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Baseball Archive: June / July 2006

Britton and Birkins Bright Spot for O's
Between Erik Bedard's stellar starts and Chris Ray's saves, middle relievers Kurt Birkins and Chris Britton are quietly eating innings and piling up outs.
Plus: Who Is Kurt Burkins The Fan?

Matos Tries to Resurrect Career in DC
Former Oriole Luis Matos is trying to get his career back on track with the Washington Nationals. To this point, his is a career that has been one of underachievment and injury, and in most cases one has led to the other.

Teixeira Comes Home
Texas Rangers first basemen Mark Teixeira, a Severna Park native, loves coming back to Baltimore, playing at Camden Yards, visiting family and, of course, enjoying some crab cakes. 

Bedard Steps Up His Game
Orioles left-hander Erik Bedard would rather let his pitching do the talking, and lately his pitching has had a lot to say. Bedard won his sixth straight start last Saturday, becoming the first pitcher in Orioles' history to win five straight games while pitching at least six innings and allowing one run or less.

Living The Big-League Dream 
Brandon Fahey's positive attitude, versatility in the field and surprising success at the plate have earned the 25 year-old rookie a secure roster spot and the respect of fans and teammates alike.
Plus: Who is Brandon Fahey the Fan?     

Millar At Home As Clubhouse Leader 
At the start of the 2006 season, the Orioles were more than adequately stocked in the outfield and at first base. Despite this, Kevin Millar, with his reputation as a versatile, upbeat clubhouse leader, has found a home for himself in Baltimore.
•  Plus: Who is Kevin Millar the Fan?

Rowell Brings Youthful Confidence to the Yard  
No big leaguer has ever hit the Camden Yards warehouse with a homerun in a regular-season game. But 17-year-old Billy Rowell says that will change, perhaps in three or four years when he hopes to have made his way to the majors.

Halfway Through Another Sub-Par Season
The Orioles completed the first half the of their season seven games under .500, lodged in fourth place in the A.L. East. Louis Berney presents his Orioles mid-term report card, and these aren't the grades you want to bring home.

McGowan Considers Himself the Luckiest Guy at the Yard
Dave McGowan replaced beloved public address announcer Rex Barney in 1998 after the Orioles Hall of Famer passed away in 1997. But above all, McGowan is one happy fan who considers himself lukcy to watch every home game from the best seat in the stadium.

Who Is Bruce Chen the Fan?
For the season, he is 0-6 with a 6.64 ERA. But as a sports fan, he is just like anybody else -- anybody who likes cheese fries and the Phillie Phanatic, that is. PressBox took a few minutes to learn more about Bruce Chen the fan.

Trying Times for O's Starting Rotation
With almost half the season complete, Kris Benson is the only Orioles starter to have recorded a complete game. But regardless of all of Baltimore's pitching trials, the complete game may be a dying breed.

Corey Patterson: A Work in Progress
After reaching a dead-end with the Cubs, Corey Patterson seems to have found his place with the Orioles, but he is by no means a finished product.

The Way I See Baseball
Rob Long wonders if maybe the reason baseball is no longer America's pastime is the same reason you can't find a large selection of stovetop popcorn anymore.

Raving About Ramon...
Orioles first base coach Rick Dempsey thinks Ramon Hernandez may be the best overall Oriole catcher of all time. And the former MVP catcher who spent 12 seasons behind the plate for Baltimore may just know what he's talking about.
Plus: Who Is Ramon Hernandez the Fan?

Loewen Leads Youth Movement
Lefty Adam Loewen is getting the chance to prove he belongs in the big leagues with the team that made him the fourth overall selection in the 2002 MLB Draft.
Plus: Who is Adam Loewen the Fan?

Remembering '69 Series as O’s Meet Mets This Weekend 
The Orioles return to Shea Stadium this weekend for only the second time since the 1969 World Series. 

Angelos vs. Comcast: The Fix Is In
The countdown continues in the high-stakes fight between Peter Angelos and Comcast. At stake for the fans is whether, or when, Nationals games will be available in the Baltimore area via Comcast SportsNet.

Bedard and Cabrera Struggle On
With two-thirds of the season yet to be played, Bedard and Cabrera have plenty of time to turn their seasons around. If they don't step it up though, the Orioles' outlook for the remainder of 2006 is bleak.

Supporting a Good Cause at the Yard
Event aims to stamp out prostate cancer, one homer at a time.

Orioles Hope Roberts is Start of Homegrown Tradition
Brian Roberts is leading the Orioles into the next generation, trying to follow in the footsteps of Cal Ripken and Eddie Murray as big-time homegrown talents.

Remembering When Floyd and Teixeira Got The Call
Five years ago a pair of neighbors, both graduates of Mount St. Joseph High School, heard their names called in the MLB Draft within minutes of one another.

Orioles Draft Report
Baltimore scouts were pleased with their selections in MLB's annual draft but acknowledge that there is no exact science when it comes to drafting amateurs.

The O's Off-Season Acquisitions
After the Orioles crashed in the 2005 season, the front office faced pressures from all sides to improve the product they put on the field. Now, two months into the season, fans can assess the Orioles’ key off-season acquisitions

Reason to Believe
Fearless rookie Chris Ray solves the late-inning puzzle for the Orioles and has given fans reason to belive that things are looking up.

I Wonder What Steroids Could Do For Me
With his 42nd birthday a week behind him, Charlie Vascellaro ponders what steriods could do for his career and reflects on Barry and Babe.