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Steve Pearce is Giving New Meaning to Having a Career Year for Baltimore Orioles

September 18th, 2014 at 8:56 AM
By Josh Michael

Any time you win a division title in baseball, it is going to be because your team was able to get contributions from everyone on the roster and even have a surprise or two. This year’s Baltimore Orioles team is no stranger to that as Steve Pearce has been one of the most surprising players not just for Baltimore, but in all of baseball.

Coming into 2014, Pearce had one of those ‘well-traveled’ careers, and here are his career transactions (per Baseball Reference):

  • June 7, 2005: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 8th round of the 2005 amateur draft. Player signed June 11, 2005.
  • November 3, 2011: Granted Free Agency.
  • December 15, 2011: Signed as a Free Agent with the Minnesota Twins.
  • March 27, 2012: Released by the Minnesota Twins.
  • March 29, 2012: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
  • June 2, 2012: Purchased by the Baltimore Orioles from the New York Yankees.
  • July 28, 2012: Selected off waivers by the Houston Astros from the Baltimore Orioles.
  • August 27, 2012: Purchased by the New York Yankees from the Houston Astros.
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Steve Pearce Blasts Two, Baltimore Orioles Continue to Win with 6-1 Victory to Complete Sweep

September 18th, 2014 at 7:14 AM
By Josh Michael

Steve Pearce belted two home runs and Bud Norris picked up his 14th win of the season as the Baltimore Orioles completed their three game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 6-1 victory Wednesday Night.

In their first game as reigning AL East Champions, the Orioles continued their winning ways and Pearce, as he has been all season, was a big reason why on Wednesday. Pearce pulled an 0-1 pitch down the line in the third inning to break the stalemate and put the O's on the board with a 1-0 lead.

Two innings later, Pearce again up with two outs, but this time with two runners on delivered his second home run of the game as he smoked one to the left field seats and gave Norris and the Orioles some breathing room with a 4-0 lead. Pearce now has 20 home runs this season.

Pearce was not the only Oriole to find the long ball on Wednesday as David Lough delivered a solo home run in the eighth inning.

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Baltimore Orioles Win AL East for First Time Since 1997, Flashback to 17 Years Ago

September 17th, 2014 at 9:18 AM
By Josh Michael

It was an electrical, magical, and emotional event last night as the Baltimore Orioles players stormed the field in celebration as they brought home their first AL East Division title since 1997. It was a long, 17 year wait between division titles and we thought we would take a look back at how times have changed since.

The year was 1997, and the Orioles were one of the best teams in all of baseball and brought home the AL East Division title, but there was no way of knowing then that it would be another 17 years before the city would see another one.

17 years is a long time, as our editor stated last night after the game:

"I have gotten a driver's license, graduated high school, graduated college, started multiple careers, got married and had a son since the last time the Orioles won the division."

Let's take a trip down memory lane and re-hash some of the things that were going on in the world back in 1997.

  • Brett Farve and the Green Bay Packers won Super Bowl XXXI
  • OJ Simpson was found liable in the deaths of Ron Goldman and Nicole Simpson
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AL East Champions; Baltimore Orioles Secure First Division Title Since 1997 with 8-2 Win

September 17th, 2014 at 7:02 AM
By Josh Michael

The Baltimore Orioles won the American League East Division for the first time since 1997 as they took down the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 on a memorable night in Charm City.

With over 10,000 tickets sold in a 24 hour time period, the Orioles had a rocking Camden Yards as the crowd anxiously awaited to team's first division title in 17 years and the players on the field did not disappoint as they came through with a convincing 8-2 win against a pitcher that had previously owned them.

Toronto's Drew Hutchison had an ERA just over one in six career starts against the Birds, but the Orioles hitters didn't seem to care. Steve Pearce immediately made it known that it was the Orioles night as he launched a three run home run in the first inning to give Baltimore a 3-1 lead, right after Ubaldo Jimenez gave up a run in the top half of the first.

The Blue Jays scored another run in the second to cut the deficit to one, but Jimmy Paredes delivered a solo home run in the home half to give the O's their two run cushion back.

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17 Years in Waiting, Will Tonight Be the Night the Baltimore Orioles Clinch AL East

September 16th, 2014 at 12:05 PM
By Josh Michael

The year was 1997 and the Baltimore Orioles were one of the best teams in baseball as they claimed the AL East Division title, but there was no way of knowing then that it would take 17 years before the team would have a chance to clinch there next one. Is tonight the night that the Orioles clinch their first division title since '97?

Baltimore took down the Toronto Blue Jays last night with a 5-2 victory to reduce their magic number to clinch the division to one and the only team that is still mathematically alive is the Blue Jays. With a win tonight over Toronto, Baltimore will once again be AL East Champions.

It will not be easy though, as Baltimore will be facing Blue Jays starting pitcher Drew Hutchison who has had the Orioles number over his brief career.

To put it in better terms, Hutchison has in fact owned the Orioles. In six career starts vs Baltimore, Hutchison has gone 3-0 with a miniscule 1.13 ERA and 0.857 WHIP. In 39 2/3 innings, Hutchison has allowed just five earned runs, two home runs, six doubles and 26 hits. In addition, he has struck out 36 batters against just eight walks and has held the Orioles to a .184 average.

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