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Dan Connolly

Writer

Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 18 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 14 seasons, including the past 10 with The Baltimore Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Recent Articles

  • Britton gives up two runs in 9th, Orioles lose 7-6 to Rays

    Britton gives up two runs in 9th, Orioles lose 7-6 to Rays

    In late September, when playoff hopes are dangling by a string, a slow-rolling baseball can do serious damage.That was the case Sunday in the Orioles’ 7-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, when Kevin Kiermaier’s dribbler to second base turned into a game-winning infield single. It ended a tense battle...

  • Orioles have to deal with late interleague series

    Orioles have to deal with late interleague series

    The Orioles' bizarre 2015 schedule — which included a game held without fans and a three-game homestand in Florida because of the riots in downtown Baltimore — will have one final strange wrinkle this week. For three games starting Monday, the Orioles travel down I-95 for a late September interleague...

  • A little more on Wei-Yin Chen as an Oriole

    A little more on Wei-Yin Chen as an Oriole

    Lefty Wei-Yin Chen won his 10th game of the season Saturday night in impressive fashion, scattering six hits and one run in seven innings. It really was vintage Chen. He wasn’t dominating. He was just very good -- locating all his pitches and keeping the ball in the ballpark. He never broke after...

  • Wei-Yin Chen tames Tampa Bay, leads Orioles to 2-1 win

    Wei-Yin Chen tames Tampa Bay, leads Orioles to 2-1 win

    Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen’s time with the Orioles might be coming to a close, but he’s doing his part in trying to keep the season alive. After his seven-inning gem Saturday gave the Orioles a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays and their eighth win in 11 contests, Chen brushed off the idea that...

  • Orioles notebook: Top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey shut down again

    Orioles notebook: Top pitching prospect Hunter Harvey shut down again

    Orioles right-handed pitching prospect Hunter Harvey, who has been dealing with arm injuries for more than a year, has been shut down with a reoccurrence of discomfort in his right elbow and forearm area while pitching on the first day of instructional league in Sarasota, Fla., according to manager...

  • Orioles notes and observations on Tyler Wilson, Mychal Givens and Steve Pearce

    Orioles notes and observations on Tyler Wilson, Mychal Givens and Steve Pearce

    Rookie right-hander Tyler Wilson is better than what he showed Friday night when he allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. He doesn’t throw hard – I saw him hit 92-mph with his fastball, but he’s mainly in the 88-90 range – so he needs to locate if he is going to be...

  • Orioles burned by big inning, suffer 8-6 loss to Rays

    Orioles burned by big inning, suffer 8-6 loss to Rays

    As the calendar inches closer to October, and the number of games remaining dwindles, the back-against-the-wall Orioles took a risk Friday night, looking to one of their better minor league pitchers to help keep their recent momentum going. It didn't work. Rookie right-hander Tyler Wilson didn't...

  • Orioles notebook: Zach Britton stays mum on why he hasn't closed since Tuesday

    Orioles notebook: Zach Britton stays mum on why he hasn't closed since Tuesday

    Orioles closer Zach Britton is not revealing what physical issues he's dealing with right now, but he said getting a second straight day of rest Thursday was helpful after pitching consecutively from Sunday to Tuesday. Britton said he's now ready to pitch the next time he's called upon. "Everyone...

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