Tommy Hunter and Jake Arrieta have been friends since their college days. They spent four years together with the Orioles and have remained close. That friendship helped the Phillies sign Arrieta to a three-year deal and join Hunter in Philadelphia.
Tommy Hunter doesn't immediately strike as one fallen to old bromides — he's far quicker with a quip than that. But if he was, the one about letting someone you love go and knowing it's meant to be if he comes back might ring true for him.
There's no question in Steve Pearce's mind what his career highlight has been so far: Picking up Ryan Goins' grounder in the top of the ninth on Sept. 16, 2014, running to first to step on the bag and then throwing his hands up in the air as Camden Yards roared.
Before last Friday's deadline, the O's traded pitching prospect Zach Davies to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Gerardo Parra and sent reliever Tommy Hunter to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Junior Lake.
When the dust settled following Friday afternoon's nonwaiver trade deadline, the Orioles had filled their most glaring need by dealing for an established, hot-hitting outfielder while dealing away one of the core members of their bullpen in a separate move. On Friday morning, the Orioles acquired 28-year-old outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Zach Davies. Then, at the 4 p.m. deadline, the Orioles sent right-handed reliever Tommy Hunter to the Chicago
Tommy Hunter throws in the high 90s and has been a big part of the Orioles bullpen for the past three years. Junior Lake is a 4A outfielder who has not distinguished himself in parts of three major league seasons.
Reliever Chaz Roe has been a success story with the Orioles this season after a decade-long journey that included an amphetamines suspension and multiple organizations before Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette gave him his latest opportunity.
The Orioles got solo home runs from All-Stars Manny Machado and Adam Jones but lost when reliever Tommy Hunter allowed a two-run home run to Brian Dozier in the 10th inning, giving the Twins a 4-2 win.
Since then, neither Orioles starter has lasted more than five innings, placing an added load on the relievers. That's not necessarily a recipe for winnings, but despite being one man short, the Orioles bullpen has allowed just one hit over 8 2/3 innings the past two nights in a pair of wins over the Boston Red Sox.
The Orioles and Red Sox have had their share of tense moments at Fenway Park over the years, but what happened in the fourth inning of Boston's 3-2, walk-off win Friday night didn't seem to be one of them.
The Orioles bullpen couldn¿t preserve a two-run lead as right-hander Tommy Hunter allowed a grand slam to pinch hitter Stephen Drew in the top of the seventh inning. Despite that, the Orioles still had hope, but plated just one run in the bottom half of the inning after loading the bases with one out.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ Orioles catcher Matt Wieters joked that catching six innings in Sunday¿s 10 a.m. ¿B¿ game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Ed Smith Stadium gave him the opportunity to catch the first morning-after-day of his career.
The last time Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was here in Sarasota, he was serving his 25-game suspension for illegal Adderall use, the biggest fish in a small pond getting his swings in during instructional league games.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ Orioles Rule 5 pick Jason Garcia realizes he needs to make an impression on the organization early. So when the 22-year-old threw his first spring training bullpen session on Saturday , he didn¿t hold back.
The Toronto Blue Jays' pursuit of Dan Duquette has become a fascinating story on many levels, but one question keeps hitting me amid all the will-he-or-won¿t-he speculation: What is Duquette actually worth?
At his minicamp, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had a chance to connect names and faces, to see if the videos he has seen of pitchers throwing match up to what it looks like up close. He received an early glimpse of players who he will soon have to evaluate, like Rule 5 draft picks Jason Garcia and Logan Verrett.
The Orioles have avoided arbitration with right-hander Tommy Hunter by reaching an agreement Monday with the relief pitcher on a one-year deal. It is worth $4.65 million, according to an industry source.
For the fourth straight year, the Orioles are holding a minicamp at the team's spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla., geared at getting an early look at some of the organization's top young pitchers.