for him. He can apprehend hitters well.”

Notes: A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki on blow third baseman Scott Sizemore (torn ACL in larboard knee) for the season: “There’s annihilation you can say to accomplish him feel better. You just try to be a acceptable acquaintance and a acceptable teammate. He was so committed and so aflame for the season, and such a aberration accident, it sucks.” … RHP Brad Peacock acquainted some aback acerbity Monday and was accustomed a day off. He’ll bandy to hitters one added time afore getting acclimated in a game. … The A’s appointed a four-inning flat for Thursday at Phoenix Muni.
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# by nbasportnews | 2012-02-29 18:53 | mlb score

MLB: Ryan Braun calls drug-testing affairs “fatally flawed”

New York • Baseball and its players’ abutment dedicated their biologic testing affairs Friday and promised to bind accumulating procedures afterward criticism by anti-doping agencies of an arbitrator’s accommodation to annul NL MVP Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension.

At a account appointment in Phoenix, area he appear to the Milwaukee Brewers for bounce training, Braun criticized biologic testing by baseball as “fatally flawed,” citation the almost 44-hour lag amid if his urine was calm and if it was accustomed to Federal Express for carriage to a class in Montreal.

The biologic acceding amid administration and the Major League Baseball Players Association calls for the sample to be beatific the aforementioned day “absent abnormal circumstances.”

While Braun larboard accessible the achievability that the adjournment could accept led to his sample getting altered, Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Rob Manfred said “neither Mr. Braun nor the MLBPA arguable in the affliction that his sample had been tampered with or produced any affirmation of tampering.”

Braun abstruse Oct. 19 his sample was absolute for animated testosterone, which he said was at a arrangement that was the accomplished anytime recorded in baseball’s testing program. The absolute test, had it stood up, would accept acquired him to be abeyant for the aboriginal 50 amateur of the season.

David Howman, administrator accepted of the World Anti-Doping Agency, alleged the adjournment a “technical breach” and was aghast adjudicator Shyam Das abandoned the actuality of the case.

“The actual accomplished class administrator in Montreal gave affirmation that the sample had not been compromised nor tampered with,” Howman said. “Accordingly, no accident occurred to the sample afore analysis.”

What is bright is that both abandon will acquaint Comprehensive Biologic Testing Inc., the accumulating agency, to attach to the biologic agreement.
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# by nbasportnews | 2012-02-25 11:05 | mlb score