Orioles' Hardy, Jones and Markakis finalists for Gold Glove

Orioles' Hardy, Jones and Markakis finalists for Gold Glove

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have three finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards announced on Thursday morning, with shortstop J.J. Hardy, center fielder Adam Jones and right fielder Nick Markakis all up for the honor in their respective American League categories.

The awards, created in 1957, are determined by a survey of managers and coaches, which make up 75 percent of the voting, and the Society for Sabermetric Reasearch, which accounts for the other 25 percent. The winners will be revealed during a special awards show on ESPN2 on November 4 at 7 p.m. ET.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Surprising contributors led unheralded club to first place

O's bid for World Series boosted by reserves, acquisitions

Surprising contributors led unheralded club to first place

BALTIMORE -- It was clear when the Orioles' season officially ended Wednesday night that the typically stoic manager Buck Showalter was trying to keep his emotions in check. He wasn't alone. Baltimore's surprising run to its first American League East pennant since 1997 and subsequent AL Division Series sweep had the team -- and its fans -- riding high before the Royals turned the tables with a four-game sweep in the AL Championship Series.

The end, as Showalter had often warned reporters, would be heartbreaking for every club but the last one standing. But for this group in particular, an Orioles team that had weathered the loss of a trio of All-Stars in Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and Chris Davis, it was devastatingly quick.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles outright right-hander Johnson

Orioles outright right-hander Johnson

The Orioles outrighted right-hander Steve Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk on Friday.

The 27-year-old went 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA in 17 starts between Norfolk, short-season Class A Aberdeen and the Gulf Coast Orioles this year.

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Roberts hangs up spikes after 14 years in Majors

Second baseman spent majority of career with O's, played final year with Yanks

Roberts hangs up spikes after 14 years in Majors

Second baseman Brian Roberts is retiring, according to The Baltimore Sun.

The 37-year-old Roberts spent 13 of his 14 Major League seasons with the Orioles, the team that drafted him in 1999. He spent this past year with the Yankees, playing 91 games before being released in August.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Offseason begins as Orioles pack bags

With postseason run over, Baltimore shifts gears

Offseason begins as Orioles pack bags

BALTIMORE -- While most of the baseball world watched in disbelief as Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run on Thursday night sent the Giants to the World Series, Orioles manager Buck Showalter only found out from the sound of his son Nathan yelling in front of the TV.

"Watching it," Showalter said, "makes me ill."

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Orioles swept in ALCS by relentless Royals

Kansas City takes lead in first, then rides pitching, defense to victory

Orioles swept in ALCS by relentless Royals

KANSAS CITY -- It was hard to absorb in the immediacy of the moment, the finality of the Orioles' season on Wednesday afternoon making it difficult to appreciate the team's whimsical -- and improbable -- run to the American League East title and AL Championship Series while missing a trio of All-Star players.

The Orioles had clung to the belief all series -- all season, really -- that they could defy the odds, and Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Royals in Game 4 of the ALCS was a stinging end to that mantra as the royal blue-clad crowd celebrated Kansas City's first trip to the World Series since 1985.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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O's prospect Davies sharp in Fall League win

Orioles' righty Davies collects 7 K's over four innings in win for Glendale

O's prospect Davies sharp in Fall League win

A few more games like the ones Steven Moya has been having in the Arizona Fall League, and the young right fielder just may find himself helping solve some of his big league club's problems.

The Tigers, potentially in need of outfield help -- particularly of the left-handed-hitting variety -- are surely liking what they've seen from the 23-year-old Moya, who stayed hot on Saturday night with a 2-for-4 performance for Glendale.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Showalter proud of O's run despite painful ending

Trip to World Series stays on bucket list for longtime manager

Showalter proud of O's run despite painful ending

KANSAS CITY -- Buck Showalter left Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night extremely proud of his team, yet shy of the World Series appearance that has eluded him in all 16 seasons of a fine managerial career.

But Showalter, 58, hardly looked or sounded like a man nearing the end. He is the manager of an Orioles team headed in a clear upward direction, and one that appears fully capable of getting to the World Series in the next few years.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles faced wrong team at wrong time

Baltimore had a great season, but Royals are on a magical run

Orioles faced wrong team at wrong time

KANSAS CITY -- In the end, they were extras, background artists in this postseason's made-for-Hollywood story. You'll see them in whatever DVD or Blu-ray highlight film comes out of this Royals' ride. They'll be the guys in orange and black, circumvented by circumstance, foiled by flair, mystified by magic.

Don't blame the Orioles for losing this American League Championship Series. Just acknowledge that timing is everything, and they, like the Angels and A's before them, were simply on the wrong side of history.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles give their best in being bested by Royals

Baltimore battles tooth and nail, but comes up short in four-game ALCS

Orioles give their best in being bested by Royals

KANSAS CITY -- A sweep in a postseason series typically means that one team dominated another. Then there was the 2014 American League Championship Series, in which all four games hung in the balance until the final pitch.

It is no exaggeration to say that Baltimore came "O" so close to winning all four games, only to lose them all to the World Series-bound Royals.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Cruz, Miller to enter free agency as O's season ends

Slugger wants to return, likely seeking multiyear deal; lefty may close elsewhere

Cruz, Miller to enter free agency as O's season ends

KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles' season officially ended Wednesday, and with it, the immediacy of free agency looms for a Baltimore club that will look to build on a 96-win season and its first American League Championship Series appearance in 17 years.

There are also some tough decisions to make. Having already locked up shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year, $40 million contract extension, the Orioles have two key players set to file for free agency in outfielder Nelson Cruz and reliever Andrew Miller. There's also the inevitable case of Nick Markakis, who has a $17.5 million mutual option for 2015 that the club will decline in hopes of working out a more affordable multiyear deal.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles praise Royals' strong performance in ALCS sweep

Baltimore players cite Kansas City's ability to find ways to win in tight series

Orioles praise Royals' strong performance in ALCS sweep

KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles will have plenty of time to reflect on a memorable season that came to a sudden end in the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night. But one thing was clear after a 2-1 loss in Game 4 at Kauffman Stadium: the O's had nothing but respect for the way the Royals played throughout the four-game sweep.

"They made great plays when they needed them," said right fielder Nick Markakis. "They kept us out of big innings. Pitching and defense they say wins, and they did a good job of both this series."

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Oct. 15 Buck Showalter postgame interview

Oct. 15 Buck Showalter postgame interview

Q. How long does it take for the disappointment to kind of fade for you to be able to sit back and appreciate what you guys accomplished this year?

BUCK SHOWALTER:  Probably, I don't know, I'll let you know when it fades. What do you think? I don't know. It's disappointing and frustrating ‑‑ not frustrating, but disappointing for our guys and our fans. It's not something ‑‑ it's not like something we didn't do; it was more of what they did. And it wasn't like somebody wanted it more than somebody else.

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Gonzalez shows no rust during solid Game 4 effort

Gonzalez shows no rust during solid Game 4 effort

KANSAS CITY -- Miguel Gonzalez delivered a solid start in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday night, but like just about everything else for the Orioles in this series, things didn't quite go as planned.

Pitching for the first time in 16 days, Gonzalez went 5 2/3 innings to give the O's their longest outing by a starting pitcher in the ALCS. But the end result was the same, as Baltimore fell to the Royals, 2-1, at Kauffman Stadium to complete a four-game sweep that eliminated Baltimore from the postseason.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Davis' suspension will linger to Opening Day 2015

Davis' suspension will linger to Opening Day 2015

KANSAS CITY -- Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will finish out his 25-game suspension by missing Opening Day next season.

Davis, who was with the team at Kauffman Stadium, declined to speak to a group of reporters following Baltimore's season-ending 2-1 loss to the Royals in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles-Royals, ALCS Game 4: Did you know?

Orioles-Royals, ALCS Game 4: Did you know?

The Royals clinched their first World Series berth in 29 years on Wednesday as they finished off their American League Championship Series sweep of the Orioles with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 at Kauffman Stadium.

Not only did the win send the Royals to the Fall Classic, but it was already the 14th one-run game league-wide this postseason, setting a new single-postseason record.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Guthrie apologizes to Orioles, fans for T-shirt

After Game 3 win, Royals righty wore shirt that read 'These O's Ain't Royal'

Guthrie apologizes to Orioles, fans for T-shirt

KANSAS CITY -- Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie made a surprise appearance in the interview room on Wednesday afternoon, a few hours before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series from Kauffman Stadium, to apologize for the T-shirt he wore on the same dais about 14 hours earlier.

After the Royals' Game 3 win on Tuesday night, Guthrie donned a shirt that read "These O's Ain't Royal," a reference to a provocative hip-hop song and a statement that angered fans of an Orioles team down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Dyson not concerned over Flaherty incident ahead of Game 4

Royals outfielder downplays comments made after Game 3

Dyson not concerned over Flaherty incident ahead of Game 4

KANSAS CITY -- Jarrod Dyson's mouth often runs as fast as his legs, so his comments regarding Orioles third baseman Ryan Flaherty's supposed knee drop in Tuesday's Game 3 remained a hot topic Wednesday, though he downplayed them when asked about the incident again.

"I don't know what he was doing, I guess he was just playing baseball," Dyson said of Flaherty on Wednesday. "I ain't worried about it."

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Winning four games starts with winning one for O's

Looking to match the '04 Red Sox, Baltimore needs a Game 4 victory to stay alive in ALCS

Winning four games starts with winning one for O's

KANSAS CITY -- By narrowly losing three straight tense contests in the American League Championship Series, the Orioles have left themselves with no choice but to reel off their eighth four-game winning streak of 2014.

If they fall short of that, the goal of giving the city of Baltimore its first World Series since 1983 will be history.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles on the brink with Game 3 loss to Royals

Baltimore hasn't been able to slow down KC, which leads ALCS 3-0

Orioles on the brink with Game 3 loss to Royals

KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles finally took their first lead of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night and looked poised to take some of the momentum back from the Royals, who held a commanding series lead after two games. But Baltimore never got that far, wasting several early chances and again falling victim to dazzling defense and a Kansas City club that never stops putting the ball in play in a 2-1 Game 3 loss that puts the O's on the brink of elimination.

The O's, who swept the Tigers in the AL Division Series, continue to be baffled by a speedy Royals team and will have to do the near-impossible in winning four consecutive games to advance to the World Series. It can be done, but once again the Orioles find themselves backed into a corner by a red-hot Royals club seemingly incapable of doing anything wrong.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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In tight spot, Orioles focused on getting first win

Baltimore, down 3-0 in ALCS, believes one victory can turn things around

In tight spot, Orioles focused on getting first win

KANSAS CITY -- This will be perhaps manager Buck Showalter's toughest test. After cruising to a 96-win season, an American League East title and a sweep of the Tigers in the AL Division Series, Showalter's Orioles are down 3-0 to the Royals in the AL Championship Series.

"If we can get one under your belt and get a few things to work our way and make some things [happen], we feel like we can get it spinning the other way," Showalter said following Tuesday's 2-1 loss. Otherwise we shouldn't show up tomorrow.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Chen gives O's a chance

Lefty allows two runs in 5 1/3 innings, but hard luck haunts him

Chen gives O's a chance

KANSAS CITY -- Wei-Yin Chen gave the Orioles a chance to win their first game of the American League Championship Series, but the left-hander was the victim of some hard luck and bad breaks on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.

Chen allowed two runs on seven hits -- all singles -- over 5 1/3 innings, the deepest a Baltimore starter has pitched in the ALCS, but the O's didn't provide much run support in a 2-1 loss to the Royals in Game 3.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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KC's 3-0 ALCS lead doesn't tell the whole story

KC's 3-0 ALCS lead doesn't tell the whole story

KANSAS CITY -- Jarrod Dyson stood in front of his locker in Kauffman Stadium's home clubhouse on Tuesday evening, having raced down the third-base line to score the deciding run in the Royals' 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, and offered a more measured version of the chest-thumping speeches that have stamped his reputation this month.

The Royals have pinned the Orioles against the wall, owning a commanding 3-0 series lead heading into Wednesday's Game 4 at The K, a 4 p.m. ET contest on TBS that could punch an entrance ticket for the World Series. But this ALCS has been anything but lopsided, with Kansas City on the fortunate side of bounces that could have changed the outcomes of all three games.

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Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Orioles running out of time to silence Royals

Dyson's comments regarding ALCS not going back to Baltimore loom heading to Game 4

Orioles running out of time to silence Royals

KANSAS CITY -- Everything Jarrod Dyson said prior to Game 3 -- about this American League Championship Series not going back to Baltimore and about the Orioles having to embrace their fate as second fiddles, should they go down 3-0 -- is on the verge of proving prescient.

For the O's, that's the annoyance served as a side dish to their adversity. The only thing worse than having your October opponent talk so much smack is not being able to make him eat his words.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Gausman pitching like grizzled veteran in ALCS

O's rookie righty has allowed just one hit in 4 1/3 innings of relief

Gausman pitching like grizzled veteran in ALCS

KANSAS CITY -- The American League Championship Series has not turned out how the Orioles envisioned it would, but Baltimore is finding out it has a blossoming young star in rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman.

Gausman retired all eight batters he faced Tuesday night in relief of starter Wei-Yin Chen. But like Chen, the 23-year-old was the victim of some tough luck as the O's lost Game 3 of the ALCS to the Royals, 2-1, at Kauffman Stadium.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Orioles-Royals, Game 3: Did you know?

Orioles-Royals, Game 3: Did you know?

The Royals moved within one win of a World Series berth on Tuesday night with a 2-1 triumph over the Orioles in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.

From yet another Royals player coming through with a late-game, go-ahead RBI to another dominating performance by the Kansas City bullpen, Tuesday's game had plenty of interesting facts and figures.

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Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Bullpens carrying survivors through postseason

Bullpens carrying survivors through postseason

KANSAS CITY -- They didn't play Game 3 of the American League Championship Series here Monday, and Royals manager Ned Yost and Orioles skipper Buck Showalter and their respective staffs spent the hours after the postponement became official re-thinking their rotation alignments, in light of the extra off day.

More meaningfully, though, the delay provided another 24 hours of rest for the relievers these men rely upon so heavily. And that brings us to a key point of this postseason.

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Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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De Aza plays role of unexpected hero for Orioles

Outfielder is 4-for-10 with three runs, RBI in ALCS

De Aza plays role of unexpected hero for Orioles

KANSAS CITY -- On the eve of the American League Championship Series, Brady Anderson, Orioles vice president of baseball operations, said the postseason is "the time you get unexpected heroes." He might as well have been talking about outfielder Alejandro De Aza.

De Aza sparked the Orioles in their first postseason game, delivering a pair of doubles in an eight-run eighth inning to beat the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series. In two ALCS games against the Royals, he's 4-for-10 with three runs scored and an RBI.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jalaymance. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Miller showcasing dominant repertoire for Orioles

Lefty missed out on postseason in 2013, a free agent this winter

Miller showcasing dominant repertoire for Orioles

KANSAS CITY -- The Red Sox were on their way to the World Series last year, and Andrew Miller was recovering from a broken left foot. The big lefty was so desperate to contribute that he tried to convince the team he could get himself healthy enough to pitch after a three-month layoff.

Miller was thanked for showing such initiative, but told to go back to being a supportive teammate. So as one of the tallest cheerleaders in baseball history, Miller took it all in from the dugout as the Red Sox dispatched of the Cardinals in six games.

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Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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